Tracking the Boilermakers
Sept. 1, 2017

Sunday / 1 p.m. / Dayton / BTN Plus

By Tom Schott

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Jeff Brohm era of Purdue football starts Saturday.

The Boilermakers square off against 16th-ranked Louisville at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Kickoff for the FOX Sports nationally televised game is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. The gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Today, Purdue is taking over downtown Indianapolis with the Circle Up! Boiler Tailgate 2.0. From noon to 2:30 p.m. ET, all Boilermaker fans are invited to Monument Circle for a free tailgate event hosted by the Boiler Business Exchange. Food and drinks will be sold by various vendors. Purdue Pete and the cheerleaders, the Boilermaker Special and the "All-American" Marching Band will be on hand.

A pep rally will be hosted by a pair of Purdue graduates - Indianapolis television personalities Angela Buchman from WTHR and Kevin Gregory from WRTV. Purdue president Mitch Daniels, athletics director Mike Bobinski and Brohm will speak on stage as the football team arrives at approximately 2 p.m. to the sound of "Hail Purdue."

Today's forecast for Indianapolis is football-like, with the temperature in the low-to-mid 60s

On gameday from 3 to 7 p.m., the popular Boilermaker Crossing event will be staged at the Pan Am Plaza and Pavilion, just northeast of Lucas Oil Stadium. This event, hosted by Purdue Athletics, the John Purdue Club and the Purdue Alumni Association, is free and will feature giveaways, balloon artists, face painters, inflatables and more activities for the entire family. Live music will be provided by Soul Street Band. There will be an indoor beer garden with a cash bar. The Boilermaker Crossing will be the best place to get ready for the season opener.

Tickets are available for the game, starting at just $35. To purchase online until noon today, click here; after noon today, click here.

A native of Louisville, Brohm will be facing his alma mater in his first game as the Purdue head coach. He enjoyed an outstanding collegiate career as a quarterback for the Cardinals from 1989 to 1993 and subsequently served as an assistant coach from 2003 to 2008. He worked for current Cardinal head coach Bobby Petrino the first four seasons.

Cuttino Leads Volleyball Season-Opening Sweep

Senior outside hitter Danielle Cuttino led volleyball to the Mortar Board Premier championship.

Cuttino hit at a snappy .451 clip while averaging 4.33 kills per set and tallying 43 points. She committed merely seven attack errors among 71 swings and also contributed 0.56 blocks per set en route to earning tournament Most Valuable Player honors.

No. 21 Purdue (3-0) won all three games without dropping a set, blanking Oral Roberts, Cleveland State and Alabama. Redshirt senior Ashley Evans and senior outside hitter Azariah Stahl joined Cuttino on the all-tournament team.

Today, the Boilermakers begin play in the Wyoming Invitational in Laramie, tangling with Jacksonville (2-1) at 6 p.m. ET. Tomorrow, they take on Eastern Michigan (2-2) at noon and the host Cowboys (1-2) at 9 p.m.

Soccer Wraps up Homestand

Soccer (3-1) wraps up its season-opening five-game homestand with a Sept. 3 matinee against Dayton (1-2). Action gets underway at Folk Field at 1 p.m. ET.

Purdue has won its last two games in shutout fashion - blanking Indiana State 6-0 and DePaul 2-0 - and has not allowed a goal in 182 minutes. Moreover, the Boilermakers have held the lead for 259 of the 360 minutes (72 percent) this season.

Following Sunday's contest, the Boilermakers play their next five games away from home: Sept. 8 at Louisville, Sept. 10 at Cincinnati, Sept. 14 at Michigan, Sept. 17 at Michigan State and Sept. 23 at Indiana in the annual battle for the Golden Boot.

Men's Basketball Wins Silver as Team USA

Team USA, a.k.a. the Purdue men's basketball team, wrapped up a once-in-a-lifetime experience by winning the silver medal at the World University Games in Taipei.

After winning Pool C with a 5-0 record, Team USA topped Israel in the quarterfinals 111-107 in an overtime classic and Serbia 93-61 in the semifinals before falling to Lithuania 85-74 in the championship game.

Meitz Also Captures Silver at WUG

Senior swimmer Kaersten Meitz won a silver medal as a member of the United States 4x200 freestyle relay at the World University Games in Taipei.

Meitz helped the United States earn the top seed in the final of the event. Even though a new quartet of Americans competed in the final, finishing second, Meitz and her teammates in the preliminaries received medals.

Meitz was Purdue's first female swimmer to ever race for the USA at the World University Games. She was a finalist in both of her individual events, taking fifth in the 400-meter free and eighth in the 800 free.

Competing for Australia, sophomore diver Emily Meaney, who earlier won a silver medal in synchronized 10-meter, was a finalist in individual 10-meter, as well, finishing 10th.

Junior diver Joe Cifelli finished 18th in the 1-meter preliminaries for the United States.

Meanwhile, sophomore swimmer Jinq En Phee performed well at the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur. She won the 100-meter breaststroke with a meet-record time of 1:09.00 after finishing second in the 50 breast with a Malaysian-record time of 31.54.

FB Parking Info for Sept. 8

With Purdue's home-opening football game Sept. 8 being a Friday-night primetime event, there will be some modifications to parking.

The Boilermakers play host to Ohio at 8 p.m. ET.

RV lots (RV1, RV3 and RV4) will open Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m.

All other lots except V (West Lafayette Jr./Sr. High School) will open Friday at noon. The V lot will open at 5 p.m.

Purdue students and staff who customarily park in football gameday lots will not be permitted to do so Sept. 8 beginning at 7 a.m. Signage will be posted in the affected lots Sept. 6. Alternative parking options include the McCutcheon Street garage and the Discovery Park lot.

For more information on Purdue football parking, as well as updates on road construction, click here.


Men's and women's cross country, under first-year coach John Oliver, open the season today at the Crusader Open in Valparaiso, Indiana ... Five Purdue golfers were named to their respective 2017-18 Big Ten preseason watch lists: senior Brian Carlson, junior Timmy Hildebrand and junior Jarle Volden from the men's team and senior Marta Martin and sophomore Micaela Farah from the women's squad ... Former men's golfer Adam Schenk (2011-14) earned his PGA Tour card for 2018 after an outstanding season on the tour. He finished 12th on the money list with $236,792 to place in the top 25, which automatically earns a player his tour card for the next season ... Former volleyball player Annie Drews (2012-15) continues her stellar play for Team USA. Read all about it here ... Purdue Athletics launched a new mobile application this week, bringing a vastly improved mobile experience to Boilermaker fans. Powered by Hopscotch and CBS Sports, the new app is already available in the Apple App Store and Google Play store and is free of charge. Fans who already have the Purdue Athletics app on their mobile device simply need to update the app in their respective app store, while those who don't can search "Purdue Athletics" in either the Apple or Google Play store ... Guests on this week's Purdue Athletics Podcast are football senior T.J. McCollum and football radio play-by-play announcer Tim Newton.


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