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Subject: 1966 Purdue vs. 1967 Indiana rss

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With the 2016 NCAA football season opening up, I thought I'd break out Bowl Bound and get a game going. I selected the SI original 32 team flat box edition '66 Purdue chart and a fan made '67 Indiana team chart.

The Bob Griese led #7 ranked Purdue Boilermakers (9-2) got to play in the 1967 Rose Bowl game against Southern Cal despite a second place conference finish behind #2 ranked conference champion Michigan State because of a then existing no repeat rule. MSU had played in the previous 1966 Rose Bowl game, where it was upset by the "gutty little" UCLA Bruins 14-12. Purdue defeated the USC Trojans 14-13. The 1967 Indiana Hoosiers(9-2) was voted to play in the 1968 Rose Bowl because of a three way conference tie between Indiana, Minnesota and #9 ranked Purdue. Indiana lost to Southern Cal, 14-3 thanks to a stingy USC defense and two rushing TDs from OJ Simpson.

I thought it would be fun to play these teams because of similarity. They both finished their seasons 9-2. Neither were clear conference winners, though both ended up playing in the Rose Bowl game. Though a year apart, they had team members that had played against each other. Both played in the Rose Bowl in consecutive years against the same opponent, USC, in generally defensive struggles, with similar scores, albeit with dissimilar outcomes.

The First Quarter began uneventfully as neither team's offense could could sustain their first possessions. On its second possession, Purdue managed to score on a two yard run with the help of three consecutive Indiana 15yd penalties. Following Purdue's score, Indiana had one long drive which stalled and turned the ball over to Purdue on downs.

End of First Quarter, Purdue 7, Indiana 0.

The second quarter opened with Indiana fumbling the ball on the first play. Purdue returned the favor when it fumbled back the ball to Indiana six plays later. The quarter went back and forth with stalled drives and Indiana giving up the ball twice more on fumbles. As the half was coming to a close, Griese struck with a 35 yard TD pass on an ill-timed and poorly executed Indiana blitz, increasing the Boilermaker's lead to 14-0.

Halftime score, Purdue 14, Indiana 0.

The Boilermakers received the 2nd half kick-off and fumbled the ball to Indiana three plays later. The Hoosiers with a short field from which to work stung the Boilermakers with a rare completion of 35 yards, followed by two runs, the last being a three yard run counter to score Indiana's first TD, Purdue now leading 14-7. After receiving a short kick-off and beginning on its own 38 yard line, Purdue methodically runs time off the clock with a time consuming 11 play drive culminating in an eleven yard end run, Purdue 21, Indiana 7. Indiana can do little on its next possession and Purdue ends the third quarter on six consecutive running plays and continuing a drive as the fourth quarter begins.

End of the Third Quarter, Purdue 21, Indiana 7.

Purdue takes the ball down field on nine plays aided by Indiana committing two offside penalties, and ends with a Boilermaker six yard touchdown run. Purdue 28, Indiana 7. Surprisingly, Indiana offense puts in an effective six play drive and scores on a 27 yard run, giving a glimmer of hope for a comeback to Hoosier fans. Purdue 28, Indiana 14. Another time consuming drive of 14 plays of mostly short runs ends for Purdue in a failed field goal attempt.

Once again the Hoosiers' offense has butterfingers and fumbles the ball away with so little time remaining for them to have even a chance of scoring once more. The Hoosiers pay for this mistake by giving up a five plays and a touchdown, with the Boilermakers putting the game completely out of reach on a ten yard run increasing Purdue's lead to 35-14. The Hoosiers begin their next drive by committing a 15 yard personal foul to put them dangerously close to their own goal line. A desperation long pass attempt results in a Purdue interception and a thirty yard return for the last score of the game, Purdue 42, Indiana 14. The clock runs out on Indiana's final possession and the game ends.

There were a huge number of very short yardage running plays for both teams. The typical "three yards (or less) and a cloud of dust" that coach Woody Hayes would have appreciated. Although the game was still within reach for Indiana until the middle of the fourth quarter, it never really seemed to threaten Purdue which began to control the tempo of the game and the clock midway through the third quarter to the contest's end.

Final Score, Purdue 42, Indiana 14.

Running: 47 carries for 186 yards.
Passing: 6-12-1 for 55 yards.
Total Offense: 241 yards.
Fumbles 3-3,
Penalties: 5-70 yards.
No field goals attempted.

Running: 62 carries for 241 yards.
Passing: 12-21-0 for 162 yards.
Total Offense: 403 yards.
Fumbles 2-2
Penalties: 5-61 yards.
One field goal attempted, missed.
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