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Ailing Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton, once a Heisman Trophy favorite, was ineffective and pulled late in the third quarter.
Slowed in the Michigan game by a right hip pointer, Orton said he hurt his left hip flexor against the Wildcats, an injury that left him unable to twist or get any torque when he had to throw the ball. A howling, swirling wind that gusted up to 40 mph didn't help matters.
"I couldn't really move around, I couldn't twist my hips," he said. "I couldn't get anything on the football and offensively we were stagnant, so we decided to make a switch."
But coach Joe Tiller said Orton's problems went beyond his health.
"We made the change because he was really struggling with the offense," Tiller said. "It's one thing to not be at your best physically, but it's another thing to not be at your best mentally. If you're not at your best mentally, then open receivers aren't spotted and we had a number of those."
Orton finished 15-of-33 for 143 yards, including a 12-yard scoring pass to Dorien Bryant. It was his least productive day of the season. He also had a fumble in the first quarter that set up Northwestern's first score.
if you read my pre-season bigten blog or my weekly matchup blogs.....you will see that I was never impressed with purdont....no matter what the media thought when they were #5....just another team that can rack up 50 on the sisters of the poor....and blow against a good defense....
im glad to say that i was dead on regarding them.....