The Boilermakers (5-6, 3-5) claimed the Old Oaken Bucket for the
fourth straight year and the eighth time in Joe Tiller's nine
seasons as coach. Purdue won its final three games of the season
but failed to reach a bowl game for the first time in Tiller's
Indiana (4-7, 1-7) allowed 27 points in a quarter for the third
straight week and ended the year with six consecutive losses, its
last looking as dismal as it appeared on the one working scoreboard
at Memorial Stadium.
Hoosiers quarterback Blake Powers was picked off three times,
finishing 11-of-24 for 150 yards although he scored on touchdown
runs of 9 and 8 yards. Indiana also lost two fumbles.
Sheets, who replaced the injured Jerod Void early Saturday,
carried 19 times for 137 yards while Bryant scored on two of six
runs. Quarterback Curtis Painter was 14-of-27 for 124 yards and had
10 carries for 60 yards.
But Purdue made it look easy. After trailing 7-0, the
Boilermakers capitalized on Powers' first interception with a
25-yard TD run from Sheets that gave Purdue a 10-7 lead.
Three plays later, Powers was picked off again and Sheets
converted with a 5-yard TD run.
After another Hoosiers turnover, Bryant's 10-yard touchdown run
made it 24-7 and Purdue closed the half with a 31-yard field goal
from Ben Jones. The Boilermakers ran the last 22 plays of the half
in Indiana territory, and the Hoosiers never challenged.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher hopes quarterback Sean Maguire is ready to go full speed by the middle of June.
Graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb has officially joined California, giving the Golden Bears an experienced option to replace No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jared Goff.
First-year football coach Dino Babers, hired by former Syracuse AD Mark Coyle, is on the committee that will search for Coyle's replacement.
Hugh Freeze has some major holes to fill on offense with the departures of Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell, but there is Chady Kelly and good depth.
After transferring in from Montana State, Dakota Prukop has a checklist he's working from as he prepares to compete for the Oregon job.
The destination for Week 6 of the Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip is unanimous, as all three conference reporters would head to the Red River Rivalry.