This was one of the truly great games that I have been to. This was the year after I was down on campus, and I did not get to go to many games. My friend over at Living Vicariously had his season tickets in the John Purdue club section the year after he graduated college. He asked if I wanted to go, and we went down to the game excited about the start of the Big Ten season. What we didn’t expect to see was a record setting day. Drew Brees threw for 409 yards on 33 of 49 passes to lead the Boilers to a 38-24 win over the Gophers. Those 33 completions put him ahead of Jack Trudeau (Illinois) for most completions all-time in the Big Ten. He also passed Mark Herrmann (of Purdue) for most attempts all-time in the Big Ten. He also surpassed the 10,000 yard mark in his career becoming only the second Big Ten player to do so. He was at that time only 219 yards behind Chuck Long for most yards ever. He was one touchdown behind long for the Big Ten lead after the game. He did pass Mark Herrmann for the most as a Boiler during the contest. Besides passing for 409 yards Brees ran for 88 yards including an eleven yard touchdown run. This was a Hesiman like day for the Heisman hopeful. This was Drew’s last game against Minnesota. For their sake it was a good thing. In three games against the Gophers he completed 92 of 127 passes for 1,214 yards, 10 touchdowns, and no interceptions. That is not a bad career against a team. This was a great game all around for the Boilers who were on their way to Pasedena. I had so much fun at the game that I bought a ticket after the game for the match up against Michigan two weeks later. This game also marked the only time I had a camera at a Boiler game with Brees at quarterback. I really wished I had it at the Michigan game when I was able to storm the field. Maybe we will have more on that next week. The picture above of Brees throwing to Sutherland is one of my favorites that I have taken. John Standeford is running an inside route on the play as well. More pictures from this day can be found at my photobucket site.
I think I needed to go back and remember when I was excited to go to Purdue games. I go to so many now that it almost becomes a chore each weekend. Combine that with the way the team is playing, and I need something to get excited about. Being Homecoming this weekend maybe we will have a good halftime show. Tomorrow I will have my preview of the homecoming contest. With my great prognosticating abilities that should be interesting.
NCAAF 1 2 3 4 F
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Minnesota 0 3 7 14 24
Purdue (21) 7 17 7 7 38 FINAL
Purdue-Sutherland 21 pass from Brees (Dorsch kick)
Purdue-Simpson 8 pass from Brees (Dorsch kick)
Purdue-FG Dorsch 24
Purdue-Ennis 1 run (Dorsch kick)
Minnesota-FG Nystrom 52
Purdue-Ennis 3 run (Dorsch kick)
Minnesota-Tapeh 2 run (Nystrom kick)
Minnesota-Utecht 3 pass from Cole (Nystrom kick)
Purdue-Brees 11 run (Dorsch kick)
Minnesota-Patterson 20 pass from Cole (Nystrom kick)
First downs 16 33
Rushed-yards 28-55 39-122
Passing yards 214 409
Sacked-yards lost 2-7 1-9
Return yards 37 54
Passes 22-39-1 33-50-0
Punts 8-48.3 4-31.8
Fumbles-lost 2-0 2-2
Penalties-yards 8-66 5-42
Time of possession 24:29 35:31
RUSHING: Minnesota-Tapeh 16-48, Cole 3-11, Mays 1-9, T Redmon
3-minus 4, Abdul-khaliq 5-minus 9. Purdue-Brees 12-88, Lowe
16-66, Ennis 6-11, Brown 1-3, J Standeford 1-0, Team 3-minus 46.
PASSING: Minnesota-Cole 17-27-1-180, Abdul-khaliq 5-12-0-34.
Purdue-Brees 33-49-0-409, Team 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING: Minnesota-R Johnson 7-72, T Redmon 4-43, Brewer
3-41, Patterson 3-33, Tapeh 2-9, Mays 1-8, Fitzpatrick 1-5,
Utecht 1-3. Purdue-Stratton 9-105, J Standeford 7-86,
Sutherland 6-96, Simpson 4-28, Henderson 3-30, S Morales 1-33,
Dawson 1-14, Winston 1-10, Lowe 1-7.