Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Boilers Dispose of Hoosiers

In a wacky, sloppy game filled with fumbles and interceptions galore, the Boilers outlasted the Indiana Hoosiers 28-19. Game stats here and pics here. At one point in the second quarter the two rivals turned the ball over 5 times on 7 plays -- two of them coming on the same play. That play was a wild sequence of events that started with Jaycen Taylor running the ball 30 yards into IU territory only to fumble the ball. It was then scooped up by IU's Tracy Porter and it looked as though IU would score as he raced towards the endzone, but Jake Standeford caught him and punched the ball through the back of the endzone. Purdue gets the ball back at their 20, 1st and 10. That is the kind of game it was. It seemed at times that no one wanted to win. "From a turnover point of view," Tiller said, "it was down to the last man standing."

The score was 7-3 Boilers at the half after all those turnovers. In the second half, both offenses came to life a little bit. Painter finished the day 18-of-32 for 260 yards with a touchdown, along with 4 interceptions. Two of those interceptions were tipped off of his receivers hands, and a third occurred when Selwyn Lymon didn't come back to the ball. In short, the Purdue offense had trouble getting in rhythm at times but scored when it had to. Most notably when Indiana scored to close the gap to 21-19. Taking over at its own 14, Purdue marched 76 yards on nine plays, capped by Dorien Bryant's 15-yard touchdown run on a reverse.

I think Coach Tiller said it best. "I don't think we played our best football in winning the football game," Tiller said.

Indiana was playing for bowl eligibility and came up one win short. They finish the season 5-7 and will be home for the holidays for the 13th straight year. Purdue finishes the Big Ten season at 8-4 (5-3) and tied for 4th with Penn State. Purdue has one game remaining on its schedule as the Boilers must travel to Hawaii to take on the Rainbow Warriors, a game that has little effect on Purdue's bowl prospects. Tiller has said that he expects to know his team's bowl destination before they leave for Hawaii this week. It looks as though the Boilers are headed to the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando or the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.