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2008 Purdue Boilermakers Season
Purdue QB Curtis Painter
Purdue QB Curtis Painter
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Feb 4, 2009


2008 Purdue Boilermakers Season, Game Recaps, Scores and Reviews


2008 Purdue Boilermakers

Nov. 22
Purdue 62 … Indiana 10
Curtis Painter was unstoppable in head coach Joe Tiller's final game at Purdue. Painter threw for 448 yards and five touchdowns, and Kory Sheets ran for three scores, as the Boilermakers cranked out 596 yards of total offense and made it a laugher from the start. Purdue scored 24 points in the first quarter and held a 41-3 halftime lead. A 17-yard Sheets run made it 55-3 after three quarters. IU only managed 214 yards of total offense and didn't get into the end zone until the fourth on a 16-yard Ray Fisher catch.
Player of the game: Purdue QB Curtis Painter completed 38-of-54 passes for 448 yards and five touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Indiana - Passing: Kellen Lewis, 13-25, 92 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Marcus Thigpen, 10-53. Receiving: Tandon Doss, 2-28
Purdue - Passing: Curtis Painter, 36-54, 448 yds, 5 TD
Rushing: Kory Sheets, 15-61, 3 TD. Receiving: Keith Smith, 12-136, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Talk about playing focused and on a mission, Purdue wasn't going to let Joe Tiller go out without a bang as Curtis Painter had a phenomenal final game and the defense played one of its best games of the year. Indiana was out of it before it was even able to get settled. Good for Tiller and Painter, two of the good guys in the game who had less-than-stellar final seasons. This was the type of dominant performance that'll leave Boilermaker fans wondering why the team wasn't more explosive throughout the season, and it was a game that was a good ending and a good beginning for the Danny Hope era.

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2007 Purdue Season

2008 Schedule
CFN Prediction:
6-6
2008 Record: 4-8

Aug. 30 OPEN DATE
Sept. 6 No. Colorado W 42-10
Sept. 13 Oregon L 32-26 2OT
Sept. 20 Central Mich W 32-25
Sept. 27 at Notre Dame L 38-21
Oct. 4 Penn State L 20-6
Oct. 11 at Ohio State L 16-3
Oct. 18 at Northwestern L 46-28
Oct. 25 Minnesota L 17-6
Nov. 1 Michigan W 48-42
Nov. 8 at Michigan State L 21-7
Nov. 15 at Iowa L 22-17
Nov. 22 Indiana W 62-10

2007 Schedule
CFN Prediction:
8-4
2007 Record: 8-5

Sept. 1 at Toledo W 52-24
Sept. 8 Eastern Illinois W 52-6
Sept. 15 Central Mich W 45-22
Sept. 22 at Minnesota W 45-31
Sept. 29
Notre Dame W 33-19
Oct. 6 Ohio State L 23-7
Oct. 13 at Michigan L 48-21
Oct. 20 Iowa W 31-6
Oct. 27
Northwestern W 35-17
Nov. 3 at Penn State L 26-19
Nov. 10
Michigan State L 48-31
Nov. 17 at Indiana L 27-24
Motor City Bowl
Dec. 26 Central Mich W 51-48

Nov. 22
Purdue 62 … Indiana 10
Curtis Painter was unstoppable in head coach Joe Tiller's final game at Purdue. Painter threw for 448 yards and five touchdowns, and Kory Sheets ran for three scores, as the Boilermakers cranked out 596 yards of total offense and made it a laugher from the start. Purdue scored 24 points in the first quarter and held a 41-3 halftime lead. A 17-yard Sheets run made it 55-3 after three quarters. IU only managed 214 yards of total offense and didn't get into the end zone until the fourth on a 16-yard Ray Fisher catch.
Player of the game: Purdue QB Curtis Painter completed 38-of-54 passes for 448 yards and five touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Indiana - Passing: Kellen Lewis, 13-25, 92 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Marcus Thigpen, 10-53. Receiving: Tandon Doss, 2-28
Purdue - Passing: Curtis Painter, 36-54, 448 yds, 5 TD
Rushing: Kory Sheets, 15-61, 3 TD. Receiving: Keith Smith, 12-136, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Talk about playing focused and on a mission, Purdue wasn't going to let Joe Tiller go out without a bang as Curtis Painter had a phenomenal final game and the defense played one of its best games of the year. Indiana was out of it before it was even able to get settled. Good for Tiller and Painter, two of the good guys in the game who had less-than-stellar final seasons. This was the type of dominant performance that'll leave Boilermaker fans wondering why the team wasn't more explosive throughout the season, and it was a game that was a good ending and a good beginning for the Danny Hope era.

Nov. 15
Iowa 22 … Purdue 17
Iowa seemed like it had things well in hand after Shonn Greene ran for a 14-yard score early in the fourth quarter for a 22-10 lead, but Curtis Painter caught fire and made things interesting. Painter hit Greg Orton for an eight-yard touchdown with 3:40 to play to pull within five, and he had one last shot. Painter got the offense down to the Iowa 27, but his final throw in the end zone to Desmond Tardy sailed high and Iowa survived. On the day, Tardy caught 13 passes for 131 yards with a 12-yard touchdown, but it wasn't enough to overcome Green, who ripped off a 75-yard touchdown run in the second quarter as part of a 211-yard day.
Player of the game: Iowa RB Shonn Greene ran 30 times for 211 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Purdue - Passing: Curtis Painter, 24-30, 190 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Kory Sheets, 16-53. Receiving: Desmond Tardy, 13-131, 1 TD
Iowa - Passing: Ricky Stanzi, 8-15, 72 yds
Rushing: Shonn Greene, 30-211, 2 TD. Receiving: Andy Brodell, 4-42
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... So there's the Curtis Painter everyone was waiting for. In the loss to Iowa, he was brilliant in place of Justin Siller as he almost led the team back to an improbable win. Outside of allowing the one big 75-yard run to Shonn Greene, the Boilermaker defense played one of its better games of the year and did enough against the Iowa passing game to keep things close, but it wasn't enough. If the team plays like this against Indiana, Joe Tiller will go out with a win.  


Nov. 8
Michigan State 21 … Purdue 7
Michigan State got a touchdown in each of the first three quarter as Javon Ringer score on a one-yard run in the first and a one-yarder in the third, and Johnny Adams took a Justin Siller interception 40 yards for a score in with nine seconds left in the first half. Purdue got its only points on a one-yard Siller run with 42 seconds to play.  
Player of the game: Michigan State RB Javon Ringer ran 32 times for 121 yards and two touchdowns.
Stat Leaders: Purdue - Passing: Justin Siller, 13-30, 83 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Kory Sheets, 22-93. Receiving: Desmond Tardy, 5-37
Michigan State - Passing: Brian Hoyer, 10-22, 154 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Javon Ringer, 32-121, 2 TD. Receiving: B.J. Cunningham, 5-63
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Purdue is ending the Joe Tiller era with a whisper. With Curtis Painter out, Justin Siller failed to move the ball enough on the Michigan State defense completing just 13-of-30 passes. Kory Sheets tried to carry the offense, but he didn't get much room to move thanks to a rough day from the offensive line. As bad as things have been, the Boilermakers can close on a high note and can make some noise with a win at Iowa before finishing against Indiana.

Nov. 1
Purdue 48 … Michigan 42
Greg Orton ran the hook, caught the pass, and pitched the lateral to Desmond Tardy for a 28-yard touchdown with 26 seconds to play to close out a wild shootout. The two teams went back and fourth, after an early 14-0 Michigan lead coming from a 45-yard Brandon Minor touchdown run and a 73-yard punt return for a score from Martavious Odoms. Brandon Minor scored three times for the Wolverine including a one-yard touchdown run with 1:20 to play before Purdue was able to go 73 yards in four plays for the win. Kory Sheets ran for three short touchdowns for the Boilermakers, and he caught a seven yard touchdown pass. The Wolverine passing game wasn't consistent, but it got a 51-yard touchdown catch from Darryl Stonum.
Player of the game: Purdue RB Kory Sheets ran 30 times for 118 yards and three touchdowns, and caught three passes for 43 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: Michigan - Passing: Steven Threet, 9-21, 123 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Brandon Minor, 24-155, 3 TD. Receiving: Martavious Odoms, 4-26
Purdue - Passing: Justin SIller, 21-34, 266 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Kory Sheets, 30-118, 3 TD. Receiving: Greg Orton, 8-89, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... At least the offense worked a little bit against Purdue. Michigan is going to a bowl for the first time in 33 years, and maybe that could take the pressure off. While this is a lost season results-wise, there's no reason the team can't work on things going into next year. It's a learning process under Rich Rodriguez, and at this point, simply trying to win games doesn't really matter. The coaching staff needs to know once and for all if Steven Threet is the type of quarterback to build around for next year. After giving up 522 yards of Purdue offense, who can play defense? The Minnesota and Northwestern games will be interesting learning opportunities before facing Ohio State.


Oct. 25
Minnesota 17 … Purdue 6
Minnesota's defense forced four turnovers and knocked out Purdue QB Curtis Painter, while the offense got just enough to get by with a four-yard Adam Weber run in the first quarter and a nine-yard pass to Jack Simmons in the fourth. Joel Monroe kicked a 41-yard field goal for the Gophers in the second. Purdue only managed 226 yards of total offense with two Carson Wiggs field goals in the first quarter. Purdue lost two fumbles and was picked off twice.
Player of the game: Minnesota QB Adam Weber completed 21-of-34 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown with an interception, and he ran 13 times for 60 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: Purdue - Passing: Justin Siller, 10-17, 73 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Kory Sheets, 21-73. Receiving: Brandon Whittington, 7-37
Minnesota - Passing: Adam Weber, 21-34, 212 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Adam Weber, 13-60, 1 TD. Receiving: Brandon Green, 5-100
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Purdue is battered, bruised, and beaten. On a five-game losing streak, and with Curtis Painter suffering an injured throwing shoulder against Minnesota, things couldn't be going too much worse. With just 226 yards of total offense and four turnovers in the loss, nothing is working right for the Big Ten's worst team. Kory Sheets and the running game have to start doing more and they have to start controlling games to take the pressure off the mediocre passing game. With a home game against Michigan up next, if Purdue doesn't win next week, the season really will be in the tank.

Oct. 18
Northwestern 48 … Purdue 26
Purdue led 6-0 after the first quarter on two Carson Wiggs field goals, and then the Northwestern offense went nuts. Eric Peterman caught a 45-yard touchdown pass to start the scoring, and then he hit Sidney Stewart on a 30-yard scoring pass. C.J. Bacher ended up with three touchdown passes and a touchdown run as the Wildcats went on a 48-13 run broken up by a 32-yard Greg Orton touchdown catch and a two-yard Kory Sheets run. Sheets added a 76-yard touchdown dash when the game was well out of reach. Purdue turned it over five times.
Player of the game: Northwestern QB C.J. Bacher completed 20-of-33 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns with an interception, and he ran 15 times for 41 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: Purdue - Passing: Curtis Painter, 26-41, 273 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Kory Sheets, 17-168, 2 TD. Receiving: Desmond Tardy, 8-87 
Northwestern - Passing: C.J. Bacher, 20-33, 230 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Tyrell Sutton, 18-96. Receiving: Jeremy Ebert, 4-65
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Purdue doesn't have a defense, and the offense doesn't have a chance. LB Anthony Heygood is an All-Big Ten talent who's trying to make every play, he made 14 tackles against Northwestern, but the rest of the defense is getting ripped up. Curtis Painter has to press, and it shows as he threw three interceptions trying to make big things happen to keep up the pace. At the moment, the team is completely unable to stop negative momentum, and that's on the defense. Everyone's putting up big numbers on this group.

Oct. 11
Ohio State 16 … Purdue 3
The Ohio State offense was awful, but the defense made up for it. Purdue only managed three points on a 53-yard Carson Wiggs field goal, and it didn't threaten for a touchdown until the final moments. The Buckeyes got a blocked point for a touchdown to start off the scoring early, and Ryan Pertorius added two short field goals to go along with Aaron Pettrey's 49-yarder.
Player of the game: Ohio State LB James Laurinaitis made ten tackles and a tackle for loss
Stat Leaders: Purdue - Passing: Curtis Painter, 32-51, 228 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Kory Sheets, 20-67. Receiving: Greg Orton, 6-73
Ohio State - Passing: Terrelle Pryor, 10-14, 97 yds
Rushing: Beanie Wells, 22-94. Receiving: DeVier Posey, 2-28
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The Purdue offense has struggled against the big boys for the last few years, and on the current three-game losing streak, the production and efficiency has gone into the tank. Curtis Painter is winging it around, but he's not getting much in the way of help from the receiving corps. The defense played extremely well against Ohio State, but the special teams and offense didn't hold up their end of the bargain. All of a sudden, the game next week against Minnesota isn't a layup. The offense will have to start putting points on the board again.

Oct. 4
Penn State 20 ... Purdue 6
Darryll Clark ran for a one-yard score and Kevin Kelly kicked the first of two field goals to close out 72 yard drives in the second quarter, and Evan Royster ran for a four-yard score in the third, as Penn State jumped out to a 24-0 lead. Halfway through the fourth quarter, Purdue went on a 14-play, 82-yard drive finishing with a one-yard Kory Sheets touchdown run, but that would be it for the Boilermaker offense. Penn State outgained Purdue 422 yards to 241.
Player of the game: Penn State RB Evan Royster ran 18 times for 141 yards and a touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Purdue - Passing: Curtis Painter, 13-22, 112 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Kory Sheets, 18-59, 1 TD. Receiving: Greg Orton, 5-43
Penn State
- Passing: Darryl Clark, 18-26, 220 yds
Rushing:
Evan Royster, 18-141, 1 TD. Receiving: Derrick Williams, 5-52
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Purdue couldn't get the offense going against the tough Penn State defensive front. Curtis Painter did a fantastic job of spreading the ball around to several different receivers, but there weren't any yards after the catch and there was absolutely nothing deep. Kory Sheets tied Mike Alstott for the most touchdowns all-time at the school with 40, but he couldn't get any room to move. Penn State is playing as well as anyone in America, but that's little solace for a Purdue team that has to go to Ohio State. At least the team isn't making mistakes. There was only one turnover and no penalties against the Nittany Lions.

Sept. 27
Notre Dame 38 ... Purdue 21
Robert Blanton returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown and Jimmy Clausen hooked up with Golden Tate for a six-yard score in the first half as part of a 14-14 halftime, and then Notre Dame rolled in the third quarter as Clausen threw two touchdown passes and Armando Allen ran for a 16-yard score. Purdue pulled within seven on a 54-yard Desmond Tardy touchdown catch, but the Irish answered with a 30-yard David Grimes touchdown and finished it off with a Brandon Walker 41-yard field goal. Purdue threw for 359 yards, but Notre Dame ran for a season-high 201.
Player of the game: Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen completed 20-of-35 for 275 yards and three touchdown passes, rushing five times for eight yards.
Stat Leaders: Purdue
- Passing: Curtis Painter, 29-55, 359 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Rushing: Kory Sheets, 13-87, 1 TD. Receiving: Desmond Tardy, 10-175, 1 TD
Notre Dame
- Passing: Jimmy Clausen, 20-35, 275 yds, 3 TDs
Rushing: Armando Allen, 17-134, 1 TD. Receiving: Michael Floyd, 6-100
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
202 rushing yards. That's how many Notre Dame came up with. Notre Dame. The Purdue run defense is more than just a big problem, it's the season. With Penn State and Ohio State coming up next, Purdue needs to come up with a new wrinkle in a big hurry or there won't be a bowl, there won't be a good sendoff for Joe Tiller, and a relatively good team will be an extreme disappointment. As this game showed, Curtis Painter can't bomb away for wins.

Sept. 20
Purdue 32 … Central Michigan 25
Purdue RB Kory Sheets ran for a 46-yard touchdown, helped by a tremendous open field move, with one minute to play to save the Boilermakers from the upset. CMU got a six-yard Ontario Sneed touchdown catch with 1:18 to play, but it took just one play, after a big Desmond Tardy kickoff return and a facemask penalty, to get the win. Sheets also ran for a one-yard score in the second quarter, Desmond Tardy caught a two-yard touchdown pass, and Frank Duong picked off a pass for a touchdown as Purdue kept pace with a CMU attack that got a Sneed touchdown catch in the first quarter and a Dan LeFevour 12-yard touchdown run in the fourth.
Player of the game: Purdue RB Kory Sheets ran 17 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns, and added five catches for 23 yards.
Stat Leaders: Central Michigan
- Passing: Dan LeFevour, 25-44, 291 yds, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
Rushing: Dan LeFevour, 24-112, 1 TD. Receiving: Ontario Sneed, 6-57, 2 TDs
Purdue
- Passing: Curtis Painter, 27-36, 261 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Kory Sheets, 17-91, 2 TDs. Receiving: Keith Smith, 5-59
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Purdue had several chances to take a big lead and put Central Michigan away, but couldn't do it. Curtis Painter kept the chains moving, but he didn't make many plays deep, while the defense had a nightmare of a time against the run, even if the CMU ground game was only Dan LeFevour, a week after getting ripped up by Oregon. Fortunately, Notre Dame is up next, so there's no worrying about a ground game, but Purdue has to play a clean game. It should win if there aren't any mistakes.

Sept. 20
Purdue 32 … Central Michigan 25
Purdue RB Kory Sheets ran for a 46-yard touchdown, helped by a tremendous open field move, with one minute to play to save the Boilermakers from the upset. CMU got a six-yard Ontario Sneed touchdown catch with 1:18 to play, but it took just one play, after a big Desmond Tardy kickoff return and a facemask penalty, to get the win. Sheets also ran for a one-yard score in the second quarter, Desmond Tardy caught a two-yard touchdown pass, and Frank Duong picked off a pass for a touchdown as Purdue kept pace with a CMU attack that got a Sneed touchdown catch in the first quarter and a Dan LeFevour 12-yard touchdown run in the fourth.
Player of the game: Purdue RB Kory Sheets ran 17 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns, and added five catches for 23 yards.
Stat Leaders: Central Michigan
- Passing: Dan LeFevour, 25-44, 291 yds, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
Rushing: Dan LeFevour, 24-112, 1 TD. Receiving: Ontario Sneed, 6-57, 2 TDs
Purdue
- Passing: Curtis Painter, 27-36, 261 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Kory Sheets, 17-91, 2 TDs. Receiving: Keith Smith, 5-59
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Purdue had several chances to take a big lead and put Central Michigan away, but couldn't do it. Curtis Painter kept the chains moving, but he didn't make many plays deep, while the defense had a nightmare of a time against the run, even if the CMU ground game was only Dan LeFevour, a week after getting ripped up by Oregon. Fortunately, Notre Dame is up next, so there's no worrying about a ground game, but Purdue has to play a clean game. It should win if there aren't any mistakes.

Sept. 13
Oregon 32 ... Purdue 26 2OT
Oregon got a three-yard touchdown run from LeGarrette Blount in the second overtime to finish off the comeback. Purdue jumped out to a 20-3 lead helped by Kory Sheets touchdown runs from 80 and two yards, and had a chance to win in regulation but Chris Summers badly missed a 44-yard field goal. The Ducks roared back in the second half
with an 87-yard Jairus Byrd punt return for a score and a five-yard Blount touchdown run, but they could only manage a 38-yard Matt Evenson field goal in the fourth quarter to tie it at 23. Summers hit a 22-yarder in the first overtime but missed a 47-yarder in the second.
Player of the game: Oregon RB
LeGarrette Blount ran 12 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Purdue - Passing: Curtis Painter, 26-50, 207 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Kory Sheets, 29-180, 2 TD. Receiving: Greg Orton, 9-82
Oregon - Passing: Justin Roper, 20-48, 197 yds, 2 INT
Rushing:
LeGarrette Blount, 12-132, 2 TD. Receiving: Ed Dickson, 7-93
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Purdue let one slip away. The Boilermakers got up early on Oregon and had a chance to win in regulation, but couldn't close. Curtis Painter, for him, had a rough day completing 26-of-50 passes with two interceptions, and while he had help from the running game, he couldn't come up with the big plays needed in the second half. This was Purdue's chance to make a huge statement on a national scale, and it blew it. The team has to get over this in a hurry, or there might be a major upset issue against Central Michigan.

Sept. 13
Oregon 32 ... Purdue 26 2OT
Oregon got a three-yard touchdown run from LeGarrette Blount in the second overtime to finish off the comeback. Purdue jumped out to a 20-3 lead helped by Kory Sheets touchdown runs from 80 and two yards, and had a chance to win in regulation but Chris Summers badly missed a 44-yard field goal. The Ducks roared back in the second half
with an 87-yard Jairus Byrd punt return for a score and a five-yard Blount touchdown run, but they could only manage a 38-yard Matt Evenson field goal in the fourth quarter to tie it at 23. Summers hit a 22-yarder in the first overtime but missed a 47-yarder in the second.
Player of the game: Oregon RB
LeGarrette Blount ran 12 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Purdue - Passing: Curtis Painter, 26-50, 207 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Kory Sheets, 29-180, 2 TD. Receiving: Greg Orton, 9-82
Oregon - Passing: Justin Roper, 20-48, 197 yds, 2 INT
Rushing:
LeGarrette Blount, 12-132, 2 TD. Receiving: Ed Dickson, 7-93
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Purdue let one slip away. The Boilermakers got up early on Oregon and had a chance to win in regulation, but couldn't close. Curtis Painter, for him, had a rough day completing 26-of-50 passes with two interceptions, and while he had help from the running game, he couldn't come up with the big plays needed in the second half. This was Purdue's chance to make a huge statement on a national scale, and it blew it. The team has to get over this in a hurry, or there might be a major upset issue against Central Michigan.

Sept. 6
Purdue 42 ... Northern Colorado 10
Purdue only held on to the ball for 22:40, but it made the most of its time with Curtis Painter throwing two touchdown passes, Kory Sheets running for two scores, and Mike Conway taking a blocked punt for a touchdown. Northern Colorado moved the ball, but only managed ten fourth quarter points with Jason Caprioli catching a three-yard pass from Bryan Waggener for the lone touchdown.
Player of the game: Purdue QB Curtis Painter went 15-of-28 for 286 yards and two touchdowns.
Stat Leaders: Northern Colorado
- Passing: Bryan Waggener, 27-42, 216 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Andy Muns, 6-49. Receiving: Ryan Chesla, 9-99
Purdue
- Passing: Curtis Painter, 15-28, 286 yds, 2 TDs
Rushing: Kory Sheets, 16-81, 2 TDs. Receiving: Keith Smith, 6-67, 1 TD

Rushing: Andre Callender, 15-96, 1 TD. Receiving: Rich Gunnell, 9-135
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... It might not have been a rock-solid performance in the win over Northern Colorado, but the Boilermakers scored early, showed plenty of balance, and got a chance to tune up for Oregon. There will have to be even more offensive explosion to stay with the Ducks, and the penalties, eight for 54 yards, have to slow down. Curtis Painter did his normal great job of spreading the ball around with Keith Smith and Greg Orton the main targets. No one was the No. 1 man, but that should be Orton going forward.

2008 Early Lookahead
Why to get excited: You know exactly what you're getting, and that can be a good thing. QB Curtis Painter will throw for a bazillion yards, there will be more offensive balance with RBs Kory Sheets and Jaycen Taylor, and the defense, which improved after a few horrible years, will be decent. Even if the defense needs time to replace some key players, which it will, Painter and the attack is built to keep up in shootouts. Missing Wisconsin and Illinois is a plus.
Why to be grouchy: Greg Orton is a good receiver and Joe Tiller always finds productive targets, but losing longtime playmaker Dorien Bryant and top catching TE Dustin Keller isn't a plus. In Tiller's final year before passing the reins to Danny Hope, the defensive players aren't there to come up with big days against offenses with a pulse. On the non-conference schedule is Oregon, an even better Central Michigan, and a trip to an improved Notre Dame, while the opening Big Ten road game is at Ohio State.
The number one thing to work on is: Getting the offense going against the good teams. Oh sure, it blew the doors off the MAC teams, Eastern Illinois and Minnesota, but when it came time to playing Ohio State and Michigan, the production went bye-bye. Basically, Purdue beat the teams it was supposed to and, with the possible exception of Indiana, it lost to the teams it was supposed to. To get to a bowl and be in the Big Ten upper-division, it'll have to pull off an upset or two. That hasn't been Tiller's forte.
Biggest offensive loss: WR Dorien Bryant
Biggest defensive loss: CB Terrell Vinson
Best returning offensive player: QB Curtis Painter, Sr.
Best returning defensive player: LB Anthony Heygood, Sr.

2007 Recap
2007 Recap: The Boilermakers were a product of their competition in 2007, winning the games they were supposed to, and losing to the better opponents on the schedule.  As has been the case for the past few seasons, Purdue went only as far as its quarterback, Curtis Painter, would take them, often struggling when the defense allowed too many long drives and too much real estate on the ground.  The Boilers' only two wins against bowl qualifiers were versus Central Michigan, once in West Lafayette and once in a Motor City Bowl shootout.

Offensive Player of the Year: WR Dorien Bryant

Defensive Player of the Year: DE Cliff Avril

Biggest Surprise: Purdue was supposed to beat Iowa on Oct. 20, but not by 25 points.  The Boilermaker defense delivered its best game of the season, limiting the Hawkeyes to 254 yards and a pair of Daniel Murray field goals, the fewest points scored by Iowa in this series since 1976.

Biggest Disappointment: The Boilermakers went 0-for-November, losing to Penn State, Michigan State, and Indiana in successive weeks to settle for the Big Ten's least desirable bowl slot.  Losing the Old Oaken Bucket to the Hoosiers on a last-minute field goal was easily Purdue's most painful loss of the 2007 campaign.

Looking Ahead: Pulling a Wisconsin, Purdue has already decided on Joe Tiller's successor in 2009, former Eastern Kentucky head coach Danny Hope.  It'll give the players and coaches a full year to get acclimated to the new sheriff in town.  With Painter back for one more season, the Boilermakers will once again be an offensive-driven team that needs more support from Brock Spack's defense.      

2008 Recruiting Class

Star of the Class

Kawann Short, DT, 6-4, 280, East Chicago, Ind. (Central)
Three-star prospect ranked as No. 24 defensive tackle nationally and No. 6 player in Indiana by Scout.com ... selected to play in Indiana North-South All-Star Game ... totaled 85 tackles, including nine sacks, with two fumble recoveries and two blocked punts as senior ... had 80 tackles, including 15 for loss and 8.5 sacks, as junior ... coach was A.J. Rodriguez ... also played basketball and was teammate of Purdue men's basketball freshman E'Twaun Moore when East Chicago won Class 4A state championship in 2007.


Potential Instant Impact Players

Chris Carlino, LB, 6-2, 215, Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeastern)
Three-star prospect ranked as No. 27 middle linebacker nationally and No. 14 player in Indiana by Scout.com  ... runner-up for Indiana Mr. Football and first team all-state, all-area and all-conference after totaling 136 tackles, including five sacks, with four interceptions, three pass breakups and three fumble recoveries as senior ... named to Indiana Football Coaches Association list of top 50 players in the state ... member of Indianapolis Star's Super Team and Daily Herald's list of top 33 players in Indiana ... runner-up for Indiana's Linebacker Award ... academic all-state selection ... had 24 receptions for 368 yards (15.3 average) and five touchdowns ... recorded 103 tackles as junior.

Ralph Bolden, ATH, 5-9, 185, Folkston, Ga. (Charlton County)
Ranked as No. 64 running back nationally and No. 43 player in Georgia by Scout.com ... named Region 2-AA Offensive Player of the Year ... member of Florida Times-Union Super 24 and all-state running back as senior ... rushed for 1,572 yards on 154 carries (10.2 average) with 17 touchdowns ... had 1,963 yards of total offense ... also recorded 13.5 tackles, three interceptions and one blocked kick ... recorded 902 yards of total offense with 771 yards rushing on 64 attempts (12.0 average) and eight touchdowns as junior ... also had 27.5 tackles and four interceptions (three returned for touchdowns) and recovered two fumbles ... first team all-region as defensive back and second team all-region running back ... timed at 4.43 in the 40-yard dash


Rest of the Class

Dwayne Beckford
LB
6-3
210
Irvington, N.J. (Irvington)
Alvin Blackmon
WR
6-1
190
Corinth, Texas (Lake Dallas)
Ralph Bolden
ATH
5-9
185
Folkston, Ga. (Charlton County)
Andrew Brewer
C
6-4
250
Huntington, W.Va. (Cabell Midland)
Jordan Brewer
WR
6-5
220
Carmel, Ind. (Carmel)
Monroe Brooks
DE
6-6
240
Palatine, Ill. (Palatine)
Chris Carlino
LB
6-2
215
Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeastern)
LaSalle Cooks
DE
6-3
225
Orlando, Fla. (Pine Castle Christian Academy)
Arsenio Curry
WR
6-4
210
Rufkin, Fla. (Fresno [Calif.] City College)
Peters Drey
OT
6-6
275
Theodore, Ala. (McGill Toolen)
Albert Evans
RB-DB
6-0
195
Gary, Ind. (Portage)
Nnamdi Ezenwa
LB
6-2
210
Acworth, Ga. (North Cobb)
Kevin Green
CB
5-10
180
Tallahassee, Fla. (Rickards)
Derek Jackson
LB
6-2
215
Glen Allen, Va. (Deep Run)
Robert Maci
DE
6-4
225
Fishers, Ind. (Cathedral)
Eric Mebane
DE
6-4
225
Grand Prairie, Texas (Bowie)
Gavin Roberts
S
6-1
205
Somerset, N.J. (Franklin)
Kawann Short
DT
6-4
280
East Chicago, Ind. (Central)
Caleb TerBush
QB
6-5
210
Metamora, Ill. (Metamora Township)
Tommie Thomas
S
6-2
175
Robbins, Ill. (Richards)
Carson Wiggs
P-K
6-0
200
Grand Prairie, Texas (South Grand Prairie)

 

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