WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Jerod Void ran for 134 yards and
three touchdowns to help Purdue beat Michigan State 28-21 Saturday,
snapping a six-game losing streak.
Curtis Painter, making his third straight start in place of
Brandon Kirsch, passed for a career-high 226 yards and one TD as
the Boilermakers (3-6, 1-5 Big Ten) rallied for the win.
Michigan State (5-4, 2-4), trying for a sixth victory to become
bowl-eligible, came in ranked third in the nation with more than
530 yards a game. But Purdue held the Spartans to 30 yards in the
second quarter, and the Boilermakers tied the game at 21 on Void's
second touchdown, a 2-yard run early in the third quarter.
The Spartans reached the Purdue 25 on their next possession, but
a fourth-down pass from Drew Stanton to Jerramy Scott was broken up
in the end zone by Brian Hickman.
Painter hit three straight passes to help Purdue move to the
Spartans 28 on the following series. He then pitched the ball to
Desmond Tardy, who passed it back to Painter. The pass was
incomplete, but an interference penalty on Kaleb Thornhill gave the
Boilermakers the ball at the 13. Void ran in from the 6 two plays
later for his third touchdown and Purdue's first lead of the game.
Michigan State's last chance ended at the Purdue 10 when Bernard
Pollard intercepted a pass by Stanton with 5 seconds remaining.
Stanton was 22-of-30 for 248 yards and was sacked three times.
The Spartans totaled 351 yards for the game.
Void's first touchdown came on a career-long 64-yard run that
tied the game at 7 in the first quarter.
Stanton ran for a 1-yard score to put Michigan State up 14-7.
Purdue tied it again on a 39-yard TD pass from Painter to Dorien
Bryant and appeared headed for another score late in the period
before Painter was sacked and fumbled. The Spartans' David Herron
recovered the ball and fumbled as he was tackled, but teammate Eric
Smith picked up the ball and ran 65 yards for a touchdown and a
21-14 halftime lead.
The Boilermakers shut out the Spartans the rest of the way.