Purdue Postgame Notes
Oct. 20, 2007
- Purdue's 31-6 victory over Iowa snapped a two-game losing streak this season and a three-game losing streak to the Hawkeyes. The 25-point margin of victory is the largest for the Boilermakers against Iowa since 1980 when Purdue won 58-13 in West Lafayette. With the victory the Boilermakers join the ranks of the bowl-eligible teams.
- The Boilermakers scored in each quarter against the Hawkeyes, and have now scored in every quarter in Purdue's six victories this season.
- The Boilermaker defense picked up its 10th interception of the 2007 season (Terrell Vinson, fourth quarter). The Boilermakers has 11 in 14 games in 2006.
- Purdue's opening-drive touchdown marked the fourth time in eight games in 2007 that the Boilermakers scored on their first possession of a game.
- The Boilermakers won the pre-game coin toss for the seventh time in eight games this year. Purdue deferred its choice to the second half, marking the first time the Boilermakers did not receive the opening kickoff.
- Purdue's defense held Iowa without a touchdown, the first time a Boilermaker team held the Hawkeyes out of the endzone since 1976 (a 21-0 Purdue win).
- The Boilermaker defense registered five quarterback sacks, the most by Purdue this season (formerly 3.0 sacks at Toledo).
- Dustin Keller's 14-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter was his sixth of the season and 15th of his career.
- Dorien Bryant picked up his sixth and seventh touchdown receptions of the season and the 19th and 20th of his career (28 overall, including rushing and kickoff returns). Bryant has now caught at least one touchdown in four of the last five games, and has six scoring catches in that span.
- Bryant eclipsed the 100-yards receiving plateau for the third time this season and the ninth time in his career. He ended the game with nine catches for 167 yards. The 167-yard afternoon is a career-best (formerly 154 vs. Indiana State in 2006).
- Bryant's nine receptions in the game increases his career total to 262. That career mark moves him into third on the all-time Big Ten career receptions list, behind former Boilermakers Taylor Stubblefield (325) and John Standeford (266).
- Curtis Painter completed 29 of 48 passes for 315 yards, surpassing the 300-yard mark for the fourth time this season and the eighth time in his career. His eight 300-yard games ties him for third on the Purdue career list with Mark Herrmann. The Purdue record is 16 by Drew Brees.
- Kory Sheets's 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter gives his 27 rushing scores in his career, tying him for fifth on the Purdue career list with Corey Rogers. Sheets has 31 overall career touchdowns, tied for fourth on the career list with Perry Williams and Brian Alford.
- Terrell Vinson picked up his third interception of the season and his second sack, both in the fourth quarter.
- Jaycen Taylor returned from a broken left arm suffered in the third game of the season to rush for 19 yards on 67 carries. He also had two receptions for 11 yards.
- Chris Summers was successful on a 31-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, his ninth made attempt of the season. His nine field goals (on 11 attempts) surpasses his 2006 total of eight (on 20 attempts).