Purdue: Game Update

Saturday is Penn State's final home game of the 2007 season. Get an update of the clash with Purdue as the PSU seniors wrap up their careers in Beaver Stadium.

FIRST QUARTER

From the first kickoff Purdue showed they came to play with an opening kickoff touchdown return by Dorian Bryant. 7-0 Purdue.

Penn State answered with a solid, balanced drive, picking up a field goal. 7-3 Purdue.

On the next drive Purdue showed off their offensive fire-power, driving down and picking up a 47-yard field goal. 10-3 Purdue.

After a snuffed out drive for Penn State, Purdue continued to show off their offense, driving down to the 1-yard line before Sean Lee stripped the ball, creating a turnover.

Penn State started to move the ball on the ensuing drive, but was forced to have Jeremy Boone punt. For the first quarter Purdue had 15 plays for 99 yards and Penn State had 19 plays for 98 yards.

SECOND QUARTER

In the second quarter the defense made an appearance, putting Purdue in third and long situations, sacking Painter on a third and 13 and forcing a punt.

Unfortunately, an untimely block-in-the-back by Bowman on the punt return put PSU in a hole. The Lions managed to assemble a drive highlighted by Evan Royster's third and one run of 33 yards, his longest of the season. PSU tied it up on a five yard toss from Morelli to Williams. 10-10 tied.

On the next Purdue drive PSU's defense came to life, grabbing three sacks in four plays by Phil Taylor, Chris Baker and Maurice Evans, bringing Evan's season total to 11.5 sacks, which forced another Purdue punt.

Penn State managed to assemble another drive despite another key third and short false start by Quarless. However with mismanagement of the clock resulting in burnt time out Penn State miss the field goal...but another Purdue personal foul gave Kevin Kelly a second shot, which he took full advantage of. 13-10 Penn State.

HALFTIME STATS

First Downs: PU 5, PSU 18
Total Yards: PU 105, PSU 243
Passing Yards: PU 88, PSU 127
Rushing Yards: PU 17, PSU 116

Anthony Morelli: 13 for 24 for 127 yards, 1 TD o INT, 4 rushes for 25 yards
Evan Royster: 10 carries for 58 yards (5.8 YPC)
Derrick Williams: 6 catches for 50 yards (8.3 YPC), 1 TD

THIRD QUARTER

Penn State got the ball to open the second half, but after a Purdue sack Penn State was forced to punt.

The Lions managed to contain Purdue's misdirection on the next drive holding the Boilers to three points. 13-13 tie.

With a three and out Painter drove PU down, allowing the Boilers to hit a 50-yard field goal. 16-13 Purdue.

FOURTH QUARTER

The Lions opened the fourth quarter on the back of Evan Royster with a touchdown score on an end-around to Derrick Williams. However they botched the extra point. 19-13 Penn State.

On the ensuing drive Purdue was forced to punt thanks to a third and five pass breakup by Connor.

On the opener of the drive Kinlaw ran for 25 yards, but fumbled on a controversial call which appeared he was out of bounds prior to the cough up of the ball.

The PSU defense stood tough inside the 10-yard line, forcing Purdue to have a three-and-out.

On the next drive Penn State started to put together another drive, converting a fourth and one to keep the drive alive. Penn State focused on the running game with Royster closing out the drive on a 26-yard touchdown run. 26-16 Penn State.

Dodging ref flags, Purdue managed to get another three points off. 26-19 Penn State.

Brett Brackett grabbed a close on-sides kick to give PSU the ball.

Purdue got the ball back with 24 seconds left. They drove to the Penn State 48-yard line with three seconds left. Painter launched a endzone pass only to get batted down by the Lions sending the seniors out with a final home victory. Final: 26-19 Penn State.

SIDE NOTES

  • Against Purdue Dan Connor broke the all-time Penn State tackle record owned by Paul Posluszny.

  • Today, Morelli became the first QB in PSU history to have 2000+ passing yards in multiple seasons.

    GAME STATS

    First Downs: PU 19, PSU 30
    Total Yards: PU 282, PSU 461
    Passing Yards: PU 214, PSU 210
    Rushing Yards: PU 68, PSU 251

    Anthony Morelli: 22 for 35 for 127 yards, 1 TD o INT, 4 rushes for 25 yards
    Evan Royster: 21 carries for 126 yards (6.0 YPC), 1 TD
    Derrick Williams: 10 catches for 95 yards (9.5YPC), 1 TD, two rushes for 21 yards (10.5 YPC), 1 TD

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