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Updated: Saturday, September 14, 2002 6:54 PM EDT
NCAA FOOTBALL RECAP
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Purdue 28, Western Mich 24
WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (Ticker) -- John Standeford caught seven passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns, including a 30-yarder with 5:26 left, as Purdue rallied past stubborn Western Michigan, 28-24.

One play after grabbing a 45-yard pass from Kyle Orton, Standeford hauled in the game-winner as Purdue (2-1) bounced back from last week's loss at Notre Dame.

Western Michigan (1-2) moved into Boilermakers' territory on its final possession but turned over the ball as a fourth-down pass was broken up.

Orton overcame five sacks and completed 16-of-30 passes for 216 yards. He helped Purdue avoid a fourth-quarter collapse after the Broncos rallied for 10 points and a 24-21 lead.

Western Michigan's Jon Drach was 13-for-26 for 203 yards and a touchdown and ran 15 yards for a score midway through the final period that forged a 21-21 tie. Less than two minutes later, Anthony Apa kicked a 46-yard field goal to put the Broncos in front.

The teams combined for three touchdowns in the final 91 seconds of the first quarter. Orton hit Standeford for a 35-yard touchdown, but Drach connected with Mobolaji Afariogun for a 20-yard score and Philip Reed dashed 59 yards for a TD.

Reed carried 14 times for 81 yards and added two receptions for 82 yards.


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