Purdue Retains Bucket (11-22-03)
November 22, 2003
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Purdue's pass rush was the key factor in the Boilermakers' 24-16 win over Indiana at Memorial Stadium Saturday.
The loss put a cap on the Hoosiers' 2-10 season and marked the end of a 1-7 showing in the Big Ten for IU. The Boilers improved to 9-3 overall and 6-2 in Big Ten play.
The Hoosiers were able to establish the run immediately, accounting for 128 yards rushing in the first half. Purdue's run defense ranked eighth nationally entering the game, surrendering only 86.5 yards rushing per game. Indiana had more rushing yards at the half than Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Penn State, Illinois, Notre Dame, Arizona and Wake Forest were able to muster against the Boilermakers all game.
In fact, Green-Ellis broke a 36-yard run in the first quarter. It was the longest run of the year for the freshman and the longest allowed by the Purdue defense this year. He later added a 39-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
The Hoosier defense was solid in the first half, and even opportunistic, as Herana-Daze Jones forced a fumble in the first quarter that was recovered by Cedric Henry, who then returned it 31 yards. Henry's return was the longest turnover return (interception or fumble) for Indiana this year.
The Hoosiers played Saturday's game without the services of starting right tackle Justin Frye, who was sidelined with a head injury sustained against Penn State.
Purdue scored a touchdown on its opening drive when Jerod Void found the end zone on a three-yard rush. Entering the game, the Hoosiers were 0-6 when allowing the opponent to score first.
In the fourth quarter, Jones picked off Boilermaker quarterback Kyle Orton. The interception marked his second of the season, the most of any IU player. Indiana converted the turnover into points as Brian Robertson kicked a 22-yard field goal to make 21-16, with 10:22 remaining in the game.
The Boilers responded with a field goal of their own at the 5:25 mark. Ben Jones hit a 22-yarder that would seal the final score of 24-16.
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