Great Games in IU-PU History - 1996
Nov. 20, 2008
As Indiana prepares to battle Purdue for the Old Oaken Bucket at noon on Saturday, IUHoosiers.com takes a look back at the Hoosiers' last victory in West Lafayette. IU gave Bill Mallory a 33-16 victory in his final game on the Hoosier sidelines back in 1996.
In 1987 and 1988, Indiana's Bill Mallory became the first coach in Big Ten Conference history to win back-to-back league Coach of the Year honors. He led the Hoosiers to six bowl appearances from 1986-93, and he is one of a handful of coaches to lead three different programs (Miami of Ohio, Colorado and Indiana) to top-20 finishes in the national polls. Amidst all of these accomplishments, perhaps the biggest highlight of his IU career took place at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette on Nov. 23, 1996, his final game at the helm of the Hoosier program.
A fundamental, efficient offense, a physical, big-play defense and clutch special teams were trademarks of Mallory-coached teams, and all three areas were pivotal in Indiana's 33-16 victory over Purdue. IU picked off Purdue quarterbacks John Reeves and Rick Trefzger four times, recorded four sacks, eight tackles for loss and one safety. Alan Sutkowski punted seven times for a 44-yard average, with all seven punts landing inside the Purdue 20-yard line, and Alex Smith rushed 33 times for 164 yards.
Kywin Supernaw had one of the four interceptions, and his 13-yard touchdown return was one of the few Hoosier highlights as Purdue held a 16-10 lead at halftime.
The Indiana offense gained momentum in the second half, as Smith's 2-yard touchdown run gave the Hoosiers the lead, 17-16, with 3:16 remaining in the third quarter. Indiana's Jabar Robinson intercepted Trefzger on Purdue's ensuing possession, and two series later, Nathan Davis blocked Danny Rogers' punt and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown.
When Sutkowski placed his final punt just inside the Purdue 7-yard line, and Adewale Ogunleye sacked Trefzger in the end zone for a safety.
IU closed the scorebook following the Boilermakers' free kick. On a drive that started from their own 41, the Hoosiers drove 59 yards in four plays, as Smith's 7-yard touchdown run with 6:03 left provided the final margin of victory.
Late in the fourth quarter, Supernaw recorded his second interception, and with 40 seconds left on the clock, senior linebacker Jamie Baisley closed his college career by intercepting a Trefzger pass.
Fittingly, Mallory received the obligatory Gatorade bath and was carried off the field on his players' shoulders.
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