Nov. 26, 2006
Purdue (8-5) is next on the gridiron well it travels to Orlando, Fla., for the 2006 Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 29. Purdue's opponent will be a yet-to-be-determined team from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Purdue was held scoreless in the first half for just the second time this season in 13 games. Only Penn State had held the Boilermakers off the scoreboard for the opening 30 minutes prior to the Hawaii game.
The Boilermakers scored 35 points in the second half, the most by Purdue in a half this season. The previous best was a 34-point second half against Indiana State in the season opener (Sept. 2).
Anthony Spencer forced a fumble during Hawaii's opening drive of the second half, the fifth forced fumble of the season by the Purdue defensive end. The force was the 11th of Spencer's career.
Justin Scott's interception in the third quarter was his team-leading third of the season. Scott is the only Boilermaker with more than one pick this season.
The Boilermakers' pair of touchdowns in the third quarter came 1:02 apart, the quickest back-to-back scores for Purdue this season. Purdue had scored a touchdown and a safety 1:32 apart in the season opener against Indiana State, Sept. 2. The quickest back-to-back touchdowns of the season prior to the pair vs. Hawaii came against Illinois (Nov. 11), 2:06 apart in the third quarter.
Curtis Painter connected on four touchdown passes, a career best. His previous best was three against Ball State earlier this season (Sept. 16).
Painter's four touchdown passes marked his first multi-touchdown passing performance since connecting on two scores against Michigan State, Nov. 4.
Painter completed passes to nine different receivers, tying a season-high vs. Northwestern, Oct. 14.