Scores

Final

W Illinois 21

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Purdue 31

(1-1, 1-0 home)

Coverage: BTN

12:00 PM ET, September 11, 2010

Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN

1 2 3 4 T
WIU 7 0 0 1421
PUR 7 10 7 731

Top Performers

Passing: M. Barr (WIU) - 286 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: D. Dierking (PUR) - 14 CAR, 102 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Siller (PUR) - 3 REC, 37 YDS, 1 TD

Boilermakers bounce back from loss by running over Western Illinois 

Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Dan Dierking rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns to help Purdue beat Western Illinois 31-21 on Saturday in its home opener.

Keith Smith caught six passes for 43 yards, but Purdue's top receiver left the game in the fourth quarter with an injured right knee.

Robert Marve threw for 171 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Boilermakers (1-1), who bounced back from last week's loss at Notre Dame. It was Marve's first win as Purdue's quarterback after transferring from Miami (Fla.).

Matt Barr passed for 286 yards and a touchdown and former Michigan State running back Caulton Ray gained 73 yards on 21 carries for the Leathernecks (1-1).

Western Illinois, a member of the Football Championship Subdivision, was tied with Purdue at 7 before the Boilermakers scored 10 points in the final 18 seconds of the first half.

Smith caught 91 passes for 1,100 yards last season and was Marve's top target with 12 catches against Notre Dame in the season opener. After leaving the game, he returned to the sideline on crutches with his right knee wrapped.

Ryan Kerrigan dominated for Purdue. The defensive end had career highs with 12 tackles and four tackles for loss. He had a sack and forced a fumble.

Western Illinois caught the first break of the game when Tyler West intercepted a pass by Marve and returned it to the Purdue 42. Five plays later, Ray scored from the 1-yard line to give Western Illinois a 7-0 lead.

Marve came back on the next possession. Justin Siller turned a quick screen into a 25-yard touchdown reception and Marve's first touchdown pass at Purdue.

Dierking scored on a 1-yard run with 18 seconds left in the second quarter, and Purdue took a 14-7 lead. Western Illinois' Todd Speight fumbled the kickoff, and Purdue's Josh Johnson recovered at the Leathernecks' 21. Carson Wiggs kicked a 36-yard field goal to give the Boilermakers a 17-7 halftime lead.

Purdue added to its lead late in the third quarter. A roughing the kicker penalty against Western Illinois, followed by an offsides penalty, put the Boilermakers deep in the Leathernecks' territory. Dierking ripped off a 27-yard run, then followed it with a 5-yard touchdown run to put the Boilermakers up 24-7 with 3:11 left in the period.

Western Illinois went for it on a fourth-and-1 from its 47 early in the fourth quarter, but Bruce Gaston and Max Charlot hit Ray for a 2-yard loss. It took Western Illinois about 19 minutes to get a first down in the second half.

Western's Bryce Flowers scored on a 14-yard run with 4:31 remaining to cut Purdue's lead to 24-14. The Leathernecks tried an onside kick, but Purdue recovered.

On Purdue's second play, Al-Terek McBurse ran up the middle and saw nothing. He bounced outside, and Western Illinois' Ryan Demming swung him around close to the ground. McBurse fell on top of Demming, then regained his balance and sprinted for a 40-yard touchdown run to give the Boilermakers a 31-14 lead. The play was reviewed, but the call of a touchdown stood. McBurse finished with 81 yards on five carries.

Western Illinois closed the scoring with a 10-yard pass from Barr to Charles Chestnut with 1:22 to play.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WIU
PUR
1st Downs2222
Total Yards406402
Passing286175
Rushing120227
Penalties6-607-75
3rd Down Conversions6-155-13
4th Down Conversions0-20-0
Turnovers11
Possession34:3325:27

Passing Leaders

Western IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Barr25/382867.510
PurdueC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Marve23/341715.011

Rushing Leaders

Western IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ray21733.5117
Flowers7365.1116
PurdueCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dierking141027.3233
McBurse58116.2140

Receiving Leaders

Western IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Crump55210.4021
Morgan55110.2026
PurdueRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith6437.2013
Smith5438.6013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWIUPUR
TD11:00Caulton Ray 1 Yd Run (Charlie Jouett Kick) 70
TD07:48Justin Siller 25 Yd Pass From Robert Marve (Carson Wiggs Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERWIUPUR
TD00:18Dan Dierking 1 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick) 714
FG00:03Carson Wiggs 36 Yd 717
THIRD QUARTERWIUPUR
TD03:11Dan Dierking 5 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick) 724
FOURTH QUARTERWIUPUR
TD04:31Bryce Flowers 14 Yd Run (Charlie Jouett Kick) 1424
TD03:38Al-Terek McBurse 40 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick) 1431
TD01:22Charles Chestnut 10 Yd Pass From Matt Barr (Charlie Jouett Kick) 2131