October 12, 1998
Purdue Boilermakers (3-3, 1-1 Big Ten)
at #11/12 Penn State Nittany Lions (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten)
Beaver Stadium (93,967) - State College, Pennsylvania
October 17, 1998 - 2:30 p.m. EST/3:30 p.m. EDT
PROJECTED ATTENDANCE: 93,967 (sellout)
RADIO: WAZY (96.5 FM) / Purdue Sports Radio Network - Joe McConnell
(play-by-play), Pete Quinn (color commentary), Tim Newton
TELEVISION: ABC - Keith Jackson (play-by-play), Bob Griese (color
commentary), Lynn Swann (sideline)
ILLINOIS GAME TIME SET: Purdue's Homecoming game against Illinois on Oct. 24 will begin at 1 p.m. EST. There will be no television for the game.
A LOOK AT THE BOILERMAKERS: The Purdue football team, under
second-year head coach Joe Tiller, travels to 11th/12th-ranked Penn
State on Saturday, Oct. 17. The Boilermakers are coming off a 31-24
loss at No. 10/12 Wisconsin on Oct. 10. Last season the Boilermakers
enjoyed a storybook campaign by finishing 9-3 overall and 6-2 in the
Big Ten for a second-place tie (with Ohio State and Penn State).
Purdue defeated Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl 33-20 and was No. 15
in the final Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today national polls.
HEAD COACH JOE TILLER: Joe Tiller is in his second season as Purdue's
head coach with a 12-6 record (.667 winning percentage) and his
eighth season as a collegiate head coach with a 51-36-1 record
(.585). He is 25-8 in his last 33 games. Tiller won his 50th career
game against Central Florida on Sept. 19, 1998. Tiller was named the
Boilermakers' 33rd head coach Nov. 22, 1996. He was the head coach at
Wyoming from 1991-96 and compiled a 39-30-1 record. The Cowboys
played in the 1993 Copper Bowl and reached the 1996 Western Athletic
Conference championship game. In 1997 Tiller was named National
Coach-of-the-Year by both Football News and Kickoff magazines, the
GTE Region 3 Coach-of-the-Year (Big Ten, Mid-American Conference and
Conference USA) by the American Football Coaches Association and the
Big Ten Dave McClain Coach-of-the-Year. He also was one of six
finalists for the Paul "Bear" Bryant National Coach-of-the-Year and a
finalist for National Coach-of-the-Year by The Sporting News. Tiller
was assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the
Boilermakers from 1983-86.
HISTORY 101 - ALL-TIME SERIES RECORD: Purdue and Penn State have met
five times previously with the Nittany Lions holding a 3-1-1
advantage. Penn State has won the last three meetings (since joining
the Big Ten) - 26-23 in West Lafayette on Oct. 14, 1995; 31-14 in
State College on Oct. 19, 1996; and 42-17 in West Lafayette on Nov.
15, 1997. Purdue won 28-0 in West Lafayette on Nov. 3, 1951, and the
two teams tied 20-20 in State College on Sept. 27, 1952.
QUICK STARTS ... : Purdue has scored on its first possession in four
of six games (at USC, vs. Rice, at Notre Dame and vs. Minnesota). On
the six opening drives, quarterback Drew Brees has completed 16 of
22 passes (72.7 percent) for 274 yards with two touchdowns passing,
one touchdown rushing and one interception.
... AND QUICK STRIKES: The Boilermakers' 29 scoring drives this
season (22 touchdowns and seven field goals) have amassed 87 minutes
and 42 seconds. That's an average of 3:02 per scoring drive. Purdue's
shortest scoring drive has been 34 seconds vs. Minnesota, while its
longest has been 5:39 vs. Central Florida.
FIRST QUARTER DOMINATION: This season the Boilermakers have outscored
their opponents by a 59-21 margin in the first quarter. A year ago
they held a 107-48 advantage in the first 15 minutes. All told, in 18
games under head coach Joe Tiller, Purdue has outscored the
opposition 166-69 in the opening stanza.
1998 CAPTAINS: Purdue's captains this season are senior defensive
end Rosevelt Colvin and senior wide receiver Isaac Jones. In
addition, one or more additional captains are selected for each game
- USC (John Reeves), Rice (Jim Niedrach), Central Florida (Willie
Fells and Lee Johnson), Notre Dame (Henry Bell and ChukkyOkobi),
Minnesota (David Cohen) and Wisconsin (Drew Brees).
GAME 6 RECAP (WISCONSIN 31, PURDUE 24): Sophomore quarterback Drew
Brees continued his record-breaking season, but it wasn't enough as
the Boilermakers dropped a 31-24 decision at No. 10/12 Wisconsin
before 78,782 Homecoming fans and an espn2 national television
audience in Madison on Oct. 10. Brees tied the NCAA Division I record
with 55 completions and established the mark with 83 attempts for 494
yards with two touchdowns, but he was intercepted four times
(including twice in the Wisconsin end zone). Junior wide receiver
Randall Lane set the Big Ten record with 18 receptions for 178 yards,
while junior wide receiver Chris Daniels caught 14 passes (third-most
in school history and tied for seventh in Big Ten history) for 131
yards with two touchdowns. The Boilermakers trailed 14-3 after one
quarter before rallying to tie the score at 17-17 at halftime.
Wisconsin built a 31-17 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
Freshman kicker Travis Dorsch nailed three field goals (from 45, 44
and 45 yards) for the second time this season. Senior linebacker Lee
Johnson topped the team with 12 tackles (including 10 solos), while
senior defensive end had three sacks. Purdue outgained Wisconsin in
total offense 570-229.
NEW FACES: The Boilermakers have had 16 players make their first
collegiate start this season (nine on offense and seven on defense),
plus freshman kicker Travis Dorsch. In addition, senior defensive end
Chike Okeafor has made his first start since the 1996 season (he did
not play in 1997).
A STRONG BREES: Sophomore quarterback Drew Brees has completed 174 of
262 passes (66.4 percent) for 1,998 yards with 16 touchdowns and nine
interceptions. If the season ended today, he would establish a school
season record for completion percentage (the current standard is
.648, 242 of 368, by Mark Herrmann in 1980). Brees is tied for eighth
on the school season touchdowns list (with Len Dawson in 1954 and
Herrmann in 1979), and he ranks 16th on the career passing yards list
with 2,230 in 13 games.
HURRICANE DREW: Drew Brees set school records for yards passing
(522), total offense (524) and touchdown passes (6) in just three
quarters vs. Minnesota. The previous marks were 516 yards passing by
Scott Campbell (vs. Ohio State on Oct. 31, 1981); 482 yards total
offense by Jim Everett (at Ohio State on Oct. 19, 1985); and five
touchdowns by Mike Phipps (vs. Stanford on Oct. 4, 1969), Mark
Herrmann (vs. Iowa on Oct. 22, 1977) and Billy Dicken (at Minnesota
on Oct. 11, 1997). Brees' passing yardage total was the third-highest
in Big Ten history (behind 621 by Dave Wilson of Illinois at Ohio
State on Nov. 8, 1980, and 558 by Chuck Hartlieb of Iowa at Indiana
on Oct. 29, 1988), as was his total offense yardage (behind 585 by
Wilson in the above game and 536 by Tim Schade of Minnesota at Penn
State on Sept. 4, 1993). The Big Ten record for touchdown passes is
seven by Hartlieb at Northwestern on Nov. 7, 1987. Three other
players have thrown for six in conference games. Brees' passing
efficiency rating of 262.91 was fifth in Big Ten games, while his
completion percentage of .861 (31 of 36) was just short of the school
record of .864 (19 of 22) by Bob Griese vs. Notre Dame on Sept. 25,
MORE BREES: Drew Brees set the NCAA Division I passing attempts
record with 83 at Wisconsin. The previous mark was 79 by Matt Vogler
of Texas Christian vs. Houston on Nov. 3, 1996. Brees tied the
Division I record with 55 completions (also held by Rusty LaRue of
Wake Forest vs. Duke on Oct. 28, 1995). The Big Ten standards were 71
attempts and 45 completions by Sandy Schwab of Northwestern vs.
Michigan on Oct. 23, 1982. The Purdue records were 60 attempts by
Eric Hunter at Iowa on Nov. 17, 1990, and by Billy Dicken vs. Penn
State on Nov. 15, 1997, and 35 completions by Jim Everett at Ohio
State on Oct. 19, 1985. Brees' 494 yards passing at Wisconsin were
the fourth-most in school history and sixth-most in Big Ten history.
MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK: A total of 14 different players have
caught passes this season. The breakdown by game - at USC (10), vs.
Rice (8), vs. Central Florida (five), at Notre Dame (seven), vs.
Minnesota (10) and at Wisconsin (10).
3 x 100: Against Minnesota the Boilermakers had three players finish
with 100-plus yards receiving for the first time in school history -
Randall Lane (6 for 137, 1 TD); Gabe Cox (6 for 123, 2 TD); and Cliff
Jackson (6 for 101).
YARDS, YARDS AND MORE YARDS: Purdue's 692 yards
of total offense (604 passing and 88 rushing) vs. Minnesota ranks
third in the Big Ten in conference games (behind 713 by Iowa vs.
Northwestern on Oct. 8, 1983, and 698 by Michigan State at Purdue on
Oct. 30, 1971) and ranks ninth in all games involving Big Ten teams
(the record is 742 by Minnesota vs. Ohio on Sept. 11, 1982).
THE OFFENSE LIKES IKE: Senior wide receiver Isaac Jones needs six
catches to move into 10th place on Purdue's career list (Steve
Bryant, 1980-81, 110).
FAST LANE AND DANDY DANIELS: Junior wide receiver Randall Lane set a
Big Ten record with 18 receptions (for 178 yards) at Wisconsin. The
previous mark was 17 (for 208 yards) by Jon Harvey of Northwestern
vs. Michigan on Oct. 23, 1982. The Purdue record was 15 (for 190
yards) by Rodney Carter at Ohio State on Oct. 19, 1985. Also at
Wisconsin junior wide receiver Chris Daniels caught 14 passes for 131
yards with two touchdowns. It was the third-most in school history
and tied for seventh in Big Ten history. Daniels had 13 career
receptions prior to the game.
CRACKLIN' ROSEY: Neil Diamond sang the song, and senior defensive end
Rosevelt Colvin is making Purdue fans smile. He tops the team with 10
tackles for loss, eight quarterback sacks and two blocked field
goals. His two blocks ties the school season record (also held by
Kevin Holley in 1986, Steve Jackson in 1989, Kevin Strickland in 1989
and Jarrett Scales in 1990). Colvin has three career blocked field
goals to share the school standard with Scales (1987-90). Colvin has
50 career tackles for loss to rank third on the school list.
THE BALL STOPS HERE: Junior linebacker Willie Fells was the
Boilermakers' leading tackler last season with 131 stops (third in
the Big Ten). He tops the team again this season with 61 tackles,
including 40 solos. Fells has finished with double-figure stops in
four games (13 at USC, 15 vs. Rice, 10 at Notre Dame and 11 at
Wisconsin) and has 11 double-figure efforts during his career (eight
in his last 11 games, dating to 1997). His career high is 20 tackles
(15 solos) at Iowa on Nov. 1, 1997.
FROM "POOCH" TO "POP": In 1997 Danny Rogers was Purdue's "pooch
punter" who specialized in directional punting deep inside opponents'
territory (six of his 23 punts were downed inside the 20-yard line).
This season the junior is handling all the punting chores, and he has
a 41.3-yard average. He had a career-long 63-yarder at USC on Aug.
30, 1998, and equalled it vs. Central Florida on Sept. 19, 1998.
Rogers ranks fifth on Purdue's career punting average list at 38.8
(101 punts for 3,921 yards). Of his 101 career punts, 30 have come to
rest inside the 20-yard line (30 percent).
THREE FOR TRAVIS: Freshman kicker Travis Dorsch converted three field
goals at Notre Dame (from 37, 40 and a career-high 47 yards). It
marked the first time a Purdue kicker made good on three field goals
since Brad Bobich vs. Penn State on Oct. 14, 1995 (from 37, 21 and 22
yards). Dorsch's 47-yard effort was the longest by a Purdue kicker
since Larry Sullivan tied the school record with a 51-yarder at
Minnesota on Oct. 7, 1989, and it is sixth-longest in school history
(behind two from 51, one from 50 and two from 49). Dorsch also made
three field goals at Wisconsin (from 45, 44 and 45 yards). The last
Purdue kicker to hit three or more field goals from 40-plus yards in
a game was Jonathan Briggs (from 47, 49, 44 and 47 yards) at Illinois
on Oct. 11, 1986. For the season Dorsch is 7 of 9 on field goal
attempts (77.8 percent), including 5 of 6 from 40-plus yards. He has
made his last six attempts.
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: The combined record of the Boilermakers' first
seven opponents currently stands at 27-11 (.711 winning percentage).
The breakdown by foe: USC (4-2), Rice (1-4), Central Florida (5-1),
Notre Dame (4-1), Minnesota (3-2), Wisconsin (6-0) and Penn State
"QB" SCHOOL: Purdue has the reputation as one of the nation's premier
quarterback schools. Previous signal-callers include Len Dawson
(1954-56), Bob Griese (1964-66 - pictured at left), Mike Phipps
(1967-69), Gary Danielson (1970-72), Mark Herrmann (1977-80), Scott
Campbell (1980-83) and Jim Everett (1982-85). Dawson led the Kansas
City Chiefs to a victory in Super Bowl IV and Griese won two Super
Bowls with the Miami Dolphins (VII and VIII). According to research
by Sports Illustrated, Purdue ranks fifth all-time among schools
whose QB alums have thrown more than 10,000 passes in the NFL. The
list includes Brigham Young (81.6 rating), Miami (77.3), Washington
(76.9), Oregon (75.1) and Purdue (74.5). In addition, Purdue
quarterbacks have thrown more NFL touchdown passes than QB's from any
This Date In Purdue Football History
Oct. 17, 1964 - The Boilermakers edged Michigan 21-20 in front of
60,424 fans in Ann Arbor. Sophomore quarterback Bob Griese completed
10 of 24 passes for 149 yards and also kicked three PAT's, while
junior halfback Randy Minniear rushed 24 times for 84 yards with two
Oct. 17, 1970 - Purdue won its 10th straight game over Iowa with a
24-3 verdict before a crowd of 56,973 in Iowa City. Sophomore
halfback Otis Armstrong had 25 carries for 164 yards with one
touchdown and also caught three passes for 32 yards. Junior defensive
back Arnold Carter returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown.
Oct. 17, 1981 - The Boilermakers shutout Northwestern 35-0 in
Evanston. It is the last whitewashing by a Purdue squad. Sophomore
quarterback Scott Campbell completed 17 of 25 passes for 203 yards
with three touchdowns. Junior tailback Jimmy Smith had 21 rushes for
100 yards with two touchdowns.