September 21, 1998
Purdue Boilermakers (2-1)
at #23 (AP) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-1)
Notre Dame Stadium (80,225) - Notre Dame, Indiana
September 26, 1998 - 1:30 p.m. EST
PROJECTED ATTENDANCE: 80,225 (sellout)
RADIO: WAZY (96.5 FM) / Purdue Sports Radio Network - Joe McConnell
(play-by-play), Pete Quinn (color commentary), Tim Newton
TELEVISION: NBC - Dick Enberg (play-by-play), Pat Haden (color
commentary), Jim Gray (sideline)
A LOOK AT THE BOILERMAKERS: The Purdue football team, under
second-year head coach Joe Tiller, travels to intrastate rival and
23rd-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday, Sept. 26. The Boilermakers are
coming off a 35-7 win over Central Florida in West Lafayette on Sept.
19. Last season the Boilermakers enjoyed a storybook campaign by
finishing 9-3 overall and 6-2 in the Big Ten Conference for a
second-place tie (with Ohio State and Penn State). Purdue defeated
Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl 33-20 and was No. 15 in the final
Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today national polls.
HEAD COACH JOE TILLER: Joe Tiller is in his second season as Purdue's
head coach with an 11-4 record (.733 winning percentage) and his
eighth season as a collegiate head coach with a 50-34-1 record
(.594). He is 24-6 in his last 30 games. Tiller won his 50th career
game against Central Florida on Sept. 19, 1998. Tiller was named the
Boilermakers' 33rd head coach Nov. 22, 1996. He was the head coach at
Wyoming from 1991-96 and compiled a 39-30-1 record. The Cowboys
played in the 1993 Copper Bowl and reached the 1996 Western Athletic
Conference championship game. In 1997 Tiller was named National
Coach-of-the-Year by both Football News and Kickoff magazines, the
GTE Region 3 Coach-of-the-Year (Big Ten, Mid-American Conference and
Conference USA) by the American Football Coaches Association and the
Big Ten Dave McClain Coach-of-the-Year. He also was one of six
finalists for the Paul "Bear" Bryant National Coach-of-the-Year and a
finalist for National Coach-of-the-Year by The Sporting News. Tiller
was assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the
Boilermakers from 1983-86.
HISTORY 101 - ALL-TIME SERIES RECORD: Purdue and Notre Dame have met
69 times previously with the Fighting Irish holding a 45-22-2
advantage. The teams have met the last 53 seasons consecutively. Only
USC has more wins over Notre Dame than Purdue (the Trojans have 25).
On Sept. 13, 1997, Purdue snapped an 11-game losing streak to the
Irish with a 28-17 win at home. The Boilermakers' last victory at
Notre Dame was a 31-20 verdict Sept. 28, 1974.
SHILLELAGH TROPHY: Since 1957 Purdue and Notre Dame have played for
the Shillelagh Trophy, and the Fighting Irish hold a 26-15 advantage
in that portion of the series. The Shillelagh is a club, which was
donated in 1957 by the late Joe McLaughlin, a merchant seaman and a
Notre Dame fan who brought it from Ireland. Miniature gold footballs
with either a "P" or an "ND" and the score signify both school's
QUICK STARTS ... : Purdue has scored on its first possession in two
of three games (at USC and vs. Rice). On the three opening drives,
quarterback Drew Brees has completed 7 of 10 passes for 109 yards
with one touchdown passing, one touchdown rushing and one
... AND QUICK STRIKES: The Boilermakers' 10 scoring drives this
season (nine touchdowns and one field goal) have amassed 29 minutes
and 13 seconds. That's an average of 2:55 per scoring drive. Purdue's
shortest scoring drive has been 1:25 vs. Central Florida, while its
longest has been 5:39 vs. Central Florida.
1998 CAPTAINS: Purdue's captains this season are senior defensive end
Rosevelt Colvin (left) and senior wide receiver Isaac Jones. In
addition, one additional captain will be selected for each game - USC
(John Reeves), Rice (Jim Niedrach), Central Florida (Willie Fells and
GAME 3 RECAP (PURDUE 35, CENTRAL FLORIDA 7): The Purdue defense held
Heisman Trophy candidate Daunte Culpepper and the high-powered
Central Florida offense to just a fourth-quarter touchdown, and the
Boilermakers rolled to a 35-7 victory before 53,469 fans and an ESPN
national television audience at Ross-Ade Stadium on Sept. 19, 1998.
Purdue led 7-0 in the second quarter when junior cornerback Michael
Hawthorne intercepted a Culpepper pass in the end zone and ran it
back 65 yards before flipping it to senior free safety Billy Gustin,
who ran 35 yards for a touchdown. Offensively, junior running back J.
Crabtree had 18 carries for a season-high 118 yards and redshirt
freshman running back Dondre Johnson had nine carries for a
season-high 75 yards. Both players scored their first career
touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Drew Brees completed 14 of 24
passes for 223 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Senior
wide receiver Gabe Cox caught five passes for 46 yards with a
touchdown. Hawthorne and senior linebacker Lee Johnson both came up
with eight tackles. Senior defensive end Rosevelt Colvin had two
tackles for losses (both quarterback sacks) and blocked a field goal.
Head coach Joe Tiller won his 50th career game.
NEW FACES: The Boilermakers have had 14 players make their first
collegiate start this season (nine on offense and five on defense),
plus freshman kicker Travis Dorsch. In addition, senior defensive end
Chike Okeafor has made his first start since the 1996 season (he did
not play in 1997).
A STRONG BREES: Sophomore quarterback Drew Brees has completed 64 of
107 passes (59.8 percent) for 721 yards with six touchdowns and three
interceptions. He was named the Purdue Player-of-the-Game by ABC
Sports, the Pigskin Classic Most Valuable Player by NACDA and the Big
Ten Offensive Player-of-the-Week following his first career start at
USC (30 of 52, 248 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions). He was
the ESPN Purdue Player-of-the-Game vs. Rice (20 of 31, 250 yards, two
touchdowns passing and one rushing).
MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK: In three games sophomore quarterback Drew
Brees has completed passes to 11 different players. The breakdown by
game - at USC (10), vs. Rice (8) and vs. Central Florida (five). Last
season the greatest number of different players to catch passes in a
single game was eight on four occasions.
THE OFFENSE LIKES IKE: Senior wide receiver Isaac Jones is the
Boilermakers' leading pass catcher with 17 receptions for 190 yards
(11.2 average). He equalled his career high of 10 catches for a
career-best 119 yards at USC on Aug. 30, 1998. He also caught 10
passes for 106 yards against vs. Penn State on Nov. 15, 1997. Jones
has 88 career receptions and needs 22 to move into 10th place on
Purdue's career list (Steve Bryant, 1980-81, 110).
RUSH HOUR: Junior running back J. Crabtree and redshirt freshman
running back Dondre Johnson both established season highs vs. Central
Florida on Sept. 19. Crabtree finished with 118 yards rushing, while
Johnson had 75. Both scored their first Purdue touchdowns, as well.
Johnson became the first Purdue player to rush for 100 yards since
Edwin Watson at Indiana on Nov. 22, 1997.
CRACKLIN' ROSEY: Neil Diamond sang the song, and senior defensive end
Rosevelt Colvin is making Purdue fans smile. He tops the team with
four tackles for loss, three quarterback sacks and two blocked field
goals. His two blocks ties the school season record (also held by
Kevin Holley in 1986, Steve Jackson in 1989, Kevin Strikland in 1989
and Jarrett Scales in 1990). Colvin has three career blocked field
goals to share the school standard with Scales (1987-90). Colvin has
44 career tackles for loss to rank third on the school list.
A HAWTHORNE IN THE OPPOSITIONS' SIDE: Junior cornerback Michael
Hawthorne has been the Boilermakers' big-play man on defense this
season. He broke up the potential tying two-point conversion attempt
vs. Rice on Sept. 12 and intercepted a pass in the end zone and ran
it back 65 yards before pitching the ball to senior free safety Billy
Gustin (who took it the remaining 35 yards for a touchdown) vs.
Central Florida on Sept. 19. Hawthorne also had an interception at
USC on Aug. 30. For the season he tops the team with two picks and
ranks second with three pass breakups. He also has one forced fumble
to share the team lead with three other players.
THE BALL STOPS HERE: Junior linebacker Willie Fells was the
Boilermakers' leading tackler last season with 131 stops (third in
the Big Ten) en route to being named honorable mention
all-conference. He has picked up right where he left off this year,
topping the team with 31 tackles, including 18 solos. Fells has
finished with double-figure stops in two games (13 at USC and 15 vs.
Rice) and has nine double-figure efforts during his career (six in
his last eight games, dating to 1997). His career high is 20 tackles
(15 solos) at Iowa on Nov. 1, 1997.
FROM "POOCH" TO "POP": In 1997 Danny Rogers was Purdue's "pooch
punter" who specialized in directional punting deep inside opponents'
territory (six of his 23 punts were downed inside the 20-yard line).
This season the junior is handling all the punting chores, and he has
a 44.4-yard average. He had a career-long 63-yarder at USC on Aug.
30, 1998, and equalled it vs. Central Florida on Sept. 19, 1998.
Rogers ranks fifth on Purdue's career punting average list at 39.1
(93 punts for 3,634 yards). Of his 93 career punts, 26 have come to
rest inside the 20-yard line (28 percent).
A LOOK BACK AT A GREAT SEASON: In 1997 Purdue posted its first
on-the-field winning season since the 1984 Boilermakers finished with
a 7-5 record. (The 1994 team was awarded a forfeit victory over
Michigan State to improve its record to 5-4-2.) Also last season the
Boilermakers earned their first bowl berth since 1984 (Peach Bowl,
27-24 loss to Virginia) and were nationally ranked for the first time
since 1984. Purdue's final ranking of No. 15 was its highest since
UPSIDE DOWN, TURNAROUND: The Boilermakers' 9-3 record a year ago
(after going 3-8 in 1996) marked the second-best turnaround in the
nation behind only Western Michigan (2-9 to 8-3) and coach Gary
Darnell. Additionally, it was the second-greatest turnaround in
school history behind the 1943 team that went 9-0 under coach Elmer
Burnham (right) one year after the 1942 squad finished 1-8 under
HIGH-OCTANE OFFENSE: Scribes and broadcasters were sent scrambling to
their dictionaries and thesauruses to come up with words to describe
the Purdue offense last season. When all the numbers were finally
calculated the Boilermakers set school records with 396 points (33.0
per game) and 5,510 total yards (459.2 per game). The previous
standards were 354 points in 10 games in 1969 (35.4 per game) and
5,269 total yards in 12 games in 1980 (439.1 per game). Purdue paced
the Big Ten in passing yards (285.2 per game) and total offense and
ranked seventh in the nation in total offense, 13th in passing and
22nd in scoring.
DON'T FORGET THE DEFENSE: With all the hype about the Boilermakers'
offense last season, it was easy to overlook a rather stingy defense.
Purdue surrendered just 22.3 points per game to rank 46th in the
nation. The last time the Boilermakers allowed fewer than 22 points
was during the 1981 season (21.9).
"QB" SCHOOL: Purdue has the reputation as one of the nation's premier
quarterback schools. Previous signal-callers include Len Dawson
(1954-56), Bob Griese (1964-66 - pictured at left), Mike Phipps
(1967-69), Gary Danielson (1970-72), Mark Herrmann (1977-80), Scott
Campbell (1980-83) and Jim Everett (1982-85). Dawson led the Kansas
City Chiefs to a victory in Super Bowl IV and Griese won two Super
Bowls with the Miami Dolphins (VII and VIII). According to research
by Sports Illustrated, Purdue ranks fifth all-time among schools
whose QB alums have thrown more than 10,000 passes in the NFL. The
list includes Brigham Young (81.6 rating), Miami (77.3), Washington
(76.9), Oregon (75.1) and Purdue (74.5). In addition, Purdue
quarterbacks have thrown more NFL touchdown passes than QB's from any
This Date In Purdue Football History
Sept. 26, 1936 - Seventh-year head coach Noble Kizer and the
Boilermakers opened the season with a 47-0 blanking of Ohio before
17,000 fans in Ross-Ade Stadium. Junior halfback Cecil Isbell rushed
for four touchdowns, and his brother, Cody, also a junior halfback,
threw a 35-yard touchdown pass. The game was played just two weeks
after a locker room fire killed two players, Carl Dahlbeck and Tom
Sept. 26, 1964 - Sophomore quarterback Bob Griese made his collegiate
debut and led the Boilermakers, under ninth-year head coach Jack
Mollenkopf, to a 17-0 win over Ohio before a crowd of 45,321 in Ross
Ade Stadium. Griese completed 8 of 13 passes for 119 yards, rushed
seven times for 20 yards with two 1-yard touchdown runs and kicked a
36-yard field goal.
Sept. 26, 1981 - The Boilermakers, under fifth-year head coach Jim
Young, won a thriller over Notre Dame by the score of 15-14 in front
of 70,007 fans in Ross-Ade Stadium. Trailing 14-7, sophomore
quarterback Scott Campbell found senior flanker Steve Bryant on a
7-yard touchdown pass with 19 seconds remaining that cut the deficit
to 14-13. On a mirror image of the scoring strike, Campbell and
Bryant hooked up on a two-point conversion for the victory. Campbell
completed 11 of 24 passes for 246 yards with one touchdown, while
Bryant caught five passes for 96 yards. Senior tailback Wally Jones
scored the Boilermakers' other touchdown on a 1-yard run in the third
quarter. Junior defensive end David Frye had 14 tackles.
Sept. 26, 1987 - In a 44-20 loss to Notre Dame, senior kicker
Jonathan Briggs nailed a 50-yard field goal (one yard short of the
school record) to establish a Ross-Ade Stadium record (since broken
by Michigan's Ralf Mojsiejenko at 59 yards in 1983).
Purdue Football Tentative Depth Chart For Notre Dame
WR: 6 Isaac Jones, Sr., 6-0, 192, Wallingford, Pa.
14 Vinny Sutherland, So., 5-10, 188, West Palm Beach, Fla.
WR: 8 Gabe Cox, Sr., 5-10, 190, Tucson, Ariz.
20 Chris Daniels, Jr., 6-3, 202, Clearwater, Fla.
TE: 81 Chris Randolph, R-Fr., 6-5, 252, Memphis, Tenn.
89 Tim Stratton, R-Fr., 6-4, 234, Oak Brook, Ill.
LT: 78 Matt Light, So., 6-4, 283, Greenville, Ohio
55 Ian Allen, So., 6-4, 279, Fairburn, Ga.
LG: 73 David Cohen, Jr., 6-4, 299, Ballwin, Mo.
75 Aaron Starnes, Jr., 6-3, 289, Shawnee, Kan.
C: 56 Chukky Okobi, So., 6-2, 313, Hamden, Conn.
72 Josh Kirkpatrick, R-Fr., 6-1, 268, Veedersburg, Ind.
RG: 75 Aaron Starnes, Jr., 6-3, 289, Shawnee, Kan.
65 Pete VanderWeele, Sr., 6-5, 304, Fort Wayne, Ind.
RT: 77 Brandon Gorin, So., 6-6, 285, Muncie, Ind.
68 Kelly Kitchel, Fr., 6-6, 280, Walton, Ind.
WR: 84 Randall Lane, Jr., 6-1, 205, Chicago, Ill.
25 Cliff Jackson, Jr., 5-10, 178, Chico, Calif.
QB: 15 Drew Brees, So., 6-1, 212, Austin, Texas
10 David Edgerton, So., 6-2, 213, Liberty, Mo.
RB: 34 J. Crabtree, Jr., 5-9, 201, Wichita, Kan.
24 Dondre Johnson, R-Fr., 6-0, 213, Kokomo, Ind.
16 Eric Haddad, Sr., 6-1, 235, Westlake, Ohio
LE: 54 Chike Okeafor, Sr., 6-5, 248, West Lafayette, Ind.
87 Rocco Foggio, So., 6-4, 276, Farmington, Mich.
LT: 98 Matt Mitrione, R-Fr., 6-3, 286, Springfield, Ill.
47 Chris Zurba, Sr., 6-3, 261, Streamwood, Ill.
RT: 82 David Nugent, Jr., 6-5, 291, Collierville, Tenn.
90 Derrick Williams, Jr., 6-4, 297, Houston, Texas
RE: 59 Rosevelt Colvin, Sr., 6-3, 248, Indianapolis, Ind.
58 Warren Moore, So., 6-2, 263, Memphis, Tenn.
WLB: 35 Lee Johnson, Sr., 6-0, 230, Palatka, Fla.
23 Willie Burroughs, Sr., 5-11, 225, Punta Gorda, Fla.
MLB: 40 Willie Fells, Jr., 6-1, 225, Palatka, Fla.
88 Jason Loerzel, R-Fr., 6-3, 212, Park Ridge, Ill.
SLB: 4 Mike Rose, Jr., 6-1, 238, Dayton, Ohio
3 John Reeves, Sr., 6-4, 227, Bradenton, Fla.
LCB: 11 Michael Hawthorne, Jr., 6-3, 195, Sarasota, Fla.
27 Henry Bell, Sr., 5-11, 180, Los Angeles, Calif.
FS: 5 Billy Gustin, Sr., 6-2, 196, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
22 Lamar Conard, Jr., 5-10, 200, Elkhart, Ind.
SS: 7 Adrian Beasley, Jr., 6-0, 194, Atlanta, Ga.
37 Todd Stelma, Sr., 5-11, 192, Goshen, Ind.
RCB: 33 Da'Shann Austin, Jr., 5-10, 179, Liberty, Mo.
22 Lamar Conard, Jr., 5-10, 200, Elkhart, Ind.
Punter: 26 Danny Rogers, Jr., 5-10, 205, Sanibel, Fla.
2 Scott Kurz, R-Fr., 6-1, 187, Bloomington, Ill.
Field Goal: 30 Travis Dorsch, Fr., 6-6, 192, Bozeman, Mont.
PAT Kicks: 2 Scott Kurz, R-Fr., 6-1, 187, Bloomington, Ill.
Long Snapper (Punts): 20 Chris Daniels, Jr., 6-3, 202, Clearwater, Fla.
Long Snapper (Kicks): 89 Tim Stratton, R-Fr., 6-4, 234, Oak Brook, Ill.
Holder: 26 Danny Rogers, Jr., 5-10, 205, Sanibel, Fla.
Punt Returns: 33 Da'Shann Austin, Jr., 5-10, 179, Liberty, Mo.
14 Vinny Sutherland, So., 5-10, 188, West Palm Beach,
Kickoff Returns: 25 Cliff Jackson, Jr., 5-10, 178, Chico, Calif.
84 Randall Lane, Jr., 6-1, 205, Chicago, Ill.