September 10, 2007
Through the course of the football season, GoldandBlack.com will take an in-depth look at the Boilermakers' statistics, for a feature we'll call, "Number Crunching."
Quarterback Curtis Painter's 10 touchdown passes without an interception has made for an ideal start for the junior.
But, he'll still have a long way to go to match Kyle Orton's start to 2004, when he threw 19 touchdowns before finally being picked off in Week 5, in the fourth quarter at Penn State.
Last season, Painter threw 22 touchdowns to 19 interceptions.
The 12 different receivers that caught passes in the Eastern Illinois game established a Joe Tiller Era high for spreading the wealth.
Incidentally, the previous high of 11 was set by Painter in his first college start at Wisconsin in 2005.
In Painter's 22 starts, he has incorporated an average of 6.9 receivers per contest. Drew Brees found 10 different receivers eight times and averaged 7.9 receivers per game in his 37 starts.
In Tiller's 126 games at Purdue, an average of seven receivers per game have caught passes.
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