Tracking the Boilermakers
Oct. 27, 2017

Saturday / 7:30 p.m. / Nebraska / BTN
Sunday / 3:30 p.m. / at Northwestern / BTN Plus
Friday / 7 p.m. / at Ohio State / BTN Plus
Sunday / 1 p.m. / at Maryland / BTN Plus

By Tom Schott

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Tomorrow is an action-packed day for Purdue Athletics, and it promises to be fun-filled:

1:20 p.m.: Baseball Old Gold & Black Series finale - Alexander Field
3 p.m.: Men's Basketball charity exhibition game vs. Indiana State - Mackey Arena
4 p.m.: Boilermaker Crossing - Weist Plaza
5:30 p.m.: Wrestling Practice on the Patio - South End Zone Patio
7:30 p.m.: Football vs. Nebraska - Ross-Ade Stadium

Tickets for the basketball charity exhibition game are $10 for adults and $5 for Purdue students and will be general admission outside of the club and courtside seats. They are available online - fees are waived - and also at the Purdue Athletics Ticket Office today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tomorrow beginning at 1 p.m.

Net proceeds will benefit the Greater Houston Community Foundation, the UNIDOS Disaster Relief & Recovery Program to support Puerto Rico and the Florida Disaster Fund.

Fans attending without parking passes for the football game can park in Purdue's IM lots ($20), campus parking garages ($10) or the surrounding neighborhoods. ADA parking is available in the O Lot for $20. Basketball parking passes for the 2017-18 season will not be honored.

There will be no radio broadcast or online coverage of the game.

Wrestling Practice on the Patio

Practice on the Patio is a 90-minute wrestling practice on the Ross-Ade Stadium South End Zone Patio beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET tomorrow.

A ticket to the football game is required for entry to Practice on the Patio, and full South End Zone Patio concession options will be available.

The 2017-18 Purdue wrestling poster will be revealed and available to fans.

In the event of inclement weather, practice will be moved inside to Holloway Gymnasium. A determination will be made and announced today.

Football Hosts Nebraska

It is a Big Ten West Division between Purdue (3-4, 1-3 B1G) and Nebraska (3-4, 2-2) at 7:30 p.m. ET tomorrow.

Over the last three games, the Boilermakers have allowed just 48 points (an average of 16 per contest), including only 10 in the second half -- a field goal by Minnesota and a touchdown by Rutgers.

Against Rutgers, Purdue surrendered only 217 yards of total offense. More than half of those yards (109) came on the Scarlet Knights' two scoring plays - a 74-yard rush in the first quarter and a 35-yard pass in the third quarter - meaning the Boilermakers allowed just 108 yards on the other 53 plays. The Boilermakers limited Rutgers to 12 yards in the second quarter (on 14 plays) and minus 13 yards in the fourth quarter (on 13 plays). Purdue forced a season-high nine three-and-outs, and Rutgers mustered merely eight first downs.

Meanwhile, Purdue rushed for a season-high 279 yards against Rutgers, its greatest output since amassing 298 yards at Minnesota on Oct. 18, 2014. Juniors D.J. Knox (84 yards) and Markell Jones (68) and sophomore Richie Worship (51) all had season-best performances.

Tomorrow is the Boilermakers' Hammer Down Cancer Game. The players will honor cancer survivors by wearing a neon yellow cancer awareness ribbon on the back of their helmets. Neon yellow - nicknamed "volt" - is the color the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research uses to represent survivors of all types of cancer. Additionally, season-ticket holders who have beaten cancer or currently are fighting the fight and their guests will form the pregame fan tunnel.

Tickets are available here.

Williams Leads Soccer to Big Ten Tournament

Redshirt senior forward Maddy Williams scored all four goals for soccer the last two games - a 2-2 tie at No. 9 Penn State on Oct. 20 and a 2-0 win over Maryland on Wednesday at Folk Field - to lead the Boilermakers into the Big Ten Tournament.

The Boilermakers (10-6-2, 5-4-2 B1G) are the No. 7 seed and will take on No. 2 seed Northwestern (10-6-2, 7-3-1) on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET in Evanston, Illinois. Purdue is back in postseason play for the first time since the 2008 season and has reached the 10-win plateau for the first time since 2009.

Against Penn State, Williams set the school career goals record and against Maryland, she set season marks for goals (14 - tied for the most in the Big Ten in 2017) and points (conference-leading 36). Williams is the Purdue career leader in goals (38), assists (26) and points (102). She was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on the heels of the Penn State game for the third time this season, the most such honors in school history and the most by a conference player since 2013.

Meanwhile, senior goalkeeper Erika Yohn earned her fourth career solo shutout against Maryland. The Boilermakers' seven shutouts this season are the program's most since the 2007 team set the school record with 14.

One of those whitewashings was a 2-0 victory over Northwestern on Oct. 1 at Folk Field. Freshman midfielder/forward Kylie Hase scored both goals, while classmate Katie Luce recorded four saves.

The Big Ten Tournament semifinals and championship game are set for Nov. 3 and 5 at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana.

Volleyball Opens Second Half of Big Ten Play

At the halfway point of the rugged Big Ten season, No. 17 volleyball boasts a 6-4 conference record (16-5 overall), good for sixth place in the standings. The Boilermakers boast the nation's 20th-best RPI.

The Boilermakers open the second half of conference play tonight at Ohio State (11-10, 4-6) and then play at Maryland (14-8, 3-7) on Sunday.

Purdue ranks fourth in the nation with a .321 attack percentage, led by redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Mohler (.343) and senior outside hitter Danielle Cuttino (.336). Redshirt senior setter Ashley Evans is 17th in the country with an average of 11.37 assists per set.

Another Big Ten Weekly Honor for Johnson

Redshirt junior Steele Johnson has earned Big Ten Diver of the Week honors again.

Johnson posted his ninth consecutive sweep of the diving events at a regular-season college meet against No. 16 South Carolina on Oct. 19, a streak that dates to October of 2016. He claimed his 14th career Big Ten Diver of the Week award, moving within six of the conference record held by fellow Boilermaker David Boudia (2009-11).

Johnson posted victorious list scores of 455.03 on 1-meter and 480.53 to win by 118 and 155 points, respectively. He bettered his season-opening scores from the dual win at Miami (Ohio) by at least on 130 points in both events. His Zone-qualifying scores against South Carolina rank as the top nationally this season.

Both the men's and women's swimming & diving teams host Notre Dame today beginning at 5 p.m. at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center. Both squads are 2-0 on the young season. The men's swimmers also won all 10 events at the Indiana Intercollegiates on Oct. 21.

The 16-event co-ed dual features four nationally ranked teams. The Purdue women are No. 16 and the men No. 23, while the Notre Dame men are No. 10 and the women No. 14.

The Boilermakers are partnering with Be The Match again, providing information on the mezzanine level of the aquatic center to help identify potential bone marrow donors. The partnership came to be in January of 2014 after the passing of Purdue associate athletics director Tom Reiter, who served as the sport administrator for swimming & diving. Fans that register as bone marrow donors with Be The Match will be entered in a drawing to win a Fitbit Blaze.

SAAC Hosting Talent Show Nov. 4

The Boiler Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is hosting its inaugural talent show to support the Riley Hospital for Children on Nov. 4.

"Boilers Got Talent" will take place at Holloway Gymnasium. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the show beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $10, payable at the door, and all proceeds go to the Riley Hospital for Children through the Purdue University Dance Marathon.

For more information, click here.


The Big Ten Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships are Sunday in Bloomington, Indiana. The men's race will begin at 10:45 a.m. ET, followed by the women's race at 11:45 a.m. ... No. 20 women's golf plays its final fall tournament today through Sunday at the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, North Carolina ... Women's basketball plays its first (and only) exhibition game Nov. 5 against the University of St. Francis at Mackey Arena ... The 2018 football season opener against Northwestern will be played Thursday, Aug. 30 ... Tee times are available tomorrow on the Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Course. To book, click here ... BTN and FloSports, a subscription-based streaming sports platform, have announced a four-year agreement that includes the distribution rights to more than 1,000 non-televised Big Ten Conference events. The events, which were previously exclusive to BTN Plus and range from basketball to ice hockey, now will be available through FloSports' sport-specific subscription channels, such as FloWrestling, FloTrack and FloVolleyball ... Guests on this week's Purdue Athletics Podcast are soccer senior Vanessa Korolas and basketball sophomore Carsen Edwards.


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