WEST LAFAYTTE, Ind. (AP) -- Purdue's Kyle Orton played just as he
The completions, first downs and touchdown passes came almost
He shredded Indiana's defense for 522 yards and six touchdowns
and led the Boilermakers' record-breaking offense to a 63-24 rout
of Indiana in the annual Old Oaken Bucket game.
"I actually went to bed last night thinking it would be nice to
get our offense going again like we had earlier in the year,"
Orton said. "It was a great ending."
The Boilermakers (7-4, 4-4) set a Big Ten record for total yards
in a game, finishing with 763, and scored their most points since
Orton reverted to the form that made him a Heisman Trophy
candidate earlier this year before a four-game losing streak and an
injury knocked him out of the race.
He made the right reads, spread the ball around and took
advantage of continual mismatches. By halftime, Orton already had
thrown for 401 yards and five touchdowns while Purdue piled up 512
yards in total offense.
Orton's teammates did their part, too. Three receivers -- Taylor
Stubblefield, Kyle Ingraham and Dorien Bryant -- all topped 100
yards in the first half.
Indiana (3-8, 1-7) was simply overmatched. The Hoosiers finished
their season with three straight losses, but losing the Bucket for
the seventh time in eight years stung nearly as bad as the fact
they were never close.
"This was just about the worst day we've had as a team,"
Indiana coach Gerry DiNardo said. "It was an ugly day, but the
world is not going to cave in, even though it felt like it a few
times out there."
Orton played the biggest part in picking apart the Hoosiers.
He tied Drew Brees' records for yards passing and touchdowns in
a game, and finished with 530 yards in total offense. Brees also
held that previous mark (524), which he set in October 1998 against
Taylor Stubblefield, Orton's favorite target, also had a
record-breaking day. He caught 14 passes for 138 yards and three
touchdowns to set the NCAA's all-time reception record. He finished
the day with 309 catches, passing Louisville's Arnold Jackson
(300). Marshall's Josh Davis entered the day tied with Stubblefield
at 295, but his six receptions against Western Michigan weren't
enough to catch up.
Stubblefield also set a new school record of 15 TD receptions in
a season. The old record was 13.
Despite the record-setting day, Purdue's bowl plans remain
"We will just have to go home tonight and see what happens,"
Orton said. "Obviously, we want to go to the best bowl we can,
have fun and just try to win one more game."
Orton's numbers could have been even more impressive if not for
a couple drops, but the rare mistakes didn't matter.
Orton led the Boilermakers to touchdowns on their first three
possessions, throwing TD passes of 52 yards to Ingraham and 23
yards to Stubblefield. Brandon Jones added a 4-yard TD run.
Indiana closed to 21-10 when Victor Adeyanju sacked Orton,
forcing a fumble, and Will Lumpkin returned it 74 yards for a TD
early in the second quarter. It was Lumpkin's second TD of the
season and extended the Hoosiers school record to five defensive
touchdowns in a season.
For Purdue, it was merely a speed bump.
Orton threw three more touchdowns in the second quarter -- a
21-yarder to Bryant, a 17-yarder to Stubblefield and a 26-yarder to
Ingraham to make it 42-10 at halftime.
Orton then connected with Stubblefield on a 12-yard TD early in
the third quarter.
"Getting pressure on Orton was a little bit of a problem early,
but we had matchup problems everywhere," DiNardo said. "Where we
were soft, Purdue took advantage."
After Purdue pulled Orton early in the fourth quarter, Bryant
scored on a 62-yard run and backup quarterback Brandon Kirsch a
61-yard TD to Charles Davis.
Ingraham finished with 11 catches for 209 yards and Bryant had
five receptions for 131 yards.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis led Indiana with 15 carries for 94 yards.
Matt LoVecchio was 21 of 34 for 239 yards with one touchdown in his
final college game.
"This is something we can do when we are on," Stubblefield
said. "We wanted to come out and win this game in the first
quarter and take their emotion away."