Sept. 3, 2012
Television This Week
Play-By-Play - Tom Hammond
Analyst - Mike Mayock
Sideline - Alex Flanagan
Radio This Week
Purdue Sports Properties
Play-By-Play - Tim Newton
Analyst - Pete Quinn
Sideline - Kelly Kitchel
Producer - Rob Blackman
Engineer - Alan Benjamin
Sirius - Channel 129 (ND Broadcast)
XM - Channel 129 (ND Broadcast)
Some Game Themes
Purdue heads to Notre Dame in search of its first victory in South Bend since 2004 ... The Boilermakers look to open a season 2-0 for the first time since 2007 ... This season marks the 84th all-time meeting between Purdue and Notre Dame ... Quarterback Robert Marve is coming off an outing in which he threw for a career-high 295 yards and three touchdowns ... All-America candidate Kawann Short recorded his first sack of the season last week to move into sole possession of 13th on the Purdue records list (13.5).
Purdue vs. Notre Dame Series Information
Series record: Notre Dame leads the 55-26-2
Purdue points: 1,343
Notre Dame points: 2,011
Series record in West Lafayette: Notre Dame leads 26-14-2
In Ross-Ade Stadium: Notre Dame leads 21-12
Series record in South Bend: Notre Dame leads 29-11
In Notre Dame Stadium: Notre Dame leads 25-10
Series record at neutral site: Purdue leads 1-0 (Hoosier Dome in 1984)
Games decided by 3 points or less: Notre Dame leads 8-3
Games decided by 7 points or less: Notre Dame leads 10-9
Longest Purdue win streak: 3 (1958-60; 1967-69)
Longest Notre Dame win streak: 11 (1986-96)
Current streak: Notre Dame has won the last four straight
Largest Purdue victory: 36-0 in 1904
Largest Notre Dame victory: 48-0 in 1970 and 1992
Last Purdue home victory: 2007
Last Purdue road victory: 2004
Last Notre Dame home victory: 2010
Last Notre Dame road victory: 2011
This Date in Boilermaker History
Purdue is 3-0 all-time on Sept. 8. On this date in 1984, the Boilermakers opened the newly built Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis with a 23-21 victory over No. 8 Notre Dame. Purdue quarterback Jim Everett tossed a pair of touchdowns to Jeff Price, including one to cap an 88-yard drive early in the fourth quarter, and finished the game 20 of 28 for 255 yards. A late Allen Pinkett score trimmed Purdue's lead to two with 4:21 remaining, but the Boilermaker held off the Irish to snap a two-game losing streak to Notre Dame.
Neil Armstrong, a 1955 graduate of Purdue and the first man to walk on the moon, passed away on Aug. 25, 2012. After head coach Danny Hope shared Armstrong's exploits with the team, 5th-year wide receiver Tommie Thomas requested that the Boilermakers honor one of the most famous Purdue alumni. Starting this week, and remaining for the rest of the season, the Boilermakers will have a sticker depicting an astronaut Armstrong's name and the dates of his life placed above the American flag on the back of their helmets.
Head Coach Danny Hope
Head coach Danny Hope is in his fourth season at the helm of the Boilermaker program and his 10th overall at Purdue. He sports a 52-43 career record, including his first postseason victory in last season's Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit.
Last Week's Quick Hits - Eastern Kentucky
Purdue punted just once, converting 12 for 15 on third down and 1 for 1 on fourth down ... Purdue's 33 first downs tied for eighth all-time in school history ... The Boilermaker defense held EKU to 190 yards, its lowest amount since Southeast Missouri on Sept. 17, 2011. ... Purdue allowed just 10 first downs on the day (five rushing, five passing) ... The Boilermakers forced at least four turnovers for the second straight game, following last year's Little Caesars Pizza Bowl ... The Boilermakers committed just three penalties in the game ... Robert Marve connected with Gary Bush for the first touchdown of the 2012 season ... Marve finished with a career-high 295 yards passing, completing 30 of 38 passes. His three touchdown passes match his collegiate best and are his most as a Boilermaker ... Rob Henry returned to quarterback for the first time since 2010, connecting on 7 of 9 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown ... Akeem Shavers totaled 74 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries ... Kurt Freytag punched in his first career touchdown on his second career carry ... Antavian Edison collected a reception for the 22nd straight game in his career. He finished with seven catches for 58 yards and a touchdown, the ninth of his career ... Gary Bush had a career-high six receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown ... O.J. Ross grabbed a career-high eight receptions, totaling 71 yards ... Justin Sinz grabbed his first career touchdown catch, hauling in a 15-yard strike from Rob Henry in the fourth quarter ... Dolapo Macarthy, Charles Torwudzo and Shane Mikesky each had their first career reception ... Kawann Short blocked his fifth and sixth career kicks, stuffing a PAT attempt and a field goal in the second quarter. He also notched his first sack of the season and 13.5 for his career ... Landon Feichter grabbed his first career interception, returning it for his first career touchdown ... Will Lucas intercepted his second career pass, and first since 2010. He posted six tackles, including three solo and one for loss ... Frankie Williams led the Boilermakers in tackles in his first career game, totaling six takedowns, four solo stops and one for loss.
Spreading the Wealth
A season removed from seeing 16 different players carry the ball and 13 different players haul in a reception, offensive coordinator Gary Nord continued to distribute the ball all over the field. In the opener against Eastern Kentucky last Saturday, 10 different rushers had at least one carry, 12 different players caught at least one pass and seven different players scored a touchdown apiece. It marked the first time since 2007 that Purdue had 12 receivers with a catch (Sept. 8 against Eastern Illinois) and seven different players scored (Toledo on Sept. 1)
A Knack For It
All-America candidate Kawann Short blocked an extra point and a field goal in the opener against Eastern Kentucky to bring his career total to six blocks (2 XPs, 4 FGs). Short, who helped Central High School in East Chicago win an Indiana state basketball title his junior season and can still dunk at 315 pounds, needs just one more field goal block to tie the Purdue record currently shared by Rosevelt Colvin and Bobby Iwuchukwu.
Right guard Devin Smith made his first career start and 13 different players got their first taste of collegiate action in the opener against Eastern Kentucky. Redshirt Freshman Frankie Williams led Purdue with six tackles and was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Dolapo Macarthy (3-33), Charles Torwudzo (1-12) and Shane Mikesky (1-5) all caught at least one pass and Sam McCartney, Paul Griggs and Thomas Meadows all had a hand in the kicking game. Others that saw their first playing time at Purdue were wide receiver Danny Anthrop, cornerback Anthony Brown, linebacker Ruben Ibarra, center Robert Kugler, defensive end Greg Latta and defensive tackles Michael Rouse and Ryan Watson.
Aye, Aye Captain
As the spring season wrapped up last April, the Boilermakers voted on their team captains for the upcoming season and came up with six of them - running back Akeem Shavers, quarterback Caleb TerBush and tight end Crosby Wright from the offense, tackle Kawann Short and cornerback Ricardo Allen from the defense and kickoff returner Raheem Mostert from special teams.
The defensive side of the ball has seen tackle Kawann Short and cornerbacks Ricardo Allen and Josh Johnson as a mainstays in the starting lineup. Short has started all 38 games in his Purdue career, while Allen has started 26 consecutive games and Johnson 24.
Purdue is the lone Football Bowl Subdivision team with four players on the roster that have started at least one game at quarterback. In fact, none of the 119 other FBS schools have more than two players on their roster to have started under center. Robert Marve has started 16 career games (11 at Miami, five at Purdue), Caleb TerBush started all 13 games for the Boilermakers last season, Rob Henry started seven games in 2010 and Sean Robinson, now a linebacker, has one career start.
They're Watching You
Defensive tackle Kawann Short, a preseason All-America pick by Sports Illustrated, has been named to the watch lists for the Lott Trophy, the Bednarik Award, the Outland Trophy, the Nagurski Trophy and the Lombardi Award. A "Big Ten Player to Watch" by the conference's media, Short is 14th all-time in school history in sacks (13.5) and 15th in tackles for loss (34.5).
They're Watching You Too
Cornerback Ricardo Allen was named to the Jim Thorpe Award, the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch lists over the summer. Allen led Purdue with three interceptions in 2011, including one for a touchdown against Minnesota on Oct. 8. He finished fourth for Purdue with 81 total tackles in 2011, including 3.0 for losses, and had seven passes defended ... Joining Allen and Short on the preseason awards circuit was Raheem Mostert. The Football Bowl Subdivision kickoff return average leader as a true freshman in 2011, Mostert was named to the watch list for inaugural Jet Award. Named for Johnny "The Jet" Rogers, the award will be presented to the top return man in the nation.
Wide receiver Antavian Edison, whose nickname is `Breeze", has caught at least one pass in 22 consecutive games. During the streak, which dates to Oct. 9, 2010, Edison has caught 79 passes for 943 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Purdue coaching staff added three fresh faces during the offseason, all on the defensive side of the ball. Coordinator/linebackers coach Tim Tibesar joined the Purdue staff after spending three seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes. Defensive backs coach Greg Burns came to Purdue after spending four seasons at Arizona State. He helped USC win national championships in 2003 and 2004. Line coach Kevin Wolthausen has helped coach 17 different schools to postseason games, including four Rose Bowls, and has worked in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons.
Taking Care Of Business
The competition will obviously increase, but the Boilermakers did what they needed to in their opener against FCS foe Eastern Kentucky. On opening weekend, Purdue scored the third-most points in the Big Ten (48), surrendered the fewest points (6) and total yards (190) amongst conference teams, had the most passing yards (372) and was second in total offense (547) in the league. Nationally, Purdue was third in the Football Bowl Subdivision in pass efficiency defense (50.7), seventh in passing offense (372) ninth in both total defense (190) and scoring defense (6) and 10th in pass defense (85).
Replacing the leg of Carson Wiggs, the most accurate kicker and the third-highest point scorer in school history, will fall into the hands of a trio of youngsters. True freshmen Paul Griggs and Thomas Meadows, along with redshirt freshman Sam McCartney, are all vying to be the guy to do so. Wiggs finished his career with the five longest field goals in school history, while connecting on 56 of 76 career attempts, a 73.7 percent accuracy rate.
Walkons Making it Happen
Walkons Landon Feichter (34-yard interception return) and Kurt Freytag (7-yard rush) both found the end zone in the first half against Eastern Kentucky last Saturday, while Sam McCartney, also not on scholarship, booted four extra points in the first 30 minutes to give the non-scholarship guys 16 of Purdue's first 34 points of the season.
Including five games last season, Purdue is 11-1 during the last three seasons when rushing for 200 or more yards.
200-Yard Rushing Games Under Danny Hope
Sept. 5, 2009, vs. Toledo, W 52-31 -- 39-315, 4 TDs
Oct. 24, 2009, vs. Illinois, W 24-14 -- 39-220, 3 TDs
Sept. 11, 2010, vs. Western Illinois, W 31-21 -- 35-227, 3 TDs
Sept. 18, 2010, vs. Ball State, W 24-13 -- 46-203
Sept. 25, 2010, vs. Toledo, L 31-20 -- 43-220, 1 TD
Oct. 9, 2010, at Northwestern, W 20-17 -- 42-232, 2 TDs
Oct. 16, 2010, vs. Minnesota, W 28-17 -- 46-230, 3 TDs
Sept. 3, 2011, vs. Middle Tennessee, W 27-24 -- 46-200, 1 TD
Sept. 17, 2011, vs. Southeast Missouri, W 59-0 -- 53-393, 7 TDs
Oct. 8, 2011, vs. Minnesota, W 45-17 -- 47-217, 3 TDs
Nov. 26, 2011, at Indiana, W 33-25 -- 52-292, 2 TDs
Dec. 27, 2011, vs. Western Michigan -- 56-265, 1 TD
Looking at the O-Line
Center Rick Schmeig (17 starts), guard Peters Drey (21 starts) and tackles Trevor Foy (10 starts) are all back for offensive line coach Shawn Clark. Off to the NFL and gone from last season are tackle Dennis Kelly and guard Nick Mondek. Replacing them won't be easy, but Clark has a host of viable candidates to do so in Kevin Pamphile, Justin Kitchens, Devin Smith and Cody Davis. All are versatile and athletic enough to play in a number of different positions all along the line.
Depth Along the D-Line
Headlined by All-America candidate at tackle Kawann Short, the defensive line at Purdue is a deep and talented group. Joining Short inside is two-year starters Bruce Gaston and Brandon Taylor, redshirt freshman Michael Rouse III and true freshman Ryan Watson, whom Coach Hope has said great things about recently. At the end positions, Ryan Russell took over the starting spot on one side as a redshirt freshman last season, and has done nothing but improve since. On the other end Robert Maci will bounce from end to outside linebacker this season, which will provide a chance for junior Ryan Isaac (who can also slide inside at tackle), sophomore Jalani Phillips and junior college transfer Greg Latta.
Dynamic Duo at Cornerback
Josh John and Ricardo Allen will team up in the defensive back field as the starting corners for a third straight season. Johnson is coming off a junior season in 2011 that saw him finish with a career-high 64 tackles, including 4.5 for losses, two interceptions, a fumble forced and a team-high nine PBUs. On the other side, Allen led Purdue with three interceptions, including one for his third career return for a touchdown, finished fourth for Purdue with 81 total tackles in 2011, including 3.0 for losses, and had seven passes defended
In 2011, the Boilermakers returned to the postseason for the first time since 2007 and won the ninth bowl game in school history with a 37-32 victory over Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Last season featured a victory over nationally ranked Illinois, an overtime win against Ohio State, an Old Oaken Bucket triumph over Indiana and the bowl championship.