October 31, 1998
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Drew Brees threw four touchdown passes Saturday, giving him a school-record 24 as Purdue beat Iowa 36-14 in the Big Ten on Saturday.
Brees tied a 29-year-old school record of 23 TD passes with three in the first half, when he completed 20-of-29 attempts for 221 yards. Mike Phipps set the record in 1969 and it was tied by Mark Herrmann in 1980 and Jim Everett in 1985.
Brees got the record 24th in the third quarter as Purdue built a 29-0 advantage.
The Boilermakers (5-4, 3-2 Big Ten) moved 80 yards in 15 plays on its opening possession, scoring on a 14-yard pass from Brees to tight end Tim Stratton. Brees was 7-of-8 for 61 yards on the drive. It was the sixth time in nine games that Purdue scored on its first possession.
Iowa (3-6, 2-4) trailed 19-0 by halftime and yet was fortunate to be so close. Purdue sacked quarterback Scott Mullen three times in the first half, intercepted a pass and also recovered one of his fumbles.
With Mullen making his first start of the season, Iowa was limited to 95 yards in the first half while Purdue accumulated 282.
When Brees wasn't passing, he was handing off to Dondrae Johnson. The redshirt freshman, who saw extensive action with leading rusher J. Crabtree idled by an injury, gained 100 yards rushing for the first time. He finished with 109 yards on 25 carries.
Brees was 31-of-44 for 362 yards, giving him 2,982 yards this season. Everett's season record is 3,651.