Scores

Final

Purdue 19

(7-3, 3-3 Big Ten)

Penn State 26

(7-3, 4-3 Big Ten)

Coverage: ESPN

12:00 PM ET, November 3, 2007

Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA

1 2 3 4 T
PUR 10 0 6 319
PSU 3 10 0 1326

Top Performers

Passing: A. Morelli (PSU) - 210 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: E. Royster (PSU) - 21 CAR, 126 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Williams (PSU) - 10 REC, 95 YDS, 1 TD

Penn St. 26, Purdue 19

Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Junior Derrick Williams sent Penn State's seniors off with a win in their final home game.

Williams scored on a 12-yard end-around and a five-yard reception, while Dan Connor and Maurice Evans led a beleaguered defense that held Purdue in check late in the Nittany Lions' 26-19 win on Saturday.

Joe Paterno seemed to make a concerted effort to get Williams the ball and the receiver responded. His TD on the end-around with 13:45 left swung momentum Penn State's way after Purdue dominated the third quarter to take a 16-13 lead.

Going right-to-left, Williams got an open-field block from fullback Dan Lawlor before scooting into the corner of the end zone to put Penn State up 19-16. The Nittany Lions (7-3, 4-3 Big Ten) botched the extra-point attempt.

Evan Royster's 26-yard touchdown run extended the lead to 26-16 with 3:46 left, but Purdue (7-3, 3-3) didn't go quietly. Chris Summers hit a 37-yard field goal with 1:53 left, and Penn State couldn't run out the clock.

Curtis Painter's desperation throw into the end zone as time expired was batted down by a swarm of Nittany Lions.

Dorien Bryant led Purdue with two long kickoff returns, including a career-high 98-yarder to open the game with a touchdown. Summers kicked four field goals, including a career-long 50-yarder, and Painter finished 27-of-48 for 255 yards.

The defense stopped Purdue deep in its own territory on two late drives, and Penn State appeared to be in good shape before Rodney Kinlaw fumbled at the Purdue 6.

A riled-up Paterno pleaded with officials that Kinlaw had stepped out-of-bounds at the 17, but a replay official upheld the call.

The Penn State defense held again, and Evans sacked Painter and forced a fumble that led to a Purdue punt.

Royster's touchdown run with 3:46 left proved to be the deciding score. The redshirt freshman finished with 126 yards on 21 carries.

Williams had 10 catches for 95 yards and two rushes for 21 yards.

He helped send Connor out with a win on a momentous Senior Day. The linebacker also broke the school record for career tackles previously held by Paul Posluszny (372).

Bryant tried to spoil the fun early with his 98-yard return on the opening kickoff. He finished with five catches for 56 yards and also had a 39-yard kick return.

Purdue was on the move in the first quarter until linebacker Sean Lee stripped the ball from Jaycen Taylor on third-and-goal just as the tailback was trying to stretch the ball into the end zone.

The teams combined for 22 penalties, 13 by Penn State.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PUR
PSU
1st Downs2229
Total Yards323461
Passing255210
Rushing68251
Penalties9-8213-88
3rd Down Conversions8-1710-17
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers11
Possession27:4232:18

Passing Leaders

PurdueC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Painter27/482555.300
Penn StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Morelli22/352106.010

Rushing Leaders

PurdueCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sheets8435.4022
Taylor9202.207
Penn StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Royster211266.0133
Kinlaw12847.0025

Receiving Leaders

PurdueRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lymon67813.0032
Bryant55611.2014
Penn StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams10959.5121
Butler44010.0023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPURPSU
TD14:46Dorien Bryant 98 Yd Kickoff Return (Chris Summers Kick) 70
FG10:23Kevin Kelly 26 Yd
Drive: 12 plays, 81 yds, 4:18
73
FG08:47Chris Summers 45 Yd
Drive: 6 plays, 29 yds, 1:36
103
SECOND QUARTERPURPSU
TD03:11Derrick Williams 5 Yd Pass From Anthony Morelli (Kevin Kelly Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 77 yds, 4:37
1010
FG00:00Kevin Kelly 24 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 58 yds, 1:33
1013
THIRD QUARTERPURPSU
FG08:28Chris Summers 28 Yd
Drive: 14 plays, 74 yds, 4:53
1313
FG01:40Chris Summers 50 Yd
Drive: 14 plays, 52 yds, 4:40
1613
FOURTH QUARTERPURPSU
TD13:46Derrick Williams 12 Yd Run (Pat Failed)
Drive: 9 plays, 69 yds, 2:54
1619
TD03:46Evan Royster 26 Yd Run (Kevin Kelly Kick)
Drive: 12 plays, 65 yds, 6:02
1626
FG01:53Chris Summers 37 Yd
Drive: 12 plays, 60 yds, 1:53
1926