Sept. 7, 2009
Purdue vs. Oregon Series Information
Series record: Tied 1-1 (First meeting: 1979 / Last Meeting: 2008)
Purdue points: 39
Oregon points: 39
Series record in West Lafayette: Tied 1-1
In Ross-Ade Stadium: Tied 1-1
Series record at Oregon: First Game
In Autzen Stadium: First Game
Games decided by 3 points or less: None
Games decided by 7 points or less: Series Tied
Longest Purdue win streak: 1 (1979)
Longest Oregon win streak: 1 (2008)
Current streak: Oregon won the last meeting
Largest Purdue victory: 13-7 (1979)
Largest Oregon victory: 32-26 (OT) (2008)
Last Purdue home victory: 1979
Last Purdue road victory: N/A
Last Oregon home victory: N/A
Last Oregon road win: 2008
SOME GAME THEMES
Danny Hope takes his Boilermakers out on the road for the first time ... How will the 10:15 ET kick time play out for the Boilers .... The Boilermakers look to avenge last season's 32-26 loss in double overtime to the Ducks at Ross-Ade Stadium ... Sophomore running back Ralph Bolden has emerged as a big time threat in the ground game ... How will the Purdue defense react after allowing 423 passing yards to Toledo in the season opener ...
THIS DATE IN BOILERMAKER FOOTBALL HISTORY
Sept. 12 has distinctive Pac-10 flavor to it in Purdue football history as Oregon will be the fourth school from the league the Boilers will have faced on the date ... The Boilermakers are 3-1 all-time on Sept. 12, having defeated Rice (21-19 in 1998), #17 California (41-14 in 1992) and #19 Stanford (27-19 in 1981) ... The Boilers' lone hiccup on the date was a 28-10 setback at #12 Washington in 1987.
LAST WEEK - TOLEDO QUICK HITS
Danny Hope became just the second head coach at Purdue to win his debut since 1977 (also Jim Colletto in 1991) ... Carson Wiggs' 59-yard field goal to end the first half was the longest in Purdue history, tied for the longest in Ross-Ade Stadium history (also Michigan State's Ralf Mojsiejenko in 1983) and tied for the seventh longest in Big Ten history ... Purdue's eight scoring drives in the game (7 TDs, 1 FG) consumed a grand total of 12 minutes-32 seconds and covered 365 yards ... Purdue has scored 40 or more points in a game 37 times since 1997 and has never lost when doing so ... The Boilers finished with 315 yards rushing in the contest, marking the most yardage gained on the ground since rushing for 324 yards against Illinois on Oct. 4, 2003 ... The 52-points scored by the Boilermakers tied for the fifth-most in a season-opening game (also at Toledo in 2007 52-24) ... Purdue has opened a season against Toledo four times in school history and has scored over 50 points in three of those contests ... Ralph Bolden's 78-yard touchdown run in the first quarter nearly tripled his career total of 28 yards from last season ... Bolden's final game totals (21 carries for 234 yards, 2 TD) marked just the 12th game in school history that a Purdue player has rushed for 200 or more yards and was the third-best single game effort by a Boilermaker. Montrell Lowe was the last Purdue running back to rush for over 200 yards (208 vs. Indiana, Nov. 18, 2000) ... Jaycen Taylor scored his first touchdown since Dec. 26, 2007 on a 43-yarder in the first quarter ... Joey Elliott threw his first touchdown pass (11 yards to Keith Smith in the second quarter) since Oct. 13, 2007 ... All of Elliott's passing statistics were career-highs (17-28-3, 220 yards, 3 TD) ... Joe Holland and Kawann Short each intercepted their first career passes ... Keith Carlos' 24-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter was the first reception in his Boilermaker career ... Antavian Edison's 15-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter was also his first career Boilermaker reception ... Aaron Valentin's 30-yard punt return in the third quarter was the longest by a Boilermaker since 2007 ... Jason Werner made his first appearance in a Purdue uniform since Dec. 26, 2007 and posted a career-high 13 tackles, including 11 solo stops ... Brandon King also finished with a career-best 10 tackles, including eight solo tackles.
Ralph Bolden's first start at running back not only turned in the third-best outing by a Boiler rusher in school history, it was also the top ground effort by a FBS player in the opening week of college football. Bolden rushed 21 times for 234 yards and had touchdown runs of 78 and 14 yards. Only Otis Armstrong's school-record 276 yards against Indiana in 1972 and Mike Alstott's 264 yards in 1995 (also against the Hoosiers) surpass Bolden's season-opening effort in school annals ... The 21 attempts are the third-fewest for any of Purdue's 12 200-yard rushing games. Tony Butkovich needed just 12 attempts to gain 207 yards against Illinois in 1943 and Gary Danielson rushed 16 times for 213 yards against Washington in 1972.
READY TO RUN
It is well known that one of Purdue's offensive strengths this season is at the running back position, but to have the top two individual rushers in the Big Ten and lead the conference as a team probably has former head coach Joe Tiller's fly line in a snarl. In addition to Ralph Bolden's league-best 234 yards on the ground, senior Jaycen Taylor is second among all conference players with his 81 yards against Toledo. We're not going to postulate whether it will or won't happen this season, but the last time Purdue led the Big Ten in rushing was 1995 and the last Boilermaker individual league champion was Otis Armstrong in 1972.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE SMITH
Leave it to a guy named Smith to have his efforts go largely unnoticed. Wide receiver Keith Smith hauled in eight passes for a team-high 117 yards and a score against Toledo last Saturday to mark his second consecutive game to eclipse the century mark. Smith caught 12 passes for 136 yards and a TD in Purdue 62-10 win over Indiana to end the 2008 season.
Not the mythical creature from the Pacific Northwest, but rather the right foot of Purdue kicker Carson Wiggs. The sophomore booted the longest field goal in school history (59 yards) as time expired in the first half of the Boilermakers' season opener against Toledo. Wiggs' kick tied the Ross-Ade Stadium record and tied for the seventh-longest in Big Ten history.
Longest Field Goals in Big Ten History
63 Yards - Morten Anderson, Michigan State at Ohio State 9/19/1981
62 Yards - Pat O'Dea, Wisconsin vs. Northwestern 10/14/1899 (drop kick)
62 Yards - Chip Lohmiller, Minnesota vs. Iowa 11/22/1986
61 Yards - Ralf Mojsiejenko, Michigan State at Illinois 9/11/1982
60 Yards - Pat O'Dea, Wisconsin at Minnesota 11/18/1899 (drop kick)
60 Yards - John Hall, Wisconsin vs. Minnesota 10/1/1983
59 Yards - Tom Skladany, Ohio State at Illinois 11/8/1975 (place kick)
59 Yards - Ralf Mojsiejenko, Michigan State at Purdue 10/1/1983
59 Yards - Carson Wiggs, Purdue vs. Toledo 9/5/2009
GETTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT
On Sept. 5 Danny Hope became the 34th person to lead the Boilermakers on to the field as the head coach. Dating back to the first season in 1887, and including Hope's 52-31 win over Toledo, first-time Purdue coaches have gone 18-16 in their initial game.
STEP ON IT
The Boilermakers' average time of possession on their eight scoring drives (seven TDs, one FG) against Toledo? 1:34. The shortest drive was five seconds (Joey Elliott to Keith Carlos for 24 yards in the 2nd) and the longest was 4:09 (Ralph Bolden's 14-yard run in the 4th).
PURDUE VS. OREGON - THE LAST TIME OUT
It took two overtimes to determine a victor in last season's 32-26 Oregon win in Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette ... The Ducks' LaGarrett Blount plunged into the endzone from three yards out in the second overtime to cap off Oregon's come-from-behind win ... The Boilermakers led 20-6 at halftime, but an 87-yard punt return by Jarius Byrd in the third quarter breathed new life into the Ducks who outscored Purdue 17-3 in the second half ... Led by 131 yards by Blount, the Ducks rushed for 306 yards against the Boiler defense ... Purdue's Kory Sheets rushed for a career-high 180 yards on 29 attempts, including an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage.
PURDUE VS. THE PAC-10
Purdue has faced all 10 schools that call the Pacific-10 Conference home at least once in school history ... The Boilers are 10-19-3 all-time against Pac-10 schools ... The most recent meeting with a school from the Pac came last season when the Boilermakers dropped a double overtime game with Oregon.
Purdue vs. The Pacific-10 Conference
Teams Record Last Meeting
Arizona 2-0 2005 in Tucson
Arizona State 0-1 2004 at the Sun Bowl - El Paso, Texas
California 1-1 1992 in Berkeley
Oregon 1-1 2008 in West Lafayette
Oregon State 0-1 1967 in West Lafayette
Stanford 3-1 1982 in West Lafayette
UCLA 0-3-2 1980 in West Lafayette
USC 1-3 1998 in Los Angeles
Washington 2-7-1 2002 at the Sun Bowl - El Paso, Texas
Washington State 0-1 2001 at the Sun Bowl - El Paso, Texas
Purdue welcomed back four starters that missed all or parts of the 2008 season due to injury and each had a hand in helping the Boilers knock off Toledo in the season opener last weekend. Offensively, senior running back Jaycen Taylor (knee, season) rushed for 81 yards on 14 carries, senior quarterback Joey Elliott (shoulder, 5 games) threw for a career-high 220 yards and three touchdowns and junior tight end Kyle Adams (knee, 11 games) had one catch for eight yards. On the defensive side of the ball, senior linebacker Jason Werner (back, season) returned to post a career-best and game-high 13 tackles against the Rockets after sitting out the entire 2008 season.
SEPTEMBERS TO REMEMBER
Slow starts have not been a trademark of Purdue of late. The Boilers have emerged from September with a winning record 10 times in the last 12 years, including four times with an unblemished mark, and have gone 2-2 in the other two years.
Successful Septembers (* Denotes game played in August)
1997 3-1 - @Toledo, L/Notre Dame, W/Ball State, W/Northwestern, W
1998 2-2 - @ USC*, L/Rice, W/C. Florida, W/@Notre Dame, L
1999 4-0 - @ C. Florida, W/Notre Dame, W/C. Michigan, W/Northwestern, W
2000 3-2 - C. Michigan, W/Kent St., W/@ Notre Dame, L/Minnesota, W/@ Penn St., L
2001 3-0 - @ Cincinnati, W/Akron, W/@ Minnesota, W
2002 3-2 - Illinois St.*, W/@ Notre Dame, L/W. Michigan, W/Wake Forest,L/Minnesota, W
2003 3-1 - Bowling Green, L/@ Wake Forest, W/Arizona, W/Notre Dame, W
2004 3-0 - Syracuse, W/Ball St., W/@ Illinois, W
2005 2-1 - Akron, W/@ Arizona, W/@ Minnesota, L
2006 4-1 - Indiana St., W/Miami (O), W/Ball St., W/Minnesota, W/@ Notre Dame, L
2007 5-0 - @ Toledo, W/E. Illinois, W/C. Michigan, W/@Minnesota, W/Notre Dame, W
2008 2-2 - N. Colorado, W/Oregon, L/C. Michigan, W/@ Notre Dame, L
2009 1-0 - Toledo, W
EVERYONE HAD TO START SOMEWHERE
Senior Joey Elliott started his first career game under center against Toledo on Sept. 5. Known as the "Cradle of Quarterbacks", Purdue has had more than its fair share of prolific signal callers. A look at some of the notable first starts for Boilermaker QBs.
First Career Starts Player, Year Opponent, Result Comp-Att-Int Yards TD Long Bob Griese, 1964 * vs. Ohio, W 17-0 8-13-0 119 0 24 Mike Phipps, 1967 vs. Texas A&M, W 24-20 17-35-2 254 1 34 Gary Danielson, 1970 Illinois, L 23-21 13-26-1 214 1 63 Mark Herrmann, 1977 at Michigan State, L 19-14 20-32-2 282 2 53 Scott Campbell, 1981 vs. Stanford, W 27-19 14-18-1 177 1 28 Jim Everett, 1983 Miami, L 35-0 16-32-2 186 0 23 Eric Hunter, 1989 at Michigan, L 42-27 27-42-2 344 4 44 Billy Dicken, 1997 at Toledo, L 36-22 13-35-2 207 1 73 Drew Brees, 1998 at USC, L 27-17 30-52-2 248 2 43 Kyle Orton, 2001 at Indiana, L 13-7 31-62-0 263 1 35 Curtis Painter, 2005 at Wisconsin, L 31-20 23-44-3 212 1 28 Joey Elliott, 2009 vs. Toledo, W 52-31 17-18-3 220 3 34* Griese scored all 17 points for Purdue against Ohio on Sept. 26, 1964. The sophomore scored two rushing touchdowns, kicked both extra points and added a field goal.
A NOSE FOR THE BALL
Senior cornerback David Pender has a knack for knocking down the opposition's passing attack. With a pair of passes defended against Toledo last Saturday, Pender increased his career total 22 PBUs, a figure that ties for 17th all-time in school history. Pender needs four more PBUs to move into the all-time ten and 13 more to tie Steve Jackson (35 from 1987-90) for the top spot in the Purdue record book.
The Boilermakers saw 12 players make their Purdue debut against Toledo. Offensively wide receivers Gary Bush, Keith Carlos, Antavian Edison and Cortez Smith joined guard Rick Schmeig in reserve roles. Defensively, Kawann Short earned a start in his first career action at tackle, while Robert Maci (DE), Adam Brockman (DT), Dwyane Beckford (LB) and Charlton Williams (CB) all saw playing time as reserves. Gavin Roberts and Peters Drey saw their first career action on special teams.
Sophomore kicker Carson Wiggs has been named to the watch list to the Lou Groza Award. The Groza Award is presented annually to the top place kicker in the country. Including his school-record 59-yarder last weekend against Toledo, Wiggs is 9 for 12 on field goal attempts in his career at Purdue.
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
The Boilermakers voted on their 2009 team captains following the spring practices and elected seniors Joey Elliott (QB), Mike Neal (DT), Jason Werner (LB), Torri Williams (S) and Jared Zwilling (C).
Senior cornerback Brandon King has started in the defensive backfield in a team-high 26 consecutive games and is followed closely by classmate Zach Jones' 25 straight starts at offensive tackle. Sophomore linebacker Joe Holland has started all 13 games of his young Purdue career, while junior defensive end Ryan Kerrigan has started 12 consecutive games after missing the first game last season due to an ankle injury.
GOOD GOING KID
Head coach Danny Hope awarded scholarships to four deserving walkons as training camp came to a close. The quartet is quarterback Chris Bennett, long snapper Andy Huffman, fullback Jarrod Shaw and wide receiver Adam Wolf.
Senior Mike Neal is big, athletic and most impressive strong. The defensive tackle describes his team-best bench press as: "510 pounds is my max; I probably could do more if I tried, but once I obtained that goal I just stopped. It feels pretty good to be able to achieve that number." Neal returns for his final year coming off of a 2008 season that saw him post a career-high 33 total tackles, which included 10 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.
THE CRADLE INDEED
Excerpts from Cory Giger's Altoona Mirror Aug. 23, 2009 story about which school should be considered "Quarterback U.": College and NFL criteria reveal several elite programs and, surprisingly, Purdue as leading candidates for distinction "When people debate which school deserves to be called Quarterback U, (Len) Dawson's alma mater, Purdue, probably doesn't get much consideration. Higher-profile programs like Miami and USC first come to mind for many, along with perhaps Notre Dame, Alabama or Michigan. Truth be told, a case can be made for all of those schools, just as a case can be made for Purdue. It all depends on the criteria used ..." "Purdue, one of Notre Dame's biggest rivals, belongs in the Quarterback U debate for two reasons. Boilermaker alums have started more NFL games (704) than any other school, and Purdue is the only program to have four quarterbacks start at least 100 games (Jim Everett, Bob Griese, Drew Brees, Dawson). The passing attack was a big part of Purdue football more than 50 years ago - long before most other schools - and continued under recently retired head coach Joe Tiller."
MAKING A LIVING OF IT - A LOOK AT THE BOILERS IN THE NFL (as of Sept. 6, 2009)
Cliff Avril, DE - Detroit Lions
Akin Ayodele, LB - Miami Dolphins
Drew Brees, QB - New Orleans Saints
Ray Edwards, DE - Minnesota Vikings
Brandon Gorin, T - Denver Broncos
Nick Hardwick, C - San Diego Chargers
Landon Johnson, LB - Carolina Panthers
Stanford Keglar, LB - Tennessee Titans
Dustin Keller, TE - New York Jets
Niko Koutouvides, LB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Matt Light, T - New England Patriots
Alex Magee, DE - Kansas City Chiefs
Rob Ninkovich, LB - New England Patriots
Uche Nwaneri, G - Jacksonville Jaguars
Chike Okeafor, LB - Arizona Cardinals
Kyle Orton, QB - Denver Broncos
Mike Otto, T - Tennessee Titans
Curtis Painter, QB - Indianapolis Colts
Shaun Phillips, LB - San Diego Chargers
Jacques Reeves, CB - Houston Texans
Kory Sheets, RB - San Francisco 49ers (practice squad)
Anthony Spencer, LB - Dallas Cowboys
Craig Terrill, DT - Seattle Seahawks
Jeff Zgonina, DT - Houston Texans