No. 2 Penn St. 31, No. 16 Purdue 25
Oct. 23, 1999
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) _ Second-ranked Penn State converted three turnovers into 21 points and survived a 379-yard passing effort by Drew Brees to beat No. 16 Purdue 31-25 on Saturday.
Penn State (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten) forced Brees into four incomplete passes in the final minute after he had moved the Boilermakers (5-3, 2-3) 58 yards to a first down at the 12 with 31 seconds remaining.
Brees, who was 31-of-48, had his first down pass tipped at the line of scrimmage by cornerback Anthony King on a blitz. A pass to Randall Lane went incomplete on the next play and on third down he threw the ball out of the end zone to avoid a sack.
Brees then threw past the outstretched arms of Chris Daniels, and Purdue was out of downs.
The victory was the 315th for Penn State's Joe Paterno, moving him past Amos Alonzo Stagg into third place among major-college coaches and within eight of Bear Bryant's record total. It was the 10th consecutive victory for Penn State, the second-longest winning streak among majors.
Penn State got a touchdown from linebacker LaVar Arrington when he sacked Brees and forced a fumble. Arrington picked up the ball at the Purdue 2 and carried it into the end zone untouched. The Nittany Lions also scored a touchdown in the third quarter on a 25-yard interception return by Courtney Brown.