BLOOMINGTON — Tre Roberson threw a career-high six touchdown passes, three to Shane Wynn, and the Hoosiers recaptured the Old Oaken Bucket on Saturday for the first time in three years with a 56-36 win over Purdue.
The Hoosiers (5-7, 3-5) finished the season the same way they started — with a record-setting performance against an in-state foe. They produced their highest point total in the 116-game series and won by 20 or more points for only the seventh time in series history. Plus, the Hoosiers broke the school record for points in a season (463) and extended the school's single-season marks for total TDs (62) and TD passes (36).
Purdue (1-11, 0-8) has now lost 10 straight, the second longest skid in school history. It lost 11 straight from 1906-08.
Indiana took an early 14-0 edge, led 35-9 at halftime and never gave the Boilers a chance to come back.
Roberson made his fourth start of the season memorable.
He went 25 of 37 for 273 yards, rushed 21 times for a career-high 154 yards and converted 12 of 13 third-downs in the first three quarters.
With those sorts of numbers, Roberson had plenty of help. Wynn had 52 yards receiving on seven catches, including the three scores. Cody Latimer caught seven passes for 110 yards and a score, and Stephen Houston closed his college career with 17 carries for 120 yards and two TDs, including a 53-yard run on the game's fourth offensive play.
That was simply too much for the Boilermakers, who started the day ranked 119th out of 123 at 13.0 points per game.
It was a dismal finish to a historically bad season for Purdue, which endured its worst loss in the series since a 52-7 rout in 1988. The Boilermakers also had their first one-win season and first winless Big Ten season since 1993, and now coach Darrell Hazell must wait until next season to beat his first Football Bowl Subdivision foe as Purdue's coach.