Painter paces perfect Purdue past MinnesotaSep 23, 2006 - 9:43 PM WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (Ticker) -- Curtis Painter helped Purdue continue its perfect start to the 2006 season.
Painter threw two touchdown passes as Purdue held on for a 27-21 triumph over Minnesota in the Big Ten Conference opener for both schools.
It was the fourth consecutive victory for the Boilermakers (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten), who improved to 9-1 in conference openers under coach Joe Tiller.
After falling behind by a touchdown early, Purdue scored 20 consecutive points between the first and third quarters to take a 20-7 lead.
Minnesota climbed within 20-14 on Bryan Cupito's one-yard TD pass to Matt Spaeth on the final play of the third quarter, but Painter all but sealed the win five minutes later with an 18-yard scoring strike to Jaycen Taylor.
A junior, Painter completed 18-of-27 attempts for 243 yards. Taylor ran for 90 yards and a TD on just 11 carries while Dustin Keller hauled in six receptions for 119 yards for the Boilermakers, who have won eight of their last nine meetings with the Golden Gophers.
Cupito completed 20-of-34 passes for 205 yards and two TDs while Amir Pinnix ran for 174 yards on 28 carries for Minnesota (2-2, 0-1), which collected 421 yards of total offense.
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