Indiana Falls to Purdue
Nov. 22, 2008
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Curtis Painter threw for 448 yards and five touchdowns, and the Boilermakers scored on their first 10 possessions to roll past archrival Indiana 62-10 - matching the largest victory margin in Ross-Ade Stadium history set twice before, all under Tiller.
Painter opened the game with a 9-yard TD pass to Desmond Tardy, followed that with a 79-yard TD pass to Aaron Valentin and then the Boilermakers recovered a pooch kick that Indiana (3-9, 1-7) couldn't get to. That miscue led to a 24-yard field goal from Carson Wiggs to make it 17-0 just 8:54 into the game.
Before the quarter ended, Painter hooked up with Brandon Whittington for a 5-yard TD and before the half ended, Kory Sheets had two more scoring runs. That gave Sheets the school's single-season record for rushing touchdowns (15), and he added No. 16 in the third quarter.
Indiana's first score came when a 68-yard kickoff return set up Austin Starr's 27-yard field goal.
The Hoosiers' only touchdown came on Kellen Lewis' 16-yard pass to Ray Fisher to make it 55-10.
Sheets finished with 15 carries for 61 yards, passing Otis Armstrong for second on the school's career rushing list. Painter was 38-of-54 and moved into third on the Big Ten's career list for total offense.
Smith caught 12 passes for 136 yards, while Tardy had nine receptions for 114 yards.
Tyler Replogle had a career day for the Hoosiers in Will Patterson's absence, making a career-high 19 tackles and recording his first career sack and tackle for loss in the third quarter. It marked the most tackles by a Hoosier in a game this year and the most since Austin Thomas had 22 against Michigan State last season. The sack gave the Hoosiers 31 for the season.
Marcus Thigpen finished the game with 96 kick return yards, including a season-long 68-yard return in the second quarter. He finishes his IU career with (2,009) yards on kickoff returns, second in IU history to Derin Graham (2,088, 1998-2000). He finished the season with (853) return yards, the second-highest total in school history (Graham, 897, 2000).
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