Football Game Notes - at No. 24 Wisconsin
Sept. 16, 2013
- Purdue and Wisconsin meet for the 81st time in series history.
- Both teams are coming off a week three loss, as Purdue fell 31-24 against No. 21 Notre Dame and Wisconsin lost 32-30 at Arizona State.
- The Boilermakers play their second road game of the season (0-1) while Wisconsin plays its third home game of the year (2-0).
- Wisconsin has won seven straight in the series against Purdue and three straight in Madison.
- The seven-straight wins for Wisconsin ties the longest winning streak in series history. The Badgers also won seven in a row from 1946 to 1955.
- Wisconsin has been ranked in five of the last seven meetings between the schools.
- Purdue’s longest winning streak in series history is three, which the Boilermakers have done four times. The last time Purdue won three in a row was from 1987 to 1991.
- Saturday’s game is the second of three straight for Purdue against a team that went to a BCS bowl last season (Notre Dame last week, Northern Illinois next week).
- Saturday’s game slates the two new head coaches in the conference against each other, Purdue’s Darrell Hazell and Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen.
- The game begins at 3:30 p.m. EDT on ABC/ESPN2 with Mike Patrick calling the action. Ed Cunningham will color the action while Jeannine Edwards will join from the sideline.
- Tim Newton will handle the play-by-play on the Purdue Sports Properties radio broadcast with Pete Quinn at his side. Kelly Kitchel will join the crew from the sideline.
- It is the first time since 2007 Purdue opens up Big Ten play before finishing non-conference.
HEAD COACH Darrell Hazell
- Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell (Muskingum, 1986) is 1-2 as Purdue’s head coach and 0-1 against ranked teams.
- Hazell was named the school’s 35th head coach on Dec. 5, 2012, after two seasons as the head coach at Kent State.
- Hazell is 17-12 overall as a head coach, including 16-10 at Kent State.
- Hazell was named the 2012 MAC Coach of the Year after leading Kent State to 11 wins and its first bowl appearance in 40 years.
- Hazell also has served seven years on staff at Ohio State and been an assistant coach at Rutgers, West Virginia, U.S. Military Academy, Western Michigan, Pennsylvania, Oberlin College and Eastern Illinois.
- Gary Andersen is in his first year as the head coach at Wisconsin after spending four years as the head coach at Utah State.
- Andersen guided Utah State to 11 wins last season, a program record, and was named WAC Coach of the Year.
- Wisconsin is coming off a heartbreaking 32-30 loss at Arizona State.
- The Badgers did not allow a point in their first two games of the season.
- Wisconsin has gone to the Rose Bowl three-straight years, including two after winning the Big Ten Championship game.
- Melvin Gordon leads the Wisconsin rushing attack with 37 carries for 477 yards (12.9 avg) and four touchdowns.
- Joel Stave leads the passing attack with 48 completions on 76 attempts for 603 yards and six touchdowns. Stave also has two interceptions.
- Wisconsin is 2-0 at home on the year and has not allowed a point at Camp Randall Stadium.
- Purdue has scored 1,402 points against Wisconsin.
- Wisconsin has scored 1,645 points against Purdue.
- Wisconsin holds a 19-16-3 edge in games played in Ross-Ade Stadium.
- Wisconsin owns a 20-12-5 record against Purdue in Camp Randall Stadium.
- Purdue is 6-4 against Wisconsin in games decided by three points or less.
- Wisconsin is 16-10 against Purdue in games decided by seven points or less.
- The longest Purdue win streak in series history is three (1932-34; 1943-45; 1964-66; 1987-91).
- The longest Wisconsin win streak is seven (1946-55; 2004-pres.)
- Largest Purdue win: 35-0 in 1944; 49-14 in 1987.
- Largest Wisconsin victory: 62-17 in 2011.
- The last Purdue home win came in 1997.
- The last Purdue road win came in 2003.
- The last Wisconsin home win was in 2011.
- The last Wisconsin road win was in 2012.
THIS DATE IN BOILERMAKER HISTORY
- Purdue is 3-2-1 all-time in games played on Sept. 21.
- The Boilermakers beat Miami (Ohio) 13-7 in the 1946 season opener in head coach Cecil Isbell’s final year as Purdue head coach.
- The No. 1 Boilermakers crushed Virginia 44-6 in the 1968 season opener under head coach Jack Mollenkopf.
- Purdue and Miami (Ohio) played to a 7-7 tie in 1974 under second-year head coach Alex Agase.
- The Boilermakers knocked off Ball State 37-18 in 1985 under Leon Burtnett.
- Jim Colletto’s Purdue team fell 20-6 against West Virginia in 1996.
- Joe Tiller’s Boilermakers fell to Wake Forest 24-21 in 2002.
- Saturday’s game will be the first road game for Purdue on Sept. 21.
LAST TIME OUT
- Purdue played its first of three consecutive opponents that went to BCS bowl games last season.
- Purdue fell 31-24 to then-No. 21 Notre Dame, despite jumping out to a 10-0 lead.
- Purdue took the game’s first drive and turned it into a 12 play, 75-yard touchdown drive spanning 5:52, capped by a 15-yard touchdown pass from Rob Henry to Akeem Hunt.
- Henry threw three touchdown passes, his first three of the season.
- Purdue scored three offensive touchdowns after only one in each of the first two games.
- B.J. Knauf scored a touchdown for the second-straight game with his first career touchdown reception.
- The Purdue defense kept its opponent off the scoreboard in the first quarter for the third-consecutive game. It was also the second-straight game the defense did not allow a first half touchdown.
- Paul Griggs made a career-long field goal with a 47-yarder in the second quarter.
- The Boilermakers played in front of 61,127 fans, the most at Ross-Ade Stadium since Oct. 11, 2011, when Purdue faced Notre Dame.
- Purdue held Notre Dame to 91 rushing yards, the second-straight game the Boilermakers held an opponent under 100 rushing yards.
- Henry had career highs in attempts (40), completions (25) and passing yards (256).
- Purdue wraps up non-conference play as it hosts Northern Illinois.
- The Boilermakers will play their third-straight team that went to a BCS Bowl in 2012-13.
- The game is Purdue’s Homecoming, Family Day and Varsity P Club Weekend.
- Purdue is 0-1 against the Huskies with a 28-21 loss at home in 2009.
FIRST YEAR COACHES
- There are 31 new head coaches across the FBS, including Purdue’s Darrell Hazell and Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen.
- The combined record in coaching debuts was 15-16, including three wins against other coaches making their debut at a new school.
- Purdue coaches are 18-17 in their first game coaching the Old Gold and Black and fell to 2-10 when their first game is on the road.
- New coaches went 15-15 in week two, including UTEP which played its season opener in the second week. Northern Illinois had a bye, while two of the wins came against other first year head coaches.
- First year coaches went 10-18 in week three, including 8-9 at home, 3-2 against FCS and four wins against other first year coaches.
- First year coaches are now 40-48 this season, including 22-42 against FBS teams.
- Seven teams are still looking for their first win under their new head coaches: Florida International, Georgia State, Idaho, New Mexico State, Southern Miss, Temple and Western Michigan.
- Seven teams are undefeated under their new head coach: Arkansas, Auburn, Colorado (2-0), North Carolina State (2-0), Northern Illinois (2-0), Oregon, and Texas Tech.
- Saturday’s game is the first Big Ten conference game of the season. Nine other conference teams wrap up non-conference play this week, while Illinois has a bye week.
- The game on Saturday is Purdue’s first conference game in September since 2007 when the Boilermakers played Minnesota on Sept. 22.
- Saturday’s game is Purdue’s earliest conference game since 1996 when the Boilermakers opened at Michigan State on Aug. 31.
- Purdue has a pair of players from the Badger State.
- Chuck Ayres is from Eau Claire, Wis.
- Justin Sinz is from Edgar, Wis.
- Purdue is 54-178-5 all-time against ranked opponents.
- The Boilermakers are just 34-138-2 when they are unranked and their opponent is ranked, as is the case this weekend against No. 24 Wisconsin.
- The Boilermakers are 2-3 all-time against teams ranked No. 24 in the country.
- The last time Purdue beat a ranked team on the road was Oct. 18, 2003, when the No. 13 Boilermakers beat No. 14 Wisconsin 26-23.
- The last time an unranked Purdue team beat a ranked team on the road was Sept. 13, 2003 when the Boilermakers beat No. 20 Wake Forest 16-10.
- Purdue’s last win over a ranked team was Oct. 22, 2011, when the Boilermakers beat No. 23 Illinois 21-14.
- The Boilermakers are 0-1 against ranked teams in 2013 with last week’s 31-24 loss against then-No. 21 Notre Dame.
- The Boilermakers have one of the toughest schedules in not only the Big Ten, but also the country.
- The Boilermakers face four teams that were ranked in the preseason AP poll, including Wisconsin, and four more that were receiving votes.
- A total of nine teams on Purdue’s schedule have been ranked or received votes this season.
- Four of the five road games in the 2013 season are against ranked or teams receiving votes, including at No. 24 Wisconsin.
- Purdue opponents combined for a 96-56 record in 2012 and made it to three BCS bowls, including Wisconsin’s appearance in the Rose Bowl game.
- The 96 wins by opponents are tied for the third most of any team’s opponents and the three BCS bowls is tied for the most in the nation.
- Saturday’s game continues Purdue’s stretch against the three BCS bowl teams in consecutive weeks: Notre Dame (9/14), at Wisconsin (9/21) and Northern Illinois (9/28).
- Purdue’s opponents went 8-4 in week three. Boilermaker foes are now 25-10 on the season. Of the 10 losses, three are from games against other Purdue opponents and one is against the Boilermakers.
THREE AND OUT
- After not forcing a three-and-out against Cincinnati in week one, the Boilermakers forced five three-and-outs against Indiana State in week two and three against Notre Dame in week three.
- Purdue’s defense gave up nine conversions on 15 third down attempts in week one. In week two, the Boilermakers stopped the first nine Indiana State third downs before surrendering the first conversion with 3:40 remaining in the third quarter. Indiana State finished three for 14 on third downs.
- Notre Dame was 11 for 16 on third downs against Purdue in week three.
ZERO, ZILCH, NADA
- Purdue has not allowed a point in the first quarter this season.
- The Boilermakers held Cincinnati to 56 yards and no points in the first quarter of the season opener.
- Indiana State managed just 48 yards and zero points in the opening quarter. in week two. Purdue also shut the Sycamores out in the second quarter.
- Notre Dame managed just 29 yards and did not score in the first quarter against Purdue.
- Purdue has not allowed a first half touchdown since week one.
PURDUE COACHES’ WISCONSIN DEBUTS
- Purdue coaches are 8-10-3 in their first game against Notre Wisconsin.
- The most-recent coach to win in his first game against the Badgers was Joe Tiller in 1997 in Ross-Ade Stadium. The Boilermakers beat the No. 24 Badgers 45-20 on Homecoming.
- Jim Colletto (1991), Fred Akers (1987), Jim Young (1977), Alex Agase (1973), Cecil Isbell (1944), Noble Kizer (1930) and Knowlton Ames (1892) also won their first games against Wisconsin.
HENRY’S HERE, AGAIN
- Fifth-year senior Rob Henry was named the team’s starting quarterback after fall camp.
- Henry was tabbed the team’s signal caller in 2011 before a knee injury one week before the opener forced him to miss the entire season.
- The two-time team captain also was forced into action as a redshirt freshman in 2010, after a slew of injuries at the position, and appeared in 11 games, including seven starts. That season, Henry became the first player in Purdue history to lead the team is passing (996 yds) and rushing (547 yds).
- Henry appeared in 11 games last season and threw for 216 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 74 yards and a score.
- Henry has 165 career completions, after completing a career high 25 against Notre Dame. He is just 13 shy of the top 20 in Purdue history.
- Gary Danielson is 20th all-time in Purdue lore with 178 completions. Mark Vitali is 19th with 187. Bob DeMoss completed 191 passes in his career and is 18th on the list.
- Henry started the season opener at Cincinnati on Aug. 31, a total of 1,008 days since his last start (Nov. 27, 2010, vs. Indiana). That is the current longest span between starts for a quarterback at the same school and the second longest span for any quarterback. Only Pittsburgh’s Tom Savage has a longer span, as it had been 1,066 days since his last start. He started Sept. 2 against Florida State. Savage’s last start came on Oct. 2, 2010 against Tulane when he was Rutgers’ signal caller.
JUST ONE OF THE ‘GUYS’
- Cody Webster is a member of the 2013 Ray Guy Award watch list for the nation’s top punter.
- In week one against Cincinnati, Webster had three punts for 169 yards, an average of 56.3 yards, with a long of 73 yards. The 73-yard boot is the second-longest of his career and the longest since his freshman year when he had a 79-yarder at Northwestern.
- The punt is tied with the long of Cayle Chapman-Brown from New Mexico State for the fifth-longest in the country this season.
- Against Indiana State, Webster had six punts for 280 yards (46.7 avg), including four inside the 20.
- Against Notre Dame, Webster punted five times for 209 yards (41.8 avg), including three inside the 20.
- Webster now averages 43.1 yards per punt for his career, which is second all-time in Purdue history behind only Travis Dorsch (48.5 avg).
- Webster has 176 punts for 7,584 yards and moved into third in Boilermaker lore for career punts. His 176 punts moved ahead of Rod Deignan, who had 174 from 1992 to 1995, and Danny Rogers, who had 175 from 1996 to 1999.
- Webster’s 43.1-yard career average is fourth among active punters in the FBS, and within a tenth of a yard of second.
- Webster currently is sixth in the nation in punting average with a season average of 47.0 yards.
IN THE HUNT
- Akeem Hunt had 94 all-purpose yards against Notre Dame, including a career high 72 receiving yards on a career high nine receptions.
- The junior running back/kick returner took the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown against Indiana State. He was named Big Ten co-Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts in that game.
- Hunt now has two kickoff returns for touchdowns, a total of 199 yards, in his career (his first at Ohio State in 2012).
- Hunt led the team in rushing against Indiana State with 82 yards and also had 38 receiving yards on two receptions. He finished the game with 243 all-purpose yards to lead the team.
- Hunt is a member of the Paul Hornung Award watch list for the nation’s most versatile player.
- Hunt has been reliable picking up first downs as he has 13 on the year, with seven rushing and six receiving.
BOILER BRIDGE WALK
- Fans have the opportunity to meet and greet the team on Fridays before all home games this season.
- Head coach Darrell Hazell, the cheerleaders, the Boilermaker Special and Purdue Pete will be on hand as the football team takes the walk across the John Myers Pedestrian Bridge in Lafayette.
- The event is from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. each Friday before a home game.
- The 211 session is a brand new, major pep rally hosted inside Mackey Arena for all home games.
- It begins two hours and 11 minutes prior to kickoff and feature the “All-American” Marching Band, head coach Darrell Hazell, the team, the cheerleaders and Purdue Pete.
- The event is designed for fans to have a personal connection with the team and create tremendous excitement heading into the game.
- The session is named such because at 211° water is hot, but at 212° water boils and produces steam, which can power an engine. The excitement from the event will help the atmosphere “rise one degree” and make Ross-Ade Stadium, now nicknamed “The Furnace,” a very difficult place for opponents to play.
- With last season’s berth in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, the Boilermakers made it to the postseason in consecutive years for the first time since 2006-07. The quest for the trifecta continues this season and would be the first time Purdue has made a bowl in three straight seasons since the 2002-04 seasons.
- The Boilermakers went to eight-straight bowls from 1997 to 2004, which is a program record.
- Freshman running back Dalyn Dawkins led the Boilermakers in rushing, receiving and all-purpose yards at Cincinnati.
- A total of 14 freshmen played in the opener,11 played against Indiana State and 10 against Notre Dame.
- Redshirt freshman B.J. Knauf scored his first career touchdown against the Sycamores on a 16-yard rush. He caught his first career touchdown pass against Notre Dame.
- Two of Purdue’s top three rushers this season are freshmen with Dawkins and Knauf.
- Four freshmen have caught passes this season, including true freshmen DeAngelo Yancey and Dawkins.
- Four Boilermakers have been named to preseason watch lists for the 2013 season.
- Senior corner back Ricardo Allen is on the Jim Thorpe Award (best all-around athlete) and Bronko Nagurski Award (top defensive player) watch lists.
- Senior tight end Gabe Holmes was named to the John Mackey Award (top tight end) watch list, though he is currently sidelined with an injury.
- Junior running back Akeem Hunt is on the Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player) list.
- Senior punter Cody Webster was named to the Ray Guy Award (top punter) watch list.
TALE OF TURNOVERS
- Purdue was 2-6 in 2012 when it did not have more takeaways than its opponent, including a 2-5 record when the Boilermakers turned the ball over more than their opponent.
- When Purdue had more takeaways, the Old Gold and Black was 4-1 with the lone loss coming in overtime.
- When the Boilermakers did not come up with a takeaway, they were 1-3.
- At Cincinnati, Purdue turned the ball over four times compared to three takeaways, and lost 42-7.
- Against Indiana State, the Boilermakers secured the game when Ricardo Allen intercepted a pass on the Sycamores’ final drive of the game. It was the game’s only turnover and led to Purdue’s 20-14 victory.
- Purdue and Notre Dame each had one turnover in Purdue’s 31-24 loss last week.
- The Boilermakers are 1-0 this season when they have more takeaways and 0-2 when they do not, including 0-1 when Purdue turns the ball over more than its opponent.
- The team and coaching staff voted for captains on Aug. 22, and named Ricardo Allen, Bruce Gaston and Rob Henry the leaders of the 2013 squad.
- Head coach Darrell Hazell specified that three players would be selected and that they all must be seniors with one from offense and defense and the next highest vote-getter.
READING BETWEEN THE LINES
- The Boilermakers return 39 starts on the offensive line and 34 on the defensive line from last season.
- The offensive line helped Purdue rush for 2,165 yards in 2012, while the defensive line starters from last year return 18.5 tackles for loss and six sacks.
- Sophomore center Robert Kugler looks to lead the offensive line that returns five players with starting experience from a year ago.
- Senior defensive tackle Bruce Gaston and junior defensive end Ryan Russell return with 14 tackles for loss and four sacks combined from last year to lead the defense, while Ryan Isaac and Jalani Phillips also have starting experience. Gaston, Russell and Phillips all have two sacks this season.
- Purdue has had the same five starters on the offensive line every game this season and made just one change on the defensive line.
- The Boilermaker offensive line has given up just four sacks this season.
- The Purdue starting defensive line has 8.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks this season.
- There are 52 freshmen, 29 true and 23 redshirt, on the Purdue roster for the 2013 season.
- In comparison, there are 17 sophomores, 21 juniors and 22 seniors.
- Student-athletes with freshman eligibility make up 46.4 percent of the 112-player roster. The Boilermakers have played 15 freshmen, four true and 11 redshirt, this season.
- Akeem Hunt and Raheem Mostert are one of the most dangerous kick return duos in the country.
- Mostert was the NCAA FBS return leader as a freshman in 2011 with a 33.5 yards per return average (25-837). He had four returns of 71 yards or more, including a 99-yard touchdown against Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
- Hunt had 867 return yards last season, including a 100-yard return touchdown at Ohio State.
- Mostert is third among active FBS returners with a 30.1 career average. He trails Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett (32.9 avg) and Duke Johnson of Miami (Fla.) (31.6 avg).
- Hunt already has a kickoff return touchdown this season as he took the opening kick against Indiana State to the house.
END ZONE ALLEN
- Ricardo Allen has a knack for finding the end zone. The senior cornerback has four interceptions returned for touchdowns, which is a school record and currently leads all active players.
- He is just one pick-six away from tying the NCAA record of five which is held by Darrent Williams, who played at Oklahoma State from 2001 to 2004.
- Allen is also fifth among active FBS players in interception return yards with 207 yards, including two yards from the game-clinching interception against Indiana State in week two.
- Allen has eight career interceptions, which puts him in a tie for 12th place all-time in Purdue history with Chuck Piebes (1970-72), Rock Supan (1976-78), Robert Williams (1978-81) and Kennedy Wilson (1982-85).
- Allen is one pick shy of cracking the top 10, and just three shy of second place. Stuart Schweigert (2000-03) holds the Purdue record with 17 career interceptions.
REBUILDING THE STABLE
- The Boilermakers continue to look for a replacement for running backs Ralph Bolden and Akeem Shavers, who both graduated last season.
- The duo rushed 235 times for 1,226 yards (5.2 avg) and six touchdowns in 2012.
- Akeem Hunt looks to get the majority of the reps, but freshman Dalyn Dawkins has also stepped in to be a large part of the group, and led the offense in rushing, receiving and all-purpose yards at Cincinnati with 26, 44 and 70, respectively.
- Purdue has rushed for 237 yards through the first three games.
- Hunt leads the way with 125 yards, while Dawkins has 69 rushing yards.
- For all information regarding the activities on campus during game week, fans have a one-stop spot for it all. The “Boilermaker Depot” lists all the happenings on and around campus for the excitement leading up to each big game.
- It can be accessed by going to BoilermakerDepot.com.
- Junior defensive end Ryan Russell has 27 career starts, including 19 straight.
- Senior defensive tackle Bruce Gaston has 16 straight starts and 35 total for his career, the second most on the team.
- Junior safety Taylor Richards has started 16 consecutive and total games.
- Junior linebacker Joe Gilliam is the only other returning Purdue defender to start all 13 games last year. He has 16 in a row and 17 total for his career.
- Senior cornerback Ricardo Allen started 11 games last season and has 39 total for his career, including three this season, to lead the team.
DEN OF DEFENSIVE ENDS
- Purdue has a longstanding history of producing elite defensive ends. Among the greats are Rosevelt Colvin and Chike Okeafor from the late 1990s, Akin Ayodele, Shaun Phillips, Ray Edwards and Rob Ninkovich from the early 2000s, and Anthony Spencer, Cliff Avril and most recently Ryan Kerrigan, all since 2006. Leo Sugar, Keena Turner and Lamar Lundy are also in the club.
- Junior Ryan Russell wants to continue making his case for a spot among the elite this season. Through their first two seasons, Russell and Kerrigan’s numbers are very similar.
- Russell has had a strong start to his junior season with 12 tackles, 4.0 for loss and 2.0 sacks. In comparison, Kerrigan totaled 11 tackles, 1.5 for loss and 1.0 sack in the first three games of his junior year.
- The Boilermakers have allowed 351 rushing yards this season and under 100 yards on the ground for two-straight weeks.
- Purdue gave up just 39 rushing yards to Indiana State on Sept. 7.
- Notre Dame rushed for 91 yards on 37 carries (2.5 avg) last week.
- The Purdue defense has made 16 tackles for loss this season.
- Ryan Russell leads the team with 4.0 TFLs.
- Bruce Gaston has 3.5 tackles for loss.
- Jalani Phillips is third on the team with 2.0 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
SEASON OPENING QBs
- Purdue has had five different opening game quarterbacks in the last six years, and none who have started the opener in back-to-back seasons during that span.
- Rob Henry made his first season-opening start on Aug. 31 at Cincinnati.
- Robert Marve had two season-opening starts, one in 2010 and the other in 2012 during that span.
BOILERS HEADED WEST
- Following the 2013-14 academic year, the Big Ten Conference welcomes the University of Maryland and Rutgers University to the league.
- The addition of the two schools will give the Big Ten 14 teams and will mark the end of the “Legends” and “Leaders” divisions in football.
- The conference redivided its teams into new “East” and “West” divisions and the Boilermakers will be joined by Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin in the West.
- In the East division are Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers.
- Purdue’s Old Oaken Bucket Rivalry with Indiana is the only protected crossover game and will continue to take place at the end of each season.
FROM MAC TO B1G
- Five of the 12 head coaches in the Big Ten Conference have been a head coach in the Mid-American Conference at some point in their careers.
- Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell is the latest to join the club as he came to the Boilermakers from Kent State (2011-12).
- Ohio State’s Urban Meyer coached at Bowling Green (2001-02), Illinois’ Tim Beckman came from Toledo (2009-11), Minnesota’s Jerry Kill made the switch from Northern Illinois (2008-10) and Michigan’s Brady Hoke began his head coaching career at Ball State (2003-08).
- Some of the Big Ten and country’s most successful coaches began in the MAC including Alabama’s Nick Saban (Toledo, 1990), former Ohio State coach Woody Hayes (Miami, 1949-50) and former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler (Miami, 1963-68) among many others. Kelly was the head man at Central Michigan from 2004 to 2006.
HEADING TO THE HALL OF FAME
- Purdue has selected nine individuals to enter its Hall of Fame on Sept. 28, 2013, including four from Boilermaker football.
- Tony Butkovich, Alpha P. Jamison, Matt Light and Joe Tiller will enter the now 135 member Hall of Fame.
- Butkovich was a running back in 1943 and was First Team All-America and First Team All-Big Ten. He helped Purdue go undefeated and win the Big Ten Title. A member of the U.S. Marine Corps, he was killed in action in Okinawa, Japan in 1945.
- Jamison was an elite running back and fullback for the 1894 team that went 9-1 and was declared national champions. He played for five years and helped the team go 30-10 during that span. He also was on the baseball and track teams before graduating in 1895. He then coached the football team from 1898 to 1900 and went 11-11-1, before switching to basketball. He was the second basketball coach in Purdue history from 1900 to 1901, including a 12-0 season his final year.
- Light was a four year letterwinner from 1996 to 2000 at tight end and left tackle. He was a two-time All-Big Ten selection including first team pick in 2000. He was named a Gannett News All-American and Football News third team All-American his final season. Light was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2001 and started from his rookie season until he retired in 2012. Light was a two-time Pro Bowl Selection and helped the Patriots win three Super Bowls.
- Tiller spent 15 years coaching at Purdue, three as an assistant (1982-85), and 12 as the head coach (1997-2008). He holds the program record with 87 victories and was 53-43 in Big Ten Conference games. He coached 149 games which is the most in Purdue history. Tiller brought the spread offense to Purdue which was dubbed “Basketball on Grass.” He took the team to 10 bowl games, including the 2001 Rose Bowl.
IN BIG TEN RANKS
- Purdue leads the Big Ten in average punting and net punting with averages of 47.0 yards and 47.4 yards, respectively.
- The Boilermakers lead the Big Ten in kickoff return average with 33.4 yards per return.
- The Boilermakers are tied second in the B1G with seven sacks by the defense.
- Purdue has the third-best average penalty yards per game with 49.0 yards.
- Cody Webster’s 47.0 yards per punt is more than four yards better than anyone else in the league. He has four punts of 50+ yards, tied for second, and seven punts inside he 20-yard line, third-best in the league.
- Paul Griggs’ 47-yard field goal against Notre Dame is tied for the longest made field goal in the B1G this season.
- Purdue’s five sacks against Indiana State is tied for the most sacks by a Big Ten team this season.
- Rob Henry’s 40 pass attempts against Notre Dame is the second-most passing attempts in a game by a Big Ten quarterback this season.
- Bruce Gaston and Jalani Phillips each had 2.0 sacks against Indiana State, which is tied for the most sacks in a single game by a B1G player this season.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
- Thirteen Purdue players have caught at least one pass this season.
- Three players have caught at least nine balls.
- Three players have caught a touchdown pass, but no player has more than one.
- Four freshmen have caught passes this season, including B.J. Knauf who is Purdue’s third-leading receiver for yards. He also has a touchdown.
IF PURDUE WINS ON SATURDAY
- It will be Purdue’s first win over a ranked opponent since Oct. 22, 2011 when the Boilermakers beat No. 23 Illinois 21-14.
- It will be Purdue’s first victory over the Wisconsin since 2003 when the No. 13 Boilermakers won 26-26 in Camp Randall Stadium under head coach Joe Tiller.
- It will be the first win for an unranked Purdue team over a ranked Wisconsin team since 1997 when the Boilermakers beat the No. 24 Badgers 45-20.
- Purdue will improve to 14-23-5 at Wisconsin.
- The Boilermakers will pick up their third win against a team ranked No. 24 in the polls. Purdue is 2-3 against No. 24 teams heading into Saturday’s game.
- The Boilermakers will earn their 30th all-time win against Wisconsin.
- Purdue will improve to 30-43-8 against the Badgers.
- Purdue will earn its second upset win over the Badgers in series history.
- It will snap a seven-game losing streak to the Badgers.
- It will be the first win over a ranked Wisconsin team since 2003.
- It will be Darrell Hazell’s first win over a ranked team as a head coach.
- Purdue will improve its all-time Big Ten record to 321-360-32.
- The Boilermakers will pick up their 55th all-time win against a ranked team and the 35th win against a ranked team while the Boilers are not ranked.
- Purdue will improve to 4-2-1 all-time in games played on Sept. 21.
IF PURDUE LOSES ON SATURDAY
- Wisconsin will earn its eighth-straight win in the series and 44th overall.
- It will be the longest losing streak in series history.
- Purdue will fall to 13-24-5 in Madison.
- The Boilermakers will lose their fifth-straight game against a ranked opponent.
- Purdue will fall to 2-4 all-time against teams ranked No. 24 in the country and 1-1 against Wisconsin when it is No. 24.
- Purdue will fall to 29-44-8 all-time against Wisconsin.
- The Boilers fall to 1-3 for the first time since 2009.
- The Badgers will win their 17th meeting in the series in the last 25 years.
- Wisconsin will win its fourth-straight game against Purdue at Camp Randall.
- Purdue will fall to 0-2 on the road.
- Purdue will open conference play 0-1 for the second-straight year.