Notes | Stats
Sept. 12, 1998
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Rice won the statistical battle, but Purdue won
Drew Brees passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns as the Boilermakers held
off the Owls 21-19 Saturday.
Rice pulled within two points on Chad Richardson's 23-yard TD pass to Jason
Blackwell with 3:58 left, but the Owls failed on the 2-point conversion when
Michael Hawthorne broke up the pass.
Purdue (1-1) then ran out the clock, moving from its 20-yard line to the
Rice 19 as time ran out.
Rice (1-1) lost despite outrushing Purdue 321 yards to 82 yards and
controlling the ball twice as long as the Boilermakers.
The Boilermakers had the ball less than nine minutes in the first half while
opening a 14-3 lead. Rice piled up 294 yards in the opening half, and its 182
yards rushing was more than Purdue's total offense of 157 yards at the break.
After stopping the Owls on three running plays to start the game, Purdue
took the punt and moved 59 yards for a touchdown on Brees' 3-yard run. Brees
completed passes to Tim Stratton, Isaac Jones and Randall Lane for 52 yards on
Late in the quarter, Rice marched from its 13 to the Purdue 2, with all of
the yardage coming on 11 running plays. On the 12th play, quarterback Jeremy
Bates went into the end zone from the 2-yard line on fourth down. But the play
was nullified by a penalty for an illegal shift, and Rice settled for a 24-yard
field goal by Scott Grimes.
Grimes later had a 43-yard field goal attempt blocked by Rosevelt Colvin and
the Boilermakers took over on their 26-yard line. Brees, making his first start
ever at Ross-Ade Stadium, moved the Boilermakers 74 yards in 11 plays,
including a touchdown pass to Gabe Cox, who outleaped two defenders in the end
Brees was 5-of-7 on the drive for 59 yards.
Rice's hopes for a comeback suffered a severe blow late in the second
quarter when Bates tore an anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee
attempting a pass. Richardson took over and the Owls continued to run. He
became the game's leading rusher with 102 yards on 22 carries.
Rice cut its deficit to 14-10 as it moved 63 yards in 12 plays to score on a
1-yard run by Clint Leschber. The only completion of the drive was a 10-yarder
to Blackwell on a fourth-and-6 play from the Purdue 24.
Purdue responded as Brees completed all four of his passes, including a
9-yarder to Lane for a TD to cap a 69-yard, five-play drive. Lane had a 37-yard
reception that was Purdue's longest gain of the day on the drive.
Grimes added a 36-yard field goal with 7:18 to play after Richardson was
stopped two yards short of a first down on a third-and-6 play, and the Owls got
the ball back quickly on a mishandled lateral.