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Field goal with 3 seconds left wins game

10/18/2003 - Purdue Boilermakers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Purdue coach Joe Tiller returned the pass
to the Boilermakers' playbook in a big way Saturday.

"This is why I came to Purdue, to have the games in my hands
and throw the ball 55, 60 times a game," junior quarterback Kyle
Orton said after the Boilermakers (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) beat Wisconsin (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) 26-23.

After getting into the end zone on their first two possessions,
Purdue (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) settled for four field goals from Ben
Jones, including the winning 18-yarder with 3 seconds left.

The Boilermakers served notice that the passing attack that
defined the Drew Brees era is back.

Orton completed 38 of 55 passes for 411 yards with one touchdown
and no interceptions. Taylor Stubblefield and John Standeford
combined for 30 receptions and 314 yards.

"It felt like a new offense," Stubblefield said. "We've been
having success running the ball. Today it became the receivers'
turn and we delivered."

Stubblefield had 16 catches for 130 yards and a score, and
Standeford caught 14 passes for 184 yards, including a 50-yarder
that TV replays showed should have been a 76-yard score had
officials not ruled he stepped out of bounds at the Wisconsin 26.

Orton hadn't had this big of numbers since Dec. 21, 2001, when
he was 38-for-75 for 419 yards in a loss to Washington State in the
Sun Bowl.

And he hadn't completed more than 17 passes or thrown more than
28 in a month.

"We came in here believing we could throw the football,"
Tiller said. "The last three weeks we controlled the game on the
run. They basically took the run away from us."

Tiller said he saw how the Badgers stifled Ohio State's running
game a week earlier and adjusted his approach accordingly.

"We planned to throw it early and throw it often. We hoped to
tire them out," Tiller said. "We maybe have seen as good as an
individual tackle, but never two like that (Anttaj Hawthorne and
Jason Jefferson)."

The Badgers (6-2, 3-1) swore they saw it coming.

"We anticipated that would be the type of attack that they
would try," Badgers coach Barry Alvarez said.

Still, Wisconsin's coverage was soft as Orton completed his
first 15 passes and led the Boilermakers to a quick 14-0 lead.

Tightening up the coverage only opened up the downfield pass
like on the winning, 82-yard drive when Orton hit a diving Ray
Williams for 36 yards to the Badgers 3 one play after converting a
third-and-10 pass at midfield.

The Badgers had tied it at 23 on Jim Leonhard's 63-yard punt
return with 2:55 remaining and covered the kickoff at the 17.

"The defense had the momentum the whole second half," Leonhard
said. "And after that punt return, I really thought we were going
to make that stop."

For the second straight week, backup quarterback Matt Schabert
had to replace an injured Jim Sorgi for the Badgers, who upset the
defending national champions last week on Schabert's late TD pass.

There would be no such heroics this time.

Schabert was sacked on his first two dropbacks and Wisconsin's
offense scored just one field goal on six possessions with him
under center.

Anthony Davis, who had missed three of the last four games with
an injured ankle, carried 18 times for 96 yards and a 28-yard score
that made it 14-7.

But he fumbled at the Boilermakers 29 with 5:49 left and the
Badgers trailing 23-16. Shaun Phillips, who had 3{ sacks, recovered
for Purdue.

Orton was 26-of-31 in the first half for 216 yards. Of his five
incompletions, two were drops, one was a deep pass that went off
the receivers' fingertips, one was a throwaway on a failed flea
flicker and one was broken up.

But Orton also had a fumble that kept Wisconsin close.

Linebacker Alex Lewis, who had a career-best five sacks, wrapped
up Orton and the ball popped into the hands of linebacker Jeff
Mack, who rumbled 55 yards for the score to pull the Badgers to
14-13.

Allen clanked the extra point off the left upright, however.

On the first play from scrimmage, Sorgi's long pass was picked
off by Jacques Reeves and Orton then completed five passes for 56
yards on a 59-yard drive capped by Jerod Void's 2-yard run.

Sorgi fumbled on the next drive and Bernard Pollard recovered
for Purdue. Orton completed all six of his passes for 54 yards with
the payoff coming on a 6-yard toss to Stubblefield to make it 14-0.

Although the Boilermakers couldn't get in the end zone again,
the damage was done.

"In the beginning, I guess our heads were kind of spinning
around a bit as much as they were throwing it," Badgers cornerback
Scott Starks said. "I think it took us a while to get adjusted."

Once they started playing tighter coverage, however, the
Boilermakers began burning them downfield.

"We threw the ball 55 times?" Tiller chuckled. "That's
shameless."