September 26, 2007

Weekly Purdue Review

Throughout football season, take a weekly review of Boilermaker football in its Weekly Purdue Review.

Today, we take a look at things coming out of the Boilermakers' 45-31 Week 4 win at Minnesota, in advance of their home tilt with Notre Dame Saturday.

Who's hot

Curtis Painter: Painter's outstanding season continued at Minnesota, where he threw three more touchdowns and dominated the second half. Painter's TD-to-interception ratio is a cool 16:1, marking a complete reversal (thus far) of his fortunes last season.

Painter's now completed just under 69 percent of his passes for 1,290 yards also. On Saturday, he also made a couple plays running the ball, for the first time this season.

Dorien Bryant: The second half at Minnesota may have been the most dominant half of football the wide receiver's played at Purdue. His nine catches, 125 yards and two touchdowns in the final 30 minutes were instrumental in stymieing the resurgent Gophers.

Kory Sheets: Sheets came up big in virtually every phase of the game at Minnesota, his first game without Jaycen Taylor in front of him.

Cliff Avril: The senior defensive end made a game-changing play in the Metrodome. For all the passes he's gotten a hand on, it was only a matter of time 'til a pick-six came his way.

Justin Scott: The senior safety has been extremely productive the past two weeks, with eight tackles in each game. At Minnesota, he forced a fumble with a fine helmet-on-ball hit; he also recovered a fumble.

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