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November 30, 2013

Hoosiers gain 692 total yards, re-claim Oaken Bucket

Terre Haute's Etling passes for career-high 485 yards for Purdue

BLOOMINGTON — Although his team fell well short of defending its possession of the Old Oaken Bucket Saturday against Indiana, Purdue’s freshman quarterback Danny Etling — a Terre Haute South grad — showed poise and talent in bringing the Boilermakers back in the second half in a 56-36 loss.

Etling  threw for a season-high 485 yards, on 33-of-49 passing, the second-most in a Bucket game, behind Kyle Orton’s 522 yards for Purdue in 2004.

“I think you’re seeing a guy who is going to be a spectacular player,” Purdue coach Darrell Hazell said of Etling.

The Terre Haute South grad didn’t get much help from a Purdue running game that finished with 31 yards on16 attempts against one of the nation’s worst run defenses.

On the Indiana side, the game brought back memories for kicker Mitch Ewald, who, as a freshman, hit the game-winning field goal the last time the Hoosiers won the Old Oaken Bucket.

IU didn’t need any heroics from Ewald this time against Purdue, but that didn’t change his feeling after the win brought the Bucket back to Bloomington.

“We were just in the locker room, me (and some of the other seniors), and the words, ‘This is the best moment of my life’ came out,” Ewald said. “It really is.

“To beat these guys and have it be our last game here at home, with this senior class, is unbelievable. ... [In 2010] it was for those seniors, right now it’s for us.”

While IU’s seniors did their part, the Hoosiers’ underclassmen helped spur the victory.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Tre Roberson tied a school record with six touchdown passes and also ran for a game-high 154 yards as the Hoosiers (5-7, 3-5 Big Ten) tallied a school-record 692 yards of total offense.

“Obviously they made plays against us on third down, and we couldn’t get off the field,”

Hazell said. “Any time you are scoring as much as they were offensively, it puts a lot of pressure on offense to go out and respond and answer those scores.”

It didn’t happen for the Boilermakers (1-11, 0-8), who fell behind 14-0 after one quarter and 35-9 at halftime. At that point, there wasn’t much opportunity for Purdue to establish the run, either.

IU linebacker David Cooper sacked Etling twice on third down early on.

“We knew we were going against a freshman quarterback, we knew we had to rattle him early,” Cooper said. “That’s what we did.”

Meanwhile, IU’s offense was rolling under Roberson, who started for the first time since the Minnesota game.

“I think all our quarterbacks are capable of playing well, but I thought today we really needed to run the ball and take advantage of Tre in space,” IU coach Kevin Wilson said.

The absence of top rusher Tevin Coleman was a contributing factor. Coleman dressed but missed his third straight game with an ankle sprain, leaving him shy of becoming IU’s first 1,000-yard rusher since  2001.

“If we were greedy and tried to get him some stats, I feel like we would have been jeopardizing his long-term health,” Wilson said.

No matter, as Roberson and running backs Stephen Houston (120) and D’Angelo Roberts (113) each topped 100 yards rushing.

And Roberson tied Bob Hoernschmeyer’s mark of six TD passes in a single game, set in 1943

That helped the Hoosiers set a team record for most points scored in a Bucket game.

And for now, the Bucket’s back in Bloomington.

 

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