Purdue recovered two onside kicks and Raheem Mostert returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown before halftime to give Purdue a big lead, and the Boilermakers held on to beat Western Michigan 37-32 Tuesday in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
Cross Country (21) & Football (20) lead the way with the most honorees.
Purdue closes out its 2011 regular season against rival Indiana with the Old Oaken Bucket and a shot at bowl eligibility on the line.
Saturday marks the final game at Ross-Ade Stadium for 22 seniors.
2010: Team co-captain ... started all 12 games ... had 25 total tackles, including 21 solo stops and 4.0 for loss with 1.5 sacks, two fumbles forced and a fumble recovered ... had five tackles, four solo, at Notre Dame on Sept. 4 ... recorded five tackles and a fumble forced against Ball State on Sept. 18 ... finished with four solo tackles, including 3.0 for loss, a fumble forced and one recovered against No. 7 Wisconsin on Nov. 6.
2009: Started all 12 games ... tied for third on team with 4.5 sacks (also Jason Werner) and ranked fourth with 8.0 tackles for loss ... recorded 37 total tackles (24 solo, 13 assists) ... recovered a fumble at Oregon on Sept. 12 ... had six tackles (4 solo, 2 assists), including career-high 3.5 for loss, vs. Illinois on Oct. 24 ... finished career-high seven tackles (4 solo, 3 assists) at Wisconsin on Oct. 31.
2008: Appeared in all 12 games, including two starts ... ranked fourth on team with 2.0 sacks ... recorded 14 tackles (11 solo, 3 assists), including 4.0 for loss ... made first career start and had season-high six tackles (5 solo, 1 assist), including 1.0 for loss, vs. Northern Colorado on Sept. 6 ... registered sack vs. Central Michigan on Sept. 20 ... came up with tackle for loss in each of first three games ... started and had sack at Ohio State on Oct. 11.
2007: Did not play.
High School: Ranked as the No. 88 linebacker nationally by Scout.com ... first team all-district as tight end and defensive end and second team all-region defensive end as senior ... recorded 122 tackles, including eight sacks, with one interception senior season ... first team all-area and all-district and honorable mention all-state as junior ... coach was Jim Rice ... prep teammate of fellow Boilermaker Cortez Smith ... also participated in baseball, basketball and track and field.
Personal: Given name is Gerald Gooden Jr. ... born Jan. 18, 1989 ... organizational leadership and supervision major ... enjoys sports, lifting weights and video games.