Football Game Notes - vs. Marshall

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Antavian Edison has caught at least one pass in 24 straight games.
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Antavian Edison has caught at least one pass in 24 straight games.
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Sept. 24, 2012

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Television This Week
BTN Play-By-Play - Eric Collins
Analyst - Derek Rackley
Sideline - TBA

Radio This Week
Purdue Sports Properties
Play-By-Play - Tim Newton
Analyst - Pete Quinn
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Producer - Rob Blackman
Engineer - Alan Benjamin

Sirius - Channel 92
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Some Game Themes
Coming off an their open date, the Boilermakers return to action in their final non-conference game of regular season against Marshall ... Purdue is receiving votes in both the AP (5) and Coaches' (4) polls. It marks the first time since the Nov. 4, 2007 rankings that the Boilermakers have been listed in both poll ... All-America candidate Kawann Short looks to continue his hot start to the 2012 season ... Antavian Edison will attempt to extend his consecutive games with a reception to 25 straight ... It's Family Weekend on campus.

Purdue vs. Marshall Series Information
Series record: First Meeting
Purdue points: N/A
Marshall points: N/A
Series record in West Lafayette: First Meeting
In Ross-Ade Stadium: First Meeting
Series record in Huntington: N/A
In Joan C. Edwards Stadium: N/A
Games decided by 3 points or less: First Meeting
Games decided by 7 points or less: First Meeting
Longest Purdue win streak: First Meeting
Longest Marshall win streak: First Meeting
Current streak: First Meeting
Largest Purdue victory: First Meeting
Largest Marshall victory: First Meeting
Last Purdue home victory: First Meeting
Last Purdue road victory: N/A
Last Marshall home victory: N/A
Last Marshall road victory: First Meeting

This Date in Boilermaker History
The Boilermakers are 7-3 all-time on Sept. 29. On this date in 2001, the Boilermakers pulled off one of the most remarkable come-from-behind victories in school history with a 35-28 overtime victory at Minnesota. Trailing 28-25 with 19 seconds remaining in regulation and no timeouts, Purdue had the ball at its own 3-yard line. Brandon Hance connected with John Standeford for 27 yards and Taylor Stubblefield for 39 more to place the ball at the Minnesota 31-yard line with one second remaining. With the clock stopped to reset the chains, the Boilermaker field goal unit rushed onto the field and set up for a 48-yard attempt. Place kicker Travis Dorsch connected on a then-career-long as time expired to tie the contest at 28 and send the game into overtime. Hance hooked up with Standeford on a 19-yard touchdown pass on third down in the first overtime and Stuart Schweigert ended the game with an interception in the end zone on Minnesota's attempt to answer.

Honoring Armstrong
Neil Armstrong, a 1955 graduate of Purdue and the first man to walk on the moon, passed away on Aug. 25, 2012. After head coach Danny Hope shared Armstrong's exploits with the team, 5th-year wide receiver Tommie Thomas requested that the Boilermakers honor one of the most famous Purdue alumni. The Boilermakers will have an Armstrong sticker above the American flag on the back of their helmets for the remainder of the season.

Head Coach Danny Hope
Head coach Danny Hope is in his fourth season at the helm of the Boilermaker program and his 10th overall at Purdue. He sports a 53-44 career record, including his first postseason victory in last season's Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit.

Last Week's Quick Hits - Eastern Michigan
The Boilermakers racked up 576 yards of total offense, including 392 on the ground. The Boilermakers averaged 7.9 yards per play and 9.3 yards per rush ... The Purdue offense completed a 99-yard drive in the second quarter. The Boilermakers had three scoring drives of more than 90 yards (99, 98, 95) ... Purdue converted 10 of 15 on third down ... The Boilermaker defense held the Eagles to 2 of 14 on third down and 0 for 1 on fourth down ... Purdue added a pair of sacks to its season total and has nine on the year ... Caleb TerBush accounted for three Purdue touchdowns, completing 16 of 24 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns and rushing eight times for six yards and another score. ... Antavian Edison continued his receiving streak, hauling in a pass for the 24th consecutive game. He finished with five catches for 78 yards and a touchdown, his fourth of the season ... Akeem Hunt was the first Boilermaker to crack 100-yards rushing in a game this season, carrying the ball four times for 106 yards, including a 56-yard scoring run ... Hunt also scored the first receiving touchdown of his career, reaching the end zone on a 50-yard pass from TerBush in the second quarter ... Brandon Cottom had two carries for 95 yards and a touchdown ... Cottom's 87-yard touchdown run was fourth-longest rush in school history. He is surpassed only by Mike Pruitt (94 yards vs. Iowa, 11/2/1974), Alex Yunevich (90 yards vs. Centenary, 11/7/1931) and Kory Sheets (88 yards vs. Minnesota, 9/24/2005) ... Akeem Shavers had ten rushes for 56 yards and a score ... Danny Anthrop scored his first career touchdown, converting a four-yard run in the fourth quarter. He finished with five carries for 47 yards ... Will Lucas paced the defense with six tackles ... Frankie Williams intercepted his first career pass. He added five tackles as well ... Landon Feichter had his second interception of the season, while Josh Johnson grabbed his first ... Ryan Russell and Eric Mebane accounted for the Boilermakers' two sacks, Mebane's was the first of his career ... Taylor Richards blocked his first career kick, deflecting a punt out of bounds in the first quarter. He also had a pair of solo tackles and a pass break up ... Cody Webster had five punts, averaging 47.6 yards per kick and pinning Eastern Michigan inside its own 20 four times. Three of his punts went for more than 50 yards.

Big Leg
The Boilermakers have needed to call on junior punter Cody Webster merely 12 times in three games, but when asked to kick he has delivered. The Harrisburg, Pa., native has placed 10 of his 12 punts inside the opposition's 20-yard line with zero touchbacks. He has seen six of his kicks travel 50 or more yards, with a long of 55, and two have been fair caught. He was named the Sept. 10 Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after placing six of his seven punts inside Notre Dame's 20. He finished with 303 yards, a 43.3 average, and no touchbacks against the Irish.

T.C.O.B
The Boilermakers have been taking care of business when it matters most. Purdue is a perfect 13 for 13 when penetrating the opposition's red zone (12 touchdowns, one field goal), are converting third downs on 60 percent of its tries and are flawless on fourth down conversion by going 4 for 4 through three games. The Boilermakers are one of 11 Football Bowl Subdivison teams to be perfect inside the red zone, are fourth nationally on third downs and one of 10 teams perfect on fourth down.

NCAA Career Leaderboard
Senior defensive tackle Kawann Short is tied for third nationally amongst active FBS players in career tackles for loss (37.5) and tied for 13th in career sacks (15.5) ... Ricardo Allen's three career interception returns for touchdowns are tied for the most amongst active FBS players and his 166 interception return yards are tied 13th nationally ... Punter Cody Webster's 43.3 career average is 14th amongst all active FBS players ... Raheem Mostert is the leading active FBS player in kickoff return average at 31.9.

Starting Strong
The Boilermakers have out-scored their opposition 26-0 in the first quarter this season. Purdue has limited opponents to merely 46 yards rushing, 140 yards passing and eight first downs in the first quarter through three games.

Spreading the Wealth
A season removed from seeing 16 different players carry the ball and 13 different players haul in a reception, offensive coordinator Gary Nord continues to distribute the ball all over the field. In the opener against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 1, 10 different rushers had at least one carry, 12 different players caught at least one pass and seven different players scored a touchdown. Two weeks later, against Eastern Michigan, Nord called on 11 players to carry the ball, his quarterbacks connected with eight different receivers and eight separate players found the end zone.

Coach to Cure MD
The Purdue coaching staff will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches this week to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. Fans are encouraged to donate online at www.CoachtoCureMD.org or donate $5 by texting CURE to 90999.

Sack Men
With nine sacks already in the bag through three games, Purdue needs merely one more to equal last season's seven-game total of 10. Purdue enters the Marshall game 19th nationally and second in the Big Ten Conference in sacks per game (3.0) ... Purdue's five sacks against the Fighting Irish on Sept. 8, equaled the season highs for each of the last four years. What's even more impressive about that figure is not how many, but whom Purdue has done it against.
Five Sacks in a Game the Last Five Years
2012 - at Notre Dame
2011 - vs. Ohio State
2010 - at Northwestern
2009 - vs. Ohio State and at Michigan
2008 - vs. Central Michigan

Speaking of Sacks
Fifth-year defensive tackle Kawann Short has lived up to the preseason hype. With a sack in the opener against Eastern Kentucky and a pair at Notre Dame on Sept. 8, Short's tally of 3.0 for the year in merely three games is already nearly half of his single season high in his career (6.5 in 2011). Short enters the game against Marshall second in sacks per game in the Big Ten Conference and tied for 21st nationally at 1.0. His hot start has pushed him from a tie for 15th on the Purdue career list into sole possession of 11th. Even more impressive is the fact that of the 10 players with more career sacks at Purdue than Short, only Jeff Zgonina (t4th, 29.5-151) and Craig Terrill (7th, 20.5-116) played on the interior of the defensive line. The eight others are listed as defensive ends or linebackers.
Career Sacks at Purdue
8. Jim Schwantz (1988-91) - 18.0-168
9. Ray Edwards (2003-05) - 16.0-125
Rob Ninkovich (2004-05) - 16.0-84
11. Kawann Short (2009-Present) - 15.5-77

Still Breezing Along
Wide receiver Antavian Edison, whose nickname is `Breeze', has caught at least one pass in 24 consecutive games. During the streak, which dates to Oct. 9, 2010, Edison has caught 90 passes for 1,071 yards and 11 touchdowns. For the year, he is tied with O.J. Ross for the team lead with 18 catches for 186 yards and four touchdowns.

Two Bills
Including 392 yards on the ground against Eastern Michigan on Sept. 15, Purdue is 12-1 during the last four seasons when rushing for 200 or more yards.
200-Yard Rushing Games Under Danny Hope
Sept. 5, 2009 vs. Toledo, W 52-31 -- 39-315, 4 TDs
Oct. 24, 2009 vs. Illinois, W 24-14 -- 39-220, 3 TDs
Sept. 11, 2010 vs. Western Illinois, W 31-21 -- 35-227, 3 TDs
Sept. 18, 2010 vs. Ball State, W 24-13 -- 46-203
Sept. 25, 2010 vs. Toledo, L 31-20 -- 43-220, 1 TD
Oct. 9, 2010 at Northwestern, W 20-17 -- 42-232, 2 TDs
Oct. 16, 2010 vs. Minnesota, W 28-17 -- 46-230, 3 TDs
Sept. 3, 2011 vs. Middle Tennessee, W 27-24 -- 46-200, 1 TD
Sept. 17, 2011 vs. Southeast Missouri, W 59-0 -- 53-393, 7 TDs
Oct. 8, 2011 vs. Minnesota, W 45-17 -- 47-217, 3 TDs
Nov. 26, 2011 at Indiana, W 33-25 -- 52-292, 2 TDs
Dec. 27, 2011 vs. Western Michigan -- 56-265, 1 TD
Sept. 15, 2012 vs. Eastern Michigan -- 42-392, 6 TDs

Going the Distance
Including three touchdown drives of 90 or more yards against Eastern Michigan on Sept. 15, the Boilers have proven they can make the long march down the field to the end zone this season. With 16 touchdown drives in the books, Purdue has posted nine touchdown drives of 70 or more yards and is averaging 66.7 yards on TD drives in 2012.

Making the Most of It
Although the Boilermakers a minus one on the turnover table (eight takeaways, nine giveaways), they are plus 23 in scoring off of turnovers. Purdue has scored five touchdowns for 35 points off on takeaways, while the defense has allowed only 12 points - a touchdown (missed extra point) and two field goals - after an offensive giveaway.

A Knack For It
All-America candidate Kawann Short blocked an extra point and a field goal in the opener against Eastern Kentucky to bring his career total to six blocks (2 XPs, 4 FGs). Short, who helped Central High School in East Chicago win an Indiana state basketball title his junior season and can still dunk at 315 pounds, needs just one more field goal block to tie the Purdue record currently shared by Rosevelt Colvin and Bobby Iwuchukwu ... As a team for the season, Purdue has blocked an extra point, a field goal and a punt.

Aye, Aye Captain
As the spring season wrapped up last April, the Boilermakers voted on their team captains for the upcoming season and came up with six of them - running back Akeem Shavers, quarterback Caleb TerBush and tight end Crosby Wright from the offense, tackle Kawann Short and cornerback Ricardo Allen from the defense and kickoff returner Raheem Mostert from special teams.

Iron Men
The defensive side of the ball has seen tackle Kawann Short and cornerbacks Ricardo Allen and Josh Johnson as a mainstays in the starting lineup. Short has started all 40 games in his Purdue career, while Allen has started 28 consecutive games and Johnson 26.

They're Watching You
Defensive tackle Kawann Short, a preseason All-America pick by Sports Illustrated, has been named to the watch lists for the Lott Trophy, the Bednarik Award, the Outland Trophy, the Nagurski Trophy and the Lombardi Award. A "Big Ten Player to Watch" by the conference's media, Short is 14th all-time in school history in sacks (13.5) and 15th in tackles for loss (34.5).

They're Watching You Too
Cornerback Ricardo Allen was named to the Jim Thorpe Award, the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch lists over the summer. Allen led Purdue with three interceptions in 2011, including one for a touchdown against Minnesota on Oct. 8. He finished fourth for Purdue with 81 total tackles in 2011, including 3.0 for losses, and had seven passes defended ... Joining Allen and Short on the preseason awards circuit was Raheem Mostert. The Football Bowl Subdivision kickoff return average leader as a true freshman in 2011, Mostert was named to the watch list for inaugural Jet Award. Named for Johnny "The Jet" Rogers, the award will be presented to the top return man in the nation.