Nov. 11, 2006
Purdue (7-4, 4-3) plays host to intrastate rival Indiana in the final Big Ten contest of the season for both schools. The game, the annual battle for the Old Oaken Bucket, is scheduled for a noon kickoff and will be televised on ESPN Classic.
With the 42-31 win, Purdue becomes bowl-eligible for the ninth time in 10 years under head coach Joe Tiller. The Boilermakers qualified for bowls in each of Tiller's first eight years, missing a bowl in only 2005.
The victory improves the Boilermakers to 20-10 in November and 62-15 against unranked opponents under Joe Tiller. The win also marks Purdue's fourth straight victory over Illinois (and the seventh in the last nine meetings), matching the most consecutive defeats over the Fighting Illini in series history. Purdue has accomplished this feat on four previous occasions.
The 73 combined point total in the game between Purdue and Illinois marks the highest combined point total in their series history. On Nov. 1, 1969, Purdue and Illinois combined for 71 points after the Boilermakers won 49-22.
The 20-yard reception in the first quarter by Joe Whitest was the first reception of his career.
Kory Sheets' three-yard touchdown run was his first rushing touchdown since the first quarter of the Notre Dame game (Sept. 30). The score was the 10th rushing touchdown and the 11th touchdown overall for Sheets this season.
The double-digit rushing touchdowns by Sheets marked the 18th time a Purdue
Boilermaker has rushed for at least 10 scores in a season. Sheets also scored
10 rushing touchdowns in 2005.
Alex Magee's fumble recovery for a touchdown in the second quarter was the first defensive touchdown for Purdue since Dan Bick returned an interception for a score against Minnesota on Sept. 24, 2005. It was the first touchdown from a fumble for the Boilermakers since the 2002 Sun Bowl vs. Washington (Gilbert Gardner).
The fumble recovered by Magee was forced by Anthony Spencer, the fourth forced fumble by Spencer this season.
Magee's third-quarter interception was the first of the defensive tackle's career, and the 10th of the season by the Boilermakers by nine different individuals.
Anthony Spencer registered 1.0 sacks in the game, raising his season total to 9.5. Spencer is now in seventh on the single-season sack list.
Spencer recorded 2.0 tackles for loss, moving him into second on the single- season record list with 26.5. He also moved up on the career tackles-for-loss chart, advancing to seventh with 44.0.
Dorien Bryant caught 9 passes for 120 yards. Bryant now ranks fourth on the career receptions list with 184 and fifth on the career receiving yards list with 2,361. Next on the receptions list is Tim Stratton 204, and next on the receiving yardage tally is Vinny Sutherland (2,370).
Bryant's 120-yard receiving performance against Illinois was the second 100- yard receiving game of the season (154 vs. Indiana State, Sept. 2), and the sixth of his career.
Bryant's touchdown reception of 20 yards in the third quarter was the junior's 13th of his career, moving him into sole possession of 12th on the career touchdown receptions list.
Bryant gained 195 all-purpose yards, the most in a game for the junior this season. His career high is 271 vs. Northwestern in 2005. Against Illinois, Bryant gained 120 yards receiving, 32 yards rushing and 43 yards on kickoff returns. Bryant now ranks seventh on the career all-purpose yardage list with 3,705 yards. Next up on the career all-purpose yards list is Leroy Keyes (3,757).
Bryant's 43 kickoff return yards in the game moves him up to sixth on the all- time career kickoff returns list with 1,026 yards. Next on the kickoff returns career list is Jerome Brooks (1,247).
Bryant's six-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was his first rushing score of the 2006 season, and the fifth of his career.
Curtis Painter's 42-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the longest rush of the season for the Boilermakers. The previous long rush of the season was a 41-yard touchdown jaunt by Jaycen Taylor against Ball State (Sept. 16). Painter rushed for two touchdowns in the game for the second time this season (vs. Indiana State, Sept. 2), and the third of his career (also vs. Illinois on Nov. 12, 2005).