Oct. 1, 2012
Television This Week
Play-By-Play - Eric Collins
Analyst - Derek Rackley
Sideline - J Leman
Radio This Week
Purdue Sports Properties
Play-By-Play - Tim Newton
Analyst - Pete Quinn
Sideline - Kelly Kitchel
Producer - Rob Blackman
Engineer - Alan Benjamin
Sirius - Channel 94
XM - Channel 201
Some Game Themes
The Boilermakers open Big Ten Conference play against Michigan ... After going 3-0 in non-conference action, Purdue looks to remain undefeated in Ross-Ade Stadium ... Averaging 51 points per game at home, the Boilers hope to keep lighting up the RA scoreboard ... With a sack-per-game average, Kawann Short takes aim at a Michigan line and QB that has surrendered merely five in four games ... Antavian Edison attempts to extend his streak to 26 consecutive games with a reception.
Purdue vs. Michigan Series Information
Series record: Michigan leads 43-14 (First meeting: 1890 / Last meeting: 2011)
Purdue points: 850
Michigan points: 1,547
Series record in West Lafayette: Michigan leads 15-9
In Ross-Ade Stadium: Michigan leads 12-7
Series record in Ann Arbor: Michigan leads 28-5
In Michigan Stadium: Michigan leads 24-5
Games decided by 3 points or less: Purdue leads 8-7
Games decided by 7 points or less: Series tied 10-10
Longest Purdue win streak: 5 (1962-66)
Longest Michigan win streak: 9 (1985-95)
Current streak: Michigan has won the last two meetings
Largest Purdue victory: 37-0 in 1962
Largest Michigan victory: 51-0 in 1974
Last Purdue home victory: 2008
Last Purdue road victory: 2009
Last Michigan home victory: 2011
Last Michigan road victory: 2010
This Date in Boilermaker History
The Boilermakers are 8-5 all-time on Oct. 6. On this date in 2001, the 21st-ranked Boilermakers knocked off Iowa, 23-14, in a battle of Big Ten unbeatens. Cornerback Ashante Woodyard had an 86-yard interception return for a touchdown, the fifth-longest in school history, and Purdue overcame a 14-13 deficit with 10 fourth-quarter points to improve to 4-0 for the year. The Boilermakers limited the Hawkeyes to merely 207 yards of total offense, including only 99 in the final three quarters and minus 5 in the fourth.
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 54-44 career record, including his first postseason victory in last season's Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit.
Last Week's Quick Hits - Marshall
Purdue won back-to-back games for the first time since the 2010 season ... The Boilermakers, 3-1, emerged from their first four games with a winning record for the first time since the 2007 squad opened the year 5-0 ... Ricardo Allen broke the Boilermakers' all-time record for interceptions returned for touchdowns, converting the fourth of his career and breaking a tie with Rod Woodson and Mike Rose ... Allen is tied for second in Big Ten history in interceptions returned for touchdowns, matching Indiana's Tim Wilbur (1978-82). He trails Wisconsin's Jamar Fletcher (1998-2000) for the all-time mark of five ... Gary Bush became the first Boilermaker to have at least three receiving touchdowns in a game since Taylor Stubblefield accomplished the feat against Indiana on Nov. 20, 2004 ... Purdue's offense amassed 447 yards, surpassing the 400-yard mark for the third time this season ... The Purdue defense held Marshall under 100 yards rushing, marking the third time they've accomplished the feat this season ... Purdue has scored 56 points on 11 takeaways this season, including 21 points on three against the Thundering Herd ... The Boilermakers did not convert in the red zone for the first times this season, going for it on fourth-and-four when a field goal would not help them in the fourth quarter and kneeling out the final possession of the game inside the Marshall 20-yard line ... Purdue also failed to convert on fourth down for the first time this season after marking a first down on their first five attempts ... Caleb TerBush completed his first nine passes en route to a career-high 294 yards on 27-of-37 passing. His four touchdown passes were also a career high ... Akeem Shavers punched in his third touchdown of the year, finishing with 25 carries for 73 yards ... Antavian Edison continued his receiving streak, catching a pass in his 25th straight game ... Edison finished with six grabs for 99 yards and a touchdown ... Gary Bush set career highs for receptions (7), receiving yards (83) and touchdowns (3) ... O.J. Ross had a career-high nine receptions for 69 yards ... Josh Johnson scored his first career touchdown, returning an interception 74 yards for a score in the second quarter ... Ricardo Allen had eight tackles to lead the team in addition to his interception return for a touchdown ... Antoine Lewis had his first career interception ... Will Lucas had six tackles and a fumble recovery ... Kawann Short blocked his seventh career kick (fifth field goal) and third of the season (two field goals). He also had a trio of tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble ... Paul Griggs converted his first career field goal attempt, scoring a 34-yarder in the third quarter.
Big Ten Openers
The Boilermakers have put the non-conference slate behind them for the regular season and will open their 117th Big Ten campaign this weekend against Michigan ... 2012 marks the first time since 1970 that the Boilermakers will open their conference slate against the Wolverines ... Dating to 1896, Purdue owns a 47-64-5 record in its opening Big Ten game ... Purdue has won 12 of its 15 previous conference openers dating to 1997 ... The Boilers will start the league season at home for fourth time in the last five seasons (at Northwestern in 2010 is the exception) ... Michigan is coming off of an open weekend and will be playing its first conference game of the season as well.
Ricardo Allen snapped the three-way tie for career interception returns for touchdowns record at Purdue he shared with Rod Woodson and Mike Rose with his fourth pick-six against Marshall last Saturday. Allen is now currently tied for second all-time in Big Ten Conference history with Indiana's Tim Wilbur (1978-82) and is one shy of equalling Wisconsin's Jamar Fletcher's league-high mark of five set from 1998-2000. The NCAA record is also five and shared by Tennessee's Jackie Walker (1969-71), San Jose State's Ken Thomas (1979-82), Cal's Deltha O'Neal 1996-99 and Oklahoma State's Darrent Williams (2001-04) ... Purdue's three pick-sixes this season (Allen, Josh Johnson and Landon Feichter) are tied for second nationally behind Fresno State's four.
Lighting Up The Scoreboard
With a 54-point effort against Eastern Michigan on Sept. 15 followed up by a 51-point tally against Marshall on Sept. 29, Purdue has scored 50 or more points in back-to-back games in the same season for merely the sixth time in school history. The only other teams to accomplish the feat in consecutive games were the 2007 squad (52-24 at Toledo, 52-6 vs. Eastern Illinois), the 2004 Boilermakers (51-0 vs. Syracuse, 59-7 vs. Ball State), the 1980 team (52-31 at Northwestern, 58-13 vs. Iowa), then all the way back to the 1893 team (64-0 vs. Indiana, 96-0 vs. Butler) and finally the 1891 Boiler gridders (60-0 vs. Indiana, 58-0 at Butler).
Home Field Advantage
Head coach Danny Hope has stated that one of the Boilermakers' goals for 2012 is to go undefeated in Ross-Ade Stadium. If Purdue continues to post numbers like they have in their first three home games, that goal has a great chance to come to fruition. Purdue is averaging 51 points per game while allowing only 21 in Ross-Ade thus far. The Boilers average 522 yards of total offense at home, with a very balanced attack of 238.7 yards rushing against 283.3 yards passing. Purdue has won six of its last seven home dates going back to the Minnesota game last season.
The Boilermakers have been taking care of business when it matters most. Purdue is a nearly perfect 17 for 19 when penetrating the opposition's red zone (15 touchdowns, two field goals), are converting third downs on 58 percent of its tries and are nearly flawless on fourth down conversions by going 5 for 6 through four games. Prior to running out the clock in the fourth quarter against Marshall last weekend, the Boilermakers were perfect in both red zone scoring and on fourth downs. Purdue is third nationally amongst FBS teams in third down conversion, 10th in fourth down conversion and tied for 26th in red zone scoring.
NCAA Career Leaderboard
Senior defensive tackle Kawann Short is third nationally amongst active FBS players in career tackles for loss (40.5) and 12th in career sacks (16.5) ... Ricardo Allen's four career interception returns for touchdowns are tied for the most amongst active FBS players and his 205 interception return yards are eighth nationally ... Punter Cody Webster's 43.2 career average is 15th amongst all active FBS players ... Raheem Mostert is the leading active FBS player in kickoff return average at 30.9.
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. Last week, against Marshall, Purdue had seven different players carry the ball and Caleb TerBush connected with seven different receivers.
Purdue enters the Michigan game 25th nationally and second in the Big Ten Conference in sacks per game (2.8) ... Purdue's five sacks against Notre Dame 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, a pair at Notre Dame on Sept. 8 and one last weekend against Marshall, Short's tally of 4.0 for the year in merely four games is already more than half of his single season high in his career (6.5 in 2011). Short enters the game against Michigan first in sacks per game in the Big Ten Conference and tied for 20th nationally at 1.0. His hot start has pushed him from a tie for 15th on the Purdue career list into sole possession of ninth. Even more impressive is the fact that of the eight 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 six others are listed as defensive ends or linebackers.
Career Sacks at Purdue
6. Anthony Spencer (2003-06) - 21.0-147
7. Craig Terrill (2000-03) - 20.5-116
8. Jim Schwantz (1988-91) - 18.0-168
9. Kawann Short (2009-Present) - 16.5-83
Still Breezing Along
Wide receiver Antavian Edison, whose nickname is `Breeze', has caught at least one pass in 25 consecutive games. During the streak, which dates to Oct. 9, 2010, Edison has caught 96 passes for 1,170 yards and 12 touchdowns. For the year, he is second on the team with 24 catches for 285 yards and a team-high five touchdowns.
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 21 touchdown drives in the books, Purdue has posted 12 touchdown drives of 70 or more yards and is averaging 66.7 yards on TD drives in 2012.
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
Making the Most of It
Through four games, the Boilermakers are a plus two on the turnover table (12 takeaways, 10 giveaways), and have taken advantage of it. Purdue is plus 44 in scoring off of turnovers, having scored eight touchdowns for 56 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 and added another field goal block to bring his career total to seven blocks (2 XPs, 5 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 break the tie for the Purdue career record currently shared by Short, Rosevelt Colvin and Bobby Iwuchukwu.
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.
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 41 games in his Purdue career, while Allen has started 29 consecutive games and Johnson 27.
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.