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Boilermakers Open Season with 42-10 win; Tiller ties Mollenkopf as winningest coach

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Curtis Painter passed for 286 yards and two touchdowns, and Purdue defeated Northern Colorado 42-10 on Saturday.

Desmond Tardy caught three passes for 112 yards and Kory Sheets ran for 81 yards and two touchdowns for Purdue (1-0).

Kory Sheets ran for 81 yards in the Purdue season opener against Northern Colorado.

Kory Sheets ran for 81 yards in the Purdue season opener against Northern Colorado.

Purdue coach Joe Tiller tied Jack Mollenkopf for the most wins in school history with 84. He also beat one of his former assistants – Northern Colorado coach Scott Downing worked under Tiller for 12 years at Wyoming and Purdue.

Bryan Waggener passed for 216 yards and a touchdown and Ryan Chesla caught nine passes for 99 yards for Northern Colorado (0-1), a Football Championship Subdivision team that went 1-11 last season.

Purdue’s first score came on Painter’s 26-yard strike down the middle to slot receiver Keith Smith.

In the second quarter, Purdue’s Frank Halliburton tipped a Northern Colorado punt, and the Boilermakers took over on the Northern Colorado 37. Two plays later, Sheets’ 9-yard touchdown run gave Purdue a 14-0 lead.

On the Boilermakers’ next possession, Tardy took a screen pass 60 yards, but Purdue was unable to score from inside the 20. Purdue moved into Northern Colorado territory six times in the first half, but led 14-0 at halftime.

Early in the third quarter, Northern Colorado went for it on fourth-and-5 from the Purdue 30, but Ryan Baker sacked Waggener and the Boilermakers took over.

Halliburton got pressure on another Bears punt after a poor snap, and Purdue took over at the Northern Colorado 34 with about 6 minutes left in the third quarter. Sheets scored again, a 2-yard run that gave Purdue a 21-0 lead with 2:32 left in the third quarter.

Northern Colorado caught a break early in the fourth quarter. The Bears punted to Purdue, and the ball bounced off a Boilermaker player’s leg before Northern Colorado’s C.J. Stemo recovered at the Purdue 25. Michael York made a 37-yard field goal.

On Purdue’s next possession, Painter found Greg Orton down the left sideline for a 43-yard touchdown pass that gave the Boilermakers a 28-3 lead.

Minutes later, Halliburton blocked another punt, and Mike Conway’s recovery and runback for a touchdown made it 35-3.

Northern Colorado scored a TD on Waggener’s 3-yard pass to Jason Caprioli with 7:08 to play.

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