Tracking the Boilermakers
Sept. 22, 2017

Saturday / 4 p.m. / Michigan / FOX Sports Go
Saturday / 7:30 p.m. / at Indiana / BTN Plus
Saturday / 8:30 p.m. / Ohio State / BTN Plus

By Tom Schott

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - First-year head football coach Jeff Brohm and the Boilermakers have recaptured fans' interest, and they are the talk of the country. .

Purdue (2-1), which plays host to eighth-ranked Michigan (3-0) tomorrow at Ross-Ade Stadium, is coming off a 35-3 victory at Missouri on Sept. 16 that was the most resounding on the road since a 47-13 win at Central Florida on Sept. 4, 1999.

The three points surrendered by the Boilermakers were the fewest since a 59-0 win over Southeast Missouri on Sept. 17, 2011; the fewest to an FBS opponent since a 37-3 win over Illinois on Nov. 12, 2005; and the fewest on the road since a 48-3 win at Illinois on Oct. 25, 1997.

Tomorrow's Homecoming game is the 95th in school history. The Boilermakers have a 50-40-4 record in these autumn celebration games, dating to a 3-0 victory over Northwestern on Nov. 5, 1921. It also is the Big Ten Conference opener.

Kickoff at Ross-Ade Stadium is 4 p.m. ET, and tickets are available here. The game will be televised by FOX.

About 4,000 tickets remain, and Purdue Athletics officials believe a sellout is entirely possible. The capacity of Ross-Ade is 57,236.

With a forecasted temperature in the upper 80s and a heat index in the 90s, fans are reminded to stay hydrated.


Purdue will celebrate the 25th and 50th anniversaries of its 1992 and 1967 football teams during tomorrow's game.

The 1992 Boilermakers, under head coach Jim Colletto, opened the season with a 41-14 upset of No. 17 California at Ross-Ade Stadium and went on to win three Big Ten games: 24-20 over Minnesota at home, 27-16 at Iowa and 13-10 over Indiana at home.

The 1967 Boilermakers, who are being remembered throughout this season, won Purdue's first Big Ten championship in 15 years. They went 6-1 in conference play - losing only to Indiana 19-14 in the season finale - and were tri-champions with the Hoosiers and Minnesota. Since Purdue had gone to the Rose Bowl the previous year, Minnesota in 1961 and Indiana never, the Hoosiers were rewarded with the trip to "The Granddaddy of Them All." The Boilermakers, who finished 8-2 overall, topped the Big Ten in total offense (450.7 yards per game) and total defense (259.0 yards per game), as well as average attendance (60,113). Relive this memorable season here.

Bridge Walk Today, BTN Tailgate Tomorrow

The only scheduled Boilermaker Bridge Walk takes place this afternoon beginning at 5:15 p.m. ET.

All fans are invited to join the football team, Purdue Pete, cheerleaders and the pep band on the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge that spans the Wabash River from West Lafayette and Lafayette. The team is expected to arrive at 5:45 p.m.

Tomorrow, the BTN Tailgate Show originates from Purdue for the first time. It will air from 10 a.m. to noon from the Cary Quad front lawn along Stadium Avenue.

Volleyball Just Keeps Winning

After rolling through the non-conference schedule to the tune of a 10-1 record, the 13th-ranked volleyball team opened Big Ten play with a sweep of Northwestern on Sept. 12 on Belin Court at Holloway Gymnasium. Purdue hit .420 against the Wildcats.

The Boilermakers, who boast a team attack percentage of .358 that ranks second in the country, have won nine matches via the sweep and have yet to lose a set at home. They play host to Ohio State (8-4, 1-0 B1G) at 8:30 p.m. ET tomorrow and intrastate rival Indiana (11-2, 0-1) at 7 p.m. Sept. 27.

The defense has been equally stout for Purdue, which has allowed opponents to hit at a meager .176 clip. The Boilermakers are averaging 2.06 blocks and 12.40 digs per set. Junior Brooke Peters, in her first season at libero, has recorded double-digit digs in 10 consecutive matches and 10 of 12 overall. She is averaging 3.50 digs per set.

Soccer is Surging

The surging soccer team (7-2, 2-0 B1G) plays at intrastate rival Indiana (5-4-1, 1-1) at 7:30 p.m. ET tomorrow in the annual battle for the Golden Boot and the first 2017-18 competition for the Governor's Cup.

The Boilermakers have opened Big Ten play 2-0 for the first time since 2008, and their 7-2 record is the best nine-game start to a season since 2007 (7-1-1).

Redshirt senior forward Maddy Williams leads the Big Ten with eight goals, seven assists and 23 points. In Purdue's 6-2 win at Michigan State on Sept. 17, Williams set the school career assists record. She has 25 currently. Williams, who scored two goals in the game, also tied program marks with three assists and seven points. She was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the second straight week, the conference's first such repeat recipient since 2012.

Three days earlier, the Boilermakers topped Michigan 1-0 for their fourth shutout of the season and first-ever win in Ann Arbor. Midfielder/forward Kylie Hase scored the lone goal in the 83rd minute and subsequently was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

In Golden Boot games, Purdue boasts an 11-4-3 advantage. The teams tied 2-2 last season in West Lafayette.

Tomorrow's game wraps is the fifth of five straight on the road. Purdue returns home to Folk Field to host Illinois at 6 p.m. ET on Sept. 28.

Cross Country Sweeps Indiana Intercollegiates

Men's and women's cross country both won the Indiana Intercollegiates on Sept. 15 at the Boilermaker Cross Country Course.

The men were nearly perfect with a team score of 16 for the program's first victory at the meet since 2011. The women finished with a 23 for their first win since 2008.

Sophomores Jaret Carpenter and Emma Benner repeated as individual champions, a first in school history. Carpenter finished his 8,000-meter race in 25:15.2, while Benner crossed the line of her 6,000-meter race in 21:25.4 to win by nearly a minute. Benner was named the Big Ten Cross Country Female Athlete of the Week.

Both teams are back in action Sept. 30 at the Greater Louisville Invitational.


Baseball plays an exhibition game against the Ontario Blue Jays at 3:15 p.m. ET today at Alexander Field ... On Sunday, softball plays host to Heartland Community College (noon) and DePauw (2 p.m.) at Bittinger Stadium ... Men's golf competes at the Northern Intercollegiate in Sugar Grove, Illinois, on Sunday and Monday ... The 2017-18 season marks the 50th anniversary of Mackey Arena. Purdue Athletics started unveiling the top 50 moments in Mackey history yesterday, and the countdown will continue until both the men's and women's basketball teams open the season Nov. 10. Every day, a new Mackey Moment will be revealed on Purdue's social-media channels, as well as on ... Purdue alum Tyler Duncan (2009-12) earned his PGA Tour card Sept. 17 on the heels of a fifth-place finish at the Albertsons Boise Open. He joins fellow Boilermaker and former teammate Adam Schenk (2011-14) on the PGA Tour ...Guests on this week's Purdue Athletics Podcast are athletics director Mike Bobinski and football sophomore Tario Fuller.


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