Sept. 5, 2011
Game Notes - at Rice
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Some Game Themes
The Boilermakers take to the road for the first time in 2011 and repay Rice's 1998 visit to West Lafayette ... The Boilermakers have nine players on the 2011 roster that claim Texas as their home state ... Including bowl games, Purdue is 8-4-1 all-time in the Lone Star State ... After engineering a come-from-behind win last weekend, quarterback Caleb TerBush enters his second start for the Boilers ... After missing the entire 2010 season with a knee injury, running back Ralph Bolden didn't miss a step in his return ... Kicker Carson Wiggs looks to show off his big leg in his home state.
Purdue vs. Rice Series Information
Series record: Purdue leads 2-1
Purdue points: 45
Rice points: 33
Series record in West Lafayette: Series tied 1-1
In Ross-Ade Stadium: Series tied 1-1
Series record in Houston: Purdue leads 1-0
In Rice Stadium: Purdue leads 1-0
Games decided by 3 points or less: Purdue leads 1-0
Games decided by 7 points or less: Purdue leads 1-0
Longest Purdue win streak: Two games (1958 and 1998)
Longest Rice win streak: One game (1934)
Current streak: Purdue has won two straight
Largest Purdue victory: 24-0 in 1958
Largest Rice victory: 14-0 in 1934
Last Purdue home victory: 21-19 in 1998
Last Purdue road victory: 24-0 in 1958
Last Rice home victory: None
Last Rice road victory: 14-0 in 1934
Playing For Sean
Fifth-year running back Sean Matti passed away on Sunday, July, 3, 2011. The Shoreview, Minn., native will be missed by his family, friends, coaches and teammates. The Boilermakers have dedicated their season to him and will honor him with a 22 decal, Sean's number, on their helmets. Purdue athletics will also hold a moment of silence for Matti prior to the home opener against Middle Tennessee on Sept. 3.
This Date in Boilermaker History
The Boilermakers are 2-3 all-time on Sept. 10. In a rare night game at Ross-Ade Stadium, the 1994 Boilers knocked off Toledo 51-17 to open the season. Running backs Corey Rogers (129) and Mike Alstott (99) teamed up to rush for 228 yards on 34 carries (6.7 avg.), with Rogers scoring three touchdowns. Trailing 17-14 at halftime, Purdue outscored Toledo 37-0 in the second half.
Head Coach Danny Hope
Head coach Danny Hope is in his third season at the helm of the Boilermaker program and his ninth overall at Purdue. He sports a 45-37 career record and a 10-15 mark at Purdue. Prior to 2010's injury derailed season, Hope had never posted a losing record in conference games in a season as a head coach.
Last Week's Quick Hits - Middle Tennessee
The Boilermakers finished with 420 yards of offense, including 201 on the ground ... Purdue's 98-yard scoring drive in the second quarter was its longest since a 98-yard scoring drive at Michigan State in 2008 ... Purdue's fourth-quarter come-from-behind win was their first since last year's 20-17 win at Northwestern on Oct. 9 ... Antavian Edison's last minute score gave the Boilermakers their first win in the final minute of the game since their 32-25 win over visiting Central Michigan on Sept. 20, 2008 ... Caleb TerBush was 19 of 33 for 219 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start, he threw the game-winning touchdown to Edison (35 yards) with 50 seconds left in the game ... Jared Crank scored the first Purdue touchdown of 2011, hauling in a two-yard reception from TerBush in the second quarter. It was his second career touchdown ... Ralph Bolden played in his first game since the 2009 season, racking up 120 yards rushing on 17 carries ... Akeem Shavers scored his first career touchdown as a Boilermaker, running 34 yards to paydirt in the fourth quarter. He finished with seven carries for 42 yards ... Justin Siller led the Boilermakers in receiving with five catches for 55 yards ... Crosby Wright had the first three receptions of his career for 38 yards ... Gary Bush had a career-best three receptions for 21 yards ... Edison's 35-yard touchdown was his only reception of the game ... Joe Holland collected a career-high 14 tackles, including eight solo takedowns ... Dwayne Beckford grabbed his first career interception for the first takeaway of the 2011 season ... Ricardo Allen blocked his first career field goal to seal the win. It was the first block for the Boilermakers since Oct. 9, 2010 at Northwestern (Kawann Short) ... Carson Wiggs scored the Boilermakers' first points of the 2011 season, hitting a 50-yard field goal in the first quarter and adding a 47-yarder in the fourth quarter. He also averaged 42.7 yards on three punts, putting all three inside the 20 (MT's eight-, nine- and 11- yard lines) ... For his career, Wiggs now owns five field goals of 50 or more yards (59, 55, 53, 52 and 50 yards) ... Cody Webster had four punts for 200 yards, averaging 50.0 per punt. He opened the day with a 50-yard coffin-corner punt, sticking Middle Tennessee at its one-yard line to start the game, and had a long of 58 yards.
Purdue-Rice, The Last Time Out
As noted above, Purdue is repaying a 1998 visit by Rice to West Lafayette. That contest featured a young and relatively unknown Drew Brees making his second career start at quarterback for the Boilermakers. Throwing for 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Brees earned his first collegiate victory in a hard-fought 21-19 Boilermaker victory. The Owls rushed for 319 yards on 72 carries and only attempted 13 passes in the game.
Rice Stadium, Purdue and the Moon
This Saturday's venue will tie together one of the greatest achievements in the history of the United States. In 1962 inside Rice Stadium, President John F. Kennedy challenged the nation to place the first man on the moon, a feat accomplished by Purdue graduate Neil Armstrong some nine years later.
The Final 15
It took a furious rally and a last-minute touchdown, but the Boilermakers pulled off a come-from-behind victory over Middle Tennessee with a very solid effort in fourth quarter. In the final 15 minutes alone, the Boilers racked up 10 of their 24 first downs (42%), 75 of their 201 rushing yards (37%), 117 of their 219 passing yards (53%), converted four of five third downs and scored on their final three possessions (2 TDs, FG). First-time starter Caleb TerBush completed nine of his 11 fourth quarter pass attempts, including a 35-yard strike to Antavian Edison with only 49 seconds remaining to put the Boilers on top. On the 11-play, 85-yard game-winning drive, TerBush went 5 for 6 for 75 yards and the TD.
Going the Distance
Purdue's 12-play, 98-yard drive in the second quarter, capped off by a Caleb TerBush to Jared Crank two-yard touchdown, was the longest drive in yardage for the Boilermakers since Nov. 8, 1998, when a Justin Siller 1-yard plunge ended a 16-play, 98-yard drive at Michigan State.
A Good Day for Kicking It
Senior Carson Wiggs turned in a pretty solid game in Purdue's opener against Middle Tennessee. He opened the day with a 50-yard field, his fifth from that distance or greater in his career, added a 47-yarder later in the game and was successful on all three PAT attempts. He did a little punting too, booting three balls that landed at MT's five-, eight- and 11-yard lines, all while averaging 42.3 yards per punt with a long of 54. Wiggs also kicked off six times and three times found the end zone for touchbacks, including the pivotal final kickoff after Purdue had scored the go-ahead touchdown with 47 seconds remaining. Oh yeah, he also had a tackle on a kickoff that likely saved a touchdown ... Fellow punter Cody Webster was no slouch himself, booming four punts for an average of 50 yards per kick with a long of 58 and two inside the 20, including one at the one.
Junior running back Ralph Bolden returned from a year's hiatus due to a knee injury and looked like he had never left. Bolden carried 17 times for 120 yards (7.1 avg.) in the opener against Middle Tennessee. The effort marked his third career game with 100 or more yards and were the bulk of Purdue's 201 team rushing yards on the day.
Including Purdue's 201 yards on the ground against Middle Tennessee, the Boilermakers are 7-1 during head coach Danny Hope's tenure in which they rush 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 -- 46-201, 1 TD
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 - quarterback Rob Henry and tackle Dennis Kelly from the offense, tackle Kawann Short and linebacker Joe Holland from the defense and kicker Carson Wiggs and linebacker Chris Carlino from special teams.
Linebacker Joe Holland, defensive end Gerald Gooden, defensive tackle Kawann Short and offensive tackle Dennis Kelly have all started 24 or more games during their Purdue careers. Holland leads the way, having started 36 of a possible 37 career games. Gooden (27) has more starts than either Short or Kelly (25), but the tackles on both side of the ball have strung them together consecutively.
Those that pay attention to spring football know about Carson Wiggs' leg. The five fields he converted during the Black and Gold Game were from 42, 47, 52, 57 and 67 yards out. The latter would have tied the NCAA record shared by Russell Erxleben of Texas (vs. Rice, 1977), Steve Little of Arkansas (vs. Texas, 1977) and Joe Williams of Wichita State (vs. Southern Illinois, 1978). Since it was the spring game, it obviously didn't join the record book, but Wiggs kicked his without the benefit of a two inch tee (something the other three had). As it stands, Wiggs owns the four longest field goals in Purdue history (59, 55, 53 and 52), the highest field goal percentage (39-53, .736) and has made over 80 percent of his attempts inside 50 yards for his career. Head coach Danny Hope has stated numerous times that if the conditions are right he would not hesitate to line up from 65-70 yards away for a Wiggs attempt.
Quest for Health
The Boilermakers have already lost the services of projected No. 1 quarterback Rob Henry and are hoping to avoid any more serious injuries after losing 16 different players a combined total of 76 games last season. Among the notable players that missed time were Henry (finger, two games and played in three others with the bad digit), Robert Marve (knee, eight), O.J. Ross (foot, six) Keith Smith (knee, 10) and Justin Siller (foot, eight).
Once a Question, Now a Strength
The biggest preseason question heading into the 2010 season was how good would Purdue's secondary be? Needing to replace all four starters from the previous year, the unit held up pretty well. Cornerback Ricardo Allen, starting all 12 games as a true freshman, garnered second team Freshman All-America and All-Big Ten honors after finishing his rookie season with 73 tackles, including 3.5 for losses with a sack. He also picked off three passes, one in Purdue's end zone to thwart a touchdown and the other two he returned to the house for pick-sixes (vs. Michigan 94 yards and at No. 11 Michigan State 35 yards). His peer on the opposite side of the field, Josh Johnson, recorded 52 tackles, an interception, six PBUs, three fumbles forced and one recovered. Strong safety Logan Link, who joined the Boilermakers as a walkon before earning a scholarship prior to the 2010 season, led all players with 91 tackles, had a pick and three PBUs. Free safety Albert Evans finished the year with 37 stops, including 4.0 for losses with a pair of sacks, an interception, two PBUs and a pair of fumbles forced. The best news about all of this seasoned group is that they're back for 2011.
In the opener against Middle Tennessee, Caleb TerBush became the fifth Boilermaker to start at quarterback in less than a calender year (Robert Marve, Rob Henry, Sean Robinson, Justin Siller, TerBush) and the fourth different QB to open a season in the last four years (2008 - Curtis Painter, 2009 - Joey Elliott and 2010 - Marve).
He's Got Hops
Coming in at 6-foot-3 and 310 pounds, people might be surprised to know that defensive tackle Kawann Short is a pretty good hoops player too. Teaming up with former Boilermaker great E'Twaun Moore, Short helped guide Central High School in East Chicago, Ind., to the 2007 Class 4A basketball state championship. Short's hard court hops have translated well onto the gridiron, as his nine career PBUs are the most for any player on the current roster. He has also blocked an extra point, two field goal attempts and has a pair of interceptions. Not too shabby for an interior lineman.
First Time Boilermakers
Thirteen Boilermakers saw their first collegiate action in the opener against Middle Tennessee - LS Kevin Ballinger, RB Brandon Cottom, C Cody Davis, S Landon Feichter, LB Joe Gilliam, RB Akeem Hunt, LB Kaulana Judd, CB Antoine Lewis, CB Taylor Richards, DE Ryan Russell, LS Jesse Schmitt, RB Akeem Shavers and TE Justin Sinz.