Scores

Final

Northwestern 17

(5-4, 2-3 Big Ten)

Purdue 35

(7-2, 3-2 Big Ten)

12:00 PM ET, October 27, 2007

Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN

1 2 3 4 T
NW 0 14 3 017
PUR 14 0 0 2135

Top Performers

Passing: C. Painter (PUR) - 182 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Taylor (PUR) - 20 CAR, 157 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Bryant (PUR) - 7 REC, 65 YDS, 1 TD

Purdue 35, Northwestern 17

Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Jaycen Taylor ran for a career-high of 157 yards and two touchdowns to lead Purdue past Northwestern 35-17 Saturday.

Taylor, in his second game back after missing four weeks with a broken left arm, gained 114 yards on 15 carries in the second half.

Curtis Painter passed for 182 yards and two touchdowns and Dorien Bryant caught seven passes for 65 yards and a touchdown for Purdue.

Bryant moved to second place on the Big Ten's all-time receptions list. He has 269 catches and trails only Purdue's Taylor Stubblefield, who caught 325 passes from 2001-2004.

Northwestern quarterback C.J. Bacher passed for 208 yards and a touchdown, but he threw three interceptions. He had passed for at least 361 yards in his previous three games, all wins for the Wildcats.

Purdue (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) clinched a winning season and positioned itself to contend for a major bowl bid. Northwestern (5-4, 2-3) missed out on a chance to become bowl eligible.

Amando Villareal made an 18-yard field goal to give Northwestern a 17-14 advantage, its only lead of the game, with 6:56 left in the third quarter.

Purdue came back with a 69-yard touchdown drive. On a fourth-and-1 from the 1-yard line, Taylor scored to give the Boilermakers a 21-17 lead with 11:21 to go.

On Purdue's next possession, a scrambling Painter found Bryant in the back left corner of the end zone. Bryant leaped, then got both feet in bounds to make it 28-17 with 6:24 to play.

Taylor scored again in the final minute, a 1-yard run that gave the Boilermakers a 35-17 lead.

A game many expected to be an offensive show was dominated by the defenses in the first half.

A 33-yard run by Taylor set up Purdue's first score. On a third-and-goal from the Northwestern 1-yard line, Taylor fumbled into the end zone, but teammate Dustin Keller recovered to give the Boilermakers a 7-0 lead with 5:29 left in the first quarter.

Purdue cornerback Terrell Vinson intercepted his second pass of the day with 3:52 left in the first quarter. Painter completed a 1-yard pass to Jeff Lindsay on fourth-and-goal to make it 14-0.

Northwestern's Omar Conteh scored on an 11-yard run with 13:14 left in the second quarter to trim Purdue's lead to 14-7.

Northwestern took advantage of a Purdue mistake to tie the score. When Bacher was sacked, Justin Scott made contact with a Northwestern receiver well after the play ended and drew a 15-yard penalty. On the next play, Bacher completed a short pass to Kim Thompson. He threw a lateral to Eric Peterman, who scored to make it 14-all at halftime.

Purdue forced four turnovers in the first half, but only scored off of one. The Boilermakers committed seven penalties for 65 yards in the first 30 minutes.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NW
PUR
1st Downs2019
Total Yards297402
Passing208182
Rushing89220
Penalties2-197-65
3rd Down Conversions8-158-18
4th Down Conversions0-02-2
Turnovers40
Possession25:1934:41

Passing Leaders

NorthwesternC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bacher20/392085.313
PurdueC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Painter24/381824.820

Rushing Leaders

NorthwesternCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sutton12726.0021
Peterman3258.3015
PurdueCARYDSAVGTDLG
Taylor201577.9250
Sheets12383.2014

Receiving Leaders

NorthwesternRECYDSAVGTDLG
Thompson56412.8017
Lane56012.0021
PurdueRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bryant7659.3121
Orton7557.9017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNWPUR
TD05:29Dustin Keller Recovered Fumble In End Zone (Chris Summers Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 45 yds, 2:48
07
TD00:22Jeff Lindsay 1 Yd Pass From Curtis Painter (Chris Summers Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 40 yds, 3:30
014
SECOND QUARTERNWPUR
TD13:14Omar Conteh 11 Yd Run (Amado Villarreal Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 69 yds, 2:08
714
TD00:37Eric Peterman 15 Yd Pass From C.J. Bacher (Amado Villarreal Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 71 yds, 1:24
1414
THIRD QUARTERNWPUR
FG03:01Amado Villarreal 18 Yd
Drive: 15 plays, 79 yds, 6:56
1714
FOURTH QUARTERNWPUR
TD11:21Jaycen Taylor 1 Yd Run (Chris Summers Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 69 yds, 3:39
1721
TD06:24Dorien Bryant 21 Yd Pass From Curtis Painter (Chris Summers Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 71 yds, 3:59
1728
TD00:40Jaycen Taylor 1 Yd Run (Chris Summers Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 76 yds, 2:32
1735