Wildcats Fall To Purdue
By MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Kyle Orton threw three touchdown passes andJerod Void and Jerome Brooks each ran for two TDs as No. 25 Purdue coasted to a59-7 victory over Arizona on Saturday.
The Boilermakers (2-1) won at home for only the second time in five games,making it look easy against the Wildcats (1-3).
Void carried 12 times for 60 yards and two scores before leaving. Brooksfinished with 21 carries for 122 yards in backup duty, and Orton completed 16of 28 passes for 261 yards, including a career-long 81-yard TD pass to JohnStandeford, before being pulled late in the third quarter.
Standeford caught four passes for 111 yards, finishing one reception shortof Tim Stratton's school record (204).
The Boilermakers tied for the most points scored in one game since coach JoeTiller took over in 1997. Purdue defeated Minnesota 59-43 on Oct. 11, 1997.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats were plagued by dropped passes, errant throws,turnovers, poor decisions and costly penalties. The result was predictable.
Arizona managed 174 yards in total offense and just 66 yards rushing againsta dominant defense.
The Wildcats' quarterback battle between Ryan O'Hara and Nic Costa also gota new entrant - freshman Kris Heavner, who led Arizona on its only scoringdrive Saturday, long after the outcome had been decided.
It didn't make much difference. Arizona's quarterbacks completed just 13 of31 passes for 108 yards and had two interceptions.
Purdue converted four turnovers into 24 points.
Purdue went 72 yards on its opening series, scoring on a 35-yard TD passfrom Orton to Ray Williams.
Void scored on a 2-yard run early in the second quarter, Purdue's firstrushing TD of the season, and the Boilermakers took control late in the firsthalf.
Landon Johnson sacked O'Hara and recovered the fumble, setting up Ben Jonesfor a 27-yard field goal.
Five plays later, Standeford beat the Wildcats secondary, slowing to getunderneath Orton's pass before sprinting to the end zone for an 81-yard TD anda 24-0 lead with 40 seconds left in the half.
The Boilermakers sealed the outcome early in the second half when Void brokefree up the middle for a 13-yard touchdown run and Orton threw a 43-yard TDpass to backup running back Brandon Jones. That made it 38-0.
Arizona scored after picking off Orton's pass, ending his interception-freestreak at 171 passes. Heavner hooked up with Biren Ealy across the middle, andEaly made a nifty move to slip a tackle before racing 36 yards to make it 38-7.
Purdue's backups scored three times in the fourth quarter to complete therout.