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Purdue (1-3, 0-0 Big Ten) at No. 2 Michigan State (4-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 / Noon ET / ESPN2
Spartan Stadium (75,005) / East Lansing, Mich.
Purdue heads to Michigan State for the 66th meeting between the two schools.
The Boilermakers are 28-34-3 all-time against the Spartans, with Michigan State winning the last six in the series.
Though Michigan State has won the last six meetings, the last five have all been decided by two touchdowns or less.
Purdue and Michigan State have each won seven games in the last 14 meetings between the schools.
This is Purdue's third trip to Michigan State in the last four meetings between the schools. The streak will go to four out of five matchups between the schools played in East Lansing in 2018, when the two teams are next scheduled to play after Saturday's game.
The last time Purdue faced a top-5 ranks Michigan State team was in 1999. Purdue defeated Michigan State 52-28 in West Lafayette.
Saturday's game is Purdue's first against a team ranked in the top 2 in the AP poll since Oct. 23, 1999. Purdue lost that game to Penn State 31-25, coincidentally a week after beating No. 5 Michigan State.
Purdue has not faced a top-2 team on the road since 1990, when the Boilermakers lost at No. 1 Notre Dame 37-11.
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio was a defensive graduate assistant at Purdue in 1981, while the Spartans' wide receivers coach Terrance Samuels was a wide receiver for the Boilermakers from 1991 to 1994.
Purdue is looking to start Big Ten play 1-0 for the first time since 2011.
Purdue is 0-2 all-time when facing a second-ranked Michigan State team.
Series record: Michigan State leads 34-28-3
Purdue points: 1,139
Michigan State points: 1,497
Series record in West Lafayette: Purdue leads 16-14-3
Series record at Ross-Ade Stadium: Purdue leads 15-14-3
Series record in East Lansing: Michigan State leads 20-12
Series record at Spartan Stadium: Michigan State leads 20-11
Games decided by 3 points or less: Purdue leads 8-4
Games decided by 7 points or less: Purdue leads 14-10
Longest Purdue win streak: 5 (1978-82)
Longest Michigan State win streak: 6 (1985-90); (2007-pres.)
Current streak: Michigan State has won the last six meetings
Largest Purdue victory: 48-3 in 1988
Largest Michigan State victory: 41-13 in 1969
Last Purdue home victory: 2005
Last Purdue road victory: 2006
Last Michigan State home victory: 2013
Last Michigan State road victory: 2014
THIS DATE IN BOILERMAKER HISTORY
Purdue is 8-9 all-time on Oct. 3, including 1-5 on the road.
Purdue and Michigan State have never played on Oct. 3.
Here is a list of notable games played on Oct. 3:
Oct. 3, 1970 Palo Alto, Calif.
Purdue 26, No. 3 Stanford 14
Oct. 3, 1959 West Lafayette, Ind.
Purdue 28, No. 8 Notre Dame 7
Sept. 26, 1992 South Bend, Ind.
No. 6 Notre Dame 48, Purdue 0
CONNECTING THE SCHOOLS
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio was a defensive graduate assistant at Purdue in 1981 under Coach Jim Young. Purdue beat Michigan State 27-26 that season.
Michigan State co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Jim Bollman was briefly on Purdue's staff as the offensive line coach in the winter of 2013 under Darrell Hazell.
Michigan State wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel was a wide receiver at Purdue under Jim Colletto from 1991 to 1994. Purdue was 2-2 against Michigan State during his playing career.
Purdue defensive graduate assistant Mark Sheridan is the son of former Michigan State linebackers coach Bill Sheridan, who coached the Spartans from 1998 to 2000. Mark's short time lived around East Lansing was while he was in elementary school.
Michigan State has two players on its roster from the Crossroads State, while Purdue has four from the Wolverine State. Purdue tight ends coach Terry Malone is also from Michigan.
Purdue redshirt freshman backup safety Tim Cason and Michigan State redshirt freshman backup offensive lineman David Beedle were classmates and teammates at Clarkston (Mich.) High School. Michigan State freshman reserve offensive lineman Cole Chewins also attended the high school.
Purdue redshirt sophomore starting rush end Antoine Miles and Michigan State redshirt junior backup cornerback Jermaine Edmondson both attended McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio.
Purdue sophomore captain and middle linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley and Michigan State senior starting strongside linebacker Darien Harris both attended DeMatha High School in Maryland.
Purdue junior starting defensive tackle Jake Replogle and Michigan State redshirt junior backup left guard were teammates at Centerville High School in Ohio.
Purdue freshman reserve linebacker Sawyer Dawson and Michigan State redshirt sophomore reserve center both attended Plant City High School in Florida.
Purdue freshman reserve kicker Myles Homan and Michigan State sophomore backup receiver Trey Kilgore both attended St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati.
Michigan State reserve wide receiver Paul Andrie and Purdue reserve long snapper John Bednar were teammates at Valparaiso (Ind.) High School.
A THRILLING SERIES
Purdue and Michigan State have a history of playing exciting games.
Since the 1997 meeting, 13 total meetings, Purdue and Michigan State have had two one-point games, one two-point game, two three-point games, one four-point game, one seven-point game, one 10-point game and three 14-point games. Thirteen of the 14 games have been decided by 20 points or less.
The last six games between the school has featured at least one defensive touchdown, while 12 of the last 14 in the series, dating back to the start of the 1997 season, have had the defense score at least one touchdown.
Here's a look at some of the highlights:
2014 #8 Michigan State 45, Purdue 31
Michigan State held a 21-point fourth quarter lead, before Akeem Hunt busted up the left side on a fourth and 2 for a 52-yard touchdown. The Boilermakers then forced a three-and-out, where the Spartans tried a fake punt on a fourth and 6 at their own 29. Purdue got the stop and, three plays later, Hunt was back in the end zone to cut the score to 38-31. The Boilermaker defense again stopped Michigan State, and Purdue got the ball back at its own 5-yard line with 2:59 to play. Michigan State's Darien Harris intercepted Austin Appleby's pass and returned it for a touchdown to seal the Spartans' 45-31 win.
2013 Michigan State 14, Purdue 0
Purdue had its best defensive showing during the Darrell Hazell era, limiting the eventual Big Ten and Rose Bowl champion Spartans to 294 total yards. Michigan State needed a first-half defensive touchdown and a trick play in the second half to get on the scoreboard.
2010 #11 Michigan State 35, Purdue 31
The Boilermakers, led by redshirt freshman quarterback Rob Henry, who filled in for a handful of injured QBs, took a 28-13 lead into the fourth quarter, before the Spartans used a blocked punt and interception deep in Boilermaker territory to take a 35-31 lead with 4:32 to play in the final quarter. Henry got the Boilermakers to the MSU 20 with under a minute to play before he was intercepted on fourth down.
2009 Michigan State 40, Purdue 37
Despite fumbling on the first play from scrimmage and having the Spartans return it for a touchdown, the Boilermakers led 34-23 in the fourth quarter. Michigan State used a 73-yard pass from Kirk Cousins to BJ Cunningham to cut the score to 34-30 before scoring a go-ahead touchdown with seven minutes remaining. Carson Wiggs knocked in a 49-yard field goal to knot the score at 37 before Brett Swensen made the game winner with just less than two minutes to play.
2006 Purdue 17, Michigan State 15
Curtis Painter went 21-for-30 for 286 yards and two touchdowns, but the Boilermakers struggled in the kicking game. That forced head coach Joe Tiller to send walk-on Casey Welch in to attempt his first career field goal with just under five minutes remaining in the game. Welch hit the 18-yarder to give Purdue the 17-15 lead. The Boilermakers held on to beat John L. Smith's Spartans as MSU turned the ball over on downs at its own 40 with less than two minutes left.
2005 Purdue 28, Michigan State 21
Curtis Painter made the third start of his career and went 20-for-32 for 226 yards and a touchdown. The Spartans held a 21-14 lead at the half, but Purdue took the opening drive of the second half for a touchdown to even the score. Jerod Void gave Purdue the lead for good with a six-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. The game ended with Bernard Pollard intercepting a Drew Stanton pass at the Purdue 5-yard line with 37 seconds remaining.
2002 Purdue 45, Michigan State 42
The Boilermakers trailed 42-37 with just over three minutes remaining and faced a fourth and 8. Backup quarterback Kyle Orton stepping into the game for his first play because of an injury to starter Brandon Kirsch. Orton audibled at the line and hit John Standeford in stride for a 40-yard touchdown. The Boilermakers converted the two-point conversion and held on to win 45-42.
1998 Purdue 25, Michigan State 24
The Boilermakers rallied from 11 points down in the fourth quarter, for the second-straight year, to stun the Spartans. The Boilermakers used a blocked punt by Todd Stelma to set up a touchdown with 5:07 remaining to cut the score to 24-19. After a defensive stand, sophomore quarterback Drew Brees found senior Isaac Jones for the game-winning touchdown with 1:21 to play. Brees went 26 of 47 for 196 yards and two touchdowns.
1997 #22 Purdue 22, Michigan State 21
It was one of the greatest comebacks in Purdue history as Purdue overcame an 11-point deficit with 2:13 left in the game. MSU led 21-10 with just over two minutes left and the Spartans set up for a 39-yard field goal. Leo Perez broke through and blocked Chris Gardner's kick before Rosevelt Colvin scooped it and dashed 62 yards to pull within 21-16. The Boilermakers then recovered an onside kick and had the ball at their own 45-yard line. Quarterback Billy Dicken marched Purdue down the field and Edwin Watson punched in the game-winning score with 40 seconds left. The Spartans had a 43-yard game-tying field goal try, but missed to end the game.
1957 Purdue 20, #1 Michigan State 13
Fifty-eight years ago, the top-ranked Spartans lost five fumbles and gave up 192 yards on the ground. The Purdue defense came up big on a handful of occasions including late in the first quarter when it stopped Spartan halfback Dean Look on fourth down, just inches from the goal line. Purdue fullback Mel Dillard carried the ball 17 times for 57 yards, including a third-quarter touchdown. Half back Ken Mikes scored the game-winning touchdown on a 34-yard draw play in the third quarter. The loss was Michigan State's only one of the season.
FIRST(S) AND 10
Redshirt freshman David Blough made his first career start at quarterback against Bowling Green. He threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns and added another score on the ground.
Blough's passing touchdowns and rushing touchdown were the first of his career.
Blough is the first Purdue freshman to pass for at least 300 yards since Danny Etling threw for 485 against Washington State in Purdue's 2001 Sun Bowl game against Washington State.
Blough is the first Purdue quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards in his first career start since 1990 when Scott Hoffman threw for 317 yards against Ohio State.
Jarrett Burgess, a 25-year-old freshman wide receiver, scored his first career touchdown, and first touchdown in more than a decade, as he rushed in from five yards out against Bowling Green.
Andy James Garcia came up with his first career fumble recovery last week against Bowling Green.
Frankie Williams picked off his first pass of the season. He now has eight for his career, which ranks tied for 14th all-time in school history.
Gregory Phillips caught his first career touchdown pass, a 62-yarder from Blough. The play is Purdue's longest of the season.
Shayne Henley picked up the first sack of his career last week against Bowling Green.
Purdue is looking for its first win over a ranked team since 2011, when it beat No. 23 Illinois.
AGAINST AP TOP 2
Purdue is 4-9 all-time against teams ranked No. 2 in the country, and 11-20 against teams ranked in the top 2.
Purdue is looking for its first win over a top 2 team since 1984, when the Boilermakers beat No. 2 Ohio State 28-23.
Purdue's last road win over a top-2 team was in 1974 when the Boilermakers beat Notre Dame 31-20.
Purdue has faced a No. 2-ranked Michigan State team twice, in 1965 and 1966, and lost both games.
Purdue has twice beaten a top-ranked Michigan State team, in 1953 and 1957.
David Blough was named the starter on Tuesday, Sept. 22, prior to Purdue's game against Bowling Green.
Blough is Purdue's 10th different starting quarterback since the 2008 season.
In his first start, Blough was 29-39 for 340 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception, which came with three seconds left.
Blough is one of just three freshmen in school history to throw for 300+ yards in his first career start.
Blough is the first quarterback, and freshman, at Purdue to throw for at least 300 yards since Danny Etling at Indiana in 2013.
Blough is Purdue's first quarterback to complete 74 percent or more of his passes (with multiple attempts)since Austin Appleby did so against Illinois in his first career start last season (15-20, 75 percent).
Blough's two touchdown passes were 40 yards and 62 yards. The 62-yarder is Purdue's longest play this season.
Blough had a stretch where he completed 13 straight passes in his starter debut against Bowling Green.
Blough also scored his first career rushing touchdown against Bowling Green. He snuck it in from one yard out on fourth down to tie the score at 7.
Blough accounted for 351 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start.
Blough's 340-yard passing performance against Bowling Green is the fourth best by a Big Ten quarterback this season.
Only two Big Ten quarterbacks have passed for more yards in a game this season.
Blough is the 20th quarterback in Purdue history to have a 300+ yard passing game.
Blough's 340 passing yards rank fifth-most in a single game by a Purdue freshman.
Blough's 340-yard passing effort was the 52nd time in program history a Purdue quarterback has thrown for at least as many yards.
Blough was recruited to Purdue in 2014 and redshirted last season.
He was a three star prospect out of Carrolton, Texas, and was named an Elite 11 quarterback.
Blough amassed 57 total touchdowns in his high school career at Creekview High School, and threw for more than 5,800 yards in three seasons.
Trent Dilfer said of Blough after the Elite 11 camp, via ESPN.com, "David is so fiercely competitive. He's so determined to be the best he possibly can be. He doesn't let the pressure of that weigh him down."
Blough was the top quarterback at the Elite 11 camp in 2013 after the initial list was revealed.
The 2013 Elite 11 include:
o Sean White, who was named the Auburn Tigers' starter the same day as Blough.
o Kyle Allen, who is the starter at Texas A&M.
o Will Grier, who is the starter at Florida.
o Jerrod Heard, who is the starter at Texas.
o Brad Kaaya, who is the starter at Miami (Fl.).
o Deshaun Watson, who is the starter at Clemson.
o DeShone Kizer was at the Elite 11 camp, but did not finish in the final 11. He is the starter at Notre Dame.
Blough saw his first career action against Indiana State. He was 0-1 passing and had one rush for one yard.
Against Virginia Tech, Blough was 3-7 passing for 11 yards.
Blough is the third quarterback in the last three years to take over the reins mid-season in the last three years.
The last Purdue quarterback to start every game in a season was Caleb TerBush in 2011. Including the 2008 season, just two quarterbacks have started every game in a season since (also Joey Elliott in 2009).
Markell Jones has rushed for 248 yards this season, which ranks eighth among freshmen and 101st overall.
Antoine Miles is tied for 18th in the country with 1.0 sack per game.
Miles is tied for ninth nationally with four solo sacks this season.
Miles is tied for ninth in the country with two forced fumbles.
David Blough is 21st in the country with a 68.1 percent completion percentage, among quarterbacks that average at least 15 passes per game.
Leroy Clark is tied for 23rd in the country with 1.5 passes defended per game.
Freshman Joe Schopper is 31st in the country, averaging 44.1 yards per punt.
Ja'Whaun Bentley is 27th in the country with 5.8 solo tackles per game.
Bentley is tied for 38th in the country with 1.5 tackles for loss per game.
Bentley is tied for 19th in the country with 10.0 tackles per game.
DeAngelo Yancey is 38th in the country with 19.23 yards per reception.
Purdue's defense is tied for second in the country with five fumble recoveries.
Purdue's defense is tied for 10th in the country with 8.8 tackles for loss per game.
Purdue's defense is tied for 26th in the country with 2.75 sacks per game.
Purdue's defense is tied for 18th in the country with nine takeaways this season.
Purdue was three for three on fourth down against Bowling Green. The three conversions are tied for the sixth most in a single game this season.
Purdue's 14 tackles for loss against Indiana State are tied for 10th most in a single game this season.
Purdue is 1 of 24 teams in the country to return a fumble for a touchdown this season.
Joe Schopper's 69-yard punt is the longest in the Big Ten this season and the 13th longest in the country.
Purdue's 95 offensive plays at Marshall is the most in a game by a Big Ten team this season.
YOUNG, TALENTED RUNNING BACKS
Purdue's top two running backs both recorded their first career carry in the season opener at Marshall.
D.J. Knox (So.) rushed 22 times for 102 yards and scored the first touchdown of the season for Purdue from four yards out in the first quarter.
Knox also had six catches to lead the team for 36 yards.
Knox is the first Boilermaker to rush for 100+ yards in his first career start in a season opener since Raheem Mostert did so last year, and the second since Ralph Bolden's first start during his sophomore season in 2009.
Knox is the first Boilermaker to rush for over 100 yards in his first season-opening game carrying the ball for Purdue since Mel Gray rushed for 104 yards against Stanford in 1982.
Knox is one of seven Big Ten running backs to rush for 100 or more yards in week one.
Knox followed up the performance with 91 yards on 16 carries against Indiana State.
Markell Jones (Fr.) had 12 carries for 72 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown in the third quarter at Marshall.
Jones had 67 yards on 14 carries, including a touchdown, against Indiana State.
Jones had a 60-yard touchdown run against Virginia Tech, which is Purdue's longest offensive play this season.
For his career, Jones has 32 carries and none of them have been for negative yardage.
Jones finished with a career-high 90 rushing yards against Virginia Tech.
Jones averages 7.16 yards per carry, which ranks 22nd in the country this season, and third among freshmen.
Knox led Purdue in receptions at Marshall, while Jones did so against Indiana State.
Knox and Jones touched the ball a combined 40 times and did not have a single negative play at Marshall.
A WIN WOULD MEAN...
Purdue beats Michigan State for the first time since 2006.
The Boilermakers beat a team ranked second in the country for the first time since 1984 when Purdue beat Ohio State 28-23.
Purdue starts Big Ten play 1-0 for the first time since 2011.
Purdue wins its 598th game in program history.
Purdue improves to 5-9 all-time against teams ranked No. 2.
Purdue picks up its first win over a top 25 team since 2011.
THE `BACKERS ARE BACK
Purdue returns all three starting linebackers from last season with Ja'Whaun Bentley, Danny Ezechukwu and Jimmy Herman.
Purdue's linebacking corps, which comprises 11 individuals, has three juniors, four sophomores and four freshmen.
Purdue is one of just three schools in the country to return all three linebacker starters and have all three with remaining eligibility after this season (also New Mexico State and UCLA).
Ja'Whaun Bentley (So. - MLB) was voted as a captain by the team on Aug. 21. He is Purdue's first sophomore captain since Raheem Mostert in 2012.
Bentley is Purdue's top returning tackler from 2014, after starting all 12 games and amassing 76 tackles, including 3.5 for loss, three fumble recoveries and an interception.
Bentley was named to ESPN.com's True Freshman All-America team and USA Today Sports Freshman All-America team.
Bentley led the team with 10 tackles, including 1.5 for loss, at Marshall.
Bentley had a career high 3.0 tackles for loss against Virginia Tech and tied his then-career high with 11 total tackles.
Bentley had a career high 14 tackles against Bowling Green.
He leads the team with 40 tackles so far this season, including 6.0 for loss.
Danny Ezechukwu (So. - OLB) started six games last season as a redshirt freshman. He finished the season with 43 tackles, including 3.0 for loss, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.
Ezechukwu had a career-high 12 tackles at Nebraska a week after racking up 10 at Minnesota. He had 34 tackles over the final five games last season.
In the season opener at Marshall, Ezechukwu had two tackles, and followed it up with five tackles, including 1.0 for loss, vs. Indiana State.
Ezechukwu scored his first career touchdown against Virginia Tech on a 90-yard fumble recovery. The play is tied for the second-longest fumble return in program history, and longest since 1966.
Ezechukwu's touchdown is the first fumble recovery for a touchdown for Purdue since 2011.
He finished the Virginia Tech game with five tackles.
Ezechukwu had 10 tackles against Bowling Green.
Jimmy Herman (Jr. - OLB) started eight games last season and appeared in 10, missing two with an injury. Herman finished the season with 56 tackles, including 1.5 for loss. He finished with eight tackles in four different games.
Herman had four tackles, including 0.5 for loss, in the season opener at Marshall.
Herman had a big game against Indiana State with eight tackles, a career high 2.5 for loss, including 0.5 sacks.
Herman had four tackles against Virginia Tech.
Herman missed the Bowling Green game with an injury.
STARTING UP FRONT
Purdue returns all five starters on the offensive line, and six guys who started at least seven games up front last season.
Robert Kugler (Sr. - Center) has 35 consecutive starts heading into Saturday's game.
Jordan Roos (Jr. - Right guard) started all 12 games last year and has 22 for his career.
Jason King (Jr. - Left guard) has started 21 straight games.
J.J. Prince (Jr. - Tackle) started nine games at left and right tackle last season and has 11 career starts.
Cameron Cermin (Jr. - Tackle) started eight games at tackle last season and started at right tackle all four games this season.
David Hedelin (Sr. - Left tackle) started the final seven games of the season last year and started against Marshall, Virginia Tech and Bowling Green this year.
The group helped Purdue increase its rushing total by 91 yards per game from 2013 to 2014.
The group allowed 14 fewer sacks in 2014 than the offensive line did in 2013.
The group paved the way for 11 more rushing touchdowns in 2014 than in 2013 - nearly triple the total number.
Purdue is one of nine schools in the country that returns five starters on the offensive line (also Ball State, Boise State, Bowling Green, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Texas, Washington State).
Thirty-four other schools return four offensive line starters, including Purdue opponents Indiana and Michigan State.
The Boilermakers return five starters on the offensive line, and six guys who started at least seven games up front a year ago, for the first time since 1963, when Purdue had 11 different guys start on the line that season, after having 10 in 1962.
Martesse Patterson (R-Fr. - Left tackle) started his first career game earlier this season against Indiana State.
Austin Appleby was named the season-opening starting quarterback on Aug. 25, after starting the final seven games of the 2014 season. He started the first three games this season.
Appleby has appeared in 14 games, including 10 last season. He is 209-388-17 for 2,186 yards and 16 touchdowns.
This season, Appleby had career highs in completions (31), interceptions (4) and tied his career high with 48 pass attempts at Marshall, and also set career highs in touchdown passes (4) and yards (289) vs. Indiana State.
Appleby is Purdue's fifth different opening day starting quarterback in the last five years. No Purdue quarterback has started the season opener in consecutive years since Curtis Painter in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Opening day starters:
2015: Austin Appleby
2014: Danny Etling
2013: Rob Henry
2012: Robert Marve
2011: Caleb TerBush
2010: Robert Marve
2009: Joey Elliott
2008: Curtis Painter
Appleby started his 10th consecutive game last week. Here is a list of recent consecutive starts:
2014-15: Austin Appleby 10, David Blough 1*
2013-14: Danny Etling 12
2013: Rob Henry 5
2012: Caleb TerBush 7; Robert Marve 5, 1
2011: Caleb TerBush 13
2010: Robert Marve 4; Rob Henry 3, 2; Sean Robinson 2; Justin Siller 1
2009: Joey Elliott 12
2008: Justin Siller 3; Curtis Painter 1
2005-08: Curtis Painter 40
Appleby's first start came on the road at Illinois in 2014. He went 15 for 20 for 202 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 76 yards and two scores.
By the numbers:
Career high yards: 289 vs. ISU
Career high TD passes: 4 vs. ISU
Career high attps.: 48 vs. Northwestern; at Marshall
Career high comps.: 31 at Marshall
Darrell Hazell announced team captains at the team's Kickoff Luncheon on Aug. 21.
Hazell named seniors Danny Anthrop, Robert Kugler and Frankie Williams captains, as well as sophomore Ja'Whaun Bentley.
Kugler earned captain status for the second year in a row.
Bentley is the youngest captain Hazell has ever had. He is Purdue's first sophomore captain since Raheem Mostert was the special teams captain as a sophomore in 2012.
Captains were voted on by the team. The vote was for upperclassmen, though one slot was opened up for a possible write-in. Bentley was written in by the majority of the team.
A few thousand Purdue fans and 50 members of the All-American Marching Band made the five and a half hour drive to Huntington, W. Va., for the Boilermakers game at Marshall.
The official attendance for the Sunday game was 38,791, the third-largest crowd in the history of Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
In Purdue's home opener against Indiana State, the official attendance was 41,158, then-Purdue's largest home crowd since Nov. 2, 2013 when the Boilermakers hosted Ohio State.
The Boilermakers had 9,867 students in attendance at the home opener, the most since Oct. 1, 2011 when Purdue hosted Notre Dame.
Purdue had 45,759 fans at the Virginia Tech game, its largest crowd since hosting Ohio State in 2013.
Robert Kugler has started 35 straight games at center.
Anthony Brown has started 26 straight games at cornerback.
Jason King has started 21 straight games at left guard.
Ja'Whaun Bentley started all 12 games at linebacker last season as a freshman. He has now started all 16 games of his career.
Jake Replogle has started 16 straight games at defensive tackle.
Frankie Williams has started 31 games at cornerback and safety in his career, including 11 each in 2013 and 2014.
David Hedelin started eight straight games at left tackle, before missing the Indiana State game. He now has 10 starts after the Bowling Green game.
FIRST GAME EXPERIENCE
Robert Gregory, D.J. Knox, Domonique Young, Antoine Miles and Ben Makowski all made their first career start at Marshall.
Freshmen Markell Jones and Markus Bailey, redshirt freshmen Brandon Roberts, Martesse Patterson, Kirk Barron, Tim Cason, Cole Herdman and Alex Hilger, junior college transfers Anthony Mahoungou and Shayne Henley and junior Langston Newton all saw their first action as Boilermakers.
Knox had 22 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown, and six catches for 36 yards.
Jones had 12 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown.
Young had two catches for 16 yards.
Gregory had six tackles.
Miles had three tackles, 1.0 sack and 1.0 tackle for loss.
Makowski was perfect on two field goal snaps, four extra point snaps and six punt snaps.
Bailey had three tackles and a pass breakup.
Roberts had two tackles.
Patterson and Barron both saw action on the offensive line.
Herdman had one catch for 11 yards.
Hilger had one tackle on special teams.
Mahoungou had four catches for 59 yards.
Henley had one tackle.
Newton had one tackles, including 0.5 for loss, and a fumble recovery.
David Blough, Jarrett Burgess, Matt Burke, Race Johnson, David Rose, Keenan Schon, Joe Schopper, Eric Swingler, Joey Warburg, Eddy Wilson and Bearooz Yacoobi all saw their first career action against Indiana State.
Blough was 0-1 passing and had one rush for one yard. In his first start against Bowling Green, he threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, while adding one on the ground.
Schopper had three punts for 107 yards, a 35.7 yard average, including one inside the 20.
Rose and Wilson each broke up a pass, while Johnson and Pulliam both had a tackle.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE FRESHMAN
Purdue freshman Jarrett Burgess turned 25 on August 25.
Burgess played five seasons of minor league baseball after being selected in the sixth round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft by the Seattle Mariners.
Burgess played outfield and pitched, throwing 97 miles per hour off the mound, during his career in rookie and `A' ball.
Burgess came to Purdue during the summer after not playing organized football for more than 10 years, as he did not play in high school.
Burgess comes from a football-heavy family, as his dad, Fernanza, was a wide receiver for the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins, and his uncle James Burgess, played two seasons as a linebacker for the San Diego Chargers. Jarrett's cousin, James Jr., is a senior linebacker at Louisville.
Against Virginia Tech, Burgess had his first career touch with a 29-yard rush, which set up a field goal, to the game at 17.
Burgess scored his first career touchdown, and first touchdown in more than a decade, as he did not play high school football, against Bowling Green on a 5-yard plunge in the third quarter.
Burgess is not the only football player in the country that began their professional career in another sport:
Hayden Hurst, a 22-year-old freshman tight end for South Carolina played baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization prior to playing for the Gamecocks.
Morgan James, a 25-year-old freshman offensive lineman for Cincinnati, played minor league hockey prior to joining the Bearcats football team.
Melvin Ray, a 26-year-old senior wide receiver for Auburn, was a 33rd-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008.
Tyler Stovall, a 26-year-old sophomore wide receiver and holder for Auburn, was a second-round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves in the 2008 MLB draft. He also played in the Kansas City Royals system.
Andy Phillips, a 26-year-old junior kicker at Utah, spent five years after high school competing on the U.S. National Ski Team as an alpine racer.
Wallace Gonzalez, a 22-year-old redshirt freshman tight end at Utah, spent three seasons in the Houston Astros' organization after being selected in the 29th round of the 2011 MLB draft.
Purdue has three players on watch lists to start the season.
Paul Griggs, a senior kicker, has been named to the Lou Groza Award Watch List a year after making 16 of 20 field goals, including 3-for-3 from 50+ yards.
Robert Kugler, a junior center, has been named to the Rimington Award Watch List after starting the last 31 games.
Cameron Cermin, a junior tackle, has been named to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List for the top offensive player from Texas who has overcome adversity, especially injury.
MOVING UP PURDUE'S RANKINGS
Austin Appleby moved into the top 20 for career touchdown passes with 16. He is tied at No. 20 with Danny Etling.
Appleby has moved into 14th for career completion percentage with a minimum of 300 attempts. Appleby has completed 53.9 percent of his passes (209-388).
Appleby's 209 career completions move him into 19th on the Purdue charts. He is 29 shy of Danny Etling, who is in 18th.
Paul Griggs climbed into the top 20 at 16th in total points scored. Griggs now has 172 for his career. He is two points shy of 14th, four shy of 13th and 10 shy of 11th.
Frankie Williams picked off the eighth pass of his career last Saturday. He is now tied for 14th.
STARTERS FROM NEAR AND FAR
Purdue's projected offensive starters are from seven different states and one foreign country, while no state is represented more than twice.
The defensive starters are from six different states.
The specialists, long snapper, kicker and punter, are from two different states.
In all, Purdue's 26 starters are from 12 different states and one foreign country.
FIRST TIME STARTERS
Purdue had five first time starters at Marshall:
Domonique Young (Jr., WR)
Ben Makowski (Fr., LS)
D.J. Knox (So., RB)
Antoine Miles (So., RE)
Robert Gregory (Jr., FS)
Last season, the Boilermakers had six first time starters for the season opener, with two on offense and four on defense.
In 2013, the first year of the Darrell Hazell head coaching era, the Boilermakers had five first time starters.
Jordan Jurasevich (Sr., TE) started the first game of his career against Virginia Tech.
Martesse Patterson (R-Fr., OL) started his first career game at left tackle against Indiana State.
Joe Schopper (Fr., K-P) started the first game of his career at punter against Virginia Tech. He had six punts for 296 yards, an average of 49.3 yards, including the longest punt in the Big Ten this season, a 69-yarder into the wind, which ended at the 2-yardline.
David Blough (R-Fr., QB) made his first career start Saturday against Bowling Green and threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, and added a touchdown on the ground.
The football team brings back the 211 Session for the third straight year.
The 211 session is a major pep rally hosted inside Mackey Arena before all home games.
The event begins two hours and 11 minutes prior to kickoff and features the "All-American" Marching Band, head coach Darrell Hazell, the team, 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, nicknamed "The Furnace," a difficult place for opponents to play.
Unranked Purdue opened a daunting month of October with No. 6 Michigan visiting Ross-Ade Stadium on Oct. 7, and the Boilermakers trailed 28-10 after two quarters.
Purdue cut the deficit to 28-23 after the third quarter, then trailed 31-23 early in the fourth before a 10-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to John Standeford made it 31-29 with 6:45 to go. The two-point conversion failed.
The Boilermakers had a chance to take the lead on a 32-yard field goal by Travis Dorsch with 2:11 remaining, but the kick missed.
Purdue's defense forced the Wolverines to punt on their ensuring drive, and Dorsch ultimately was given a second opportunity.
This time, he nailed a 33-yarder with four seconds remaining to cap the amazing comeback.
The Boilermakers amassed 530 yards of total offense, the most-ever allowed by a Michigan team.
Purdue fans have a one-spot stop for all information regarding activities on campus during game week.
Fans can access "Boilermaker Depot" by visiting BoilermakerDepot.com.
Purdue football's version of Anthropology focuses on senior wide receiver Danny Anthrop.
Anthrop led Purdue in receiving seven straight games last season, including the Nebraska game, where he incurred a season-ending injury.
Anthrop had two 100-yard receiving games, and a third with 99 reception yards: Southern Illinois (106), Michigan State (133) and Illinois (99).
Anthrop also finished the 2013 season on a high with 151 receiving yards and a touchdown on five catches.
Anthrop seemed to be the piece that kept Purdue's offense going, as in the eight games he was fully healthy, the Boilermakers averaged 28.3 points per game. In the other four, including at Nebraska where he was injured, Purdue averaged just 15.0 points per game.
Anthrop surpassed 1,000 for his career against Virginia Tech.
For his career, Anthrop, from West Lafayette, Ind., has 72 catches for 1,078 yards and seven touchdowns.
QUARTERBACKS ON THE FIELD
The Boilermakers played three different players that were recruiting to Purdue as quarterbacks in 2012, and a fourth recruited quarterback.
Robert Gregory, listed as the starting free safety on the depth chart, came to Purdue in 2012 as a dual-threat quarterback. That fall, he volunteered to switch positions to running back. Gregory was a reserve running back in 2013, before switching to safety in spring before the 2014 season. Gregory won the Hammer Award, given to the player who is the most outstanding hitter during spring practice, in 2014 and 2015. He made his first career start at safety at Marshall and had six tackles. Gregory recorded his first interception against Indiana State and finished the game with three tackles.
Bilal Marshall came to Purdue in the same recruiting class as Gregory. He switched to wide receiver after one season as a reserve quarterback. Marshall has shown promise through fall and spring practices, including being named the offense's Most Improved Player during this year's spring ball. He played, though did not record any stats at Marshall. Against Indiana State, Marshall caught his first career pass for nine yards, which set up a Purdue touchdown.
Austin Appleby was also a member of the 2012 quarterback recruiting class. He stuck with the position and made his 10th straight start for Purdue against Virginia Tech.
David Blough was recruited in the 2014 class, after being named an Elite 11 quarterback in 2013. Blough redshirted in 2014 and made his first career start against Bowling Green, after playing sparingly against Indiana State and Virginia Tech. Blough is scheduled to start Saturday vs. Michigan State.