Looking at the schedule at the beginning of the season, Purdue saw they had to meet three Pac 10 teams in the 1st half of the season. They knew it would be an arduous task especially in the midst of installing a new offense but there was a sense of confidence that they would do well. After this week's game, Purdue feels like they can match up with anyone on any given week. Cal came into West Lafayette for a showdown of top ten teams. The Bears were looking to finish out their OOC tests undefeated for a push toward a NC berth. Purdue was looking to play the ungracious host. Cal got the ball first and came out with a short pass play. On second down Purdue dialed up a blitz that allowed the DT to slip through. The pressure and contact caused QB Pat Anderson to throw a duck right into the hands of last season's Thorpe award winner Damien Butler. With the short field, Purdue scored in 3 plays, with the TD being a perfect 5 yard face from Nathan Robinson to Reggie Booth. On Cal's second drive they went to establish the run and with success. Calvin Cameron broke a big run, but in the process of fighting for some extra yards he fumbled and it was recovered by Purdue. Purdue's second drive saw them use some option read plays mixed in with the pass. On a 4th and 2 just outside of FG range Purdue chose to go for it with a run play. This proved to be a great call as Nathan McIntyre ran it in from 32 yards out to make the score 14-0. Cal would finally get on the board on their 3rd drive of the game, putting together a long drive capped off by a 21 yard pass from Anderson to Cameron with was just out of the reach of Jimmy Weeks who went for an INT. The next couple series would see a defensive stop by each team. Purdue went back up by 14 with a 16 yd pass from Robinson to Steve McCutcheon. Purdue would stop Cal then start working their way down the field. Robinson made his only bad pass in the game throwing right to a D-lineman in coverage in a zone blitz for an INT. The Boilermakers would not pay for this mistaske as they got the ball right back on a sack and forced fumble by Nick Hayes. Purdue would get into FG position with 8 seconds left. They chose to take a shot at the endzone. They went for Jon Moore in the corner of the end zone. The safety was in perfect position and went to knock it down, unfortunately he knocked it right into Moore's hands and he was able to keep a foot in for the TD. This was pretty much the backbreaker as this put Purdue up 28-7 at the half. Purdue would go on to play conservative in the second half to not allow for any mistakes. The Boilermaker defense played excellent in the second half putting good pressure on the QB. Damien Butler got his 2nd INT of the game as Anderson tried to hit Darrell Richardson on a deep ball. Other than that the 2nd half was uneventful, with Cal scoring a TD at the end of the game. Fosh had a rough 1st half, the bad breaks took him out of the game. It made Cameron a non factor after it looked like he might have had a big game. The Purdue D-line played excellent in passing situations and Anderson didn't look comfortable in the pocket. Purdue finished the Pac 10 tour 2-1. We can only sit an thnk about what could have been if we didn't blow the UCLA game. We have one more User game left in the season and now turn our focus toward the Big 10 title.