April 21, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Three days after the defense dominated an intrasquad scrimmage, the offense got even in the form of an 86-45 victory in the Black & Gold Game-turned scrimmage on a picture-perfect Saturday afternoon at Ross-Ade Stadium.
The offense scored seven touchdowns: four passing and three rushing.
"I thought the No. 2 offense might have its way with the No. 2 defense, but the way the No. 1 offense dominated surprised me," head coach Joe Tiller said. "It was just the opposite Wednesday when the defense was the big winner. If the defense had played that way today, the score would have been much different."
Desmond Tardy led the receivers with six catches for 82 yards, including touchdowns of 21 and 30 yards. Dorien Bryant had four receptions for 36 yards, including a 22-yard score, and Greg Orton caught a 31-yard touchdown pass. Jerry Wasikowski and Brandon Whittington both had three receptions.
Stanford Keglar led the defense with six tackles, while Mike Durrett, Kevin Green and Alex Magee each had five stops. Durrett came up with two tackles for loss, and Eugene Bright and Mike McDonald both recorded sacks. Royce Adams blocked a field goal attempt.
In addition to the normal points for touchdowns, field goals and extra points, the offense earned points for first downs and plays over 20 yards. The defense earned points for, among other things, tackles for loss, sacks and forcing punts.
The crowd was estimated at 10,000.
The Athletic Ticket Office reported that 2,356 South End Zone tickets were sold today for the 2007 home opener against Eastern Illinois on Sept. 8 for the one-day special price of $5.
Saturday's action marked the 15th and final spring workout for the Boilermakers.