Tracking the Boilermakers
Oct. 14, 2016

Saturday / Noon / Iowa / Watch ESPN
Sunday / 1 p.m. / at Penn State / BTN Plus
Friday / 8 p.m. / Penn State / BTN
Saturday / 8:30 p.m. / Rutgers / BTN
By Tom Schott

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Happy Homecoming.

Tomorrow's Homecoming football game against Iowa (4-2, 2-1 B1G) is the 94th in school history. The Boilermakers have a 50-39-4 record in these autumn celebration games, dating to a 3-0 victory over Northwestern on Nov. 5, 1921.

Iowa has been Purdue's Homecoming opponent 14 times previously - tied with Northwestern as the third-most frequent foe behind Wisconsin (21) and Illinois (19) - and the Boilermakers boast a 10-3-1 advantage.

Purdue (3-2, 1-1) is coming off a thrilling 34-31 overtime win at Illinois. Freshman kicker J.D. Dellinger made history, becoming the first Boilermaker to drill a game-winning field goal in overtime. The 28-yard kick, which deftly split the goal posts, was Dellinger's first-ever game-winning kick and the sixth game-winning field goal for Purdue since 2000. Dellinger was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week.

In place of injured sophomore running back Markell Jones, speedy freshman Brian Lankford-Johnson rushed for 127 yards on 18 carries (a snappy 7.1 average) against Illinois, while rugged redshirt freshman Richie Worship gained 60 yards on 13 carries. Both scored touchdowns. Lankford-Johnson was recognized as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

Kickoff at Ross-Ade Stadium is noon ET, and tickets are available here. The game will be televised by ESPN2.

All former team captains in attendance will take part in the pregame coin toss.


Purdue will celebrate the 25th and 50th anniversaries of its 1991 and 1966 football teams during tomorrow's game.

Jim Colletto's first season as head coach in 1991 was highlighted by three Big Ten Conference wins: 17-14 at Northwestern, 28-7 over Wisconsin at home and 27-17 over Michigan State at home.

The 1966 Boilermakers, who are being remembered throughout this season, made Purdue's first trip to the Rose Bowl and won "The Granddaddy of Them All" for the only time in school history. They finished with a 9-2 record and ranked seventh in the Associated Press poll after defeating USC 14-13 in Pasadena, California. Under Hall of Fame head coach Jack Mollenkopf, Purdue finished second in the Big Ten at 6-1 but still played in the Rose Bowl thanks to a Big Ten rule that prevented a team from making repeat appearances. Michigan State, which won the conference title for the second straight season, had gone the previous year. Relive this memorable season here.

Volleyball Home for a Pair

The murderer's row of Big Ten games continues for No. 22 volleyball (11-5, 1-5 B1G) at 8 p.m. ET today when No. 10 Penn State (14-3, 6-0) visits Holloway Gymnasium.

In three of their last four matches, the Boilermakers have faced No. 3 Wisconsin, No. 2 Minnesota and No. 3 Nebraska. So it is no surprise that Purdue boasts the nation's toughest scheduled played to date and is No. 8 in the latest RPI report, both key elements for selection to the NCAA Tournament.

The Boilermakers have posted 13 wins over top 10 foes under 14th-yead head coach Dave Shondell, including 10 since 2010.

Penn State is the lone undefeated team in Big Ten play. Minnesota and Nebraska and Wisconsin each have one loss.

Tomorrow, the Boilermakers play host to Rutgers (4-15, 0-6) at 8:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear white to white out Holloway, and the first 1,000 fans will receive a free T-shirt.

Both weekend matches will be televised live by BTN.

Wrestling Practice on the Patio

Prior to tomorrow's football game, the wrestling team will take over the South End Zone of Ross-Ade Stadium for Practice on the Patio. The 90-minute session begins at 10 a.m. ET and is open to all football game ticket-holders.

The 2016-17 wrestling poster will be revealed, and full South End Zone concession options will be available for purchase.

Medinilla, Madarasz Shine at ITA All Americans

The men's tennis doubles team of senior Ricky Medinilla and redshirt junior Gergely Madarasz won six matches to reach the semifinals of the ITA All Americans Championships, which concluded this week in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The duo's advancement is the farthest any pair has reached under head coach Pawel Gajdzik. Even more impressive was the fact that Medinilla and Madarasz had to play their way into the main draw via a qualification bid. Along the way, they defeated the top seed in their flight, Texas Tech.

Madarasz is back in action this week at the Oracle ITA Masters in Malibu, California. The rest of the team competes next at the Old Gold & Black Classic at the Schwartz Tennis Center from Oct. 28 to 31.

Olympic Medalists to be Honored

Purdue will honor its three 2016 Olympic medalists at tomorrow's Homecoming football game.

The distinguished trio is alumni David Boudia (silver and bronze, diving) and Amanda Elmore (gold, rowing) and redshirt sophomore Steele Johnson (silver, diving).

The recognition, which will include Purdue president Mitch Daniels, is scheduled for the second media timeout of the first quarter.

Elmore and Johnson are scheduled to sign autographs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. ET at the Boilermaker Crossing pregame event, which takes place in Weist Plaza between Mackey Arena and Holloway Gymnasium and is free to all fans.

Purdue Pete Alumni to be Recognized

Purdue Athletics is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Purdue Pete throughout 2016-17.

As part of the festivities, Purdue alumni who have portrayed Pete will be acknowledged during Saturday's Homecoming football game against Iowa. The recognition is scheduled for the third media timeout of the second quarter.

Among the more than 30 Petes expected back is John Knote, who was the second Pete, in 1958. Larry Brunbaugh, who was the first-ever Pete, is deceased and will be represented by his family, including son Robert.


Sophomore forward Caleb Swanigan is one of 10 players named to the 2016-17 Preseason All-Big Ten team ... Women's soccer (4-10, 2-6) plays at No. 16 Penn State (9-2-4, 5-0-3) on Sunday afternoon. The Boilermakers defeated Maryland 1-0 yesterday on the first career goal by sophomore defender Dannah Williams and three saves by senior goalkeeper Jordan Ginther, who earned her fourth career solo shutout ... Men's golf competes at the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational in Windermere, Florida, from Oct. 16 to 18 ... Tara Palmer, who played catcher for the Purdue softball team from 2005 to 2008, is back on campus as a member of a Navy squadron bringing three jets to participate in a flyover prior to tomorrow's football game. In addition to Palmer, who will be in the lead aircraft, two others in the Navy envoy are Purdue alumni - Cmdr. Michael Paul, who will be in the second jet, and Capt. Norb Szarleta, who will be watching from the ground.


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