Oct. 10, 2011
Television This Week
Play-By-Play - Tom Hart
Analyst - Derek Rackley
Sideline - Lisa Byington
Radio This Week
Purdue Sports Properties
Play-By-Play - Tim Newton
Analyst - Pete Quinn
Sideline - Kelly Kitchel
Producer - Rob Blackman
Engineer - Alan Benjamin
Sirius (PSU Broadcast) - Channel 113
XM (PSU Broadcast) - Channel 197
Some Game Themes
The Boilermakers get their first crack at divisional play against fellow Leaders Division member Penn State ... Purdue looks to open 2-0 in conference play for a second straight season ... The Boilers and Lions meet up for the first time since 2008 and Purdue makes its first trip to Happy Valley since 2007 ... The Boilermakers are 3-0 this season when rushing for 200 or more yards ... Purdue is giving up an average of 275.3 yards of total offense to the opposition in its three wins and 451.5 in its two losses ... Antavian Edison looks to extend his team-best 13-game reception streak.
Purdue vs. Penn State Series Information
Series record: Penn State leads 10-3-1 (First meeting: 1951 / Last Meeting: 2008)
Purdue points: 248
Penn State points: 321
Series record in West Lafayette: Penn State leads 5-2
In Ross-Ade Stadium: Penn State leads 5-2
Series record in University Park: Penn State leads 5-1-1
In Beaver Stadium: Penn State leads 5-1
Games decided by 3 points or less: Penn State leads 2-0-1
Games decided by 7 points or less: Penn State leads 4-1-1
Longest Purdue win streak: 2 (2003-04)
Longest Penn State win streak: 6 (1995-2000)
Current streak: Penn State has won the last four meetings
Largest Purdue victory: 28-0 in 1951
Largest Penn State victory: 42-17 in 1997
Last Purdue home victory: 2003
Last Purdue road victory: 2004
Last Penn State home victory: 2007
Last Penn State road victory: 2008
Playing For Sean
Fifth-year running back Sean Matti passed away on Sunday, July, 3, 2011. The Shoreview, Minn., native will be missed by his family, friends, coaches and teammates. The Boilermakers have dedicated their season to him and will honor him with a 22 decal, Sean's number, on their helmets. Purdue athletics also held a moment of silence for Matti prior to the home opener against Middle Tennessee on Sept. 3.
This Date In Boilermaker Football History
Purdue is 6-6-3 all-time on Oct. 15. On this date in 1988 the Boilermakers rallied from a 17-7 halftime deficit to defeat Ohio State 31-26 in Columbus. The victory marks the last time Purdue has won in Ohio Stadium. Despite getting out-gained by the Buckeyes 416-319, Purdue got three touchdown passes from quarterback Brian Fox, 106 yards receiving and a pair of scores on 13 catches from Ernie Schramayr and a late 49-yard field goal from Larry Sullivan to seal the win. The Boilermakers came close to ending the Columbus drought in 1999 (three-point loss) and 2003 (three-point loss in overtime), but are still looking for a road victory at Ohio State since that 1988 game.
Last Week's Quick Hits -- vs. Minnesota
Purdue's offense had 372 yards of total offense, gaining 217 yards on the ground and 155 yards passing ... The Boilermakers are 9-1 under Hope when rushing for at least 200 yards, it was their third 200+-yard rushing effort of the season ... The Boilermaker defense held Minnesota to 213 yards (100 rush, 113 pass) ... Purdue forced three turnovers, converting them into 14 points ... Purdue played without a turnover for the second time this season ... The Boilermakers scored on their opening drive for the first time this season, it was the second time they scored the first points of the game this year ... Caleb TerBush and Robert Marve combined to hit 10 different receivers on the day. TerBush was 14 of 21 for 140 and a touchdown, while Marve was 4 of 6 for 15 yards and a score ... Ralph Bolden opened the game with his third touchdown of the season and 12th rushing score of his career (14th total). He finished with 33 yards on 12 carries ... Akeem Shavers scored a pair of touchdowns, including his first career receiving touchdown. He had 10 rushes for 52 yards and one catch for 10 yards ... Raheem Mostert scored his first career touchdown, rushing in from 25 yards out in the third quarter. He carried the ball three times for 31 yards on the day ... Akeem Hunt led the Boilermakers in rushing for the second straight game, running nine times for a career-high 60 yards (6.7 ypc) ... O.J. Ross caught his first touchdown pass of the season en route to five catches for a career-high 63 yards. His top-two career receiving totals have both come against Minnesota ... Antavian Edison had at least four receptions for the third game this season, hauling in four passes for 38 yards ... Ricardo Allen returned an interception (his second pick of the year) 37 yards for a touchdown, tying the Purdue career record with his third return for a score ... Ryan Russell recovered his first two career fumbles, tying the Purdue record for fumble recoveries in a game ... Kawann Short had 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a pass breakup ... Dwayne Beckford and Will Lucas paced the Purdue defense with eight tackles apiece ... Carson Wiggs matched the third longest field goal in school history, nailing a 53-yarder in the first quarter. He now owns the five longest field goals in the Purdue record book (59, 55, 53, 53, 52) ... Cody Webster booted a season-long 66-yard punt, averaging 44.0 yards per punt.
Purdue vs. Penn State -- The Last Time Out
It's been a while since Purdue and Penn State have met up on the gridiron, with the last game taking place on Oct. 4, 2008. The sixth-ranked Nittany Lions downed the Boilermakers 20-6 in Ross-Ade Stadium. Behind 141 yards rushing on 18 carries by Evan Royster, Penn State amassed 422 yards of total offense while its defense limited Purdue to merely 241 yards. Purdue's Kory Sheets found the end zone with 6:28 left in the fourth quarter to help Purdue avoid the shutout. Sheets finished the game with 59 yards on 18 carries.
A Nose For The End Zone
Sophomore cornerback Ricardo Allen returned a MarQueis Gray interception 37 yards for a touchdown on Oct. 8. The pick-six marked the third of his career in merely 17 games played and tied him for the school record with former All-American Rod Woodson (1983-86) and linebacker Mike Rose (1996-99). Allen has racked up 166 return yards on his three pick-sixes.
The Boilermakers have turned the ball over on offense just three times in the first five games (one fumble lost, two interceptions), while the defense came up with a season-high three turnovers alone against Minnesota last weekend. For the year, the Boilermakers are plus two on the turnover table (four giveaways, six takeaways).
Including a four catches for 38 yards last weekend against Minnesota, junior wide receiver Antavian Edison has a team-high 13-game reception streak dating back to the Oct. 9 Northwestern game last season. During the streak, Edison has caught 46 passes for 581 yards and six touchdowns. He is averaging 12.6 yards per catch during the streak.
Pounding It Out on the Ground
Purdue's 393 yards rushing against Southeast Missouri on Sept. 17 narrowly missed making the all-time top 10 list in school history (397 at Indiana on Nov. 11, 1995), but it did help push the Boilermakers towards the top of both the NCAA and Big Ten rankings. Through the first six weeks of college football, Purdue ranks 20th nationally and fifth in the conference with a 215.4 yards per game average on the ground. The Boilermakers have rushed for 180 or more yards in four of five games thus far ... The seven rushing touchdowns against Southeast Missouri tied the Purdue single game record (also vs. Iowa 10/26/68 and at Iowa 11/3/73).
Sophomore Cody Webster continues to lead the nation in punting average (48.1). Webster has booted nine of his 18 punts over 50 yards, including a season-long 66-yarder against Minnesota last weekend The Harrisburg, Pa., native will be kicking in his home state this weekend against the Nittany Lions ... Teaming up with Carson Wiggs, Webster and Purdue's punting unit ranks sixth nationally and is the top unit in the Big Ten in net punting (42.6) and 15 of the 26 total punts of the season have been ended up inside the 20-yard line (to be more exact at the 1-, 1-, 5-, 7-, 8-, 8-, 11-, 11-, 13-, 13-, 13-, 13-, 15-, 18- and 19-yard lines).
Including Purdue's 217 yards on the ground against Minnesota on Oct. 8, the Boilermakers are 9-1 during head coach Danny Hope's tenure in which they rush 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
Despite averaging over 200 yards rushing per game this season, the Boilermakers do not have a single individual among the top runners in either the Big Ten or nationally. Purdue's ground game has been a true team effort as six different players have double-digit carries, four have rushed for over 100 yards for the year and six different rushers have scored touchdowns. Juniors Ralph Bolden (57-273, 3 TDs) and Akeem Shavers (44-242, 4 TDs) have done the majority of the work, but true freshman Akeem Hunt has provided a spark and is third on the team in total yards (141) on only 18 carries, averaging 7.8 yards per rush.
The Final 15
It took a furious rally and a last-minute touchdown, but the Boilermakers pulled off a come-from-behind victory over Middle Tennessee on Sept. 3 with a very solid effort in fourth quarter. In the final 15 minutes alone, the Boilers racked up 10 of their 24 first downs (42%), 75 of their 200 rushing yards (38%), 117 of their 220 passing yards (53%), converted four of five third downs and scored on their final three possessions (2 TDs, FG). First-time starter Caleb TerBush completed nine of his 11 fourth quarter pass attempts, including a 35-yard strike to Antavian Edison with only 49 seconds remaining to put the Boilers on top. On the 11-play, 85-yard game-winning drive, TerBush went 5 for 6 for 75 yards and the TD.
Those that pay attention to spring football know about Carson Wiggs' leg. The five fields he converted during the Black and Gold Game were from 42, 47, 52, 57 and 67 yards out. The latter would have tied the NCAA record shared by Russell Erxleben of Texas (vs. Rice, 1977), Steve Little of Arkansas (vs. Texas, 1977) and Joe Williams of Wichita State (vs. Southern Illinois, 1978). Since it was the spring game, it obviously didn't join the record book, but Wiggs kicked his without the benefit of a two inch tee (something the other three had). As it stands, Wiggs owns the five longest field goals in Purdue history (59, 55, 53, 53 and 52), the highest field goal percentage (44-62, .710) and has made over 80 percent of his attempts inside 50 yards for his career. Head coach Danny Hope has stated numerous times that if the conditions are right he would not hesitate to line up from 65-70 yards away for a Wiggs attempt.
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 - quarterback Rob Henry and tackle Dennis Kelly from the offense, tackle Kawann Short and linebacker Joe Holland from the defense and kicker Carson Wiggs and linebacker Chris Carlino from special teams.
Linebacker Joe Holland, defensive end Gerald Gooden, defensive tackle Kawann Short and offensive tackle Dennis Kelly have all started 26 or more games during their Purdue careers. Holland leads the way, having started 40 of a possible 41 career games. Gooden (31) has more starts than either Short or Kelly (29), but the tackles on both side of the ball have strung them together consecutively.
Odds and Ends
Caleb TerBush's consecutive starts to open the 2011 season marks the first time since Joey Elliott started all 12 games in 2009 that a Boilermaker signal caller has been under center for five straight starts ... TerBush's 787 yards passing this season are just 209 shy of Rob Henry's team-leading total of 996 last year ... Waynelle Gravesande has already surpassed his punt return yardage from last season in merely five games. He enters the weekend ranked third in the Big Ten and 31st nationally with a 9.1 return average ... Purdue's 59 points against Southeast Missouri on Sept. 17 is tied for the highest in a game this season in the Big Ten ... The 627 total yards, 393 yards rushing and seven rushing touchdowns against the Redhawks are the high water marks for any conference team ... Carson Wiggs' 53-yard field goal against Minnesota on Oct. 8 is the longest in the Big Ten this year ... Wiggs has made at least one field goal in 10 consecutive games ... Joe Holland needs only 29 more tackles to crack the all-time top 20 list at Purdue. The four-year starter has averaged 77 tackles per season in his first three years. He enters the weekend ranked 13th in the Big Ten with an average of 7.2 tackles per game.