Oct. 11, 2010
Television This Week
Play-By-Play - Dave Pasch
Analyst - Bob Griese
Analyst - Brian Griese
Radio This Week
Purdue Sports Properties
Play-By-Play - Tim Newton
Analyst - Pete Quinn
Sideline - Kelly Kitchel
Producer - Rob Blackman
Engineer - Gary Kline
Sirius - Channel 113
XM - Channel 198
SOME GAME THEMES
The Boilermakers look to win back-to-back Big Ten contests and open the conference slate 2-0 for the first time since 2004 ... Senior Ryan Kerrigan continues his quest to harass the opposition and maintain his national lead in tackles for loss ... The Boilermaker offense continues its maturation process under redshirt freshman quarterback Rob Henry ... It's Purdue's 30th-ranked rushing offense (196.8 ypg) against a Gopher defense ceding 196.3 yards per game (100th nationally) ... It's Homecoming on Purdue's campus.
Purdue vs. Minnesota Series Information
Series record: Minnesota leads 33-30-3
Purdue points: 1,268
Minnesota points: 1,339
Series record in West Lafayette: Purdue leads 18-5
at Ross-Ade Stadium: Purdue leads 16-5
Series record in Minneapolis: Minnesota leads 28-12-3
at TCF Bank Field: Minnesota leads 1-0
Games decided by 3 points or less: Minnesota leads 7-5
Games decided by 7 points or less: Minnesota leads 6-4
Longest Purdue win streak: 7 (1966-2002)
Longest Minnesota win streak: 3 (1935-38, 1946-1948, 1973-79, 1989-91)
Current streak: Minnesota has won the last two meetings
Largest Purdue victory: 35-0 in 1965 and 56-12 in 1998
Largest Minnesota victory: 33-0 in 1936
Last Purdue home victory: 2006
Last Purdue road victory: 2007
Last Minnesota home victory: 2009
Last Minnesota road victory: 2008
THIS DATE IN BOILERMAKER FOOTBALL HISTORY
Purdue has an 8-7-1 record in games played on Oct. 16 ... In 1999, fifth-ranked Michigan State came to West Lafayette flying high with a perfect 6-0 record, but a historic day by wide receiver Chris Daniels sent the Spartans packing with a 52-28 loss and gave the Boilermakers a much-needed boost... Purdue, which had lost back-to-back games at No. 4 Michigan and No. 21 Ohio State the previous two weeks, returned to Ross-Ade Stadium to face a third straight ranked opponent ... Michigan State struck early with a touchdown catch by Plaxico Buress in the first quarter, but Drew Brees, Daniels and the Purdue offense ripped off 28 straight points in the first and second quarters to take command of the game ... Daniels set Big Ten records against Sparty with 21 receptions for 301 yards, while scoring three touchdowns ... Brees continued to emerge as the conference's all-time leading passer with 509 yards through the air, completing 40 of 57 attempts with five scores ... Tim Stratton added seven catches for 103 yards ... Defensively, Purdue limited Michigan State to just 278 yards of total offense on 55 plays ... Willie Fells racked up a team-high 13 tackles, and David Nugent capped the game with a scoop-and-score fumble return late in the fourth quarter.
WINNING WHEN IT MATTERS MOST
Danny Hope knows the importance of league games. Currently in the midst of his seventh year as a head coach, Hope has posted a 37-12 record (a .755 winning percentage) in 49 conference games at Eastern Kentucky and Purdue.
HANGING ONTO THE ROCK
The 2010 Boilermakers have taken the team mantra "The Ball is the Program" to heart. Through the first five games of last season, Purdue coughed up the ball 14 times, leading to 10 fumbles lost. This season, the Boilermakers have fumbled merely five times in five games and lost only two - one when Robert Marve suffered a season-ending knee injury on a non-contact play against Toledo and the other when a scrambling Rob Henry fumbled trying to rally the Boilermakers from behind against the Rockets.
LAST WEEK'S QUICK HITS -- AT NORTHWESTERN
Purdue's fourth straight 200-yard rushing effort against the Wildcats matched a four-game stretch in 1995 against Notre Dame (275), Michigan State (250), Ball State (267) and Minnesota (297) ... Purdue's 47 yards passing in the contest were the fewest since posting 42 in 20-0 loss at Illinois on Oct. 8, 1988 ... The Boilermaker defense amassed five sacks and nine tackles for loss, marking its fifth straight game with at least three sacks and six tackles for loss ... Redshirt freshman Rob Henry logged the Boilermakers' longest run of the season, a 67-yard dash to close the first quarter. He finished with 132 yards rushing on 16 carries and his first career touchdown run ... Henry was the second Boilermaker to top the century mark rushing in a game this season, joining fifth-year senior Dan Dierking against Western Illinois ... Senior Keith Carlos broke a 51-yard run in the second half, good for the Boilermakers' second-longest run of the season. He finished with seven carries for a career-high 64 yards ... Junior Albert Evans (pictured) had his second sack of the season, recovered his first career fumble and recovered Short's blocked field goal ... Sophomore Kawann Short's blocked 41-yard field goal marked Purdue's first since Nov. 21, 2009, when David Pender swatted one at Indiana ... It was Short's second blocked kick of the season (also a PAT against Ball State) ... Short also recorded a pass breakup in his fourth straight game, increasing his season total to five ... Senior Ryan Kerrigan posted a sack in his fifth straight game, pushing his Big Ten-leading season totals to 5.5 sacks and 13.0 tackles for loss ... Junior Joe Holland and sophomore Dwayne Beckford both posted double-digit tackles, finishing with 12 and 11. Beckford's total was his second 10-plus tackle game this season and matched his career best ... Freshman Cody Webster tied for the third-longest punt in school history, matching Travis Dorsch with a 79-yard punt. Dorsch's boot came against Iowa on Oct. 6, 2001. The school record is owned by Lou Brock, 85 yards at Ohio State on Nov. 5, 1928, and the second-longest is 83 yards by Gordon Teter at Illinois on Oct. 30, 1965.
HALT! WHO GOES THERE?
The Boilermakers lead the Big Ten with 17.0 sacks and are second in the conference with 40 tackles for loss. On a per-game level, the Boilers' 3.4 sacks and 8.0 TFLs are tops in the conference and rank fourth and 10th nationally, respectively ... The Boilers posted a season-high five sacks against Northwestern last weekend.
TERROR IN THE TRENCHES
The man primarily responsible for the previous note is senior defensive end Ryan Kerrigan. The Muncie, Ind., native, dubbed Superman by his teammates, has been a holy horror for the opposition this season with a team-high 38 tackles, including 5.5 sacks and 13.0 tackles for loss. Kerrigan leads the Big Ten in both sacks and tackles for loss, while nationally he leads all FBS players with a 2.60 TFL per game average and his 1.1 sacks per game ties him for 10th overall in the country.
RUNNING AND RIPPING
Senior defensive end Ryan Kerrigan forced his 12th career fumble against Toledo on Sept. 25 to tie James Looney (1979-80) for the Purdue record. His next strip will tie him for the Big Ten record, which is currently shared by Simeon Rice of Illinois (1992-95) and Bob Sanders of Iowa (2000-03).
With 65 yards rushing on 10 carries against Ball State on Sept. 18, 67 yards on 13 carries against Toledo on Sept. 25 and 132 yards on 16 carries at Northwestern on Oct. 9, redshirt freshman Rob Henry became the first quarterback in modern school history to lead the Boilermakers in rushing in a game three times during a season - let alone in back-to-back-to-back games. Prior to Henry's historic three-game outburst, only four Purdue quarterbacks have led the Boilers in rushing twice during a season - Bo Bobrowski (1973), Eric Hunter (1989), Drew Brees (1999) and Brandon Kirsch (2002) and never in consecutive games ... Henry's 132-yard game against Northwestern not only was the second-most by a Boilermaker quarterback in school history, it was also marked the first time a Purdue QB eclipsed the century mark since Kirsch rushed for 125 yards on 21 carries at Michigan State on Nov. 16, 2002. The school record for rushing yards by a quarterback is held by Gary Danielson, who had 213 yards on 16 carries vs. Washington on Sept. 23, 1972.
MAKING MIKE ALSTOTT PROUD
With 227 rushing yards against Western Illinois on Sept. 11, 203 against Ball State on Sept. 18, 220 against Toledo on Sept. 25 and 232 at Northwestern on Oct. 9, Purdue has posted four straight 200-yard games on the ground for the first time since 1995, when it also ripped off four straight against Notre Dame (275), Michigan State (250), Ball State (267) and Minnesota (297). The last time Purdue rushed for 200 or more yards in five straight games was in 1973 against Duke (253), Illinois (280), Northwestern (224), Michigan State (216) and Iowa (461) ... Dating to last year, Purdue has rushed for 100 or more yards as a team in eight straight contests, the longest streak of consecutive century mark games since the 2005 team closed with six straight and the 2006 club opened with four straight.
Eight Straight Over 100 On The Ground
at Michigan, 2009 - 29-127, 3 TDs
Michigan State, 2009 - 37-151, 2 TDs
at Indiana, 2009 - 33-124, 0 TDs
at Notre Dame, 2010 - 32-102, 1 TD
Western Illinois, 2010 - 35-227, 3 TDs
Ball State, 2010 - 46-203, 0 TDs
Toledo, 2010 - 43-220, 1 TD
at Northwestern, 2010 - 42-232, 2 TDs
Purdue will celebrate the 10th, 25th and 50th anniversaries of its 2000, 1985 and 1960 teams during Saturday's game ... Propelled by a memorable four-game winning streak in October - victories over sixth-ranked Michigan (32-31), 17th-ranked Northwestern (41-28), Wisconsin (30-24 in overtime) and 12th-ranked Ohio State(31-27) - head coach Joe Tiller's 2000 Boilermakers were Big Ten co-champions and earned the second Rose Bowl berth in school history. Purdue, Michigan and Northwestern shared the conference title with 6-2 records, and the Boilermakers received the Rose Bowl invitation by virtue of beating both the Wolverines and the Wildcats. Purdue finished with an 8-4 record after losing to Washington, 34-24, in "The Granddaddy of Them All." ... The 1985 Boilermakers, under head coach Leon Burtnett, were the victims of narrow setbacks, losing three games by a combined eight points. But they were big-time winners over three intrastate opponents, defeating Ball State (37-18), Notre Dame (35-17) and Indiana (34-21) en route to a 5-6 record ... Head coach Jack Mollenkopf's 1960 Boilermakers recorded three of the biggest upsets in school history, defeating 12th-ranked Notre Dame (51-19), third-ranked Ohio State (24-21) and top-ranked Minnesota (23-14). For good measure, they also topped Indiana, 35-6. They were ranked as high as seventh nationally before finishing with a 4-4 record.
WELCOME BACK, JIM CARTER
Expected to be in attendance for Saturday's game is Jim Carter, a halfback for Purdue from 1932 to 1934 under head coach Noble Kizer. The Boilermakers' three-year record was 18-4-2, and they were Big Ten co-champions in 1932. Carter's career average of 5.37 yards per rush still ranks sixth on the Purdue all-time list, while his 1,547 rushing yards rank 19th. He will be 99 years old (the uniform number he wore) Nov. 12 ... A other notable alumni returning this weekend include Cradle of Quarterbacks honoree Jim Everett and Boilermaker legend Bob Griese (who will be calling the game for ESPN2) ... Although he is not technically an alum, Joe Tiller, the all-time winningest coach in Purdue history, will also be at the game.
THEY'RE WATCHING YOU
Ryan Kerrigan might want to make sure he's not being followed. The senior defensive end was listed on five separate watch lists and nominated for a sixth national award during the preseason. Kerrigan is on the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Rotary Lombardi Award, Lott Trophy and Ted Hendricks Award. He has also been nominated for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award ... Junior guard Ken Plue is on the watch list for the Outland Trophy
ANOTHER OLD TIMER
For a second consecutive season a Purdue player has felt the compassion of the NCAA. Due to a laundry list of medical issues early in his career, linebacker Jason Werner was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the governing body of collegiate athletics. Werner follows in the footsteps of safety Torri Williams, who got a sixth year to play from the NCAA last season. Werner made his 17th consecutive start against Northwestern on Oct. 9. In the first four years of his career, he appeared in just 19 total games with no starts.
STRINGING THEM TOGETHER
Junior linebacker Joe Holland has started every single game of his Purdue career and leads the team with 29 consecutive starts ... Senior defensive end Ryan Kerrigan has started 28 straight contests, and sophomore defensive tackle Kawann Short, junior offensive tackle Dennis Kelly and sixth-year linebacker Jason Werner all have started 17 consecutive games.
ODDS AND ENDS
Purdue has not allowed an individual 100-yard rusher through five games ... Purdue has seven more sacks than it did at this point last season ... Kyle Adams has at least one reception in all five game thus far ... Dating to last season, Purdue has won three straight Big Ten road games (at Michigan, Indiana and Northwestern) ... Purdue has posted three or more sacks and six or more tackles for loss in all five games this season ... Rob Henry became the first Purdue redshirt freshman quarterback to win his starting debut since Justin Siller in 2008 ... Purdue's 18 pass attempts against Northwestern on Oct. 9 were the fewest in a game since also trying 18 at Arizona on Sept. 17, 2005.
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