Scores

Final

Toledo 31

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Purdue 52

(1-0, 1-0 home)

12:00 PM ET, September 5, 2009

Ross-Ade Stadium, WEST LAFAYETTE, IN

1 2 3 4 T
TOL 0 14 7 1031
PUR 14 17 14 752

Top Performers

Passing: A. Opelt (TOL) - 423 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: R. Bolden (PUR) - 21 CAR, 234 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: S. Williams (TOL) - 15 REC, 185 YDS, 2 TD

Hope's debut a success as Purdue tops Toledo

Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Ralph Bolden ran for 234 yards and two touchdowns as Purdue beat Toledo 52-31 Saturday in Danny Hope's head coaching debut for the Boilermakers.

Bolden, a sophomore, put up the third-best rushing total in school history in his first start. He broke loose for a 78-yard touchdown run on his first carry.

Joe Tiller lost his Purdue coaching debut to Toledo in 1997, and Hope was an assistant under him that day. This time, instead of using the pass-first offense the Boilermakers employed under Tiller, the Boilermakers overpowered the Rockets. Hope's Boilermakers ran for 315 yards, a total Tiller's teams surpassed just twice in 12 years.

Joey Elliott passed for 220 yards and three touchdowns in his first start for Purdue (1-0), but he threw three interceptions.

Purdue kicker Carson Wiggs set a school record with a 59-yard field goal that gave the Boilermakers a 31-14 lead at halftime.

Aaron Opelt passed for 423 yards and three touchdowns and Stephen Williams had 15 catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns, but Toledo (0-1) gave up 535 yards in coach Tim Beckman's debut.

Purdue established the ground game quickly. Two possessions after Bolden's long score, Jaycen Taylor followed with a 43-yard touchdown run. Taylor finished with 81 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

By the end of the first quarter, Purdue had 153 yards rushing, and the Boilermakers had a 14-0 lead.

Bolden surpassed 100 yards in the first minute of the second quarter. That drive ended when Elliott threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Keith Smith to make it 21-0. Smith caught eight passes for 117 yards and a score.

Purdue led 21-7 before failing on a fourth-and-2. Toledo took advantage when Opelt threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Eric Page to cut Purdue's lead to 21-14. Page finished with 12 catches for 128 yards.

A pass by Elliott intended for Kyle Adams was tipped around before being intercepted by Douglas Westbrook. On the next play, Purdue's Torri Williams tipped a pass by Opelt, and Joe Holland pulled down the interception to give Purdue the ball again. On Purdue's first play after that turnover, Elliott threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Keith Carlos to make it 28-14 with 1:25 left in the first half.

A diving interception by Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short early in the third quarter led to a 1-yard touchdown run by Taylor to make it 38-14. A 15-yard touchdown pass from Elliott to Antavian Edison made it 45-14 midway through the third quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TOL
PUR
1st Downs2625
Total Yards493535
Passing423220
Rushing70315
Penalties5-404-31
3rd Down Conversions10-195-10
4th Down Conversions1-20-1
Turnovers33
Possession33:2526:35

Passing Leaders

ToledoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Opelt41/674236.332
PurdueC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Elliott17/282207.933

Rushing Leaders

ToledoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Collins9273.019
Opelt4235.8011
PurdueCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bolden2123411.1278
Taylor14815.8243

Receiving Leaders

ToledoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams1518512.3242
Page1212810.7134
PurdueRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith811714.6134
Carlos12424.0124

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTOLPUR
TD13:48Ralph Bolden 78 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick) 07
TD04:14Jaycen Taylor 43 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERTOLPUR
TD13:53Keith Smith 11 Yd Pass From Joey Elliott (Carson Wiggs Kick) 021
TD11:17Eric Page 34 Yd Pass From Aaron Opelt (Alex Steigerwald Kick) 721
TD05:40Stephen Williams 9 Yd Pass From Aaron Opelt (Alex Steigerwald Kick) 1421
TD01:25Keith Carlos 24 Yd Pass From Joey Elliott (Carson Wiggs Kick) 1428
FG00:00Carson Wiggs 59 Yd 1431
THIRD QUARTERTOLPUR
TD12:05Jaycen Taylor 1 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick) 1438
TD08:09Antavian Edison 15 Yd Pass From Joey Elliott (Carson Wiggs Kick) 1445
TD04:41DaJuane Collins 5 Yd Run (Alex Steigerwald Kick) 2145
FOURTH QUARTERTOLPUR
FG11:37Alex Steigerwald 48 Yd 2445
TD06:36Stephen Williams 42 Yd Pass From Aaron Opelt (Alex Steigerwald Kick) 3145
TD02:27Ralph Bolden 14 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick) 3152