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Painter passes Purdue past Northwestern

Oct 14, 2006 - 8:33 PM EVANSTON, Illinois (Ticker) -- Northwestern's secondary was no match for Curtis Painter.

Painter threw for 431 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score as Purdue cruised past the Wildcats, 31-10, in a Big Ten Conference contest.

The league leader in total offense at 309.2 yards per game, Painter completed 35-of-49 passes with one interception for the Boilermakers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten), who had lost the previous two meetings after winning the previous seven.

The game was tied, 7-7, before Painter threw a 19-yard touchdown to Dustin Keller seven seconds into the second quarter.

Chris Summers gave Purdue a 17-10 edge on an 18-yard field goal on the final play of the half before Painter pushed the advantage to two scores with a one-yard TD toss to Jake Standeford with 1:47 left in the third quarter.

Painter completed the scoring with a three-yard run with 5:39 to go.

Andrew Brewer and C.J. Bacher combined to go 9-of-15 for 83 yards and one interception for Northwestern (2-5, 0-3), which gained 603 yards in a 34-29 win over Purdue last year but only 251 this time.

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