WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Joe Tiller was tired of seeing
Purdue stumble at home in its gold uniforms.
So he sent the Boilermakers out in black Saturday and watched
them crank it up.
The predictable result: No. 25 Purdue 59, Arizona 7.
"Those are our traditional colors and when you wear black, it
brings a swagger to you," linebacker Niko Koutouvides said. "You
feel good, you look good and you play good."
Purdue (2-1) produced one of its most complete performances
since ditching the black jerseys following the 2001 season.
The 59 points matched the most since Tiller and his wide-open
offense arrived in 1997. The Boilermakers defeated Minnesota 59-43
on Oct. 11, 1997.
Purdue also had 580 yards in offense, its most in more than
three years, and the 174 yards Arizona scrambled for was the
second-fewest allowed since Tiller came to West Lafayette.
What Tiller liked most was that his surprise jersey switch
helped his team regain a home-field edge that appeared to be
slipping away after it lost three of four at Ross-Ade Stadium.
"I'm not superstitious, but after what happened against Bowling
Green, I said, 'That's it," Tiller said. "You won't see us in
For Purdue, everybody from the equipment manager, who changed
the uniforms, to the players seemingly had a role.
Orton completed 16 of 28 passes for 261 yards, including a
career-long 81-yarder to John Standeford that helped break open the
game just before halftime.
Void carried 12 times for 60 yards before being pulled in the
third quarter. Brooks, a backup, responded with 21 carries for a
career-high 122 yards and two late touchdowns to help wrap things
Standeford caught four passes for 111 yards, finishing one
reception short of Tim Stratton's school record (204).
But the biggest day belonged to linebacker Landon Johnson, who
finished with four tackles, two forced fumbles, one fumble
recovery, a sack and an interception.
"Every time some type of play was made, it seemed like 47 was
over there," Koutouvides said. "This was his breakout game and he
was all smiles."
The Boilermakers put mistake-prone Arizona (1-3, 0-1 Pac-10) in
a hole early and it was far too much to overcome.
The Wildcats lost by more than five touchdowns for the third
consecutive week and it was every bit as ugly as the score
Arizona was outrushed 292-66. It's top runner was Nic Costa, who
carried three times for 47 yards.
The quarterback contest, which had been between Ryan O'Hara and
Costa, may have gotten a third entrant -- freshman Kris Heavner, who
led Arizona on its only scoring drive long after the outcome had
Heavner's play hardly made a difference, though.
The three quarterbacks combined for 13-of-31 with 108 yards and
two touchdowns and only three drives netted more than 20 yards.
"What happened early in the game is our runners tried to outrun
them and you can't outrun them," coach John Mackovic said. "You
have to be able to spread them out and then block and run inside."
Afterward, an angry Mackovic, who has been under fire since a
player's revolt last November, refused to shake hands with Tiller.
Mackovic may have been upset that the Boilermakers scored three
touchdowns in the fourth quarter -- after Tiller pulled his
starters. But all three were on the ground, and Purdue kept finding
Tiller tried to apologize.
"I tried to encourage John, but he's a wiser coach than I,"
Tiller said. "So I shouldn't be saying anything."
The Boilermakers took the cue from Tiller's jersey switch and
changed their ways.
They converted four Arizona turnovers into 24 points and scored
on their opening drive with a 35-yard TD pass from Orton to Ray
Purdue made it 14-0 early in the second quarter when Void scored
on a 2-yard run, then took control just before halftime when Ben
Jones hit a 27-yard field goal and Orton and Standeford hooked up
on the 81-yard TD pass to make it 24-0 with 40 seconds left.
The Boilermakers sealed the outcome early in the second half
when Void broke free up the middle for a 13-yard touchdown run and
Orton threw a 43-yard TD pass to backup running back Brandon Jones.
That made it 38-0 and gave Purdue something to smile about.
"We didn't even know we had black jerseys," Koutouvides said
of the jersey switch. "It was nice to be back in black."
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