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College football: Stephen Houston has big day in Indiana’s loss

Updated: December 26, 2012 9:51AM



WEST LAFAYETTE — Stephen Houston had a career day in Indiana’s loss to Purdue.

Houston had career highs in rushing yards (158), rushing attempts (28), rushing touchdowns (3), receptions (12) and yards from scrimmage (253).

He became the first Hoosiers player with three rushing TDs in a single game since Bryan Payton against Minnesota in October 2007, and his receptions are the second-best ever in a game for an IU running back. Jason Spear had 16 against Purdue in 1997.

He also has rushed for 100 yards in each of his two games against the Boilermakers — both losses.

Houston finished the season with 12 TD runs, tied for eighth on IU’s single-season list. He had 16 TDs overall, tied for fourth. His 20 career rushing TDs are good for sixth all-time at IU; his 24 total scores are seventh.

Coffman’s first season: Cameron Coffman threw for 348 yards on Saturday, the most ever for a Hoosiers QB against Purdue. His 247 completions, 407 attempts and 2,734 passing yards this season all are fourth-best in school history.

“It’s not how we wanted it to end, but I’ve gotten better. I’ve got a lot of things to learn from,” Coffman said.

Quick strikes: All three of IU’s first-half touchdown drives took 60 seconds or less. IU had 12 touchdown drives of a minute or less this season.

Hope and the hot seat: Danny Hope was, at times, philosophical and defensive about his four years at Purdue in his press conference. Hope, who is 22-27, could be fired early this week. He said he had no idea what was going to happen.

“I don’t have any idea,” he said. “Either way, I’m going to be Ok. I’ve learned to live life on the hot seat. I came here with a contract that had weak spots and I didn’t have a lot of leverage. Anytime you’re dealing with a contract like that , being on the hot seat is a way of life. I’d love to be back next year but I’m going to be fine either way.”

Other notes: Rob Henry also threw a touchdown pass for Purdue, his first of the season. That gave the Boilermakers five TD passes in a game for the first time since September 2007. … Akeem Shavers came one receiving yard shy of 100 yards both rushing and receiving. He had 126 yards on the ground and 99 through the air, including a 73-yard TD reception. He has Purdue’s two longest receptions of the season.

— Mike Hutton contributed

Purdue’s 42 second-half points were three shy of the school record 45 points scored against Ball State in 2004.… Antavian Edison, whose streak of games with a reception ended at 31 after he didn’t catch a pass last week against Illinois, scored his team-leading eighth touchdown of the season on an 8-yard pass from Marve.



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