By HANK LOWENKRON
AP Sports Writer
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP)(Sept. 2) - Drew Brees passed for 317 yards and three touchdowns and Steve Ennis had three 1-yard TD runs in his first collegiate start
as No. 15 Purdue overpowered Central Michigan 48-0 on Sept. 2.
Purdue Running back Steve Ennis flips as he's
tackled by Central Michigan rover Rodrico Epps
after a 12-yard gain for a first down in the second quarter Sept. 2.
Purdue saved its first shutout since a 35-0 triumph over Northwestern on Oct. 17, 1981, with a goal-line stand in the final minutes of the season opener.
On first-and-goal at the 2, Robbie Mixon gained a yard, but quarterback Derrick Vickers was stopped for no gain on the next play. On third down, Mixon
fumbled when he was hit in the backfield by linebacker Gilbert Gardner, and Tom Vaughan fell on the ball at the Purdue 5 with 1:37 to play.
The Boilermakers took command quickly in spoiling the coaching debut of Mike DeBord.
Purdue accumulated 263 yards in the first half while limiting their Mid-American Conference opponent to a net of 71 on 31 plays. The Boilermakers finished with
a 436-161 advantage, holding the Chippewas to just 44 on the ground.
Travis Dorsch had field goals of 43 and 45 yards in the first half, helping Purdue build a 27-0 advantage. The kicks were the 35th and 36th of the junior's career,
tying the school record set by Jonathan Briggs from 1985-87.
The Boilermakers opened a 41-0 lead in the third quarter. Brees capped an 11-play drive with a 28-yard scoring pass to Pete Lougheed for the first score and
then ended a nine-play drive with a 14-yard scoring strike to Tim Stratton.
Purdue added its final touchdown in the fourth period when John Shelbourne recovered Shelton Lewis' fumble at the Central Michigan 17. After a
pass-interference call gave Purdue a first down at the 7, Brees hit John Standeford for the score and was given the rest of the day off with over 11 minutes to play.
Brees continued his assault on Purdue's career-passing records by completing 24 of 41 passes, raising his marks for completions to 741 for 8,441 yards and 67
touchdown. He's second in all three categories to the records of 772 completions for 9,946 yards and 71 TDs set by Mark Herrmann from 1997-80.
Vinny Sutherland, Purdue's top returning receiver, watched the game from the sideline as he served a one-game suspension for unspecified ``conduct detrimental
to the team.'' In his absence, Brees spread the ball around with passes completed to 10 receivers. Standeford led the way with six catches for 99 yards.
Central Michigan's only other serious scoring opportunity came in the second period when it moved from its 41 to the Purdue 16 in nine plays. Vickers, who
played the second and fourth quarters with senior Pete Shepherd working in the first and third, then threw two incomplete passes and Paul Savich's 33-yard
field-goal attempt was blocked by Matt Mitrione.