Sept. 16, 2006
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -Curtis Painter passed for 414 yards and three touchdowns - two to Kory Sheets - as Purdue beat Ball State 38-28 on Saturday.
Painter completed 30 of 39 passes and ran for a touchdown in his first career game with more than 300 yards passing.
Sheets had 122 total yards and three touchdowns. He scored twice in the second half on a 2-yard run in the third quarter and a 7-yard reception in the fourth. The sophomore has 21 touchdowns in 14 career games and 10 scores this season for Purdue (3-0). Sheets
Joey Lynch passed for 193 yards and a touchdown and Larry Bostic had 10 catches for 99 yards for Ball State (1-2).
The game didn't start so well for Painter. His interception to Marcus McClure led to Ball State's first points. Lynch found Louis Johnson for a 5-yard touchdown pass to give the Cardinals a 7-0 lead.
Painter responded three plays later with a 60-yard pass to Keller that tied the score.
Ball State took a 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Purdue took the lead for good on a 3-yard option keeper by Painter.
Purdue led 14-10 late in the second quarter when Painter led a 93-yard scoring drive. He completed 10 of 11 passes for 94 yards on the possession, which ended with a 3-yard pass to Sheets that gave the Boilermakers a 21-10 halftime lead.
Painter ended the half with 253 passing yards, two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown.
Miami's Alex Knipp intercepted Painter's pass late in the fourth quarter and that led to another Ball State touchdown. Nate Davis' 30-yard touchdown pass to Darius Hill and Davis' two-point conversion pass to Hill cut Purdue's lead to 38-28 with 3:35 left. Purdue was stopped on its next possession, but Ball State couldn't score when it got the ball back.