Kirsch starts for Boilermakers

Updated: November 13, 2004, 4:18 PM ET
Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton did not start Saturday's game against Ohio State, though he was listed as available to play.

Orton has been bothered by a right hip injury for the last month. He was benched two weeks ago against Northwestern, partly because of the injury and partly because of ineffectiveness, and sat out last week's loss to Iowa.

Brandon Kirsch started the game.

Orton, a one-time Heisman hopeful, has struggled mightily during Purdue's four-game losing streak. He said earlier in the week that he was "50-50" to play against the Buckeyes, but complained that the injury was so painful that he had trouble sleeping at night.

Purdue cornerback Antwaun Rogers also was out of the lineup with a knee injury. Paul Long started in his place.

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