If you like offense (or don’t like defense), you have to love the way the Old Oaken Bucket Game between Indiana and Purdue has gone the past two years.
In 2012 in West Lafayette, the Boilermakers won 56-35 — setting a record for most points scored in an Old Oaken Bucket Game. That record stood for all of one year, with it being surpassed by a single point when Indiana routed Purdue 56-36.
Here’s some more record-breaking tidbits from the game:
• Indiana quarterback Tre Roberson, who had thrown for more than 100 yards in a game this season, had 427 yards of total offense.
• IU’s 56 points and 401 rushing yards are the most tallied by an IU team in an Old Oaken Bucket game.
• The Hoosiers piled up a school record 692 total yards, passing for 291 yards in addition to the 401 on the ground.
• Indiana set a single-game school record with 42 first downs, surpassing the previous record of 35 (last vs. Michigan, 10/2/10). IU achieved 26 first downs on the ground, 13 through the air and three by penalty.
• IU ran a season-high 94 plays on offense.
• Defensively, Indiana set a Big Ten record by allowing opponents an average of 560.2 yards per game. The previous worst mark belonged to Northwestern in 1981 when the Wildcats allowed 524.7 yards.
• Indiana had three players rush for over 100 yards for the first time in school history. Tre Roberson led the way with a career-high 154 yards, Stephen Houston added 120 and D’Angelo Roberts ran for a career-high 113 yards.
• IU rushed for a season-high 401 yards on 54 carries (7.4 average).
• Roberson tied a school record with six touchdown passes, matching Bob Hoernschemeyer who threw six TDs at Nebraska in 1943. Roberson completed 25-of-37 for 273 yards while rushing for a career-high 154 yards (7.3 average), his third career 100-yard rushing game. His 427 total yards were also a career-high.
• The 2013 Hoosiers set single-season records with 6,102 total yards, 508.5 total yards per game, 461 points, 38.4 points per game, 36 passing touchdowns, 62 total touchdowns and 300 first downs.
• The Hoosiers scored 50-plus points three times, had over 600 yards four times and rushed for 300 yards five times in 2013.
• Ted Bolser brought in his sixth touchdown of the season and the 15th of his career. He finished the night with 16 yards on three catches to set the all-time school receptions mark for a tight end to go along with his record 1,337 receiving yards and record 15 TDs.
• D’Angelo Roberts rushed for a career-high 113 yards on 14 carries (8.1 average), marking his second career 100-yard game.
• Mitch Ewald set a single-season IU mark with 56 extra points. He closed out his final season 56-of-56 on PATs and 9-of-11 from field goal range for 83 total points, which ranks ninth on the program’s single-season chart.
• A fifth-year senior, Ewald closed out his career as the Hoosiers all-time field goals, field goal percentage, extra points and total points (kickers) leader. He hit 53-of-66 field goals (80.3 percent), 161-of-162 PATs (99.4 percent) for 320 points.
• Tim Bennett broke up a pass to add to his national lead to total 20 pass breakups on the season and 21 passes defended. He had six solo tackles on the night to lead the team.
• The Hoosiers won three Big Ten games for the first time since 2007.
• Indiana’s first touchdown drive covered 75 yards in four plays in 1:14, marking the 27th TD drive of the season under 75 seconds and the 32nd touchdown drive of under five plays.
• Purdue cornerback Ricardo Allen intercepted Roberson twice, including once in the end zone, to increase his career total to 13 interceptions, which is second most in Purdue history.