The Nittany Lions won the toss and elected to defer. Purdue opted to receive, and immediately dug themselves a hole with a penalty for a chop block on their first play from scrimmage. After a 3 and out, Penn State took over. Penn State, behind Rob Bolden was also unable to move the ball, and after their own 3 and out punted back to the Boilers.
On their second drive, Purdue began to find some openings in the Penn State secondary, and moved the ball inside the Nittany Lion 30 before the defense stiffened up. The Boilermakers failed on a 44 yard field goal attempt, and the Lions took over at their own 27.
Bolden remained in the game for the second possession, and the Lions found life, driving to the red zone behind a combination of Redd and Smith on the ground, and a nice reception by Brandon Mosbey-Felder. Mosbey-Felder made a second catch to take PSU to the 1 yard line, and Curtis Dukes followed the line over the goal line to draw first blood.
Penn State 7, Purdue 0
Purdue opened their third drive with a big play to the PSU 30, and showed good creativity in their offense. A pair of runs moved the Boilermakers to the 16 yard line. An incomplete pass to the end zone, and two stuffs by the Lion defense led to the end of the drive, and Purdue settled for a field goal.
Penn State 7, Purdue 3
Penn State did nothing with their next possession, and after the 3 and out, Fera boomed a 49 yard punt. The quarter ended with Purdue moving the ball.
Purdue's drive stalled as the Nittany Lion defense forced a punt. McGloin took over at quarterback, and the Lions moved out from the shadow of their own goal post, picking up a pair of first downs. Sticking mostly with the ground game, Penn State crossed into Purdue territory, but the drive stalled at the 41 after 15 plays. Fera's punt took a Purdue bounce, and the Boilermakers took over at their own 17.
Purdue quickly moved into the Penn State red zone behind the running of Ralph Bolden who picked up a 43 yard run up the gut. Penn State stuffed the drive at the 17, and Purdue tacked on another field goal to cut the gap to 1.
Penn State 7, Purdue 6
McGloin returned for Penn State's next possession, and after picking up a pair of first downs, the drive failed at the 41. Fera's punt took a Penn State roll to the Purdue 19 where the Boilermakers took over the ball again. The Boilers picked up a first down, and after taking a time out to take a shot downfield. Stupar picked off the pass, and returned the pic inside the 30. A personal foul penalty for a late hit on the return moved Penn State to the Boiler 12, but an end around to Devon Smith was stuffed, and with seven seconds left on the clock, Penn State opted for a pass over the middle to Szerba, who dropped it in the end zone, adding to his season of woe. The Nittany Lions settled for a field goal from Fera to wrap up the first half.
Penn State 10, Purdue 6.
Purdue's opening kick sailed through the end zone and Bolden led the Lion offense onto the field for the third quarter. After picking up a first down, a Purdue sack reclaimed the yardage gained. Silas Redd bailed out the Lions with a 16 yard pickup on second down, then picked up the first down at the 44. Dukes, and Redd alternated to pick up another set of downs inside Purdue territory, but the drive stalled at the 40 yard line. Fera's punt bounced at the 2 and rolled into the end zone, and Purdue took over at the 20.
Purdue's offense sputtered as Penn State forced a 3 and out. Justin Brown returned the 44 yard Boilermaker punt to the Purdue 31. McGloin took over, but the drive netted just 8 yards in 3 plays. A 40 yard Fera field goal extended the Nittany Lion lead.
Penn State 13, Purdue 6
On the ensuing kickoff, Purdue got a big return of 74 yards before Morris made the play at the Penn State 26. The Boilers picked up a first down at the 14 before O.J. Ross caught a touchdown in the back of the end zone. The extra point attempt bounced off the goalpost and failed.
Penn State 13, Purdue 12
The kicking woes continued for Purdue as the kickoff sailed out of bounds, giving the Lions possession on their own 40. On first down, McGloin hit Devon Smith for a pickup of 22 yards, then rolled left to hit Justin Brown inside the Purdue 20. An out to Suhey moved the ball inside the 10 and Redd capped off the drive with a 9 yard run for 6.
Penn State 20, Purdue 12
Purdue was not ready to lie down, and returned the kickoff to the 30. A quick run to the outside brought the Boilers to midfield, and Purdue moved crisply to the Lion 25. The defense stiffened, and the drive was snuffed when Powell tipped a 3rd down pass into the air. Sukay appeared to come down with an interception, and the review upheld the call on the field, giving the Lions the ball, and earning some karma for head official Dave Witvoet, long a nemesis for the Nittany Lions.
Penn State moved deep into Purdue territory behind McGloin, but once again the drive failed as a bad pass in the end zone bounced in the air and was intercepted. Purdue returned the pick to midfield, and the game became interesting. The Boilers moved into the red zone, just inside the 20, then to the 1 yard line on a quick hit to the right side. Chambers finished the drive by diving over the lines for a score. Penn State stuffed the two point conversion attempt to retain a two point lead.
Penn State 20, Purdue 18
The Nittany Lions came out swinging, as Chaz Powell returned the kickoff to the Purdue 3 yard line with an outstanding long return. The ball came back out to the 19 when Powell was hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for throwing the ball in the air after the run. The drive failed and Penn State settled for a field goal.
Penn State 23, Purdue 18
A short Fera kickoff was returned to the 35, and Purdue dug in. So did the Lion defense, and the Boilers were stopped for a 3 and out. Penn State was penalized for an illegal block in the back on the punt, and Penn State took over on their own 15 yard line with just under 5 minutes remaining in the game. The Lions picked up a first down, but the drive stalled and Penn State was forced to punt. Fera drilled the punt, and Sukay downed the ball at the 1 yard line for a 69 yard kick. The Lion defense held, and Purdue, needing a score, went for a desparation pass on 4th down that was tipped by Still and intercepted by Stupar in the Purdue red zone. The Lions moved the ball to the 10 yard line behind Silas Redd, and iced the game with a 4th down quarterback sneak to move to the 7 with less than 1.5 minutes to play.
FINAL: Penn State 23, Purdue 18