Chris Summers kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired in the Motor City Bowl, lifting Purdue to a 51-48 win over Central Michigan last night in Detroit.
Curtis Painter threw for a school-record 546 yards and three touchdowns, helping the Boilermakers build three 21-point leads and set up the winning kick.
Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour threw for 293 yards and four scores and ran for 114 yards and two TDs.
Central Michigan coach Butch Jones will fly to Morgantown for a second interview for the West Virginia position tomorrow, a person familiar with the search told ESPN yesterday.
Jones, a former West Virginia assistant, is emerging as a very strong candidate to succeed Rich Rodriguez. Former Auburn coach Terry Bowden and Florida assistant Doc Holliday are also under consideration.
Jones is the latest candidate to be connected with West Virginia's coaching vacancy, which came open when Rodriguez abruptly left the Mountaineers on Dec. 16 to coach at Michigan.
On Sunday, Florida State offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher ended speculation of his interest in the Mountaineers' job, releasing a statement on the Seminoles' Web site. The statement came 2 weeks after Fisher agreed to a new contract in which his base pay was increased from around $420,000 to $625,000 and was named FSU's coach-in-waiting.
* Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops confirmed that starting defensive back Lendy Holmes will not play in the Fiesta Bowl, leaving the third-ranked Sooners depleted in the secondary for their game against No. 11 West Virginia.
"He didn't come on the trip and won't be here," Stoops said upon arriving in Arizona for the Jan. 2 game.
Holmes' father told the Dallas Morning News this weekend that his son expected to be academically ineligible for the Fiesta Bowl but a school spokesman indicated that Stoops was holding out hope Holmes would be able to play. *