Purdue Defeats Kent State, 45-10

Updated 9/9/2000

Kent State defenders Jacon Avery (25) and Dave Holderbaum (57) chase down Purdue's Vinny Sutherland(AP Photo/Dave Umberger)

AP Sports Writer

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Vinny Sutherland, suspended for disciplinary reasons for Purdue's opener, returned to score three touchdowns and had 192 total yards in the first half as No. 14 Boilermakers defeated Kent State 45-10 on Sept. 9.

Meanwhile, Drew Brees continued his assault on Purdue and Big Ten records, throwing two touchdown passes and scoring two more on the ground.

The senior completed 32 of 46 passes for 415 yards while becoming Purdue's career leader in total offense and completions. He passed Mark Herrmann in both categories. He also moved into second place on the Big Ten list for total offense, and third place in completions.

The Boilermakers (2-0) built a 24-3 halftime lead with Sutherland accumulating 71 yards on five receptions, including TD catches of 4 and 5 yards.

The senior receiver also rushed twice for 16 yards, including an 8-yard TD run. He also had a 39-yard punt return and brought back two kickoffs for a total of 66 yards. Sutherland added just one catch for 21 yards in the second half and didn't get a chance to return a punt or kickoff.

Kent State (0-2) scored all of its points after recovering Purdue fumbles. Dave Pavich gave the visitors an early 3-0 lead with a 23-yard field goal. The Golden Flashes got the ball on Purdue's 39 when James Harrison recovered Steve Ennis' fumble on the game's second play.

Brees has 9,283 yards of total offense, 774 completions, 8,857 passing yards and 69 TD passes in 34 games. He consistently had the defense guessing as he often had time to double and triple pump while hitting on 18-of-26 passes for 238 yards in the first half.

Purdue took the lead for good as Brees moved his team 44 yards in nine plays, completing the drive with a 4-yard throw to Sutherland. The drive began when Landon Johnson recovered a Kent State fumble. On Purdue's next possession, following a 39-yard punt return by Sutherland, the Boilermakers moved 54 yards in nine plays to score on the 5-yard pass to Sutherland.

Sutherland's 8-yard run made it 21-3 with 2:20 left in the first half, and Travis Dorsch kicked a 35-yard field goal with three seconds remaining in the period to become Purdue's career field-goal leader with 37.

Kent State moved 73 yards in five plays to score on a 30-yard pass from Zach Williams to Kelly Jurron.

The Boilermakers responded by going 73 yards in five plays, scoring on a 5-yard scamper by Brees. He later scored from the 3, ending a 12-play, 89-yard drive that consumed more than five minutes on the clock.

Brees was given the rest of the day off with about six minutes to play with freshman Brandon Hance taking over. Hance moved Purdue 70 yards in 11 plays, completing a 5-yard pass to Chris James for the game's final score.

Statistically, the Boilermakers had as big an advantage as the final score. Purdue finished with 605 yards total offense, compared to 319 by Kent State.