Oct. 8, 2012
Television This Week
Play-By-Play - Kevin Kugler
Analyst - Chris Martin
Sideline - Jon Jansen
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 138
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Some Game Themes
It's Homecoming on the Purdue campus ... Purdue looks to rebound after dropping a 44-13 decision to Michigan in its Big Ten opener last weekend ... The Boilermakers attempt to halt a Wisconsin six-game winning streak and knock off the Badgers in Ross-Ade for the first time since 1997 ... All-America candidate Kawann Short comes off a game against Michigan in which he led the team with eight tackles, including six solo stops and one for a loss ... Antavian Edison attempts to extend his streak to 27 consecutive games with a reception.
Purdue vs. Wisconsin Series Information
Series record: Wisconsin leads 42-29-8 (First meeting: 1892 / Last meeting: 2011)
Purdue points: 1,388
Wisconsin points: 1,607
Series record in West Lafayette: Wisconsin leads 18-16-3
In Ross-Ade Stadium: Wisconsin leads 16-15-2
Series record in Madison: Wisconsin leads 24-13-5
In Camp Randall Stadium: Wisconsin leads 20-12-5
Games decided by 3 points or less: Purdue leads 6-4
Games decided by 7 points or less: Wisconsin leads 16-10
Longest Purdue win streak: 3 (1932-34; 1943-45; 1964-66; 1987-91)
Longest Wisconsin win streak: 7 (1946-55)
Current streak: Wisconsin has won the last six meetings
Largest Purdue victory: 35-0 in 1944; 49-14 in 1987
Largest Wisconsin victory: 62-17 in 2011
Last Purdue home victory: 1997
Last Purdue road victory: 2003
Last Wisconsin home victory: 2011
Last Wisconsin road victory: 2010
This Date in Boilermaker History
Purdue is 6-9 all-time on Oct. 13. On this date in 1956, Jack Mollenkopf's first Boilermaker football team knocked off 18th-ranked Notre Dame 28-14 in South Bend. Fullback Mel Dillard scored a pair of touchdowns, from two and seven yards out, and finished with 142 yards rushing on 29 carries on the day. Dillard also caught a pass for eight yards and intercepted Notre Dame's Heisman Trophy winner Paul Hornung. Tommy Fletcher added a scoring rush from 26 yards out, and finished with 72 yards on 13 carries. Quarterback Len Dawson chipped in with 61 yards on the ground and 47 yards passing, connecting on 6 of 14 attempts.
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 54-45 career record, including his first postseason victory in last season's Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit.
Last Week's Quick Hits - Michigan
Purdue saw its three-game home winning streak get snapped with the 44-13 loss to the Wolverines ... The Boilermakers were 2 for 2 inside the red zone (1 TD, 1 FG), improving them to 19 of 21 for the year (16 TDs, 3 FG) ... O.J. Ross caught eight or more passes for the third time in five games this season, finishing with eight receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown ... Antavian Edison extended his streak to 26 consecutive games with a reception, finishing with four catches for 43 yards ... Quarterback Robert Marve returned to action for the first time since re-injuring his left knee at Notre Dame on Sept. 8. He finished the game 5 of 8 for 43 yards ... Caleb TerBush connected on 16 of 25 passing attempts for 105 yards and one touchdown ... Gabe Holmes tied his career high with four receptions and finished with 17 yards ... Kicker Paul Griggs connected on both of his field goal attempts from 40 and 37 yards out ... Defensive tackle Kawann Short led all players with eight tackles, including six solo stops and one for a loss. He also tallied his second PBU of the year ... Safety Max Charlot added a career-high seven tackles ... Robert Maci chipped in with five solo stops, including two for losses, and forced a fumble.
The Boilermakers are 50-35-4 all-time in Homecoming games dating to 1921 ... Purdue defeated 23rd-ranked Illinois 21-14 in the return-to-campus contest last season ... Purdue has faced this season's opponent, Wisconsin, 20 times on Homecoming Weekend and are 9-10-1 all-time when doing so ... The 20 appearances by the Badgers as the Homecoming opponent is the most by any school ... Head coach Danny Hope is 2-1 all-time on Homecoming, having defeated Illinois last season and Minnesota in 2010.
Boilermaker great Otis Armstrong returns to campus this weekend to be honored for his election to the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2012. Armstrong, who lettered at Purdue 1970-72, remains one of the Boilermakers' all-time top rushers. Over the course of his career, Armstrong became the all-time leading rusher in Big Ten Conference history. His total of 3,315 yards in three years bettered the previous mark of 3,212 yards by Alan Ameche of Wisconsin - established in four years - and ranked sixth in NCAA history at the time. Armstrong's senior season was spectacular. He earned consensus All-America and Big Ten Most Valuable Player honors after rushing for 1,361 yards on 243 carries (both school season records at the time that currently rank second) and amassing 1,868 all-purpose yards (then the second-most in school history and now third). He led the Big Ten in rushing and finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting. Armstrong also received the Swede Nelson Award for sportsmanship. In his final collegiate game, against Indiana at Ross-Ade Stadium on Nov. 25, 1972, Armstrong set the Purdue record with 276 rushing yards on 32 carries, as the Boilermakers won 42-7. He also had 36 yards in kickoff returns to amass a school-record 312 all-purpose yards. Both yardage records still stand. Nearly 40 years after his collegiate career, Armstrong still ranks as the Purdue all-time leader with 670 rushing attempts. He is second in 100-yard rushing games (13), third in rushing yards, fourth in all-purpose yards (4,601), 10th in rushing touchdowns (17) and tied for 11th in rushing average (4.95 yards per carry). Selected by the Denver Broncos in the first round (No. 9 overall) of the 1973 NFL Draft, Armstrong had an eight-year professional career with the Broncos. He led the NFL with 1,407 rushing yards in 1974 and played in Super Bowl XII.
Ross Is Starting To Roll
Junior wide receiver O.J. Ross has already caught a career-high 35 passes in five games this season (previous was 33 in 2011). He leads the Big Ten and is tied for 16th among all Football Bowl Subdivision players in receptions per game at 7.0. Prior to this season, Ross had never caught more than five balls in a game, a feat he has accomplished in all five contests this season, including a pair of games with eight receptions and one with nine.
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 on Sept. 29. 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.
The Boilermakers have been taking care of business when it matters most. Purdue is a nearly perfect 19 for 21 when penetrating the opposition's red zone (16 touchdowns, three field goals) and are converting third downs on 51 percent of its tries. Purdue has been perfect in the red zone in four its five games this season and only failed to convert while trying to run out the clock in two red zone appearances against Marshall on Sept. 29. Purdue is first in the Big Ten and 13th nationally amongst FBS teams in third down conversion and tied for 17th nationally in red zone scoring.
NCAA Career Leaderboard
Senior defensive tackle Kawann Short is third nationally amongst active FBS players in career tackles for loss (41.5) and tied for 13th 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 ninth nationally ... Punter Cody Webster's 43.1 career average is 15th amongst all active FBS players ... Raheem Mostert is the leading active FBS player in kickoff return average at 30.7.
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. On Sept. 29 against Marshall, Purdue had seven different players carry the ball and Caleb TerBush connected with seven different receivers.
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 Wisconsin third in sacks per game in the Big Ten Conference and tied for 34th nationally. 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
Antavian Edison, whose nickname is `Breeze', hauled in four receptions for 43 yards against Michigan last weekend to extend his streak to 26 consecutive games with at least one catch. During the streak, which dates to Oct. 9, 2010, Edison has caught 100 passes for 1,213 yards and 12 touchdowns. For the year, he is second on the team with 28 catches for a team-high 313 yards and five touchdowns. He has also cracked the top 20 in Purdue history with 13 career touchdowns (tied for 14th with Greg Orton) and needs merely eight receptions and 318 yards to make in on the top 20 lists for career catches and receiving yards.
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 22 touchdown drives in the books, Purdue has posted 12 touchdown drives of 70 or more yards and is averaging 65.3 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
Despite being a minus one on the turnover table this season (13 takeaways, 14 giveaways), the Boilermakers have made the most of quick change situations. Purdue is plus 41 in scoring off of turnovers, having scored nine touchdowns for 62 points off on takeaways, while the defense has allowed only 22 points - two touchdowns (one missed extra point) and three 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 42 games in his Purdue career, while Allen has started 30 consecutive games and Johnson 28.
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.