Scores

Final

Purdue 26

(2-5, 0-3 Big Ten)

Northwestern 48

(6-1, 2-1 Big Ten)

12:00 PM ET, October 18, 2008

Ryan Field, EVANSTON, IL

1 2 3 4 T
PUR 6 6 0 1426
NW 0 24 10 1448

Top Performers

Passing: C. Bacher (NW) - 220 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: K. Sheets (PUR) - 17 CAR, 168 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: G. Orton (PUR) - 7 REC, 100 YDS, 1 TD

Northwestern, 6-1, rebounds from only loss with win over Purdue

Associated Press

EVANSTON, Ill. -- C.J. Bacher threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth score to help Northwestern rebound from its only loss to beat Purdue 48-26 on Saturday, sending the Boilermakers to their fourth straight defeat.

Northwestern (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) responded after falling to Michigan State last Saturday as Eric Peterman caught a TD pass and threw for another on a wild offensive day at Ryan Field.

Purdue (2-5, 0-3) was hurt by penalties and five turnovers and had difficulty containing Northwestern's spread offense.

Bacher's 9-yard TD pass to Tyrell Sutton with 15 seconds left in the second quarter -- 54 seconds after Purdue's Kory Sheets ran in for a 2-yard score -- erased any momentum the Boilermakers had hoped to take into the half and gave Northwestern a 24-12 lead.

The Wildcats made it 34-12 late in the third quarter when Corey Wooton hit Curtis Painter as he threw, forcing the ball to go in the air with Brad Phillips intercepting at the Boilermakers' 12. That set up Bacher's 1-yard TD pass to Brendan Mitchell.

Painter's 32-yard TD pass to Greg Orton early in the final quarter, made it 34-19.

Northwestern then got a boost from a video review. After Jordan Mabin intercepted a pass and returned it 38 yards to the Purdue 1, the ball appeared to come loose as Sutton tried to cross the goal line for the TD.

But after the video review, officials determined that Sutton was down at the 1 before the apparent fumble. and Northwestern retained possession. Two plays later, Bacher sneaked in to make it 41-19.

Omar Conteh's 14-yard TD run after a 41-yard fumble return by Brian Peters put Northwestern up 48-19. Sheets, who gained 168 yards on 17 carries, broke loose for a 76-yard TD with six minutes to go.

Purdue backup quarterback Joey Elliott, who replaced Painter in the second quarter, separated his soulder on a keeper with 1:44 left in the first half. Painter returned to the field and immediately threw a 24-yard pass to Orton to get the ball to the Northwestern 4 to set up Sheets' 2-yard run that made it 17-12.

On the ensuing kickoff, Purdue was called for its second personal foul penalty of the game to give Northwestern good field position. Bacher completed a 30-yard pass to Jeremy Ebert to the Purdue 5 and on third down, he flipped the TD pass to Sutton.

Peterman's versatility helped the Wildcats take the lead. He broke a tackle during a splendid 45-yard catch-and-run TD that put the Wildcats up 7-6.

Three minutes later, he took the flip on a reverse, rolled right and tossed a 30-yard TD pass to a wide open Sidney Stewart, giving the Wildcats a 14-6 lead.

Painter completed 26 of 41 passes for 273 yards with three interceptions and moved into No. 2 all-time in Big Ten completions (919) ahead of former Northwestern QB Brett Basanez. Bacher finished 20-of-33 for 230 yards.

Northwestern middle linebacker Malcolm Arrington, tied for second on the team in tackles entering the game, injured his left leg on a running play with just under six minutes left in the first quarter and had to be helped off the field.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PUR
NW
1st Downs2323
Total Yards466451
Passing308260
Rushing158191
Penalties9-698-47
3rd Down Conversions3-126-13
4th Down Conversions0-20-0
Turnovers53
Possession27:4832:12

Passing Leaders

PurdueC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Painter26/412736.713
NorthwesternC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bacher20/332307.031

Rushing Leaders

PurdueCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sheets171689.9276
Smith144.004
NorthwesternCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sutton18965.3014
Conteh8496.1115

Receiving Leaders

PurdueRECYDSAVGTDLG
Orton710014.3132
Tardy88710.9028
NorthwesternRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ebert46516.3040
Sutton46215.5126

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPURNW
FG04:42Carson Wiggs 20 Yd 30
FG00:28Carson Wiggs 37 Yd 60
SECOND QUARTERPURNW
TD13:56Eric Peterman 45 Yd Pass From C.J. Bacher (Amado Villarreal Kick) 67
TD10:57Sidney Stewart 30 Yd Pass From Eric Peterman (Amado Villarreal Kick) 614
FG09:54Amado Villarreal 26 Yd 617
TD01:09Kory Sheets 2 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 1217
TD00:15Tyrell Sutton 9 Yd Pass From C.J. Bacher (Amado Villarreal Kick) 1224
THIRD QUARTERPURNW
FG09:57Amado Villarreal 29 Yd 1227
TD01:44Brendan Mitchell 1 Yd Pass From C.J. Bacher (Amado Villarreal Kick) 1234
FOURTH QUARTERPURNW
TD14:52Greg Orton 32 Yd Pass From Curtis Painter (Carson Wiggs Kick) 1934
TD07:23C.J. Bacher 1 Yd Run (Amado Villarreal Kick) 1941
TD06:21Omar Conteh 14 Yd Run (Kyle Daley Kick) 1948
TD06:00Kory Sheets 76 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick) 2648