April 21, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Big Ten Conference and its television partners today announced the 2010 primetime football schedule, and Purdue has one game slated to be played under the lights.
The Boilermakers' game at Northwestern on Oct. 9 will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. in Evanston, Ill.) and be televised by the Big Ten Network. It is Purdue's Big Ten opening game.
The game will be played almost 75 years to the day of the first-ever night game in Big Ten history. Purdue defeated Northwestern 7-0 in Evanston on Oct. 5, 1935. The lone touchdown came on a 54-yard punt return by sophomore halfback Tom McGannon, who less than a year later died tragically from severe burns suffered when a water heater exploded in a shower room at the Boilermakers' training facility at Ross Camp - about 10 miles west of campus.
Purdue will not play any additional night games in 2010.
ESPN/ABC will televise six games involving Big Ten teams in primetime, as will the Big Ten Network.
Purdue and Northwestern have not met in a night game since that inaugural game under the lights.
Overall, Purdue has played in 35 night games, defined as starting after 6 p.m. local time, with a 15-20 record.