Sept. 2, 2006
Final Stats |
Purdue is 1-0 and plays host to Miami (Ohio) next Saturday, Sept. 9. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. The game will not be televised, but it will be available on the Internet by ESPN360.
Kory Sheets' game-opening 56-yard kickoff return was a career long. His previous best was 29 yards at Wisconsin on Oct. 22, 2005.
The Boilermakers' first touchdown of the season was scored by Sheets. He led the Boilermakers with 11 touchdowns last season - 10 rushing and one following a blocked punt.
Purdue's first-quarter safety was its first since the 2004 Sun Bowl against Arizona State.
Dustin Keller posted career highs with four receptions and 55 yards. His previous bests were three catches (three times, last at Indiana on Nov. 19, 2005) and 53 yards vs. Akron on Sept. 10, 2005.
Curtis Painter's 41-yard pass to Dorien Bryant for a touchdown was a career long for the Purdue quarterback. His previous long was a 39-yarder to Bryant vs. Michigan State on Nov. 5, 2005.
Painter later bettered that mark with a 53-yarder to Bryant, also for a touchdown.
Painter's two rushing touchdowns equaled his career high, set vs. Illinois on Nov. 19, 2005.
Bryant recorded the fifth 100-yard receiving game of his career (1 in 2004, 3 in 2005 and 1 in 2006).
Sheets recorded the second 100-yard rushing game of his career (1 in 2005 and 1 in 2006).
Sheets tied his career high with three rushing touchdowns (also at Indiana on Nov. 19, 2005). He has scored six touchdowns in his last two games.
With his six catches, Bryant moved from 15th to 14th on the Purdue career list, passing Randall Lane (119 from 1998-99). Bryant now has 124 career receptions. Next up is Calvin Williams, who had 138 catches from 1986 to 1989.
Bryant moved from 17th to 15th on the career receiving yards list. With 154 yards vs. Indiana State, he now has 1,698 career receiving yards.
Bryant's two touchdown catches tied his career high set vs. Notre Dame on Oct. 1, 2005.
The Boilermakers now are 69-44-6 in season openers (7-3 under Joe Tiller) and 79-36-4 in home openers (9-1 under Tiller).
Tiller-coached Purdue teams now are 15-6 against schools from the state of Indiana.
The Boilermakers scored 60 points in a game for the second time under Joe Tiller. The other 60-point effort came against Indiana on Nov. 20, 2004, also at Ross-Ade Stadium.
Backup quarterback Joey Elliott connected on his first career touchdown pass, a 24-yard score to Desmond Tardy in the fourth quarter.