Tight end Brad Wood used his skill and a bit of luck en route to Player of the Game honors. All things told Wood put up solid numbers for the Cats leading the team in receiving yards with 98 on five catches. Wood also contributed two touchdowns.
Play of the Game
Wood also had the play of the game as he Quarterback Richard Kovalcheck found Wood wide open for a 34 yard score. The score tied up the game at 7-7, and took place on Arizona's first drive following the Purdue TD. This play really gave the UA confidence.
Too Much Yellow
Arizona's eight penalties in the first half alone brought them within one of tying the record for penalties in a game in the Stoops era. At the end of sixty minutes, the Wildcats had been flagged twelve times for seventy five yards. Arizona played behind the chains nearly all night, and hurt the Cats in the long run.
Missed opportunities were clearly a problem for the Cats against Purdue. Once again the UA was unable to rebound from the miscues. The most glaring mistake were Syndric Steptoe's muffed punt. Steptoe's fumble resulted in perhaps the largest momentum swing of the evening. Had he held on, Arizona would have had first and ten at the Purdue 42, trailing 21-17. Instead, the Boilermakers received another possession and quickly took advantage, needing only 2:47 to find the end zone, pushing their advantage to eleven points.
Special Teams Notables
BJ Dennard's 32 yard return following Purdue's third touchdown was the only kickoff that did not result in a touchback, for either team.
Danny Baugher set a new personal best when he punted the ball 76 yards towards the end of the first quarter. Baugher had struggled pinning opponents deep, usually having his punts sail into the end zone. However, he benefited from a friendly bounce at the start of the fourth quarter. His punt hit the ground at the Purdue twenty-five yard line but rolled all of the way to the two yard line.
The Running Game
The most glaring problem area for Arizona was the run game. Purdue ran for 239 yards on 45 attempts while Arizona could only manage 9 yards on 23 carries. If you take away the plays where Kovalcheck was sacked and the failed fake punt, Arizona still only had 42 yards on 17 attempts.
A Sell-Out Crowd
The official attendance was 56,400, which was called an official sellout. The sea of red in the student section was a great sight as very few, if any, students left the game early.