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Purdue leads Bucket game at half

Purdue has turned two Indiana turnovers and a blocked field goal into 21 points and leads 21-7 at halftime.

Defensive end Ryan Kerrigan forced a fumble on Indiana's first possession, and teammate Kawaan Short recovered. The Boilermakers' offense responded with a 19-yard drive capped by Jaycen Taylor's 6-yard touchdown catch from Joey Elliott.

Later in the first quarter, Purdue's David Pender blocked a field goal, and the Boilermakers drove 59 yards in six plays to take a 14-0 lead after Dan Dierking's short touchdown catch.

Torri Williams' interception gave Purdue the ball back in the second quarter, and Jared Crank's 13-yard reception from Elliott helped Purdue to a three-touchdown lead.

Elliott completed 11 of 14 passes for 68 yards in the first half. He's 111 yards shy of throwing for 3,000 on the season. But even if Elliott does reach 3,000, it doesn't look like Purdue is going to reach the 3,000/1,000/1,000 feat for the season.

Running back Ralph Bolden, who was 69 yards shy of 1,000 entering the game, was pulled after the first snap. He gained 4 yards on a carry but then apparently re-aggravated his hamstring injury and didn't play again in the half.

With more carries, Taylor produced. He has 78 yards on 10 carries, including a 29-yard run.