Football Game Notes - Vs. No. 7 Ohio State

Oct. 12, 2009

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Purdue vs. Ohio State Series Information
Series record: Ohio State leads 37-12-2 (First meeting: 1919 / Last meeting: 2008)
Purdue points: 666
Ohio State points: 1,215
Series record in West Lafayette: Ohio State leads 12-6
at Ross-Ade Stadium: Ohio State leads 11-6
Series record in Columbus: Ohio State leads 25-2-2
at Ohio Stadium: Ohio State leads 21-5-2
Games decided by 3 points or less: Ohio State leads 6-1
Games decided by 7 points or less: Ohio State leads 8-5
Longest Purdue win streak: 2 (1943-45, 1947-52, 1960-1967)
Longest Ohio State win streak: 7 (1989-99)
Current streak: Ohio State has won the last two games
Largest Purdue victory: 41-6 in 1967
Largest Ohio State victory: 46-0 in 1977
Last Purdue home victory: 2004
Last Purdue road victory: 1988
Last Ohio State home victory: 2008
Last Ohio State road win: 2007

At the halfway mark the Boilermakers look to stop a five-game losing streak when No. 7 Ohio State visits Ross-Ade Stadium ... Keith Smith continues his chase for the top spot in the Big Ten in receptions and receiving yardage ... Joey Elliott looks to stay atop the conference in average passing yardage, touchdown passes and total offense ... Can the Boilermakers stop the rash of turnovers that have caused so much trouble ... It's the Boilers' 410.2 yards of total offense per game against the Buckeyes' 271.8 yards of total defense.

The Boilermakers are 6-9 in 15 all-time games on Oct. 17 ... In 1987 the Boilers scored 17 unanswered points against Ohio State in the third and fourth quarters to tie the game at 17-17, but OSU's Matt Frantz hit a 50-yard field goal with 3:10 left in the game to hand the 17th-ranked Buckeyes a 20-17 win in Ross-Ade Stadium ... In 1964, sophomore Bob Griese led the Boilermakers to a one-point upset over No. 5 Michigan in Ann Arbor. Down 21-14 late in the fourth quarter, All-America Wolverine quarterback "Big Bob" Timberlake ran for a 54-yard touchdown to cut Purdue's lead to 21-20. Rather than kick an extra point and tie the game, Michigan elected to attempt a two-point conversion for the win, but Purdue's defense was up for the challenge and stifled Timberlake's rushing attempt to preserve the lead. Griese passed for two touchdowns and kicked three extra points in the nail-biter. The victory was just one of four by the Boilermakers in Michigan's "Big House".

The Boilermakers have turned the ball over 20 times this season (9 INT, 11 FUM), often deep in their own territory, and 13 times the opposition has turned the miscue into a touchdown (8) or field goal (5). The turnovers have led to 71 points (39 percent of the total allowed by Purdue this season) and been the deciding factor in all five of the Boilers' losses. The last two weeks have been especially painful, as turnovers have allowed Northwestern and Minnesota to start drives at the Purdue 18 (NU - TD), 23 (NU - FG), 24 (NU - FG), 34 (NU - FG), 2 (MINN - TD) 31 (MINN - TD) and 39 (MINN - End of game).

Purdue Sports Properties, Artistic Media Partners and the Community Family & Resource Center are teaming up again this year on the Coats for Kids Drive. Coats may be dropped off at any of the following locations:
- Artistic Media Partners: 3824 South 18th Street, Lafayette
- Community Family & Resource Center: 330 Fountain Street, Lafayette
- Executive Dry Cleaning: 1048 Sagamore Parkway West, West Lafayette
- Sparkle Tone Dry Cleaning: 238 East State State West Lafayette
- T&T Dry Cleaning: Lafayette Square 2174 South 22nd Street, Lafayette
Executive Dry Cleaning, Sparkle Tone Dry Cleaning and T&T Dry Cleaning will be providing their services to clean donated coats. In addition, coats may be dropped off outside Gate G of Ross-Ade Stadium prior to the Purdue-Ohio State football game on Oct 17. Last year's collection topped 2,000 coats for families. Artistic Media Partners consists of Z96-5 (WAZY), 95.7 (The Rocket) and 95.3 (BOB-FM).

Purdue is encouraging fans to "strike gold" by wearing gold - and support the United Way - at the Oct. 17 football game against nationally ranked Ohio State. To jump start the campaign, Follett's Purdue Bookstores and Purdue Pride are selling specially designed "Gold Strike" t-shirts for only $10. Of that $10, Follett's will donate $2 to the United Way, while the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will donate $1 for each shirt sold at Purdue Pride. The shirts are available at the Purdue Pride team store at Ross-Ade Stadium and on-line at The gold shirts feature the words "Gold Strike" on the front with the Purdue and United Way logos incorporated along with game information. The back is emblazoned with the oh-so-popular "Boiler Up" phrase.

Including Carson Wiggs' 43-yard field goal against Minnesota the Boilermakers have scored on their opening drive of a game four times in six contests in 2009 (three touchdowns, one field goal) ... Dating back to the Northwestern game on Oct. 3, Purdue has scored on its first five possessions in two games (3 TDs vs. Northwestern, FG and TD at Minnesota) ... Including the 10 points scored by Purdue against Minnesota, the Boilermakers have outscored their opposition 59-16 in the first quarter this season ... Wiggs' 43-yard field goal in the first quarter was his first successful conversion since the second week of the season (at Oregon) and his first attempt of the year that did not come as time expired in the first half of a game ... Torri Williams intercepted his first pass of the season in the first quarter. It was his fifth career pick ... Keith Smith's five-yard reception on Purdue's second play of the game extended his streak to 18 consecutive games with a catch ... Smith tallied his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season (7-126, TD) ... The Boilermakers improved to 8 for 9 on first and goal this season (seven touchdowns, one field goal) on Aaron Valentin's three-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter ... Joey Elliott rushed a career-high 10 times and finished with 49 yards on the ground despite getting sacked twice ... Ryan Kerrigan recorded his third and fourth sacks of the season in the second quarter. He now has 11 career sacks, a figure that ranks 15th all-time at Purdue ... Mike Neal posted his first sack of the season late in the second quarter. He has now has 8.5 career sacks ... Chris Carlino intercepted his first career pass in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter.

Purdue's turnover struggles (minus 9 for the year) has led to less time with the ball. The Boilers have had 50 less total offensive touches than their six opponents this season and trail in average time of possession 33:00 to 27:00, yet they are still managing to outgain their opposition (410.2 yards per game to 379.7). Purdue is averaging a full yard more per play (6.0 to 5.0) this season than its opponents.

Joey Elliott heads into Saturday's game against Ohio State ranked first in the Big Ten in average passing yardage (262.5) and total offense (283.7) ... The senior signal caller is 15th nationally in total offense ... Boiler running back Ralph Bolden is second in the Big Ten and 20th nationally in rushing average (99.8) and third in the Big Ten and 49th nationally in all-purpose yardage (128.7) ... Wide receiver Keith Smith is second in the Big Ten and tied for 17th nationally in receptions per game (7.0), and his 97.5 receiving yards per game average is second in league play and 20th among all FBS players ... Wide receiver/kick returner Aaron Valentin leads Big Ten players in both punt return average (13.7) and average all-purpose yardage (145.2). The senior is 17th nationally in returning punts and 27th in all-purpose yards. As a receiver, Valentin is sixth in the Big Ten in receptions (4.83) and fifth in receiving yards (59.3) per game ... Linebacker Jason Werner has racked up 11 tackles for loss this season, a figure that averages out to 1.8 per game and ranks him third in the conference and tied for ninth nationally.

Heading into the seventh week of the year, Ralph Bolden still owns the top game performances in the Big Ten this season in touchdowns (3 at Oregon, tied), rushing yards (234 vs. Toledo) and all-purpose yards (247 vs. Toledo) ... Wide receiver Keith Smith's 11 receptions against Notre Dame are the most by a conference wide receiver this season ... Carson Wiggs' 59-yard field goal against Toledo remains the longest in the Big Ten and the nation this year ... His seven PATs against the Rockets are tied for the most by a kicker in the league ... Aaron Valentin's 62-yard punt return for a score against Northern Illinois is the longest in the Big Ten thus far and his 24.5 punt return average against Notre Dame also tops the list ... Jason Werner's two sacks against Notre Dame and Ryan Kerrigan's two at Minnesota are tied for the most by an individual Big Ten player ... As a team, Purdue's 52 points against Toledo are still the high-water mark for the Big Ten this season.

Purdue wide receiver Keith Smith is making a name for himself this season. Second in the Big Ten in receptions (7.0) and receiving yards (97.5) per game, the junior posted his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season last Saturday at Minnesota (also vs. Toledo, Notre Dame and Northwestern). In just six games this season, he has already surpassed his receiving yardage (486-585) and touchdown (2-4) totals from last year's 12-game tally and he is only seven catches away from matching his receptions total from 2008 (49-42).
Smith's Game-By-Game Receiving Numbers
Toledo - 8-117, TD
Oregon - 4-68 (also threw a touchdown pass)
Northern Illinois - 5-37
Notre Dame - 11-136, TD (career-high in receiving yards)
Northwestern - 7-101, TD
Minnesota - 7-126, TD

A quick look at how first-year starting quarterback Joey Elliott stands against some of the more recent Purdue signal callers in their first six games of their initial starting season:
Billy Dicken (1997) - 111-192-7, 1,626 yards, 13 TDs, 144.00 pass efficiency
Drew Brees (1998) - 174-262-9, 1,998 yards, 16 TDs, 143.75 pass efficiency
Kyle Orton (2002) - 109-200-2, 1,405 yards, 10 TDs, 128.01 pass efficiency
Brandon Kirsch (2005) - 141-236-7, 1,625 yards, 7 TDs, 121.44 pass efficiency
Curtis Painter (2006) - 127-220-7, 1,787 yards, 11 TDs, 136.09 pass efficiency
Joey Elliott (2009) - 128-213-9, 1.575 yards, 12 TDs, 132.35 pass efficiency

The Boilermakers dropped a 16-3 decision to the Buckeyes in Columbus last season, but did not allow an offensive touchdown and held Ohio State to either no gain or a loss of yardage on 22 of OSU's 56 snaps in the contest. Carson Wiggs accounted for the Boilers lone score when he booted a then-Purdue record 53-yard field goal.

The Buckeyes head to West Lafayette with a 5-1 overall record and a 3-0 mark in the Big Ten in tow ... Offensively Ohio State is averaging 29.7 points, 172.2 rushing yards and 166.2 passing yards per game this season ... Individually Terrell Pryor is the main cog when the Bucks have possession. The sophomore signal caller has thrown for 948 yards and nine TDs, while rushing for 333 additional yards and three more scores ... Brandon Saine is the leading rusher with 349 yards on the ground ... DeVier Posey is the leading receiver with 21 catches for 268 yards and three TDs ... The Buckeyes defense is quite stout, boasting per game averages of 12 points, 89.2 rushing yards and 182.7 passing yards. Nationally the Buckeyes rank seventh, 12th and 30th in each respective category ... Brian Rolle is the team's leading tackler with 51 total stops, including two for losses .. Head coach Jim Tressel is in his ninth season as the Buckeyes' guy and has posted a very impressive 88-20 record in 108 games coached (.815).

In addition to stopping a current five-game slide, the Boilermakers are looking to snap a 19-game winless streak against top 25 teams. Purdue last defeated a ranked team in 2003 when it bested No. 10 Iowa 27-14 in West Lafayette ... The Boilermakers are 1-5 against the No. 7-ranked team in the nation, the spot currently held by upcoming opponent Ohio State. Purdue's lone victory over a No. 7 team came in 1949 when the Boilers downed Minnesota 13-7 in Minneapolis on Oct. 29.

The Boilermakers have turned their first offensive possession of a game into a score four times in six tries thus far (three TDs, one FG). Ralph Bolden raced for a 79-yard run on Purdue's first touch against Toledo and Joey Elliott has fired TD passes to Aaron Valentin and Keith Smith to open up against Notre Dame (38 yards) and Northwestern (5 yards).

Junior defensive end Ryan Kerrigan tied the Purdue season high with two sacks at Minnesota on Oct. 10 (also Jason Werner vs. Notre Dame). The two QB-gets improved Kerrigan's career total to 11 which places in the top 15 all-time at Purdue. Kerrigan leads Purdue with four sacks on the season, while Werner follows with three and Gerald Gooden with two.

Fully healthy for the first time in a long time, senior linebacker Jason Werner is taking full advantage of his opportunities. Not only is he the leading tacklers on the defense with 50 total stops, but he has been a menace to the opposition behind the line of scrimmage with his team-best 11 tackles for loss. The 1.8 TFL per game average sets Werner on a pace for 22 TFLs for the regular season which would tie him for the sixth-best individual effort in school history.

Purdue is 14 of 16 inside the red zone (13 touchdowns, one field goal) ... Running back Ralph Bolden and wide receiver Keith Smith have accounted for 54 percent of Purdue's first downs this season (64 of 118) ... The Boilers have outscored the opposition 59-16 in the first quarter ... Purdue is averaging 6.5 plays, 60.2 yards and 2:29 TOP on its touchdown drives ...

The Purdue athletics department and the Boiler Green Initiative have teamed up for recycling efforts in and around Ross-Ade Stadium for the Boilermakers seven home games. Through the first four home dates this season, fans have helped chip in with 25,540 pounds of recyclable materials. A single recycled aluminum can will power a television for 2 1/2 hours.
Recycling Poundage at Ross-Ade Stadium

Toledo - 4,500 lbs
Northern Illinois - 7,080 lbs
Notre Dame - 10,780 lbs
Northwestern - 3,180 lbs
Totals - 25,540 lbs




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