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- Purdue and Michigan State meet for the 64th time in series history.
- Michigan State leads the series 32-28-3 and has won four straight in the series.
- The Boilermakers are coming off a 44-7 loss against Nebraska at Ross-Ade Stadium last week.
- Purdue and Michigan State meet on the gridiron after a two year break.
- Saturday's game is the fifth in-a-row and sixth of the year against a team that has been ranked or received votes this season.
- Nine teams on the Boilermakers' schedule have been ranked or received votes this season.
- Michigan State is coming off a 42-28 win over Indiana in its Homecoming game last week.
- The Boilermakers look to snap a four-game skid.
- Purdue trots out one of the youngest teams in the country as eight underclassmen started on offense last week, including at all six skill positions.
- The Boilermakers had five freshmen start on offense at skill positions last week.
- The game begins at noon EDT on BTN with Eric Collins calling the action. Derek Rackley will color the action while Eric Crouch will join from the sideline.
- Tim Newton will handle the play-by-play on the Purdue Sports Properties radio broadcast with Pete Quinn at his side. Kelly Kitchel will join the crew from the sideline.
HEAD COACH Darrell Hazell
- Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell (Muskingum, 1986) is 1-5 as Purdue's head coach and 0-5 against teams ranked or receiving votes.
- Hazell was named the school's 35th head coach on Dec. 5, 2012, after two seasons as the head coach at Kent State.
- Hazell is 17-15 overall as a head coach, including 16-10 at Kent State.
- Hazell was named the 2012 MAC Coach of the Year after leading Kent State to 11 wins and its first bowl appearance in 40 years.
- Hazell also has served seven years on staff at Ohio State and been an assistant coach at Rutgers, West Virginia, U.S. Military Academy, Western Michigan, Pennsylvania, Oberlin College and Eastern Illinois.
- Mark Dantonio is in his seventh year as the head coach at Michigan State.
- Dantonio has led the Spartans to a school-record six consecutive bowl games.
- Michigan State has 28 conference wins since 2008, the third most in the conference behind Ohio State's 34 and Penn State's 29, though seven Buckeye wins and 23 Nittany Lion wins have been vacated.
- Dantonio is 4-0 against Purdue as a head coach, all while at Michigan State.
- Michigan State is on two-game winning streak.
- The Spartans have not been ranked this season, though they have received votes in the poll every week.
- The Spartans have the nation's top ranked rush defense and total defense.
- Connor Cook has settled in as the team's starting quarterback and has completed 90 of 156 passes for 923 yards and nine touchdowns.
- Jeremy Langford leads the ground attack with 95 carries for 420 yards (4.4 avg) and seven touchdowns. He was named the Big Ten Offensive player of the week on Monday after rushing for 109 yards and scoring four total touchdowns against Indiana.
- Mike Sadler was named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday after punting four times for 237 yards (59.3 avg) with a long of 69. He is also the National Punter of the Week.
Series record: Michigan State leads 32-28-3
Purdue points: 1,108
Michigan State points: 1,434
Series record in West Lafayette: Purdue leads 16-13-3
Series record at Ross-Ade Stadium: Purdue leads 15-13-3
Series record in East Lansing: Michigan State leads 19-12
Series record at Spartan Stadium: Michigan State leads 19-11
Games decided by 3 points or less: Purdue leads 8-4
Games decided by 7 points or less: Purdue leads 14-10
Longest Purdue win streak: 5 (1978-82)
Longest Michigan State win streak: 6 (1985-90)
Current streak: Michigan State has won the last four meetings
Largest Purdue victory: 48-3 in 1988
Largest Michigan State victory: 41-13 in 1969
Last Purdue home victory: 2005
Last Purdue road victory: 2006
Last Michigan State home victory: 2010
Last Michigan State road victory: 2009
THIS DATE IN BOILERMAKER HISTORY
- Purdue is 9-5-1 all-time in games played on Oct. 19.
- The Boilermakers have dropped two in a row on Oct. 19. Both were against teams ranked in the top 15, including No. 2 Ohio State in 1996.
- Purdue is 1-0 on Oct. 19 against Michigan State. The Boilermakers beat the No. 1 team in the land 20-13 in East Lansing in 1957. It was Michigan State's only loss that season as it went 8-1 and the Dunkel Poll named the Spartans National Champions.
- First year Purdue coaches are 1-0 in games played on Oct. 19.
- Purdue is 4-2-1 in away games played on Oct. 19.
LAST TIME OUT
- Purdue played its fourth-straight game against a team ranked or receiving votes and fifth of the season as the Boilermakers lost at home to Nebraska 44-7.
- True freshman quarterback Danny Etling made his first start, the first true freshman to start at quarterback since now-linebacker Sean Robinson in 2010.
- Etling went 14 for 35 for 184 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
- True freshman DeAngelo Yancey caught five passes for 146 yards and a touchdown.
- Yancey has had back-to-back 100+ yard receiving games, the first Boilermaker since Keith Smith had four in a row in 2009.
- Yancey's yardage total is the second most by a freshman in program history (Taylor Stubblefield had 196 in 2001) and the most by a true freshman.
- Purdue started three true freshman, three redshirt freshmen and two sophomores.
- Nine true freshmen saw significant action, including Dan Monteroso, Jake Replogle, Ra'Zahn Howard and Evan Panfil who each played in his first game as a Boilermaker.
- Yancey hauled in a 55-yard touchdown pass from Etling in the final minute for Purdue's longest play from scrimmage this season.
- The Boilermakers picked off a season high three passes, including freshmen Andy James Garcia and Austin Logan and one by sophomore Frankie Williams.
- Purdue has its second and final bye week of the season.
- True freshman quarterback Danny Etling made his first career start last Saturday against Nebraska after appearing in the Northern Illinois game two weeks prior.
- Etling is the first true freshman quarterback to take a snap for Purdue since 2010 when now-linebacker Sean Robinson was under center, and the second since Brandon Kirsch in 2002.
- Etling completed 19 of 39 passes for 241 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in his debut against Northern Illinois.
- Etling was named the team's starting quarterback prior to its game against Nebraska and went 14 for 35 for 184 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
- Etling was a four-star prospect out of high school and enrolled at Purdue last January.
- He was ranked the No. 9 "Pro-Style Quarterback" by Rivals.com and No. 12 by ESPN.com.
- He was selected to participate in the Elite 11 Camp Finals.
QUARTERBACKS' FIRST STARTS
Player, Year Opponent, Result Comp-Att-Int Yards TD Long
Len Dawson, 1954 at #1 Notre Dame, W 27-14 7-12-1 213 4 73
Bob Griese, 1964* Ohio, W 17-0 8-13-0 119 0 24
Mike Phipps, 1967 Texas A&M, W 24-20 17-35-2 254 1 34
Gary Danielson, 1970 Illinois, L 23-21 13-26-1 214 1 63
Mark Herrmann, 1977 Ohio, W 44-7 23-36-1 339 1 47
Scott Campbell, 1980 #11 Notre Dame, L 31-10 17-26-0 178 0 26
Jim Everett, 1983 at Miami, L 35-0 16-32-2 186 0 23
Billy Dicken, 1994 #20 Michigan, L 45-23 9-18-1 114 0 23
Drew Brees, 1998 at USC, L 27-17 30-52-2 248 2 43
Kyle Orton, 2001 at Indiana, L 13-7 31-62-0 263 1 35
Curtis Painter, 2005 at Wisconsin, L 31-20 23-44-3 212 1 28
Joey Elliott, 2009 Toledo, W 52-31 17-28-3 220 3 34
Robert Marve, 2010 at Notre Dame, L 23-12 31-42-2 220 0 16
Rob Henry, 2010^ at Northwestern, W 20-17 6-18-1 47 0 15
Sean Robinson, 2010 #7 Wisconsin, L 34-13 19-38-3 141 1 23
Caleb TerBush, 2011 Middle Tennessee, W 27-24 19-33-1 220 2 35
Danny Etling, 2013 Nebraska, L, 44-7 14-35-1 184 1 55
* Griese scored all 17 points for Purdue against Ohio on Sept. 26, 1964. The sophomore scored two rushing touchdowns, kicked both extra points and added a field goal.
^ Henry also rushed 16 times for 132 yards with a long of 67 yards and a touchdown. His rushing yardage was the second-most by a QB in school history.
COACHING TREE CONNECTIONS
- Though Mark Dantonio and Darrell Hazell missed each other by one season at Ohio State, the two coaches have a similar history.
- Both head coaches worked under head man Jim Tressel at Ohio State, with Dantonio in Columbus from 2001 to 2003 and Hazell on the Buckeye staff from 2004 to 2010.
- Each became a head coach in the Buckeye State after his stint with Ohio State; Dantonio at Cincinnati (2004-06) and Hazell at Kent State (2011-12).
- Each coach bases his coaching style of techniques learned with the Buckeyes.
THE FUTURE STARTS NOW
- Purdue started three true freshmen, three redshirt freshmen and two sophomores against Nebraska last week.
- Six of Purdue's 11 starters on offense last week were freshmen, while two are sophomores.
- At times last week, the offense had true freshmen Danny Etling (quarterback), Dan Monteroso (wide receiver), DeAngelo Yancey (wide receiver) and Dalyn Dawkins (running back), and redshirt freshmen Cameron Posey or Bilal Marshall (wide receivers) in the game on the same play and guard Jordan Roos.
- Two of Purdue's top three rushers this season are freshmen with Dawkins and B.J. Knauf.
- Three of Purdue's top five receivers this season are underclassmen, including a pair of freshmen.
- Purdue's top eight receivers this season are expected back next year.
- Yancey has the two longest plays from scrimmage this year with catches of 50 and 55 yards, the latter for a touchdown against Nebraska.
- Yancey had the most receiving yards (146) of any player in the Big Ten last week.
- Purdue had 17 players with freshman eligibility play in last week's game against Nebraska.
- Eleven of Purdue's 22 players on the offensive two-deep chart were freshmen or sophomores and nine of the 22 on defense were underclassmen last week.
- Thirty-four of the 70 players on Purdue's travel roster are freshmen or sophomores.
- Every skill player (QB, RB, WR) that recorded a stat last week against Nebraska has at least one year of eligibility remaining.
- Purdue came up with three interceptions against Nebraska; one by a true freshman, one by a redshirt freshman and one by a sophomore.
- True freshmen defensive linemen Ra'Zahn Howard, Evan Panfil and Jake Replogle made their first appearances as Boilermakers last week against Nebraska.
- Replogle had two tackles, while Howard and Panfil each had one. Panfil's tackle was for loss.
- True freshmen Leroy Clark and Austin Logan also played significant minutes on defense with Clark recording three tackles and Logan coming up with one tackle and an interception.
- Freshmen accounted for 16 tackles, two for loss, and two interceptions last week, while sophomores had 18 tackles, including Anthony Brown's game-high nine, and an interception.
- Nine true freshmen played against Nebraska.
- Fifty-two of Purdue's 112 student-athletes on the roster are freshmen (29 true and 23 redshirt).
- In comparison, there are 17 sophomores, 21 juniors and 22 seniors.
- The Boilermakers have scored 92 points this season and all but 12 of them have eligibility remaining after this season.
- Freshmen have scored 24 points, sophomores 26, juniors 30 and seniors 12.
- Four freshmen have caught passes this season.
- Dawkins led the Boilermakers in rushing, receiving and all-purpose yards at Cincinnati.
- Redshirt freshman B.J. Knauf scored his first career touchdown against the Sycamores on a 16-yard rush. He caught his first career touchdown pass against Notre Dame.
- Purdue freshmen had 12 tackles at Wisconsin in week four.
- Redshirt freshman Cameron Posey caught the first touchdown of his career against the Huskies.
- Etling went 19-39 for 241 yards and two touchdowns against NIU before completing 14 of 35 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown against Nebraska.
- Purdue has nine takeaways this season and all but two have eligibility remaining after this season.
- Nineteen of Purdue's 30 tackles for loss are by players with eligibility remaining after this season.
- Purdue started eight underclassmen on offense last week, including at all six skill positions. The eight underclassmen starters on offense is the second-most of any team in FBS this season, behind only Florida International which started nine vs. Louisville.
- Purdue is the only team in the country this year that has started underclassmen at all six skill positions.
- The Boilermakers started five freshmen at skill positions last week. No other FBS team has started more than three freshmen at the skill positions.
HE'S FANCY, THAT YANCEY
- True freshman DeAngelo Yancey has been a bright spot for the Boilermakers this season, especially the last couple weeks.
- The wide receiver has back-to-back100+ receiving games (117 and 146), a first for Purdue since Keith Smith had four in a row in 2009 (136, 101, 126, 125).
- Yancey's 146 receiving yards last week included a one-handed 36-yard grab, while being interfered, and a 55-yard over-the-head touchdown catch.
- The 55-yard touchdown catch is Purdue's longest play from scrimmage this season.
- Yancey's 146 receiving yards are the most by a true freshman in program history and the second most by a freshman, behind only Taylor Stubblefield (196 yards in 2001).
- His performance last week was the best since Dorien Bryant had 134 receiving yards as a freshman in 2004 against Indiana.
- Yancey had more receiving yards than any other Big Ten receiver last week.
- He has the two longest offensive plays this year as he also has a 50-yard catch vs. NIU.
- All five of Yancey's catches last week went for first downs. He leads the team with 11 receiving first downs.
A THRILLING SERIES
- Purdue and Michigan State have a history of playing exciting games. Here's a look at some of the highlights.
2010 #11 Michigan State 35, Purdue 31
The Boilermakers, led by redshirt freshman quarterback Rob Henry who filled in for
a handful of injured QBs, took a 28-13 lead into the fourth quarter before the
Spartans used a blocked punt and interception deep in Boilermaker territory to
take a 35-31 lead with 4:32 to play in the final quarter. Henry got the Boilermakers
to the MSU 20 with under a minute to play before he was intercepted on fourth
2009 Michigan State 40, Purdue 37
Despite fumbling on the first play from scrimmage and having the Spartans return
it for a touchdown, the Boilermakers led 34-23 in the fourth quarter. Michigan
State used a 73-yard pass from Kirk Cousins to BJ Cunningham to cut the score
to 34-30 before scoring a go-ahead touchdown with seven minutes remaining.
Carson Wiggs knocked in a 49-yard field goal to knot the score at 37 before Brett
Swensen made the game winner with just under two minutes to play.
2006 Purdue 17, Michigan State 15
Curtis Painter went 21-for-30 for 286 yards and two touchdowns, but the
Boilermakers struggled in the kicking game. That forced head coach Joe Tiller to
send walk-on Casey Welch in to attempt his first career field goal with just under
five minutes remaining in the game. Welch hit the 18-yarder to give Purdue the
17-15 lead. The Boilermakers held on to beat John L. Smith's Spartans as MSU
turned the ball over on downs at its own 40 with less than two minutes left.
2005 Purdue 28, Michigan State 21
Curtis Painter made the third start of his career and went 20-for-32 for 226 yards
and a touchdown. The Spartans held a 21-14 lead at the half, but Purdue took the
opening drive of the second half for a touchdown to even the score. Jerod Void
gave Purdue the lead for good with a six-yard touchdown run early in the fourth
quarter. The game ended with Bernard Pollard intercepting a Drew Stanton pass
at the Purdue 5-yard line with 37 seconds remaining.
2002 Purdue 45, Michigan State 42
The Boilermakers trailed 42-37 with just over three minutes remaining and faced
a fourth and 8. Backup quarterback Kyle Orton stepping into the game for his
first play because of an injury to starter Brandon Kirsch. Orton audibled at the line
and hit John Standeford in stride for a 40-yard touchdown. The Boilermakers
converted the two-point conversion and held on to win 45-42.
1998 Purdue 25, Michigan State 24
The Boilermakers rallied from 11 points down in the fourth quarter, for the second-
straight year, to stun the Spartans. The Boilermakers used a blocked punt by Todd
Stelma to set up a touchdown with 5:07 remaining to cut the score to 24-19. After
a defensive stand, sophomore quarterback Drew Brees found senior Isaac Jones
for the game-winning touchdown with 1:21 to play. Brees went 26 of 47 for 196
yards and two touchdowns.
1997 #22 Purdue 22, Michigan State 21
It was one of the greatest comebacks in Purdue history as Purdue overcame an 11-
point deficit with 2:13 left in the game. MSU led 21-10 with just over two minutes
left and the Spartans set up for a 39-yard field goal. Leo Perez broke through and
blocked Chris Gardner's kick before Rosevelt Colvin scooped it and dashed 62
yards to pull within 21-16. The Boilermakers then recovered an onside kick and
had the ball at their own 45-yard line. Quarterback Billy Dicken marched Purdue
down the field and Edwin Watson punched in the game-winning score with 40
seconds left. The Spartans had a 43-yard game-tying field goal try, but missed to
end the game.
1957 Purdue 20, #1 Michigan State 13
Fifty-six years ago to the day, the top-ranked Spartans lost five fumbles and gave
up 192 yards on the ground. The Purdue defense came up big on a handful of
occasions including late in the first quarter when it stopped Spartan halfback Dean
Look on fourth down, just inches from the goal line. Purdue fullback Mel Dillard
carried the ball 17 times for 57 yards, including a third-quarter touchdown. Half
back Ken Mikes scored the game-winning touchdown on a 34-yard draw play in
the third quarter. The loss was Michigan State's only one of the season.
fIRST YEAR COACHES
- There are 31 new head coaches across the FBS, including Purdue's Darrell Hazell.
- First year coaches are 76-113 (.402) this season, including 55-106 (.342) against FBS teams.
- Last week, week seven, first year coaches went 10-15, including 6-9 at home and 4-6 on the road.
- Three of last week's four road wins were against other first year coaches, while one of the home wins was against an FCS opponent.
- The combined record in coaching debuts was 15-16, including three wins against other coaches making their debut at a new school.
- Purdue coaches are 18-17 in their first game coaching the Old Gold and Black and fell to 2-10 when their first game is on the road after Purdue lost at Cincinnati.
- New coaches went 15-15 in week two, including UTEP which played its season opener in the second week. Northern Illinois had a bye, while two of the wins came against other first year head coaches.
- First year coaches went 10-18 in week three, including 8-9 at home, 3-2 against FCS and four wins against other first year coaches.
- New head coaches went 8-15 in week four, including 2-12 on the road, 2-1 against FCS opponents and one win against another first year coach.
- New head coaches went 8-16 in week five.
- Coaches in the first year went 10-18 in week six, including 7-8 on the road and 3-10 at home.
- Six teams are still looking for their first win under their new head coaches: Georgia State, Idaho, New Mexico State, Southern Miss, Temple and Western Michigan.
- Three teams are undefeated under their new head coach: Northern Illinois (6-0), Oregon (6-0), and Texas Tech (6-0).
- The Boilermakers have one of the toughest schedules in not only the Big Ten, but also the country.
- Not one of the 11 FBS teams on Purdue's schedule is below .500 this season.
- Ten of the 11 FBS teams on Purdue's schedule have a winning record.
- Four teams on Purdue's schedule are a combined 22-2 this season, including MSU.
- The Boilermakers face four teams that were ranked in the preseason AP poll and four more that were receiving votes.
- A total of nine teams on Purdue's schedule have been ranked or received votes this season, including Michigan State which is currently receiving the third-most votes of non-ranked teams.
- Four of the five road games in the 2013 season are against ranked or teams that have received votes, including Saturday's game at Michigan State.
- Saturday's game is the fifth-straight against a team ranked or receiving votes this season.
- All of Purdue's five losses came against teams ranked or receiving votes.
- Purdue has already played three teams that went to BCS bowls last season.
- Five of Purdue's seven home games are against teams that have been ranked or received votes this season.
- Purdue opponents combined for a 96-56 record in 2012 and made it to three BCS bowls, including Wisconsin's appearance in the Rose Bowl game.
- The 96 wins by opponents are tied for the third most of any team's opponents and the three BCS bowls is tied for the most in the nation.
- Three of Purdue's losses are against teams that were either ranked during the matchup, or are currently ranked.
- Four of Purdue's first five games were against first year head coaches. The only one not in that group: 2012-13 National Runner-Up Notre Dame and Brian Kelly.
- With last season's berth in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, the Boilermakers made it to the postseason in consecutive years for the first time since 2006-07. The quest for the trifecta continues this season and would be the first time Purdue has made a bowl in three straight seasons since the 2002-04 seasons.
- The Boilermakers went to eight-straight bowls from 1997 to 2004, which is a program record.
JUST ONE OF THE `GUYS'
- Cody Webster is a member of the 2013 Ray Guy Award watch list for the nation's top punter.
- Webster averages 42.9 yards per punt for his career, which is second all-time in Purdue history behind only Travis Dorsch (48.5 avg).
- Webster has 198 punts for 8,455 yards and is third in Boilermaker lore for career punts.
- Shawn McCarthy is the Purdue record holder with 273 career punts.
- Webster's 42.9-yard career average is sixth among active punters in the FBS.
- Webster currently is 26th in the nation in punting average with a season average of 43.7 yards. That is second in the Big Ten behind Michigan State's Mike Sadler (43.8 avg).
- In week one against Cincinnati, Webster had three punts for 169 yards, an average of 56.3 yards, with a long of 73 yards. The 73-yard boot is the second-longest of his career and the longest since his freshman year when he had a 79-yarder at Northwestern.
- The punt is tied with the long of Cayle Chapman-Brown from New Mexico State for the 12th longest in the country this season. It is the longest in the Big Ten this year.
- Against Indiana State, Webster had six punts for 280 yards (46.7 avg), including four inside the 20.
- Against Notre Dame, Webster punted five times for 209 yards (41.8 avg), including three inside the 20.
- Webster had nine punts for 393 yards (43.7 avg), including two inside the 20, at Wisconsin in week four.
- Webster had four punts for 172 yards (43.0 avg), including one inside the 20, against Northern Illinois.
- Webster had eight punts for 306 yards (38.2 avg), including one inside the 20, against Nebraska.
BOILER BRIDGE WALK
- Fans have the opportunity to meet and greet the team on Fridays before all home games this season.
- Head coach Darrell Hazell, the cheerleaders, the Boilermaker Special and Purdue Pete will be on hand as the football team takes the walk across the John Myers Pedestrian Bridge in Lafayette.
- The event is from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. each Friday before a home game.
- The 211 session is a brand new, major pep rally hosted inside Mackey Arena for all home games.
- It begins two hours and 11 minutes prior to kickoff and features the "All-American" Marching Band, head coach Darrell Hazell, the team, the cheerleaders and Purdue Pete.
- The event is designed for fans to have a personal connection with the team and create tremendous excitement heading into the game.
- The session is named such because at 211° water is hot, but at 212° water boils and produces steam, which can power an engine. The excitement from the event will help the atmosphere "rise one degree" and make Ross-Ade Stadium, now nicknamed "The Furnace," a very difficult place for opponents to play.
- Four Boilermakers have been named to preseason watch lists for the 2013 season.
- Senior cornerback Ricardo Allen is on the Jim Thorpe Award (best all-around athlete) and Bronko Nagurski Award (top defensive player) watch lists.
- Senior tight end Gabe Holmes was named to the John Mackey Award (top tight end) watch list, though he is out for the year with an injury.
- Junior running back Akeem Hunt is on the Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player) list.
- Senior punter Cody Webster was named to the Ray Guy Award (top punter) watch list.
- The team and coaching staff voted for captains on Aug. 22, and named Ricardo Allen, Bruce Gaston and Rob Henry the leaders of the 2013 squad.
- Head coach Darrell Hazell specified that three players would be selected and that they all must be seniors with one from offense and defense and the next highest vote-getter.
TALE OF TURNOVERS
- Purdue was 2-6 in 2012 when it did not have more takeaways than its opponent, including a 2-5 record when the Boilermakers turned the ball over more than their opponent.
- Purdue is 0-4 this season when it does not come up with more turnovers than its opponent.
- The Boilermakers are 1-1 when they come away with more turnovers.
- Purdue intercepted three Nebraska passes last week compared to two turnovers. It was just the second time this season Purdue has come up with more turnovers.
- At Cincinnati, Purdue turned the ball over four times compared to three takeaways, and lost 42-7.
- Against Indiana State, the Boilermakers secured the game when Ricardo Allen intercepted a pass on the Sycamores' final drive of the game. It was the game's only turnover and led to Purdue's 20-14 victory.
- Purdue and Notre Dame each had one turnover in Purdue's 31-24 loss in week three.
- Purdue and Wisconsin each had one turnover in Purdue's 41-10 loss in week four.
- Against Northern Illinois, the Boilermakers turned the ball over five times compared to NIU's one. Purdue lost 55-24.
SHUFFLING THE D-LINE
- The Boilermakers return 34 starts on the defensive line from last season, but they aren't afraid to mix it up.
- Defensive line starters from last year return 18.5 tackles for loss and six sacks.
- Senior defensive tackle Bruce Gaston and junior defensive end Ryan Russell return with 14 tackles for loss and four sacks combined from last year to lead the defense, while Ryan Isaac and Jalani Phillips also have starting experience.
- Gaston picked up his third sack of the season last week against Nebraska to tie his season best.
- Russell and Phillips each have two sacks this season.
- Gaston, Russell, Isaac, Greg Latta and Ryan Watson all have starts on the line this season.
- The Purdue starting defensive line has 9.5 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks this season.
- True freshmen Ra'Zahn Howard, Evan Panfil and Jake Replogle played for the first time in their careers last week against Nebraska.
- Combined, they came up with four tackles, including one for loss.
- Eleven different players have played on the defensive line this season.
- Akeem Hunt and Raheem Mostert are one of the most dangerous kick return duos in the country.
- Mostert was the NCAA FBS return leader as a freshman in 2011 with a 33.5 yards per return average (25-837). He had four returns of 71 yards or more, including a 99-yard touchdown against Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
- Hunt had 867 return yards last season, including a 100-yard return touchdown at Ohio State.
- Mostert is fourth among active FBS returners with a 29.2 career average. Hunt already has a kickoff return touchdown this season as he took the opening kick against Indiana State 99 yards to the house.
END ZONE ALLEN
- Ricardo Allen has a knack for finding the end zone. The senior cornerback has four interceptions returned for touchdowns, which is a school record and currently leads all active players.
- He is just one pick-six away from tying the NCAA record of five which is held by Darrent Williams, who played at Oklahoma State from 2001 to 2004, and nearly had it at Wisconsin before being tackled inside the 10-yard line.
- Allen is third among active FBS players in interception return yards with 234 yards, including 27 yards against Wisconsin.
- Allen has nine career interceptions, which puts him in a tie for ninth place all-time in Purdue history.
- Allen is one pick shy of eighth in Purdue lore, which is held by Bill Kay (1977-80), and two away from second place, which is held by six individuals.
- For all information regarding the activities on campus during game week, fans have a one-stop spot for it all.
- The "Boilermaker Depot" lists all the happenings on and around campus for the excitement leading up to each big game.
- It can be accessed by going to BoilermakerDepot.com.
- Akeem Hunt and DeAngelo Yancey have done the majority of the heavy lifting as they have accounted for 34 of the team's 96 first downs this season.
- Hunt has 14 rushing and nine receiving first downs.
- Yancey has 11 first downs, all by reception.
- All five of Yancey's catches last week went for first downs.
- Hunt has more than twice as many first downs as any other player this season, as the next closest player, Yancey, has 11.
- Junior defensive end Ryan Russell has 30 career starts, including 22 straight.
- Senior defensive tackle Bruce Gaston has 19-straight starts and 38 total for his career, the second most on the team.
- Junior safety Taylor Richards has started 19 consecutive games.
- Junior linebacker Joe Gilliam is the only other returning Purdue defender to start all 13 games last year. He had 18 in a row and 19 total for his career, but did not start last week.
- Senior cornerback Ricardo Allen started 11 games last season and has 42 total for his career, including all six games this season, to lead the team.
DEN OF DEFENSIVE ENDS
- Purdue has a longstanding history of producing elite defensive ends. Among the greats are Rosevelt Colvin and Chike Okeafor from the late 1990s, Akin Ayodele, Shaun Phillips, Ray Edwards and Rob Ninkovich from the early 2000s, and Anthony Spencer, Cliff Avril and most recently Ryan Kerrigan, all since 2006. Leo Sugar, Keena Turner and Lamar Lundy are also in the club.
- Junior Ryan Russell wants to continue making his case for a spot among the elite this season. Through their first two seasons, Russell and Kerrigan's numbers are very similar.
- Russell has started his junior season with 16 tackles, 4.0 for loss and 2.0 sacks this year. In comparison, Kerrigan totaled 31 tackles, 6.5 for loss and 5.0 sacks in the first six games of his junior year.
- Ryan Isaac, Austin Logan, and Andy James Garcia each has an interception this season while Frankie Williams and Ricardo Allen have two apiece.
- Freshmen Logan and Garcia each came up with his first career pick last week.
- Isaac and Williams both picked off Munchie Legaux of Cincinnati in week one. Williams has three for his career. Allen picked off Mike Perish of Indiana State in week two and Joel Stave of Wisconsin last week.
- Allen now has nine for his career, which is tied for ninth all-time in Purdue history.
- Williams, a sophomore, has four interceptions for his career.
- The Boilermakers picked off 14 passes last year, including three returned for touchdowns to set a program record. Returning players had 10 of those interceptions, led by Landon Feichter's four, which tied for the Big Ten's best.
- Purdue has had five different opening game quarterbacks in the last six years, and none who has started the opener in back-to-back seasons during that span.
- Rob Henry made his first season-opening start on Aug. 31 at Cincinnati.
- Robert Marve had two season-opening starts, one in 2010 and the other in 2012 during that span.
- Since 2010, Purdue has had five different quarterbacks start a game.
- Danny Etling is the sixth different starting quarterback for Purdue since the 2010 season.
- Etling is one of three players on Purdue's roster with at least one quarterback start. Converted linebacker Sean Robinson and newly-converted safety Rob Henry also have starts.
BOILERS HEADED WEST
- Following the 2013-14 academic year, the Big Ten Conference welcomes the University of Maryland and Rutgers University to the league.
- The addition of the two schools will give the Big Ten 14 teams and will mark the end of the "Legends" and "Leaders" divisions in football.
- The conference redivided its teams into new "East" and "West" divisions and the Boilermakers will be joined by Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin in the West.
- In the East division are Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers.
- Purdue's Old Oaken Bucket Rivalry with Indiana is the only protected crossover game and will continue to take place at the end of each season.
FROM MAC TO B1G
- Five of the 12 head coaches in the Big Ten Conference have been a head coach in the Mid-American Conference at some point in their careers.
- Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell is the latest to join the club as he came to the Boilermakers from Kent State (2011-12).
- Ohio State's Urban Meyer coached at Bowling Green (2001-02), Illinois' Tim Beckman came from Toledo (2009-11), Minnesota's Jerry Kill made the switch from Northern Illinois (2008-10) and Michigan's Brady Hoke began his head coaching career at Ball State (2003-08).
- Some of the Big Ten and country's most successful coaches began in the MAC including Alabama's Nick Saban (Toledo, 1990), former Ohio State coach Woody Hayes (Miami, 1949-50) and former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler (Miami, 1963-68) among many others. Kelly was the head man at Central Michigan from 2004 to 2006.
- Purdue sold 30,808 season tickets for 2013, an increase of more than 10 percent over last season.
- There were 5,657 new season ticket sales. The last time Purdue had an increase in season ticket sales was 2007 (8 percent more than 2006).
- The home opener against Indiana State had 50,165 fans in attendance, a total of 9,597 more fans than the 2012 home opener.
- The Notre Dame game had 61,127 fans in attendance, the most at Ross-Ade Stadium since 2011.
- Purdue's game against Northern Illinois had 54,258 fans in attendance, making it the first time since 2008 that the Boilermakers have had at least 50,000 fans attend each of their first three games.
- The Boilermakers had 47,203 fans at the Nebraska game.
- Purdue's attendance is up more than 30% so far this season, the second-highest increase in the nation.
Season Ticket Sales By Year Since 2007