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Purdue 35, Indiana 31

By MICHAEL MAROT
Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Hudson Card tied his career high with three touchdown passes and scored on a 10-yard run with 2:39 left, giving the Purdue Boilermakers a 35-31 victory over Indiana and their straight win in the Old Oaken Bucket series.

The Boilermakers (4-8, 3-6) had lost five of their previous six games but capped the 100th season at Ross-Ade Stadium by celebrating for the 300th time on its home turf.

Indiana (3-9, 1-8) lost its final three games by a combined total of 10 points and blowing late leads in all three. The Hoosiers lost seven of their last eight in coach Tom Allen's seventh full season.

And this time it was an errant kickoff out of bounds that helped Card throw his ace. He found Deion Burks for 44 yards on the first play and eluded a couple of tackles as he sprinted the final 10 yards to give Purdue its biggest lead of the game.

Indiana marched to the Boilermakers 35-yard line on its final drive but was stopped on third-and-1 and Brendan Sorsby was called for intentional grounding on fourth down to seal Purdue's victory.

Card was 21 of 34 with 275 yads and rushed 12 times for 85 yards. Burks had seven receptions for 84 yards.

Sorsby was 17 of 31 with 226 yards, three touchdown passes and three interceptions while rushing 15 times for 54 yards. E.J. Williams had five catches for 97 yards.

It looked like Purdue had swung the game with Card's 16-yard TD pass to Drew Biber with 12 seconds left in the first half and a 32-yard field goal on the first possession of the second half to give Purdue a 15-14 lead - its first of the game.

But Jaylin Lucas' 100-yard sprint on the ensuing kickoff, the fourth from that distance in school history, gave Indiana a 21-15 edge. After a Purdue field goal, Sorsby hooked up with Josh Henderson to make it 28-18, setting up a wild fourth quarter.

Purdue closed to 28-25 on the first play when Card perfectly faked a run up the middle, then stepped back and found a wide open Devin Mockobee streaming down the sideline for a 38-yard score. They tied it on a 35-yard field goal with 8:41 to play.

Indiana answered with Chris Freeman's tie-breaking 39-yard field goal with 5:09 remaining, but Card had one more play and pulled it off.

Boilermakers tight end Garrett Miller was carted off the field late in the first half with his left leg immobilized.

THE TAKEAWAY

Indiana: The Hoosiers best games were their final five this season though it sure didn't show up in the record. Now comes the big question for Indiana athletic director Scott Dolson: Will he keep Allen for another season.

Purdue: The first season under coach Ryan Walters fell well short of expectations. Purdue struggled, early, struggled at home, struggled with turnovers and struggled to keep points off the board. Now that Walters knows what he has, it will be interesting to see what roster changes he makes for 2024.

BY THE NUMBERS

Indiana: Linebacker Aaron Casey had two tackles in the first quarter and became the first Hoosiers player with 100 tackles in a single season since Tegray Scales in 2016. ... Lucas has three kickoff returns for TDs in his first two seasons and is now tied for the school's career record with Marcus Thigpen. ... Sorsby tied his career high for TD passes and set a career high for interceptions.

Purdue: S Dillon Thieneman picked off two passes in the first half, giving him a school freshman record of six this season. Stuart Schweigert had five in 2000. ... George Burhenn's second career catch went for his first career TD. ... Biber scored his first career TD on his first college catch.

COACHING WATCH

Allen remains well liked and well respected in the community. And even though he started tied for fourth on the school's career victory list with 33, there has been all sorts of speculation about his future after going 33-48 overall and just (3-24) in conference play over the last three seasons.

What Dolson must decide is whether Allen's buyout of nearly $21 million is worth the cost - or whether the Hoosiers would be better off bringing Allen back for another season as a potential lame duck coach until his buyout drops to about $8 million.

November 25, 2023


Scoring Summary
First Quarter IndPurdue
Ind TD 0:34 DeQuece Carter 33 yard TD pass from Brendan Sorsby (Chris Freeman Extra Point) 7 0
Second Quarter IndPurdue
Purdue TD 12:07 George Burhenn 33 yard TD pass from Hudson Card (Brendan Cropsey 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 7 6
Ind TD 8:59 Donaven McCulley 10 yard TD pass from Brendan Sorsby (Chris Freeman Extra Point) 14 6
Purdue TD 0:12 Drew Biber 16 yard TD pass from Hudson Card (Drew Biber 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 14 12
Third Quarter IndPurdue
Purdue FG 13:14 Ben Freehill 33 yard field goal 14 15
Ind TD 13:02 Jaylin Lucas 100 yard kick return for TD (Chris Freeman Extra Point) 21 15
Purdue FG 10:37 Ben Freehill 44 yard field goal 21 18
Ind TD 1:43 Josh Henderson 9 yard TD pass from Brendan Sorsby (Chris Freeman Extra Point) 28 18
Fourth Quarter IndPurdue
Purdue TD 14:53 Devin Mockobee 38 yard TD pass from Hudson Card (Ben Freehill Extra Point) 28 25
Purdue FG 8:41 Ben Freehill 35 yard field goal 28 28
Ind FG 5:09 Chris Freeman 39 yard field goal 31 28
Purdue TD 2:39 Hudson Card 10 yard TD run (Ben Freehill Extra Point) 31 35
Team Stats
  Indiana Purdue
First downs 23 25
  Rushing 6 10
  Passing 13 13
  Penalty 4 2
3rd Down Efficiency 1-11, 9% 4-15, 27%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 34-143 47-178
Passing Yards 226 275
Return Yards 178 183
Completions-Attempts-Int 17-31-3 21-34-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-10 1-5
Punts 5 6
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 8-70 4-50
Indiana Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Sorsby 17 31 226 3 3
Purdue Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Card 21 34 275 3 0
Indiana Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Sorsby 15 54 3.6 0
J. Henderson 9 44 4.9 0
T. Howland 7 37 5.3 0
J. Lucas 2 10 5.0 0
Purdue Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
H. Card 12 85 7.1 1
T. Tracy Jr. 11 48 4.4 0
D. Mockobee 18 42 2.3 0
D. Downing 2 13 6.5 0
D. Burks 2 -4 -2.0 0
Indiana Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
E. Williams Jr. 6 97 16.2 0
D. McCulley 5 48 9.6 1
D. Carter 2 38 19.0 1
J. Henderson 3 31 10.3 1
J. Lucas 1 12 12.0 0
Purdue Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Burks 7 87 12.4 0
G. Burhenn 5 74 14.8 1
D. Mockobee 1 38 38.0 1
J. Tibbs 3 27 9.0 0
J. Dixon-Veal 2 24 12.0 0
D. Biber 1 16 16.0 1
G. Miller 1 6 6.0 0
T. Tracy Jr. 1 3 3.0 0
Indiana Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Purdue Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Thieneman 2 32
C. Allen 1 0
Indiana Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Evans 5 231 46.2
Purdue Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Ansell 6 231 38.5
Indiana Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Carter 1 -1 -1.0
Purdue Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Tracy Jr. 3 14 4.7
Indiana Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Lucas 4 146 36.5
J. Henderson 2 13 6.5
D. Holloman 1 6 6.0
J. Rudolph 1 14 14.0
Purdue Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Tracy Jr. 3 77 25.7
D. Downing 2 60 30.0
Indiana Missed FG
Player Length
Purdue Missed FG
Player Length
B. Freehill 30




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