12:00 PM ET, November 20, 2004
Ross-Ade Stadium, WEST LAFAYETTE, IN
WEST LAFAYTTE, Ind. (AP) -- Purdue's Kyle Orton played just as he had envisioned.
The completions, first downs and touchdown passes came almost too easily.
He shredded Indiana's defense for 522 yards and six touchdowns and led the Boilermakers' record-breaking offense to a 63-24 rout of Indiana in the annual Old Oaken Bucket game.
"I actually went to bed last night thinking it would be nice to get our offense going again like we had earlier in the year," Orton said. "It was a great ending."
The Boilermakers (7-4, 4-4) set a Big Ten record for total yards in a game, finishing with 763, and scored their most points since 1912.
Orton reverted to the form that made him a Heisman Trophy candidate earlier this year before a four-game losing streak and an injury knocked him out of the race.
He made the right reads, spread the ball around and took advantage of continual mismatches. By halftime, Orton already had thrown for 401 yards and five touchdowns while Purdue piled up 512 yards in total offense.
Orton's teammates did their part, too. Three receivers -- Taylor Stubblefield, Kyle Ingraham and Dorien Bryant -- all topped 100 yards in the first half.
Indiana (3-8, 1-7) was simply overmatched. The Hoosiers finished their season with three straight losses, but losing the Bucket for the seventh time in eight years stung nearly as bad as the fact they were never close.
"This was just about the worst day we've had as a team," Indiana coach Gerry DiNardo said. "It was an ugly day, but the world is not going to cave in, even though it felt like it a few times out there."
Orton played the biggest part in picking apart the Hoosiers.
He tied Drew Brees' records for yards passing and touchdowns in a game, and finished with 530 yards in total offense. Brees also held that previous mark (524), which he set in October 1998 against Minnesota.
Taylor Stubblefield, Orton's favorite target, also had a record-breaking day. He caught 14 passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns to set the NCAA's all-time reception record. He finished the day with 309 catches, passing Louisville's Arnold Jackson (300). Marshall's Josh Davis entered the day tied with Stubblefield at 295, but his six receptions against Western Michigan weren't enough to catch up.
Stubblefield also set a new school record of 15 TD receptions in a season. The old record was 13.
Despite the record-setting day, Purdue's bowl plans remain uncertain.
"We will just have to go home tonight and see what happens," Orton said. "Obviously, we want to go to the best bowl we can, have fun and just try to win one more game."
Orton's numbers could have been even more impressive if not for a couple drops, but the rare mistakes didn't matter.
Orton led the Boilermakers to touchdowns on their first three possessions, throwing TD passes of 52 yards to Ingraham and 23 yards to Stubblefield. Brandon Jones added a 4-yard TD run.
Indiana closed to 21-10 when Victor Adeyanju sacked Orton, forcing a fumble, and Will Lumpkin returned it 74 yards for a TD early in the second quarter. It was Lumpkin's second TD of the season and extended the Hoosiers school record to five defensive touchdowns in a season.
For Purdue, it was merely a speed bump.
Orton threw three more touchdowns in the second quarter -- a 21-yarder to Bryant, a 17-yarder to Stubblefield and a 26-yarder to Ingraham to make it 42-10 at halftime.
Orton then connected with Stubblefield on a 12-yard TD early in the third quarter.
"Getting pressure on Orton was a little bit of a problem early, but we had matchup problems everywhere," DiNardo said. "Where we were soft, Purdue took advantage."
After Purdue pulled Orton early in the fourth quarter, Bryant scored on a 62-yard run and backup quarterback Brandon Kirsch a 61-yard TD to Charles Davis.
Ingraham finished with 11 catches for 209 yards and Bryant had five receptions for 131 yards.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis led Indiana with 15 carries for 94 yards. Matt LoVecchio was 21 of 34 for 239 yards with one touchdown in his final college game.
"This is something we can do when we are on," Stubblefield said. "We wanted to come out and win this game in the first quarter and take their emotion away."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||3-14||10-15|
|4th Down Conversions||0-2||0-1|
|TD||11:29||KYLE INGRAHAM 52 YD PASS FROM KYLE ORTON (BEN JONES KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 86 yards.
|FG||9:04||BRYAN ROBERTSON 31 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 60 yards.
|TD||6:51||TAYLOR STUBBLEFIELD 23 YD PASS FROM KYLE ORTON (BEN JONES KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||1:25||BRANDON JONES 4 YD RUN (BEN JONES KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 78 yards.
|TD||13:51||WILL LUMPKIN 74 YD DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RETURN (BRYAN ROBERTSON KICK)||10||21|
|TD||12:15||DORIEN BRYANT 21 YD PASS FROM KYLE ORTON (BEN JONES KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 78 yards.
|TD||11:21||TAYLOR STUBBLEFIELD 17 YD PASS FROM KYLE ORTON (BEN JONES KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 32 yards.
|TD||8:43||KYLE INGRAHAM 26 YD PASS FROM KYLE ORTON (BEN JONES KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 69 yards.
|TD||12:20||TAYLOR STUBBLEFIELD 12 YD PASS FROM KYLE ORTON (BEN JONES KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 59 yards.
|TD||4:07||CHRIS TAYLOR 22 YD RUN (BRYAN ROBERTSON KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 65 yards.
|TD||11:28||DORIEN BRYANT 62 YD RUN (BEN JONES KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 67 yards.
|TD||5:09||CHARLES DAVIS 61 YD PASS FROM BRANDON KIRSCH (BEN JONES KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||1:09||COURTNEY ROBY 19 YD PASS FROM MATT LOVECCHIO (BRYAN ROBERTSON KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 69 yards.