The Boilermakers (5-6, 3-5) claimed the Old Oaken Bucket for the
fourth straight year and the eighth time in Joe Tiller's nine
seasons as coach. Purdue won its final three games of the season
but failed to reach a bowl game for the first time in Tiller's
Indiana (4-7, 1-7) allowed 27 points in a quarter for the third
straight week and ended the year with six consecutive losses, its
last looking as dismal as it appeared on the one working scoreboard
at Memorial Stadium.
Hoosiers quarterback Blake Powers was picked off three times,
finishing 11-of-24 for 150 yards although he scored on touchdown
runs of 9 and 8 yards. Indiana also lost two fumbles.
Sheets, who replaced the injured Jerod Void early Saturday,
carried 19 times for 137 yards while Bryant scored on two of six
runs. Quarterback Curtis Painter was 14-of-27 for 124 yards and had
10 carries for 60 yards.
But Purdue made it look easy. After trailing 7-0, the
Boilermakers capitalized on Powers' first interception with a
25-yard TD run from Sheets that gave Purdue a 10-7 lead.
Three plays later, Powers was picked off again and Sheets
converted with a 5-yard TD run.
After another Hoosiers turnover, Bryant's 10-yard touchdown run
made it 24-7 and Purdue closed the half with a 31-yard field goal
from Ben Jones. The Boilermakers ran the last 22 plays of the half
in Indiana territory, and the Hoosiers never challenged.