Scores
MOTOR CITY BOWL AT DETROIT MI

Final

Purdue 51

(8-5, 3-5 Big Ten)

Cent Michigan 48

(8-6, 6-1 MAC)

7:30 PM ET, December 26, 2007

1 2 3 4 T
PUR 21 13 7 1051
CMU 6 7 28 748

Top Performers

Passing: C. Painter (PUR) - 546 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: D. LeFevour (CMU) - 33 CAR, 114 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: B. Anderson (CMU) - 7 REC, 129 YDS, 3 TD

Painter shines with Purdue-record 546 passing yards, 3 TDs

DETROIT (AP) -- The Motor City Bowl is low in the postseason pecking order.

The Purdue-Central Michigan thriller, however, might be tough to top.

Chris Summers kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the Boilermakers to a 51-48 victory over the Chippewas on Wednesday night.

The 99 points tied the second-highest total in a bowl game that ended in regulation, trailing only the 2003 Insight Bowl, where California beat Virginia Tech 52-49.

Passing Fancy
Curtis Painter
Curtis Painter posted the fourth most passing yards in bowl game history against Central Michigan Wednesday.
Player
Bowl
Yards
Ty Detmer, BYU'89 Holiday576
Byron Leftwich, Marshall'01 GMAC576
Colt Brennan, Hawaii'06 Hawaii559
Curtis Painter, Purdue'07 Motor City546
David Carr, Fresno St.'01 Silicon Valley531
Trent Dilfer, Fresno St.'93 Aloha523

"It reminded me of some of our early games at Purdue and also of the wacky WAC," Purdue coach Joe Tiller said. "It wasn't my favorite game, but it was a heck of a game for the spectators."

Curtis Painter threw for a school-record 546 yards and three touchdowns, helping the Boilermakers build three 21-point leads and set up the winning kick.

"It's a fun game to play if you're on this end," he said.

Painter was 35-of-54 and both of his interceptions went off receiver Dorien Bryant's hands.

"It's big for us to get a win here after losing our last three games," said Painter, whose passing total ranked third in a bowl game. "It feels good to get all of the statistics, but the best statistic is in the win column."

Purdue receivers Greg Orton, Jake Standeford and Dustin Keller had at least 112 yards receiving apiece.

Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour threw for 292 yards and four scores and ran for 114 yards and two TDs, feeding off the energy from the crowd of 60,624 that created more noise than most Detroit Lions games in the same venue.

"The atmosphere was amazing," said LeFevour, who completed 17 of 34 passes and ran 33 times. "As we started rolling in the second half, the crowd started getting into it more and it just got better and better."

Early on, Purdue (9-5) didn't seem inspired perhaps because playing in Detroit isn't exactly what a Big Ten team has in mind when it dreams of playing in the postseason.

The Mid-American Conference champion Chippewas (8-6) got the Boilermakers' attention, though, with an interception on the third play of the game and by taking a 3-0 lead.

Purdue then seemed to get fired up and appeared to be rolling toward a rout, leading 27-6 midway through the second quarter, 34-13 at halftime and 41-20 early in the third.

The Chippewas proved they belonged on the same field.

Their comeback started with LeFevour's scoring pass to Bryan Anderson at 10:19 of the third and the quarterback tied the game with two runs late in the quarter.

Purdue answered with Jaycen Taylor's TD run midway through the fourth quarter and seemed to seal the win with a sack when Central Michigan had the ball with 2:15 and no timeouts.

But LeFevour wasn't done.

He escaped a sack on the next play and got out of bounds. Then, he connected three first downs before lobbing a pass to Anderson from 19 yards to make it 48-all with 1:09 left to play.

The sophomore finished the season with 27 passing touchdowns and 19 rushing, falling just short of joining Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow of Florida as the only players to have 20 of each in the same season.

Painter, who broke the Purdue yardage mark shared by Drew Brees and Kyle Orton, was 4-of-5 for 42 yards on the winning drive.

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The ESPN Classic Game of the Week will feature Purdue vs Central Michigan on Sunday at 9 a.m. ET.

"It was a heck of college football game and it might go down as one of the best bowls," Central Michigan coach Butch Jones said. "I can't say enough about our kids. These kids are special.

"Obviously, it didn't turn out the way we wanted it to, but I think you saw something special out there. They fought to the bitter end."

Jones, a former West Virginia assistant, is reportedly a candidate for the Mountaineers' job that opened when Rich Rodriguez left to coach Michigan.

"I'm not going to comment on that," Jones said.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PUR
CMU
1st Downs2822
Total Yards587435
Passing546292
Rushing41143
Penalties6-443-20
3rd Down Conversions6-157-17
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers30
Possession29:1830:42

Passing Leaders

PurdueC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Painter35/5454610.132
Central MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
LeFevour17/342928.640

Rushing Leaders

PurdueCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sheets12272.3211
Taylor10232.3113
Central MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
LeFevour331143.5216
Hoskins6152.5013

Receiving Leaders

PurdueRECYDSAVGTDLG
Keller715021.4162
Orton913615.1129
Central MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Anderson712918.4349
Brown49423.5176

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPURCMU
FG12:39Andrew Aguila 27 Yd
Drive: 4 plays, 0 yds, :44
03
TD06:19Kory Sheets 1 Yd Run (Chris Summers Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 75 yds, 1:51
73
TD02:54Greg Orton 29 Yd Pass From Curtis Painter (Chris Summers Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 29 yds, :06
143
FG00:24Andrew Aguila 47 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 30 yds, 2:30
146
TD00:10Dustin Keller 62 Yd Pass From Curtis Painter (Chris Summers Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 62 yds, :14
216
SECOND QUARTERPURCMU
FG11:32Chris Summers 30 Yd
Drive: 6 plays, 39 yds, 2:00
246
FG06:13Chris Summers 21 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 85 yds, 3:30
276
TD04:07Bryan Anderson 49 Yd Pass From Dan Lefevour (Andrew Aguila Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 77 yds, 2:06
2713
TD00:16Kory Sheets 1 Yd Run (Chris Summers Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 61 yds, 3:51
3413
THIRD QUARTERPURCMU
TD14:09Antonio Brown 76 Yd Pass From Dan Lefevour (Andrew Aguila Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 79 yds, :51
3420
TD12:53Jake Standeford 19 Yd Pass From Curtis Painter (Chris Summers Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 62 yds, 1:16
4120
TD10:19Bryan Anderson 10 Yd Pass From Dan Lefevour (Andrew Aguila Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 58 yds, 2:34
4127
TD05:02Dan Lefevour 9 Yd Run (Andrew Aguila Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 46 yds, 1:49
4134
TD00:10Dan Lefevour 4 Yd Run (Andrew Aguila Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 20 yds, :38
4141
FOURTH QUARTERPURCMU
TD08:19Jaycen Taylor 13 Yd Run (Chris Summers Kick)
Drive: 12 plays, 76 yds, 4:12
4841
TD01:09Bryan Anderson 19 Yd Pass From Dan Lefevour (Andrew Aguila Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 66 yds, 1:06
4848
FG00:00Chris Summers 40 Yd
Drive: 7 plays, 39 yds, 1:09
5148