Scores

Final

Purdue 24

(7-5, 3-5 Big Ten)

Indiana 27

(7-5, 3-5 Big Ten)

3:30 PM ET, November 17, 2007

Memorial Stadium (Bloomington, IN), Bloomington, IN

1 2 3 4 T
PUR 0 3 7 1424
IND 7 10 7 327

Top Performers

Passing: C. Painter (PUR) - 281 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Thigpen (IND) - 19 CAR, 140 YDS

Receiving: J. Hardy (IND) - 10 REC, 87 YDS, 1 TD

Indiana 27, Purdue 24

Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Kellen Lewis ran for two touchdowns, and Indiana held off a frantic Purdue rally Saturday when Austin Starr made a 49-yard field goal with 30 seconds left to hang on for a 27-24 victory.

The win likely gives the Hoosiers (7-5, 3-5 Big Ten) their first bowl bid in 14 years, fulfilling the promise late coach Terry Hoeppner made to fans when he was hired three years ago.

Indiana delivered this one almost the way Hoeppner drew it up. Playing in front of the first home sellout of the season, Marcus Thigpen ran for a career-high 140 yards, Lewis kept Purdue's defense off balance with a nifty mix of run and pass and Starr made a career-long field goal for the winner.

The Boilermakers (7-5, 3-5) looked bewildered most of the game. Curtis Painter was 28-of-45 for 279 yards and one TD, but Purdue was limited to 78 yards rushing -- minus-12 in the first half -- and lost for the third straight week.

Indiana won for only the second times in 11 games against its biggest rival and the victory set off a wild celebration that included Hoeppner's wife, Jane, hugging Starr on the field.

It appeared Indiana had the game wrapped up after Lewis ran 9 yards for one score, threw 8 yards to James Hardy for the second and scooted 8 yards to make it 24-3 early in the second half.

But Purdue rallied with two 1-yard TD runs from Kory Sheets and finally tied the score at 24 after taking advantage of Thigpen's late fumble. Painter followed that with a 5-yard pass to Jake Standeford, who was wide open in the end zone with 3:39 to go.

Then Lewis drove the 45 yards to set up Starr, whose field goal just cleared the crossbar.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PUR
IND
1st Downs2524
Total Yards359435
Passing281216
Rushing78219
Penalties4-464-41
3rd Down Conversions4-136-16
4th Down Conversions0-02-2
Turnovers22
Possession27:1032:50

Passing Leaders

PurdueC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Painter28/452816.211
IndianaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lewis23/392165.511

Rushing Leaders

PurdueCARYDSAVGTDLG
Taylor13534.1016
Sheets12463.8211
IndianaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thigpen191407.4045
Lewis13302.3212

Receiving Leaders

PurdueRECYDSAVGTDLG
Orton58617.2044
Keller68113.5031
IndianaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hardy10878.7113
Means25728.5040

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPURIND
TD00:37Kellen Lewis 9 Yd Run (Austin Starr Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERPURIND
FG04:49Chris Summers 37 Yd 37
FG02:43Austin Starr 42 Yd 310
TD00:34James Hardy 8 Yd Pass From Kellen Lewis (Austin Starr Kick) 317
THIRD QUARTERPURIND
TD11:29Kellen Lewis 8 Yd Run (Austin Starr Kick) 324
TD01:47Kory Sheets 1 Yd Run (Chris Summers Kick) 1024
FOURTH QUARTERPURIND
TD06:15Kory Sheets 1 Yd Run (Chris Summers Kick) 1724
TD03:39Jake Standeford 5 Yd Pass From Curtis Painter (Chris Summers Kick) 2424
FG00:30Austin Starr 49 Yd 2427