Purdue manages to eek out a win in Happy Valley #3 Purdue (5-0) @ #17 Penn State (5-1) Purdue somehow survived in an ugly game where neither team played anywhere near their best football. Trailing 27-17, Penn State got to within three points on a 79-yard touchdown pass from N. Robinson to C. Bryant with 2:05 remaining in the game, then played good defense. They intercepted Anthony Robinson as the crowd in Happy Valley went wild, sensing a comeback. Purdue then managed some defense of their own. On first down defensive end Robert Diggs busted through and dropped Robinson for a 7-yard loss. On 2nd and 17, Purdue middle linebacker James Lumpkin guessed "wr screen" correctly, dipped behind the blockers and stepped right in front of the WR (we practiced this all week), and Robinson had to take the sack, this time a 10-yard loss as Robert Diggs got his second sack in as many plays. Options dwindling, the Nittany Lions threw up a desperation pass into the seam that was intercepted by Fred Green to win the game. If you were to tally up the breaks, Purdue was the clear beneficiary of luck in this football game. And that, gentlemen, was how the game was won. Hey, not every painting can be a Picasso. Penn State dropped interceptions throughout the game, including two that had chances to be returned for a touchdown. Purdue dropped a few of their own, but also made them when it mattered most. In all, the offenses on both teams were giving the defense chances to make plays (8 batted balls for Purdue, 6 for Penn State) and Purdue was the team that made the plays on defense. Anthony Robinson had his worst game in quite awhile thanks to the way Penn State played. Despite the glaring mistakes, there were some things Purdue did very well. For one, they ran the ball. Early on, Jonathan Campbell was getting stuffed on each play; however, he was able to break a 78-yarder to put Purdue on top late in the first quarter. He ended up with 185 yards on 33 carries, and late in the game he was consistently breaking through the first line of defense to move the chains. J. Campbell breaks away to put Purdue on top 7-0 Conversely, Penn State was held to 23 carries for 29 yards as a team. Alphonso Crews gained 59 yards on 19 carries, but eventually the Purdue defense seemed to have him under wraps. "I'm more confused on how we came out on top than anything," said Coach Hellisan. "Disappointed in our reads and what we did on offense as a whole today. We'll have to go back to the drawing board and just thank heavens that we were lucky today."