Purdue Escapes From Central Michigan
by Mike Mitchell
December 26, 2007
Chris Summers' 40-yard field goal as time expired lifted Purdue past Central Michigan 51-48. The 99 combined points is the second-highest ever recorded in a regulation bowl game. The record of 102 was tallied in California's 52-49 win over Virginia Tech at the 2003 Insight Bowl.
After Purdue reestablished a 21-point lead with 12:53 to play in the 3rd quarter, CMU reeled off the next 21 points to tie the score with 10 seconds left in the period. The Boilermakers went back on top 48-41 with 8:19 remaining in the contest but Central Michigan rallied to tie the score again at 48-apiece with only 1:03 left to play.
Purdue then used six plays to drive from its own 39-yard line to the CMU 23 to set up the game-winning kick.
The game was a rematch of a regular season game that Purdue won 45-22 on September 15.
It was Central Michigan's second consecutive appearance in the Motor City Bowl, and its fourth game at Ford Field in its last 28 outings. The Chippewas had won two MAC titles and last year's bowl game at the same venue.
Purdue improved to 2-6 in its last eight bowl games and won for just the sixth time in its last 17 games away from home. Central Michigan's all-time bowl record fell to 1-3. It was the first time in school history that the Chippewas played in bowl games in consecutive seasons.
The Boilermakers' attack was led by quarterback Curtis Painter who was 35-54 while throwing for a school record 546 yards with 3 TD's.
Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFavour accounted for six touchdowns. LeFavour passed for 292 yards and 4 scores, and added 114 yards and two more scores.