Purdue punishes Indiana in Tiller's final game

November, 22, 2008
11/22/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Joe Tiller undoubtedly loved the 62-point sendoff he received from his Purdue team in his final game on the sidelines. But there's a part of the Boilers coach that had to wonder: Where has this been?

Entering the game ranked last in the Big Ten in scoring, Purdue turned in a near flawless performance against rival Indiana. It looked much like the games from the early part of Tiller's tenure, when "Basketball on grass" gashed opposing defenses.

Senior quarterback Curtis Painter finally had a breakout performance (448 pass yards, 5 TDs), wideouts Keith Smith and Desmond Tardy both eclipsed 100 receiving yards and Kory Sheets added three touchdown runs.

What a way to send out an offensive innovator like Tiller.

As for Indiana, this solidifies the Hoosiers as the Big Ten's worst team and one of the league's bigger disappointments. It appeared as though Bill Lynch's job was safe entering this game, but such a poor performance in a rivalry could make the next few days interesting. Then again, I don't know how you fire a coach when his new boss (Fred Glass) doesn't officially start until Jan. 2.

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