SUN BOWL Purdue rallies behind Orton to beat Huskies
The quarterback passed for 283 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-24 victory.
EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Kyle Orton passed for 283 yards and two touchdowns to help Purdue overcome a 17-point deficit and beat Washington 34-24 Tuesday in the Sun Bowl.
Orton set three Sun Bowl records during a 33-27 loss to Washington State last year, but returned to go 25-of-37 with no interceptions and preserve coach Joe Tiller's record of never having a losing season at Purdue.
John Standeford caught 10 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown, and Taylor Stubblefield caught seven passes for 92 yards for Purdue (7-6), which racked up 400 yards of offense compared to the Huskies' 316.
Cody Pickett was 25-of-54 with one interception and a touchdown for Washington (7-6).
Huskies built 17-0 lead
The Huskies took a 17-0 lead after the first quarter but did not score again until the fourth quarter.
Purdue started its rally with 5:09 left in the second quarter when Orton threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Standeford.
The Boilermakers scored again with 35 seconds before halftime on a bit of luck. Brandon Jones fumbled on the 1-yard line, but Ray Williams recovered the ball in the end zone to cap a 66-yard drive and make it 17-14 at the break.
After a 22-yard field goal by Berin Lacevic tied the game, Purdue took its first lead with 3:33 left in the third quarter on a 10-yard touchdown run by Joey Harris to make it 24-17. Harris led the Boilermakers with 93 yards on 23 carries.
Washington had 44 yards rushing on 24 carries.
The Huskies finally scored again when Pickett threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Reddick to make it 34-24 with 3:31 remaining.
Final attempt failed
Washington's last scoring attempt failed when John Anderson missed a 24-yard field goal with 15 seconds remaining.
In the first quarter, the Huskies needed less than three minutes to rack up 14 points.
Purdue kicker Brent Slaton fumbled a snap, and Washington recovered at the 7-yard line. On the next play, Pickett threw a touchdown pass to Reddick to give Washington a 7-0 lead.
Reddick was Washington's leading receiver with 63 yards on six catches for two touchdowns.
On Purdue's next series, Orton fumbled the snap, and Marquis Cooper recovered for the Huskies and ran the ball 31 yards for a touchdown to push Washington's lead to 14-0 with 8:40 left in the quarter.