10 Minutes Or Less: 1998 Penn State vs. Purdue

The very first 10 Minutes Or Less video featured the 1999 squad’s narrow victory over a Drew Brees-led Purdue team. We have since done a video for the emotional win against the Boilermakers in 2000¬†and thus, it is only fitting that we finally get around to completing the Drew Brees pwnage trilogy by showcasing the first ever crack the future Super Bowl champ had at beating Penn State.

Brees had already become a household name, throwing for an NCAA record 83 pass attempts the previous week against Wisconsin (in which Brees also racked up nearly 500 yards passing). What Brees hadn’t faced up until this game however, was a defense the likes of Penn State’s. LaVar Arrington, Courtney Brown, Brandon Short, and a slew of other blue and white clad defensive studs were more than happy to introduce Brees to what a real defense looked like, and helped deliver a 31-13 shellacking on Homecoming weekend in Happy Valley.

It wasn’t just the defense of Penn State’s that highlighted that afternoon, as freshman tailback Eric McCoo had his first 100+ yard rushing game, tallying a grand total of 163 yards on the ground. McCoo also hauled in a 12-yard TD pass from Kevin Thompson. Special teams left a little more to be desired though, as a muffed punt and two blocked field goals stuck out like a sore thumb.

All in all though, it was the typical manhandling of Purdue that Penn State fans have long come to expect…Enjoy.


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