Football Game Notes - vs. Nebraska

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Danny Etling is scheduled to make his first career start at quarterback this weekend.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Danny Etling is scheduled to make his first career start at quarterback this weekend.
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Oct. 7, 2013

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The Last Meeting
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September 27, 1958
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THE GAME

  • Purdue and Nebraska meet for the second time in series history and the first as Big Ten foes.
  • The Boilermakers are coming off a 55-24 loss against Northern Illinois in their non-conference finale, prior to a bye week last week.
  • Saturday is “Hammer Down Cancer Day” at Ross-Ade Stadium.
  • Purdue plays its fourth home game of the season while Nebraska hits the road for the first time.
  • The Boilermakers won the only other meeting in series history, 28-0 in 1958.
  • Saturday’s game is the fourth in-a-row, and fifth of the year, against a team that has been ranked or received votes this season.
  • Nebraska is coming off a 39-19 win over Illinois in its Big Ten opener.
  • The Boilermakers look to snap a four-game skid.
  • The game begins at noon EDT on BTN with Kevin Kugler calling the action. Chuck Long will color the action while J Leman 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 1-4 as Purdue’s head coach and 0-4 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 17-14 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.

 

NEBRASKA

  • Bo Pelini is in his sixth year as the head coach at Nebraska.
  • Pelini has won at least nine games in each of his first five years with the Huskers.
  • Nebraska played in the Big Ten Championship Game last season.
  • The Cornhuskers are in their third year in the Big Ten.
  • Nebraska is coming off a 39-19 win over Illinois in its Big Ten opener.
  • The Huskers will play their first road game of the season with Saturday’s game.
  • Taylor Martinez leads the team in passing with 53 completions in 80 attempts for 528 yards and nine touchdowns.
  • Ameer Abdullah is the team’s leading rusher with 94 carries for 690 yards and five touchdowns.

 

THIS DATE IN BOILERMAKER HISTORY

  • Purdue is 4-11-1 all-time in games played on Oct. 12.
  • The Boilermakers have dropped three in a row on Oct. 12.
  • Purdue is 2-8 on Oct. 12 against teams currently in the Big Ten.
  • First year Purdue coaches are 0-2 on games played on Oct. 12.
  • Purdue is 3-3 in home games played on Oct. 12.

 

LAST TIME OUT

  • Purdue played its third of three consecutive opponents that went to BCS bowl games last season.
  • Purdue fell 55-24 against Northern Illinois.
  • True freshman quarterback Danny Etling made his debut and went 2-2 for 23 yards on his opening drive. It led to a 47-yard field goal by Paul Griggs at the end of the first half.
  • Purdue rushed for a season high 153 yards.
  • The Boilermakers threw for a season best 371 yards.
  • Purdue put up 524 yards of offense, a season best.
  • Paul Griggs tied a career long with a 47-yard field goal.
  • Etling threw two touchdown passes, the first of his career, and Cameron Posey caught one of them, his first as a Boilermaker.
  • Will Lucas had a season high 10 tackles.

 

NEXT WEEK

  • Purdue travels to East Lansing, Mich., to take on the Michigan State Spartans.
  • The Boilermakers and Spartans have not faced since 2010.
  • MSU has won four straight in the series.
  • The last two games in the series have come down to the final drive.

 

HAMMER DOWN CANCER

  • The Boilermakers will wear miscellaneous pink gear for Saturday’s game to raise awareness about cancer.

 

FIRST YEAR COACHES

  • There are 31 new head coaches across the FBS, including Purdue’s Darrell Hazell.
  • 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 four, including 2-12 on the road, 2-1 against FCS opponents and one win against another first year coach.
  • New head coaches went 8-16 in week five.
  • Coaches in the first year went 10-18 in week six, including 7-8 on the road and 3-10 at home.
  • Of the seven road wins in week six, four were against other first year coaches.
  • Of the 10 wins in week six, five came in games against another new coach.
  • First year coaches are now 66-98 (.402) this season, including 46-91 (.336) against FBS teams.
  • Six teams are still looking for their first win under their new head coaches: Georgia State, Idaho, New Mexico State, Southern Miss, Temple and Western Michigan.
  • Three teams are undefeated under their new head coach: Northern Illinois (5-0), Oregon (5-0), and Texas Tech (5-0).

 

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 Nebraska who is currently receiving the third-most votes of non-ranked teams.
  • Four of the five road games in the 2013 season are against ranked or teams that have received votes.
  • Purdue has already played three teams that went to BCS bowls last season.
  • 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.
  • All four of Purdue’s losses are against teams that have been ranked or received votes.
  • Three of Purdue’s losses are against teams that were either ranked during the matchup, or currently ranked.
  • Four of Purdue’s first five games were against first year head coaches. The only one not in that group: 2012-13 National Runner-Up Notre Dame and Brian Kelly.

 

FIRST QUARTER SUCCESS

  • Purdue has allowed just 24 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.

 

ETLING ERA

  • True freshman Danny Etling played during the Northern Illinois game two weeks ago, the first action of his career.
  • Etling is the first true freshman quarterback to take a snap for Purdue since 2010 when now-linebacker Sean Robinson was under center.
  • Etling completed 19 of 39 passes for 241 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in his debut.
  • Etling started two for two for 23 yards which set up a 47-yard field goal just before the half.
  • Etling was named the team’s starting quarterback during Purdue’s bye week.

 

QUARTERBACKS’ FIRST STARTS

Player, Year                            Opponent, Result         Comp-Att-Int  Yards  TD  Long

Len Dawson, 1954              at #1 Notre Dame, W 27-14         7-12-1           213      4        73

Bob Griese, 1964*                         Ohio, W 17-0                     8-13-0           119      0        24

Mike Phipps, 1967                   Texas A&M, W 24-20             17-35-2          254      1        34

Gary Danielson, 1970                   Illinois, L 23-21                  13-26-1          214      1        63

Mark Herrmann, 1977                   Ohio, W 44-7                    23-36-1          339      1        47

Scott Campbell, 1980           #11 Notre Dame, L 31-10          17-26-0          178      0        26

Jim Everett, 1983                        at Miami, L 35-0                 16-32-2          186      0        23

Billy Dicken, 1994                   #20 Michigan, L 45-23             9-18-1           114      0        23

Drew Brees, 1998                         at USC, L 27-17                  30-52-2          248      2        43

Kyle Orton, 2001                        at Indiana, L 13-7                31-62-0          263      1        35

Curtis Painter, 2005                at Wisconsin, L 31-20             23-44-3          212      1        28

Joey Elliott, 2009                         Toledo, W 52-31                 17-28-3          220      3        34

Robert Marve, 2010              at Notre Dame, L 23-12           31-42-2          220      0        16

Rob Henry, 2010^               at Northwestern, W 20-17          6-18-1            47       0        15

Sean Robinson, 2010              #7 Wisconsin, L 34-13             19-38-3          141      1        23

Caleb TerBush, 2011         Middle Tennessee, W 27-24        19-33-1          220      2        35

* Griese scored all 17 points for Purdue against Ohio on Sept. 26, 1964. The sophomore scored two rushing touchdowns, kicked both extra points and added a field goal.

^ Henry also rushed 16 times for 132 yards with a long of 67 yards and a touchdown. His rushing yardage was the second-most by a QB in school history.

 

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 had four punts for 172 yards (43.0 avg.), including one inside the 20, against Northern Illinois last time out.
  • 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 189 punts for 8,149 yards and is third in Boilermaker lore for career punts.
  • Scott Lougheed is second on the Purdue all-time list with 190 punts in his career.
  • Webster’s 43.1-yard career average is fourth among active punters in the FBS.
  • Webster currently is 10th in the nation in punting average with a season average of 45.3 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.
  • 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.
  • Purdue freshmen had 12 tackles at Wisconsin in week four.
  • DeAngelo Yancey caught the longest pass of Purdue’s season with a 50-yarder against Northern Illinois. Yancey led the team with 117 receiving yards.
  • Cameron Posey caught the first touchdown of his career against the Huskies.
  • Danny Etling, a true freshman, is scheduled to make the first start of his career this week.
  • Etling went 19-39 for 241 yards and two touchdowns against NIU.
  • True freshman receiver Dan Monteroso has been healing from an injury that occurred at the end of the team’s camp. He is expected to be healthy this week.
  • Head coach Darrell Hazell has told the media that up to three true freshmen who have not yet played may play this weekend.

 

WATCH LISTED

  • Four Boilermakers have been named to preseason watch lists for the 2013 season.
  • Senior cornerback 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 out for the year 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 in Purdue’s 41-10 loss in week four.
  • Against Northern Illinois, the Boilermakers turned the ball over five times compared to NIU’s one. Purdue lost 55-24.
  • The Boilermakers are 1-0 this season when they have more takeaways and 0-4 when they do not, including 0-2 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 29.2 career average. He trails Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett (31.8 avg) and Duke Johnson of Miami (Fla.) (32.4 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 21 of the team’s 85 first downs this season.
  • Hunt has 12 rushing and nine receiving first downs.
  • Hunt has more than twice as many first downs as any other player this season, as the next closest player has 10.

 

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.

 

IRON MEN

  • Junior defensive end Ryan Russell has 29 career starts, including 21 straight.
  • Senior defensive tackle Bruce Gaston has 18-straight starts and 37 total for his career, the second most on the team.
  • Junior safety Taylor Richards has started 18 consecutive and total games.
  • Junior linebacker Joe Gilliam is the only other returning Purdue defender to start all 13 games last year. He has 18 in a row and 19 total for his career.
  • Senior cornerback Ricardo Allen started 11 games last season and has 41 total for his career, including five 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 started his junior season with 14 tackles, 4.0 for loss and 2.0 sacks this year. In comparison, Kerrigan totaled 25 tackles, 4.5 for loss and 3.0 sacks in the first five 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.

 

QBs GALORE

  • 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.
  • Since 2010, Purdue has had five different quarterbacks start a game.
  • Danny Etling is expected to become the sixth different starting quarterback for Purdue since the 2010 season.
  • If Etling starts as expected, he will be one of three players on Purdue’s roster with at least one quarterback start. Converted linebacker Sean Robinson and newly-converted safety Rob Henry also have starts.

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.

 

THIS AND THAT

  • Purdue recovered an onside kick against Northern Illinois, its first successful recovery since the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl in 2011.
  • Rob Henry’s 50-yard completion to DeAngelo Yancey was the first completion of at least 50 yards since Robert Marve connected on a 73-yarder to Akeem Shavers against Indiana last season.
  • Yancey’s 117 yards receiving is the first time a Boilermaker caught at least 100 yards since Antavian Edison had 105 receiving yards in 2011.
  • Will Lucas had 10 tackles last game, the first time a Boilermaker had double digit take downs since Landon Feichter did so in 2012.

 

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.
  • Purdue’s game against Northern Illinois had 54,258 fans in attendance, making it the first time since 2008 that the Boilermakers have had at least 50,000 fans attend each of their first three games.
  • Purdue’s attendance is up 31.1% so far this season, the second-highest increase in the nation. 

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