The Train Rolls Into Big Ten Play: Don't Miss It

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Antavian Edison scores against Marshall last Saturday.
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Antavian Edison scores against Marshall last Saturday.
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Oct. 1, 2012

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Coach Hope Live

The "Danny Hope Show" on radio - hosted by Tim Newton - continues Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in West Lafayette. Come be part of the show. Broadcasts continue through Nov. 19 and can be heard on the Purdue Sports Network and on the World Wide Web for free by clicking here. The number to call is 888-246-2678.

Fans also are invited to join the Downtown Gridiron Club, which meets Mondays to breakdown the highlights of the previous week's game. Coach Hope is on hand to provide commentary, shed insight to the ins and outs of the highlights and answer questions. The meetings are a great opportunity for fan fellowship while enjoying lunch and hearing from the head coach. Meetings are held at The Trails in West Lafayette, with doors opening at 11 a.m. and the program beginning at noon. For ticket information, call Jim MacDonald at 765-742-7366.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue football team is rolling into Big Ten Conference play with a 3-1 record for the first time since 2007.

An enthusiastic crowd of more than 45,000 enjoyed itself on a splendid autumn afternoon last Saturday, watching the Boilermakers defeat Marshall 51-41 in an exciting affair at Ross-Ade Stadium.

There is room for more fans, and the Boilermakers are at home the next two weeks against Big Ten foes Michigan this Saturday (4 p.m. - Hammer Down Cancer Game and Wisconsin on Oct. 13 (noon - Gold & Black Game / Homecoming / Varsity P Club Weekend). Purdue is 3-0 at Ross-Ade this season and has won six of its last seven and eight of its last 10 home games.

Purdue fans yet to catch the train still can. Single-game tickets are available. Click here for more information or here to purchase online.

Display the Colors

Boilermaker Nation is encouraged to fly Purdue flags for all home football game weekends this season.

In addition, Purdue and Greater Lafayette area leaders have a new initiative this fall that promises to be a win-win for the football team and the local community. Individuals and businesses are encouraged throughout the football season to create displays at their home or business showing Purdue spirit, with the goal of creating a greater sense of community. Prizes are awarded to winners of the contest for each home football game weekend.

Photos must be submitted by noon on Wednesdays the week prior to home football games. Voting then takes place on the Purdue Athletics Storefront Contest Facebook page from Thursday at noon until 12 a.m. on Wednesday. To submit an entry or vote, click here.

The entrant with the most votes receives a grouping of game tickets, refreshments and a gift certificate, all delivered to the site of the winning display by the Boilermaker Special. In addition, a photo of the week's winning Spirit Maker display will be featured for four days on Purdue's home page as a banner image and appear on the video screen at the football game. One voter from each week's voting also will be randomly selected for a prize. Download the contest rules for more details.

Fan Experience Activities

Every Friday before home games, members of the Purdue football team meet and greet their fellow citizens of Lafayette and West Lafayette as they walk across the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge. Members of the West Lafayette flag football program will lead the Boilermakers across the bridge.

Fans of all ages are invited to join Purdue Pete, the spirit squad, Boilermaker Special and community leaders.

The Boiler Bridge Walk gets under way when the team arrives around 5:40 p.m., but fans should arrive early to get a good spot on the Myers Bridge.

Fans, especially families, looking for fun before home games will want to check out the newly named Boilermaker Crossing, formerly Boilermaker StreetFest. Meet-the-team events, inflatable games and live entertainment highlight the list of activities. Boilermaker Crossing, which starts three hours before kickoff and runs until 30 minutes before kickoff, is located on the Sally and Bob Weist Plaza between Mackey Arena and Holloway Gymnasium in the Brees Academic Center. It is free and open to fans of all ages.

Campus is Hopping

Each football home game is the capstone of a busy week on the Purdue campus. There are plenty of activities for students, fans and alumni. Click here for a list of this week's events.