Monday, September 02, 2002

In Purdue's 51-10 victory over Illinois State (Div. I-AA), there were several good stories. Kyle Orton, the strong-armed sophomore QB, who in three starts as a freshman showed incredible potential, but ended up 0-3, came away with his first victory, threw for 250 yards, three TD's, and no INT's. John Standeford, the junior wide receiver who, after a challenge from the coaching staff put on 20 pounds in the off-season, and ended up catching 2 TD passes, which is already halfway to last season's total. Torey Vogel a walk-on LB from Central Catholic HS in Lafayette, who isn't even listed in the team's media guide, but led the team with 7 tackles and an interception. Joey Harris the junior tailback who rushed for 144 yards and 2 TD's, and scored on a short screen pass in the flats, that he turned into a 57 yard TD.

The best overall story on the Boilermaker team is from it's placekicker, Berin Lacevic. Lacevic, the junior college transfer from Garden City Community College (KS), kicked 6 PAT's and a field goal on Saturday for 9 points. His story goes back nearly 10 years ago when he stood in the midst of shelled buildings and blood that ran ankle deep, in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and saw both of his parents killed. The story of his eventual adoption by an American couple and his new life in the United States is amazing, and puts all of the other sports stories into perspective.

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