Sept. 9, 2006
Purdue is 2-0 and plays host to Ball State next Saturday, Sept. 16. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. The game will not be televised, but it will be available on the Internet by ESPN360.
The overtime game was the first for the Boilermakers since Sept. 24, 2005, at Minnesota - a game won by Minnesota 42-35. The win in extra play was the first for a Purdue team since defeating Minnesota in Minneapolis on Sept. 29, 2001, by a score of 35-28.
Dan Bick picked up his second career interception in the first quarter. His first was a 29-yarder for a touchdown at Minnesota on Sept. 24, 2005.
Cliff Avril's interception late in the first half was the first of his career. Linebackers have three of the Boilermakers' four interceptions through the first two games.
Kory Sheets' 56-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter equaled his career long set last week vs. Indiana State.
Greg Orton's fourth-quarter touchdown reception was the first of his career.
With his four touchdowns, Sheets now has 17 career rushing scores (10 in 2005 and 7 in 2006). In just 13 games, he already ranks tied for ninth on the Purdue career list (also Otis Armstrong, 1970-72).
The blocked field goal by Anthony Spencer with 0:09 remaining in regulation was the first blocked field goal by Purdue since Nov. 6, 2004, at Iowa.
Dorien Bryant moved from 15th to 14th on the Purdue career receiving yards list. He now has 1,772 yards. Next up is Rodney Carter (1982-85) with 1,814..
The Boilermakers now have a 44-14 record at home under Joe Tiller. They now are 37-5 against unranked opponents.
Purdue now is 57-14 against unranked opponents under Tiller.
The Boilermakers now sport a 27-8 record in games played during the month of September under Tiller.