Sept. 22, 2003
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No. 22/NR Purdue Boilermakers (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten Conference)
vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-2)
Ross-Ade Stadium (62,500) - West Lafayette, Indiana
September 27, 2003 - 2:30 p.m. EST
ALL-TIME RECORD: 531-454-48 (.537) - 116th season
BIG TEN RECORD: 284-316-32 (.475) - 108th season
PROJECTED ATTENDANCE: 62,500 (sellout)
RADIO: Boilermaker Sports Network (Flagship - WAZY, 96.5 FM, West Lafayette) - Joe McConnell (play-by-play), Pete Quinn (color commentary), Brett Schetzsle (sideline), Tim Newton (pregame/halftime/postgame), Gary Kline (engineer)
TELEVISION: ABC - Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Bob Griese (analyst), Lynn Swann (sidelines)
A LOOK AT THE BOILERMAKERS: The 22nd-ranked Purdue football team, under seventh-year head coach Joe Tiller, plays host to intrastate rival Notre Dame on Saturday, Sept. 27, at remade Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind. It is 47th meeting for the Shillelagh Trophy and the second of four straight home games for the Boilermakers. Purdue is one of merely two schools in the Big Ten and one of only 13 nationally to play in a bowl game each of the last six seasons.
IF THE BOILERMAKERS WIN ...
* They will be 3-1 for the third time under Joe Tiller (also 1997 and 2000). Purdue was 4-0 in 1999 and 2001.
* They will improve to 31-9 at home under Tiller, including 25-3 against unranked opponents.
* They will snap a three-game losing streak against Notre Dame.
HEAD COACH Joe Tiller: Joe Tiller is in his seventh season as head coach at Purdue with a 48-29 record (.623 winning percentage) and his 13th season overall with an 87-59-1 record (.595 winning percentage). He is 30-18 in Big Ten games (.625 winning percentage). Tiller is the second-winningest coach in school history, both for all games and Big Ten contests. He trails Jack Mollenkopf, who collected 84 overall wins and 57 Big Ten wins from 1956 to 1969. Mollenkopf is a member of both the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics and College Football halls of fame. Taking the reins of a program that had just one winning season and no bowl game appearances since 1984, Tiller has engineered five winning seasons and six bowl berths. He is signed through the 2007 campaign.
AWAY FOR THE HOLIDAYS: The Boilermakers have played in six bowl games in as many years under Joe Tiller. They played in the Alamo Bowl in 1997 and 1998, the 2000 Outback Bowl, the 2001 Rose Bowl, the 2001 Sun Bowl and the 2002 Sun Bowl. Purdue is one of merely two schools in the Big Ten and one of only 13 nationally to play in a bowl game each of the last six seasons.
Bowl Game Participants Each Of The Last Six Years
Florida Marshall PURDUE
Florida State Michigan Tennessee
Georgia Nebraska Virginia Tech
Georgia Tech Oregon Washington
ALL-TIME SERIES RECORD: Purdue and Notre Dame have met 74 times previously (since 1896), with the Fighting Irish holding a 49-23-2 advantage. Notre Dame is 23-12-2 in games played in West Lafayette. The teams last met Sept. 7, 2002, with the Irish winning 24-17 in South Bend. Notre Dame has won the last three meetings. Purdue's last victory was a 28-23 verdict Sept. 11, 1999, in West Lafayette. The Boilermakers are 2-4 against the Irish under Joe Tiller. The last five meetings have been decided by an average of 4.2 points. This year's meeting is just the fifth in which Purdue comes in ranked higher in the Associated Press poll and only the second in which Purdue is ranked and Notre Dame is not (also 1952).
SHILLELAGH: Since 1957, Purdue and Notre Dame have played for the Shillelagh Trophy. The trophy is a club donated by Joe McLaughlin, a merchant seaman and a Fighting Irish fan who brought it from Ireland. Notre Dame leads the Shillelagh Trophy portion of the all-time series 30-16.
HOME, SWEET HOME: The Boilermakers are playing four straight home games for the first time since 1893.
GAME 3 RECAP: The 25th-ranked Boilermakers wore black jerseys for the first time since 2001 and completely dominated Arizona 59-7 before a gathering of 52,310 at Ross-Ade Stadium on Sept. 20. The 59 points were the most ever scored at Ross-Ade and matched the most scored under head coach Joe Tiller, while the 52-point margin of victory was Purdue's largest since a 62-7 victory over Boston University at Fenway Park in 1947. The Boilermakers amassed 580 yards total offense (tied for the third-most under Tiller and tied for the eighth-most ever) while limiting the Wildcats to just 174 (the second-best effort under Tiller). Purdue lit up the scoreboard for eight touchdowns and one field goal, and the nine scoring drives averaged merely 4.9 plays and 1:48 on the clock. Jerome Brooks and Jerod Void both rushed for two touchdowns, while Kyle Ingraham, Brandon Jones, John Standeford and Ray Williams each had a touchdown reception. Brooks ran for 122 yards on 21 carries to lead a ground attack that totaled 292 yards. Standeford caught four passes for 111 yards. Kyle Orton completed 16 of 28 passes for 261 yards with three long touchdowns - 81 yards to Standeford, 43 yards to Jones and 35 yards to Williams. Brandon Kirsch saw his first action of 2003, rushed for 45 yards on just five carries and completed all three passes he attempted for 27 yards. Purdue led 7-0 after the first quarter, 24-0 at halftime and 38-7 after three quarters. Defensively, the Boilermakers forced four turnovers that led to 24 points. Landon Johnson tied the school record with two forced fumbles, recovered one of them, had an interception and made four tackles, including two for loss and one sack.
POLLING PLACE: The Boilermakers have been ranked in the Associated Press poll 53 weeks (out of 108 possible) under Joe Tiller. That total stands as the second-most by any Purdue coach. Jack Mollenkopf was on the sidelines for 80 ranked weeks from 1956 to 1969, including five at No. 1 during the 1968 season. Purdue has been ranked 211 weeks in its history.
BURGEONING BIG TEN POWER: From 1997 to 2002, only Michigan and Ohio State won more Big Ten games than Purdue. The Wolverines were 39-9, the Buckeyes 34-14 and the Boilermakers 30-18.
Big Ten Conference Standings (1997-2002)
Big Ten Overall Bowls
Michigan 39-9 .813 59-15 .797 6
Ohio State 34-14 .708 56-19 .747 5
PURDUE 30-18 .625 46-28 .622 6
Penn State 29-19 .604 47-26 .644 4
Wisconsin 28-20 .583 51-25 .671 5
Michigan State 21-27 .438 39-32 .549 3
Iowa 21-27 .438 33-38 .465 3
Illinois 19-29 .396 31-38 .449 2
Minnesota 17-31 .354 34-37 .479 3
Northwestern 13-35 .271 26-44 .371 1
Indiana 13-35 .271 19-46 .292 0
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: The Boilermakers are 38-10 against unranked opponents under Joe Tiller.
TAKING ON THE BIG BOYS: Purdue has a 10-19 record against ranked opponents under Joe Tiller. The Boilermakers are 2-3 against top-five teams, 3-6 against top-10 teams, 4-10 against top-15 teams and 8-9 against top-20 teams.
DEFENDING OUR TURF: Under Joe Tiller, the Boilermakers have a 30-9 record at home. They are 24-3 against unranked opponents and 6-6 against ranked opponents.
ROAD RECORD: The Boilermakers are 15-17 in road games and 3-3 in neutral-site games under Joe Tiller.
PASS HAPPY: Since 1996, Louisiana Tech has had the top passing statistics in the country. Purdue is close behind. Keep in mind, the following numbers include the Boilermakers' final year with Jim Colletto as head coach.
Passing Yards (1996-2002)
Louisiana Tech 28,554
Brigham Young 23,939
300-Yard Passing Games (1996-2002)
Louisiana Tech 50
Brigham Young 27
Texas Tech 27
400-Yard Passing Games (1996-2002)
Louisiana Tech 23
Texas Tech 9
500-Yard Passing Games (1996-2002)
Louisiana Tech 9
Texas Tech 4
Six with 2 (including Purdue)
CLOSE ONLY COUNTS IN HORSESHOES: Purdue's six losses in 2002 were by a combined 26 points - an average of 4.3 per game (seven at Notre Dame, three vs. Wake Forest, three at Iowa, seven at Illinois, two vs. Michigan and four vs. Ohio State). In four of their setbacks, the Boilermakers outgained the opposition offensively by more than 100 yards (318-203 at Notre Dame, 477-368 vs. Wake Forest, 507-384 at Iowa and 566-417 at Illinois). On average, Purdue outgained its opponents 430-343 in its six losses.
HOW THE GAMES WERE LOST: In the bizarre, unbelievable, pick-your-own-adjective 2002 season, here's a quick look at how the Boilermakers dropped their six games:
at Notre Dame (24-17) - Two fumbles and an interception were returned for touchdowns by the Fighting Irish.
Wake Forest (24-21) - The Boilermakers committed five turnovers and missed three fourth-quarter field goals.
at #24 Iowa (31-28) - Iowa scored the game-winning touchdown with 1:07 left.
at Illinois (38-31 OT) - Purdue rallied from a 24-0 deficit to take a 31-24 lead, gave up the tying touchdown with three seconds remaining, had a "Hail Mary" pass ruled one yard short of the end zone as time expired and lost in overtime.
#11 Michigan (23-21) - Purdue missed two field goals.
#3 Ohio State (10-6) - Ohio State scored the game-winning touchdown on fourth-and-1 from the Purdue 37-yard line with 1:36 to go.
DANDY DOUBLE: The 2002 Boilermakers were Big Ten statistical champions in total offense (452.2 yards per game) and total defense (317.2) for all games. Illinois was runner-up in total offense (446.3), while national champion Ohio State was No. 2 in total defense (320.9). It is only the 13th time a team achieved the unique double-double since the Big Ten began keeping such records in 1947. It is the second time for the Boilermakers. They also led in both categories in 1967, averaging 450.7 yards and allowing 259.0 en route to being conference tri-champions. Purdue now has topped the conference in total offense six times, including three times in six years under Joe Tiller. The 2002 Boilermakers led the Big Ten in total defense for the first time since 1967 and for the fifth time in school history. Purdue also led the Big Ten in first downs (302 - 23.2 per game), opponent first downs (205 - 15.8 per game), opponent third-down conversions (28.6 percent), passing defense efficiency (105.2) and time of possession (32:43).
Big Ten Total Offense/Total Defense Leaders
Year School Offense Defense
1951 Wisconsin 391.3 142.9
1957 Michigan State 372.2 182.0
1965 Michigan State 377.1 181.7
1967 PURDUE 450.7 259.0
1969 Ohio State 481.7 278.0
1973 Ohio State 465.8 211.0
1975 Michigan 347.0 260.6
1976 Michigan 347.0 260.6
1977 Ohio State 444.4 219.7
1992 Michigan 466.9 305.3
1996 Ohio State 440.4 246.0
1998 Ohio State 497.6 259.8
2002 PURDUE 452.2 317.2
LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD: The Boilermakers' 59 points vs. Arizona on Sept. 20, 2003, were the most-ever scored in Ross-Ade Stadium and tied for the most-ever scored under Joe Tiller. Purdue won at Minnesota 59-43 on Oct. 11, 1997. The 52-point margin of victory was the greatest since a 62-7 win over Boston University at Fenway Park on Oct. 18, 1947.
DOMINATING ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL: Against Arizona on Sept. 20, 2003, the Boilermakers amassed 580 yards total offense while surrendering merely 174 yards. The offensive productivity is tied the third-best under Joe Tiller and tied for the eighth-best in school history, while the defensive effort ranks second under Tiller.
STREAK FREAKS: Junior wide receiver Taylor Stubblefield has caught at least one pass in all 25 games he has played at Purdue, while senior wide receiver John Standeford has a streak of 24 straight (38 of 40 career).
Consecutive Games With A Reception - Joe Tiller Era
Tim Stratton 1998-2000 38
Randall Lane 1998-99 25
Taylor Stubblefield 2001- 25
John Standeford 2001- 24
STANDEFORD CLOSING IN: John Standeford ranks second on the Purdue career receptions list with 203 (one shy of tying the record), second with 2,898 receiving yards (131 yards shy) and tied for third with 25 receiving touchdowns (six shy). He also is second with 10, 100-yard receiving games (two behind Brian Alford). In Big Ten annals, Standeford ranks fourth in receptions and eighth in yards, and he is approaching the top 10 in touchdowns.
TAYLOR THE TERRIFIC I: Taylor Stubblefield is tied for fifth on the Purdue career receptions list with 176 and eighth with 1,929 receiving yards. He is tied for 10th on the Big Ten career receptions list.
Purdue Career Receptions
Tim Stratton 1998-01 204
John Standeford 2000- 203
Rodney Carter 1982-85 181
Dave Young 1977-80 180
Vinny Sutherland 1997-00 176
Taylor Stubblefield 2001- 176
Purdue Career Receiving Yards
Brian Alford 1994-97 3,029
John Standeford 2000- 2,898
Vinny Sutherland 1997-00 2,370
Dave Young 1977-80 2,316
Steve Griffin 1982-85 2,234
Bart Burrell 1977-80 2,126
Tim Stratton 1998-01 2,088
Taylor Stubblefield 2001- 1,929
Purdue Career Receiving Touchdowns
Brian Alford 1994-97 31
Dave Young 1977-80 27
Vinny Sutherland 1997-00 25
John Standeford 2000- 25
Big Ten Career Receptions
David Williams, Illinois 1983-85 262
D'Wayne Bates, Northwestern 1995-98 210
Tim Stratton, Purdue 1998-01 204
John Standeford, Purdue 2000- 203
Ron Johnson, Minnesota 1998-01 198
Richard Buchanan, Northwestern 1987-90 197
David Boston, Ohio State 1996-98 191
Rodney Carter, Purdue 1982-85 181
Dave Young, Purdue 1977-80 180
Vinny Sutherland, Purdue 1997-00 176
Marquise Walker, Michigan 1998-01 176
Taylor Stubblefield, Purdue 2001- 176
Big Ten Career Receiving Yards
David Williams, Illinois 1983-85 3,392
D'Wayne Bates, Northwestern 1995-98 3,310
Bobby Engram, Penn State 1991-95 3,139
Anthony Carter, Michigan 1979-82 3,076
Brian Alford, Purdue 1994-97 3,029
Andre Rison, Michigan State 1985-88 2,992
Ron Johnson, Minnesota 1998-01 2,989
John Standeford, Purdue 2000- 2,898
Big Ten Career Receiving Touchdowns
Anthony Carter, Michigan 1979-82 37
David Boston, Ohio State 1996-98 34
Bobby Engram, Penn State 1991-95 33
Desmond Howard, Michigan 1989-91 32
Brian Alford, Purdue 1994-97 31
Ron Johnson, Minnesota 1998-01 31
Jade Butcher, Indiana 1967-69 30
Dave Young, Purdue 1977-80 27
Cris Carter, Ohio State 1984-86 27
Charles Rogers, Michigan State 2001-02 27
TAYLOR THE TERRIFIC II: Taylor Stubblefield opened the 2003 season with a career-high 16 receptions for 139 yards and a touchdown vs. Bowling Green on Sept. 6. The 16 catches are the third-most in Purdue history and tied for fourth-most in Big Ten annals (most in a non-conference game). Stubblefield's touchdown was his first in a regular-season game. His previous two scores came vs. Washington State in the 2001 Sun Bowl. Stubblefield, who led the Big Ten and ranked seventh nationally in receptions per game last season, tops the Big Ten and ranks third in the nation this year with an average of 8.7 receptions per game. Terrance Cooper of East Carolina leads the way at 9.5 receptions per game, while Tavaris Capers of Central Florida is second at 9.0.
Big Ten Single-Game Reception Leaders
Chris Daniels, Purdue 21 vs. Michigan State, 10/16/1999
Randall Lane, Purdue 18 at Wisconsin, 10/10/1998
Jon Harvey, Northwestern 17 vs. Michigan, 10/23/1982
David Williams, Illinois 16 at Purdue, 10/12/1985
Jason Spear, Indiana 16 vs. Purdue, 11/22/1997
Taylor Stubblefield, Purdue 16 vs. Bowling Green, 9/6/2003
OH, ORTON: Junior quarterback Kyle Orton has thrown merely one interception in his last 176 attempts (19 quarters). During that time, he has completed 116 passes (65.9 percent) for 1,239 yards and 10 touchdowns. This season, Orton is 68 of 106 passing (64.2 percent) for 743 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception.
KYLE CATCHES ON QUICK: It didn't take long for freshman wide receiver Kyle Ingraham to get into the offensive mix. Against Bowling Green on Sept. 6, 2003, in the first quarter, on the first pass throw in his direction, the 6-foot-9, 221-pounder had a 7-yard touchdown reception. For the season, Ingraham has five catches for 39 yards and two touchdowns.
GOOD HANDS PEOPLE: The Purdue offensive line has allowed quarterbacks Kyle Orton and Brandon Kirsch to be sacked just one time out of 109 passing attempts this season. The line features two first-time starters - junior Tyler Moore at right guard and redshirt freshman Mike Otto at left tackle - plus senior center Nick Hardwick, who previously had played just one game at that position. Junior Kelly Butler is the veteran with 28 starts at right tackle, and sophomore Matt Turner has nine starts at left guard.
HALT, WHO GOES THERE?: The Boilermakers are allowing just 57.3 yards rushing per game to rank third in the Big Ten and seventh nationally. Opponents are mustering merely 1.6 yards per carry.
STU'S NEWS: Senior free safety Stuart Schweigert holds the Purdue record with 14 career interceptions. He tops the team this season with 20 tackles, including 3 1/2 for loss. Schweigert is on the preseason watch list for the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Award, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation's outstanding defensive player) and the Jim Thorpe Award (nation's outstanding defensive back). Media and fans can keep up to date on Schweigert on the World Wide Web at www.stuartschweigert.com.
SCHWEIGERT HONORED: Stuart Schweigert was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Wake Forest on Sept. 13, 2003. He preserved the victory by dropping Chris Barclay for a 3-yard loss on fourth-and-1 from the Purdue 16-yard line with just over one minute to play. Schweigert finished with five tackles and an interception. The Player of the Week honor was the second for Schweigert. He also earned it after preserving a victory with an interception in overtime at Minnesota in 2001.
PHILLIPS 15: Senior defensive end Shaun Phillips came up with the first interception of his career vs. Bowling Green on Sept. 6, 2003. He also recorded four tackles, including 2 1/2 for loss and a sack. Phillips, who is on the watch list for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, ranks fourth on the Purdue career sacks list with 21. The three players ahead of him - Rosevelt Colvin, Jeff Zgonina and Akin Ayodele - all are playing in the National Football League. Phillips has started 39 of 40 games at Purdue.
Purdue Career Sacks
Rosevelt Colvin 1995-98 33.0 for 191 yards
Jeff Zgonina 1989-92 29.0 for 151 yards
Akin Ayodele 1999-01 29.0 for 194 yards
Shaun Phillips 2000- 21.0 for 113 yards
BIG DAY FOR L.J.: Senior linebacker Landon Johnson said it wasn't his best game, but Arizona likely would disagree. Against the Wildcats on Sept. 20, 2003, Johnson tied the school record with two forced fumbles, recovered one of them, had an interception and recorded four tackles, including two for loss and one sack.
BLAZING BEN: Sophomore kicker Ben Jones, who sat out the 2002 season after transferring from Butler, is 5 of 5 on field goals in 2003. His 41-yarder at Wake Forest on Sept. 13 was the Boilermakers' longest since Travis Dorsch tied the school record with a 51-yard field goal vs. Washington State in the 2001 Sun Bowl. Purdue's longest kick a year ago was a 37-yarder by Berin Lacevic.
STRONG START FOR SLATON: Senior punter Brent Slaton, who is on the watch list for the Ray Guy Award (presented to the nation's outstanding punter), has had seven of his 18 punts in 2003 come to rest inside the opponent's 20-yard line (39 percent). He is averaging 40.9 yards per punt.
CAPTAINS: Captains for the 2003 Boilermakers are senior center Nick Hardwick, senior linebacker Landon Johnson, senior linebacker Niko Koutouvides and senior free safety Stuart Schweigert. Johnson is a second-year captain.
ROSS-ADE, REMADE: Ross-Ade Stadium has been remade. A three-year, $70 million renovation has been completed, turning the 79-year-old home of the Boilermakers into one of the finest facilities in the nation. Highlights include new seating and handrails; wider concourses; new concession and restroom buildings; new sound system; new brick facade; and the seven-story pavilion on the west side that houses the stadium club, club seating, suites, press box and photo deck. Capacity now is 62,500. Ross-Ade was rededicated during halftime festivities Sept. 20, 2003. For more on the renovation, see pages 20 and 21 of the 2003 Purdue Football Information Guide.
BACK IN BLACK: For the first time since the 2001 season, the Boilermakers donned black jerseys vs. Arizona on Sept. 20, 2003. Purdue wore gold jerseys at home in 2002 and for the first game this season, going just 4-4 at Ross-Ade Stadium. "I decided after Purdue played horse-manurey against Bowling Green (in the 2003 opener, a 27-26 loss), that Purdue would be in black at home," head coach Joe Tiller said.
THIS DATE IN PURDUE HISTORY: The Boilermakers are 4-4-1 in games played on Sept. 27, including a 28-14 upset of ninth-ranked Notre Dame at Ross-Ade Stadium in 1969.
100TH GAME FOR JOE, PETE AND TIM: The Purdue radio network crew of Joe McConnell, Pete Quinn and Tim Newton will call their 100th Purdue game against Notre Dame.
SAVE YOUR STUB: Fans showing a ticket stub from the Purdue-Notre Dame football game will be admitted free to the Sept. 28 soccer match vs. Ohio State.
NFL NOTES: Fifteen former Boilermakers were on NFL rosters for opening day of the 2003 season, including Gene Mruczkowski, who is on the New England Patriots' reserve/non-football injury list ... Purdue has had an alum on each of the last four Super Bowl-winning teams: Jeff Zgonina (St. Louis Rams, XXXIV); Rod Woodson (Baltimore Ravens, XXXV); Matt Light and David Nugent (New England Patriots, XXXVI); and Mike Alstott (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, XXXVII) ... Hank Stram became the third individual with Purdue ties to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003. He joined quarterbacks Len Dawson and Bob Griese. Stram played at Purdue in 1942, 1946 and 1947 and was an assistant coach from 1948 to 1955.