September 2, 2007

Boilermaker Sunday notebook

Purdue opened its season Saturday night with a 52-24 win at Toledo.

Below are some notes from the game, and from the day after.

Bryant Gives Return Game A Boost

Dorien Bryant's always been a weapon for the Boilermaker offense, but against Toledo, he galvanized Purdue's return game.

With around 10 minutes to play in the third quarter, after UT had kicked a field goal to make the score 38-17, Bryant took the kickoff, exploded into the open field and raced for a 91-yard touchdown.

The only person on the field who came close to stopping Bryant was an official, who had to frantically scurry out of Bryant's way as he broke right to cover the final 10 yards or so.

"It's his job to move," Bryant joked, of nearly running the official over. "It's not my problem."

Bryant also took over primary punt-return duties, though Desmond Tardy fielded Toledo's first kick, only to have a 40-plus-yard return negated by a penalty.

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