October 1, 2012
Photo story: Just two
Purdue went into Camp Randall Stadium on Oct. 18, 2003 and stunned the Badgers, jumping out to a 14-0, first quarter lead. Kyle Orton, who threw 55 passes on the day, completed his first 15 attempts.
But this play in the third quarter was an incompletion. It looked as simple as a sandlot play. Just go to the end zone, turn around and jump. The ball will be there.
At 6-foot-9, receiver Kyle Ingraham was the tallest player ever to play a skill position at Purdue. He caught a lot of passes at Purdue and simply fell forward to a first down. But not on this play.
Orton threw the ball too high for even Ingraham to corral. The coaches screamed for a pass interference call but didn't get one. Purdue then ran the ball up the middle before trying the same play to the freshman Ingraham.
That time, Purdue got the pass interference call and the ball on the three, but was unable to score a touchdown. A Ben Jones field goal pushed Purdue's lead to 20-13.
It would take another Jones field goal with three seconds remaining to secure the 23-20 win.
What is unique about this photo is that while it shows three-quarters of the field, you can only see two players, locked in hand-to-hand athletic combat in a sea of red and white-clad fans.
Ingraham, who caught 105 passes during his three-year career at Purdue is now the receivers coach and academic coordinator for Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, just east of his hometown of San Antonio.
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