Football Game Notes - vs. Northern Illinois

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Rob Henry climbed into the all-time top 20 in Purdue history for completions after last week's game at Wisconsin.
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Rob Henry climbed into the all-time top 20 in Purdue history for completions after last week's game at Wisconsin.
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Sept. 23, 2013

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The Last Meeting
Northern Illinois28
Purdue21
September 19, 2009
West Lafayette, Ind.
Purdue Falls To Northern Illinois 28-21
Purdue quarterback Joey Elliott passed for 188 yards and ran for 68 yards and two touchdowns, but Purdue fell to Northern Illinois 28-21 on Saturday.

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THE GAME
  • Purdue and Northern Illinois meet for the second time in series history.
  • The Boilermakers are coming off a 41-10 loss at Wisconsin in their Big Ten opener.
  • Saturday is Homecoming at Ross-Ade Stadium. Purdue is 50-36-4 in Homecoming games.
  • Northern Illinois is coming off a 43-39 victory over Eastern Illinois in the Huskies first home game of the season.
  • The Boilermakers play their third home game of the season (1-1) while Northern Illinois plays its third road game of the year (2-0).
  • Northern Illinois won the only previous meeting in series history against Purdue with a 28-21 win in 2009.
  • While Northern Illinois and Purdue both have new coaches, the Boilermaker staff is very familiar with the Huskies.
  • Head coach Darrell Hazell faced Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship game last season when he was the coach of Kent State. NIU won that game 44-37.
  • Linebackers coach Marcus Freeman, defensive backs coach John Heacock and running backs coach Jafar Williams were also part of that staff at Kent State.
  • Saturday’s game is the final of three straight for Purdue against a team that went to a BCS bowl last season (Notre Dame on Sept. 14, at Wisconsin last week).
  • Purdue is one of just two Big Ten teams with a non-conference game this week. Illinois wraps up non-conference play at home against Miami (Ohio).
  • The game begins at noon EDT on ESPN2 with Beth Mowins calling the action. Joey Galloway will color the action while Paul Caraterra 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.

HEAD COACH Darrell Hazell
  • Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell (Muskingum, 1986) is 1-3 as Purdue’s head coach and 0-3 against teams ranked or receiving votes.
  • 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 17-13 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.
  • Hazell is 0-2 against Northern Illinois as a head coach.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS
  • Rod Carey is in his first year as the head coach at Northern Illinois after spending a year as the team’s offensive coordinator.
  • Carey helped lead the team to its first ever appearance in a BCS bowl as the team went to the Orange Bowl last season.
  • Carey is 3-0 as the head coach at Northern Illinois and one of four first year coaches who are still unbeaten this season (Mike MacIntyre and Colorado 2-0, Mark Helfrich and Oregon 3-0 and Kliff Kingsbury and Texas Tech 4-0).
  • The Huskies are coming off an exciting 43-39 win over Eastern Illinois in a game that Northern Illinois trailed 20-0 before making a comeback.
  • Northern Illinois was the MAC Champion last season, the second-straight week that the Boilermakers have played a conference champion.
  • Jordan Lynch leads the team in passing and rushing with 662 passing yards and seven touchdowns, while rushing for 404 yards (5.9 avg) and two scores.
  • Northern Illinois beat Purdue 28-21 in Ross-Ade Stadium in 2009 after scoring 28-straight points during the second and third quarters.

THIS DATE IN BOILERMAKER HISTORY
  • Purdue is 8-4 all-time in games played on Sept. 28.
  • The first six meetings in series history featured a shutout. Purdue won the first three before losing the next three.
  • Purdue has had one previous homecoming game on Sept. 28. The Boilermakers beat Minnesota 28-15 in 2002.
  • Purdue first year coaches are 1-1 in games played on Sept. 28. David Balliet beat Franklin 24-0 in 1901, while Jim Colletto lost to No. 8 Notre Dame 45-20 in 1991.
  • The last non-conference game for Purdue on Sept. 28 was in 1996 against North Carolina State. The Boilermakers won 42-21.
  • Purdue has played eight home games on Sept. 28 and is 6-2.
  • The Boilermakers have won the last two contests on Sept. 28.

LAST TIME OUT
  • Purdue played its second of three consecutive opponents that went to BCS bowl games last season.
  • Purdue fell 41-10 at then-No. 24 Wisconsin.
  • The Boilermakers scored 10-straight points in a 2:15 span in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 14-10.
  • Rob Henry scored Purdue’s longest touchdown from scrimmage this season with a 22-yard scamper. It was also the Boilermakers’ longest rush this season.
  • Ricardo Allen intercepted the ninth pass of his career. He is now tied for ninth all-time in Purdue history for career interceptions.
  • Purdue gave up 14 points in the first quarter, the first time the Boilermakers have allowed a point in the first quarter this season.
  • The Boilermakers played in front of 80,772 fans, the most the team has played in front of this season.
  • Purdue held Wisconsin to 158 yards passing. The last time the Boilermakers held an opponent to 160 passing yards or fewer was Nov. 17, 2012, when Purdue limited Illinois to 160 yards through the air.
  • Ryan Watson had his first career tackle for loss.
  • Will Lucas picked up his second career sack.

NEXT WEEK
  • Purdue has its first of two bye weeks on the season.
  • The second bye week is Oct. 26.
  • The Boilermakers have just two games in October and only one at home (Oct 12 vs. Nebraska).

COACH TO CURE MD WEEKEND
  • This weekend is the sixth annual Coach to Cure MD Weekend.
  • Coaches will wear a patch on the sidelines.
  • The effort has raised more than a million dollars towards the battle against Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
  • Fans will be asked to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD).
  • Donations can be made at CoachToCureMD.org or by texting the word CURE to 90999 ($5).
  • Last year, more than 10,000 coaches participated from 580 schools.
  • All 124 FBS coaches participated last season.

25-50
  • Purdue will celebrate the 25th and 50th anniversaries of its 1988 and 1963 teams during Saturday’s game.
  • Fred Akers’ second Purdue team in 1988 was highlighted by a 31-26 win at Ohio State. The Boilermakers went on to win four games, their high-water mark in Akers’ four-year tenure.
  • The 1963 Boilermakers posted a 5-4 record (4-3 Big Ten) under head coach Jack Mollenkopf. They defeated both Notre Dame (7-6 at Ross-Ade Stadium) and Indiana (21-15 in Bloomington) and also won the first of four consecutive games at Michigan (23-12).

FIRST YEAR COACHES
  • There are 31 new head coaches across the FBS, including Purdue’s Darrell Hazell and Northern Illinois’ Rod Carey.
  • Carey is the fourth new head coach the Boilermakers have faced this season, though Indiana State (Mike Sanford) is an FCS school. Purdue has also faced Tommy Tuberville (Cincinnati) and Gary Andersen (Wisconsin).
  • 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.
  • New head coaches went 8-15 in week three, including 2-12 on the road, 2-1 against FCS opponents and one win against another first year coach.
  • First year coaches are now 48-63 (.432) this season, including 28-56 (.333) 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.
  • Four teams are undefeated under their new head coach: Colorado (2-0), Northern Illinois (3-0), Oregon (3-0), and Texas Tech (4-0).

HOMECOMING
  • Saturday’s game is Purdue’s Homecoming game.
  • The Boilermakers are 50-36-4 all-time in Homecoming games.
  • Purdue has won two of its last three Homecoming games with a 21-14 win over No. 23 Illinois in 2011 and a 28-17 win over Minnesota in 2010.
  • Purdue lost last season’s game 38-14 to Wisconsin.

TOUGH SCHEDULE
  • 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 and four more that were receiving votes.
  • A total of nine teams on Purdue’s schedule have been ranked or received votes this season, including Northern Illinois who is currently receiving votes.
  • Four of the five road games in the 2013 season are against ranked or teams receiving votes.
  • Five of Purdue’s seven home games are against teams that have been ranked or received votes this season.
  • 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 8-2 in week four, with one of the losses coming against another Purdue opponent. Boilermaker foes are now 33-12 (.733) on the season. Of the 12 losses, four are from games against other Purdue opponents and one is against the Boilermakers.

TOUGHER TO GAMEPLAN
  • Not only is Purdue’s 2013 schedule tough, it is also very difficult to plan against.
  • Including Northern Illinois, four of Purdue’s first five games have been against first year head coaches. The only one not: 2012-13 National Runner-up Notre Dame.

FIRST QUARTER SUCCESS
  • Purdue has allowed just 14 points in the first quarter this season, including zero through the first three games.
  • 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.

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 183 career completions, after completing a 18 at Wisconsin. With his performance last weekend, Henry moved into 20th on the all-time Purdue list, passing Gary Danielson who had 178 completions in his career. Mark Vitali is 19th and just ahead of Henry with 187 career completions. Bob DeMoss has 191 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 had nine punts for 393 yards (43.7 avg), including two inside the 20, at Wisconsin in week four.
  • 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 185 punts for 7,977 yards and is third in Boilermaker lore for career punts.
  • Scott Loughheed is second on the Purdue all-time list with 190 punts in his career.
  • Webster’s 43.1-yard career average is second among active punters in the FBS, only behind Kyle Christy of Florida (43.8 avg).
  • Webster currently is 10th in the nation in punting average with a season average of 45.7 yards.

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.

“211 SESSION”
  • 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 features 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.
  • This week’s session is scheduled to begin at 9:49 a.m.
  • 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.

BACK-TO-BACK BOWLS
  • 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.

FRESHMEN IMPACT
  • 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, 10 against Notre Dame and 12 against Wisconsin. Sixteen freshmen have played this season.
  • 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, and three of the four caught passes last week.
  • Purdue freshmen had 12 tackles last week at Wisconsin.

WATCH LISTED
  • 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 in week three.
  • Purdue and Wisconsin each had one turnover last week in Purdue’s 41-10 loss.
  • The Boilermakers are 1-0 this season when they have more takeaways and 0-3 when they do not, including 0-1 when Purdue turns the ball over more than its opponent.

CAPTAINS’ CORNER
  • 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 Purdue starting defensive line has 9.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks this season.

BABY BOILERS
  • 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 16 freshmen, five true and 11 redshirt, this season.

DANGEROUS DUO
  • 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 29.8 career average. He trails Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett (32.1 avg) and Duke Johnson of Miami (Fla.) (33.6 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, and nearly had it at Wisconsin before being tackled inside the 10-yard line.
  • Allen is second among active FBS players in interception return yards with 234 yards, including 27 yards last week.
  • Allen has nine career interceptions, which puts him in a tie for ninth place all-time in Purdue history.
  • Allen is one pick shy of eighth in Purdue lore, which is held by Bill Kay (1977-80), and two away from second place, which is held by six individuals.

CHAIN MOVER
  • Akeem Hunt has done the majority of the heavy lifting as he has 17 of the team’s 56 first downs this season.
  • Hunt has 10 rushing and seven receiving first downs.
  • Hunt has nearly three times as many first downs as any other player this season, as the next closest player has six.

BOILERMAKER DEPOT
  • 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.

NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS
  • Purdue is 273-157-16 all-time in non-conference games.
  • The Boilermakers are 40-9-1 all-time against MAC opponents.
  • Only two MAC opponents have winning records against Purdue: Bowling Green (2-0) and Northern Illinois (1-0).
  • The Boilermakers have won their last two games against MAC opponents, including a 54-16 win last season against Eastern Michigan.
  • Purdue is 37-8-1 at home against MAC opponents.

IRON MEN
  • Junior defensive end Ryan Russell has 28 career starts, including 20 straight.
  • Senior defensive tackle Bruce Gaston has 17-straight starts and 36 total for his career, the second most on the team.
  • Junior safety Taylor Richards has started 17 consecutive and total games.
  • Junior linebacker Joe Gilliam is the only other returning Purdue defender to start all 13 games last year. He has 17 in a row and 18 total for his career.
  • Senior cornerback Ricardo Allen started 11 games last season and has 40 total for his career, including four 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.

Player

Tackles

TFL

Sacks

FF

FR

Kerrigan

74

12.5

8

2

0

Russell

70

13

5

3

3

  • Russell has had a strong start to his junior season with 13 tackles, 4.0 for loss and 2.0 sacks this year. In comparison, Kerrigan totaled 19 tackles, 3.5 for loss and 2.0 sacks in the first four games of his junior year.

AIR DEFENSE
  • Ryan Isaac, Frankie Williams and Ricardo Allen (2x) all have an interception this season.
  • Isaac and Williams both picked off Munchie Legaux of Cincinnati in week one. Williams has three for his career. Allen picked off Mike Perish of Indiana State in week two and Joel Stave of Wisconsin last week.
  • Allen now has nine for his career, which is tied for ninth all-time in Purdue history.
  • The Boilermakers picked off 14 passes last year, including three returned for touchdowns to set a program record. Returning players had 10 of those interceptions, led by Landon Feichter’s four, which tied for the Big Ten’s best.

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.

TICKET SALES
  • Purdue sold 30,808 season tickets for 2013, an increase of more than 10 percent over last season.
  • There were 5,657 new season ticket sales. The last time Purdue had an increase in season ticket sales was 2007 (8 percent more than 2006).
  • The home opener against Indiana State had 50,165 fans in attendance, a total of 9,597 more fans than the 2012 home opener.
  • The Notre Dame game had 61,127 fans in attendance, the most at Ross-Ade Stadium since 2011.
  • Nearly 50,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday’s game as of Sept. 23. If a crowd of at least that size attends Saturday’s game, it will be the first time since 2008 that the Boilermakers have had at least 50,000 fans attend each of their first three games,
  • Season Ticket Sales By Year Since 2007
  • 2007 42,880
  • 2008 40,824
  • 2009 34,523
  • 2010 31,701
  • 2011 28,911
  • 2012 27,672
  • 2013 30,808

HALL OF FAME CEREMONY
  • Purdue has selected nine individuals to enter its Hall of Fame on Saturday, including four from Boilermaker football.
  • Tony Butkovich, Alpha P. Jamison, Matt Light and Joe Tiller will enter the now 135 member Hall of Fame.
  • The Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013 will be recognized during halftime of Saturday’s game and formally inducted that evening.
  • Fans may attend the ceremony, set to begin at 7 p.m. in Mackey Arena.
  • Admission is just $5, payable at the Athletic Ticket Office beginning at 6 p.m.
  • 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.
  • The Class of 2013 consists of nine former student-athletes, coaches and administrators, who were part of the Purdue athletic scene during eight different decades, stretching from 1892 to 2008. Also on the list are: Stacey Lovelace, basketball, 1993-96; Willie Merriweather, basketball, 1957-59; Carol Mertler, field hockey coach and administrator, 1975-1988; Serene Ross, track and field, 1999-2002; and Dick Walbaum, administrator, 1984-2001.
  • These Boilermaker greats will join the 126 former Boilermakers who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since 1994, when the selection process was initiated.

IF PURDUE WINS ON SATURDAY
  • It will be Purdue’s first win over Northern Illinois in history, and improve the Boilermakers’ record to 1-1 against the Huskies.
  • Purdue will finish 2-2 in non-conference play for the third time in the last four years.
  • The Boilermakers will improve to 274-157-16 in non-conference games.
  • The Boilermakers will improve to 41-9-1 all-time against MAC opponents.
  • Purdue will move to .500 against Northern Illinois (1-1), meaning that only one MAC team, Bowling Green, will have a winning record against the Boilermakers (2-0).
  • Purdue will win its third-straight game against the MAC.
  • Purdue will improve to 38-8-1 at home against MAC opponents.
  • Darrell Hazell will win his first game against Northern Illinois, a team he is 0-2 against.
  • Hazell will pick up his 13th win against the MAC and improve his record to 13-5 against the conference.
  • Purdue will improve to 9-4 all-time on Sept. 28.
  • Purdue will win its first homecoming game against a non-conference foe since 1937 when the Boilermakers beat Carnegie Tech 7-0.
  • The Boilermakers will win their third homecoming game in the last four years.
  • Purdue will improve to 51-36-4 all-time in homecoming games.

IF PURDUE LOSES ON SATURDAY
  • Purdue will fall to 0-2 against Northern Illinois.
  • The Boilermakers will have dropped all three games against teams that went to BCS bowl games last season.
  • Purdue will finish 1-3 in non-conference play for the first time since 2009.
  • Purdue will fall to 273-158-16 in non-conference games.
  • The Boilermakers will fall to 40-10-1 all-time against the MAC.
  • Purdue will fall to 37-9-1 at home against the MAC.
  • Darrell Hazell will fall to 0-3 against Northern Illinois.
  • The Boilermakers will fall to 8-5 all-time on Sept. 28.
  • The Boilermakers will lose their second-straight homecoming game.
  • Purdue will drop its third-straight homecoming game against a non-conference foe.
  • Purdue will fall to 50-37-4 all-time in homecoming games.
  • The Boilermakers will fall to 1-4 for the first time since 2009.
  • Purdue will lose consecutive home games for the first time since 2012 when the Boilermakers lost to Michigan and Wisconsin in back-to-back weeks.
  • Purdue will lose consecutive non-conference home games for the first time since 2009 when the Boilermakers lost to Northern Illinois and Notre Dame in back-to-back weeks.