Purdue 31, E. Illinois 3

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Curtis Painter tied a school record with six touchdown passes as Purdue defeated Eastern Illinois 52-6 on Saturday.

Painter's output tied the record set by Drew Brees in 1998 and matched by Kyle Orton in 2004. Painter completed 38-of-49 passes for 348 yards.

Dorien Bryant caught 12 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown for the Boilermakers (2-0).

Eastern Illinois quarterback Cole Stinson completed 15 of 32 passes for 143 yards. The Panthers (1-1) were ranked No. 14 in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) coaches poll.

The game was suspended before the start of the third quarter due to lightning. The stands were cleared, and few fans returned when play resumed 65 minutes later.

Purdue led 10-0 before Eastern Illinois ran an offensive play.

Painter connected with Jake Standeford for a 13-yard score to give the Boilermakers a 7-0 lead just 2:30 into the game.

Eastern Illinois' Quinten Ponius muffed the ensuing kickoff, and Purdue's Byron Williams recovered at the Panthers 26. Chris Summers' 39-yard field goal made it 10-0 with 10:44 left in the first quarter.

The Panthers came back to score on their first offensive possession. A 24-yard field goal by Tyler Wilke cut Purdue's lead to 10-3.

Purdue answered with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Painter to Greg Orton to give Purdue a 17-3 lead with 3:10 left in the opening quarter.

Painter found tight end Dustin Keller for a 37-yard touchdown pass with 9:34 left in the second quarter. Keller caught the ball near the sideline and simultaneously stepped backward and sideways to avoid a tackle. A crushing block by Standeford helped him get to the end zone.

Painter found Keller again for a 3-yard touchdown pass with 3:09 left in the second quarter to give Purdue a 31-3 halftime lead. Painter threw for 246 yards and four touchdowns in the first half.

After connecting with Bryant for a 10-yard score in the third quarter, Painter's final touchdown pass was a 1-yarder to tight end Jerry Wasikowski with 12:57 left in the game.


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