Oct. 15, 2012
Television This Week
Play-By-Play - Beth Mowins
Analyst - Joey Galloway
Sideline - Lewis Johnson
Radio This Week
Purdue Sports Properties
Play-By-Play - Tim Newton
Analyst - Pete Quinn
Sideline - Kelly Kitchel
Producer - Rob Blackman
Engineer - Alan Benjamin
Sirius - Channel 112 (OSU Feed)
XM - Channel 190 (OSU Feed)
Some Game Themes
Purdue looks to rebound after dropping back-to-back games to open the Big Ten season ... The Boilermakers will attempt to beat Ohio State on the road for the first time since 1988 and back-to-back for the first time since 1960 and 1967 ... All-America candidate Kawann Short looks to continue his outstanding senior season ... Antavian Edison attempts to extend his streak to 28 consecutive games with a reception.
Purdue vs. Ohio State Series Information
Series record: Ohio State leads 38-14-2 (First meeting: 1919 / Last meeting: 2011)
Purdue points: 718
Ohio State points: 1,305
Series record in West Lafayette: Ohio State leads 12-8
In Ross-Ade Stadium: Ohio State leads 11-8
Series record in Columbus: Ohio State leads 25-5-2
In Ohio Stadium: Ohio State leads 21-5-2
Games decided by 3 points or less: Ohio State leads 6-2
Games decided by 7 points or less: Ohio State leads 8-6
Longest Purdue win streak: 2 (1943, 1945; 1947, 1952; 1960, 1967)
Longest Ohio State win streak: 7 (1989-99)
Current streak: Purdue won the last meeting
Largest Purdue victory: 41-6 in 1967
Largest Ohio State victory: 49-0 in 2010
Last Purdue home victory: 2011
Last Purdue road victory: 1988
Last Ohio State home victory: 2010
Last Ohio State road victory: 2007
This Date in Boilermaker History
Purdue is 8-5-2 all-time on Oct. 20. On this date in 2007, the Boilermakers knocked off visiting Iowa 31-6. Quarterback Curtis Painter connected on 29 of 48 passing attempts for 315 yards and three touchdowns. Dorien Bryant caught nine passes for 167 yards and a pair of scores. The Purdue defese limited the Hawkeyes to merely 254 yards of total offense, including just 77 yards on the ground. Two of Eugene Bright's four tackles on the day went for sacks and David Pender broke up three passes and finished with a team-high seven tackles.
Head Coach Danny Hope
Head coach Danny Hope is in his fourth season at the helm of the Boilermaker program and his 10th overall at Purdue. He sports a 54-46 career record, including his first postseason victory in last season's Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit.
Last Week's Quick Hits - Wisconsin
Caleb TerBush's 52-yard pass to senior wide receiver Antavian Edison on Purdue's first play from scrimmage was a career-long for the senior signal caller. He scored on a one-yard run on the following play ... Edison's 52-yard catch on Purdue's first play from scrimmage extended his streak to 27-consecutive games with a reception ... Senior defensive tackle Kawann Short was credited with a block of Kyle French's field goal attempt with 1:16 remaining in the second quarter, marking the school-record sixth field goal block of his career. Short previously shared the record with Rosevelt Colvin and Bobby Iwuchukwu. He has blocked eight kicks in his Purdue career, six field goal attempts and two extra point attempts ... Sophomore running back Akeem Hunt's 81-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter was the longest carry of his career, and the Boilermakers' second-longest rush of the season; Brandon Cottom had an 87-yard scoring scamper against Eastern Michigan on Sept. 15 ... Sophomore safety Landon Feichter recorded his team-leading third interception of the season with 1:31 remaining in the third quarter ... Feichter finished with 12 tackles on the day, 10 of which were the solo variety; both totals represent career highs ... Sophomore wide receiver Raheem Mostert's 57-yard kickoff return on Wisconsin's second kickoff of the day was a season long for the Boilermakers ... Senior running back Ralph Bolden saw his first playing time of the season, finishing with seven rushing yards on four carries; Bolden has been battling to return from an ACL injury suffered in the 2011 regular-season finale.
Ross Is Starting To Roll
Junior wide receiver O.J. Ross has already caught a career-high 38 passes in six games this season (previous high was 33 in 2011). He is second the Big Ten and is tied for 36th among all Football Bowl Subdivision players in receptions per game at 6.3. Prior to this season, Ross had never caught more than five balls in a game, a feat he has accomplished in five of six contests this season, including a pair of games with eight receptions and one with nine.
Ricardo Allen snapped the three-way tie for career interception returns for touchdowns record at Purdue he shared with Rod Woodson and Mike Rose with his fourth pick-six against Marshall on Sept. 29. Allen is now currently tied for second all-time in Big Ten Conference history with Indiana's Tim Wilbur (1978-82) and is one shy of equalling Wisconsin's Jamar Fletcher's league-high mark of five set from 1998-2000. The NCAA record is also five and shared by Tennessee's Jackie Walker (1969-71), San Jose State's Ken Thomas (1979-82), Cal's Deltha O'Neal 1996-99 and Oklahoma State's Darrent Williams (2001-04) ... Purdue's three pick-sixes this season (Allen, Josh Johnson and Landon Feichter) are tied for second nationally behind Oregon's and Fresno State's four.
The Boilermakers have been taking care of business when it matters most. Purdue is a nearly perfect 20 for 22 when penetrating the opposition's red zone (17 touchdowns, three field goals). Purdue has been perfect in the red zone in five of its six games this season and only failed to convert while trying to run out the clock in two red zone appearances against Marshall on Sept. 29. Purdue is third in the Big Ten and tied for 14th nationally in red zone scoring.
Knocking Them Down
With a team-high seven PBUs this season, senior cornerback Josh Johnson has bumped his career total to 20 which is good enough for 20th all-time at Purdue. Steve Jackson's all-time high of 35 from 1987-90 appears to be safe, but there is plenty of time left for Johnson to move up higher on the list.
Career Pass Breakups at Purdue
15. Carl Capria (1971-73) - 23
Tim Seneff (1978-81) - 23
Shaun Phillips (2000-03) - 23
18. Derrick Brown (1994-96) - 22
19. Robert Williams (1978-81) - 21
20. Josh Johnson (2009-) - 20
NCAA Career Leaderboard
Senior defensive tackle Kawann Short is third nationally amongst active FBS players in career tackles for loss (42.5) and tied for 15th in career sacks (16.5) ... Ricardo Allen's four career interception returns for touchdowns are tied for the most amongst active FBS players and his 205 interception return yards are 10th nationally ... Punter Cody Webster's 43.2 career average is 15th amongst all active FBS players ... Raheem Mostert is second among FBS players in kickoff return average at 31.4.
It is no secret that the ACL injury has had Purdue's number the last three years. With the return of running back Ralph Bolden last weekend against Wisconsin, offensive coordinator Gary Nord now has the option of using quite a number of repaired knees in the backfield. Should Bolden (3 ACLs), quarterback Robert Marve (3 ACLs), running back Brandon Cottom (1 ACL) and quarterback Rob Henry (1 ACL) enter the lineup together there would be a total of eight combined knee injuries on the field at the same time. Marve, who re-injured his knee against Notre Dame on Sept. 8, has decided to put surgery off until the end of the season and is playing with a brace.
Spreading the Wealth
A season removed from seeing 16 different players carry the ball and 13 different players haul in a reception, offensive coordinator Gary Nord continues to distribute the ball all over the field. In the opener against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 1, 10 different rushers had at least one carry, 12 different players caught at least one pass and seven different players scored a touchdown. Two weeks later, against Eastern Michigan, Nord called on 11 players to carry the ball, his quarterbacks connected with eight different receivers and eight separate players found the end zone. On Sept. 29 against Marshall, Purdue had seven different players carry the ball and Caleb TerBush connected with seven different receivers.
Moving Up the Lists
Quarterback Caleb TerBush, who entered the season 19th in career passing touchdowns, has thrown eight scoring passes in 2012 to push his all-time total to 21 and into a tie with Ron DiGravio (1961-63) for 17th in school history. TerBush's 2,643 yards passing and the 19th-most and his 249 career completions currently sit 15th at Purdue.
Purdue's five sacks against Notre Dame on Sept. 8, equaled the season highs for each of the last four years. What's even more impressive about that figure is not how many, but whom Purdue has done it against.
Five Sacks in a Game the Last Five Years
2012 - at Notre Dame
2011 - vs. Ohio State
2010 - at Northwestern
2009 - vs. Ohio State and at Michigan
2008 - vs. Central Michigan
Speaking of Sacks
Fifth-year defensive tackle Kawann Short has lived up to the preseason hype. With a sack in the opener against Eastern Kentucky, a pair at Notre Dame on Sept. 8 and one against Marshall, Short's tally of 4.0 for the year in merely six games is already more than half of his single season high in his career (6.5 in 2011). Short enters the game at Ohio State tied for fourth in the Big Ten Conference and tied for 46th nationally in sacks per game. His hot start has pushed him from a tie for 15th on the Purdue career list into sole possession of ninth. Even more impressive is the fact that of the eight players with more career sacks at Purdue than Short, only Jeff Zgonina (t4th, 29.5-151) and Craig Terrill (7th, 20.5-116) played on the interior of the defensive line. The six others are listed as defensive ends or linebackers.
Career Sacks at Purdue
6. Anthony Spencer (2003-06) - 21.0-147
7. Craig Terrill (2000-03) - 20.5-116
8. Jim Schwantz (1988-91) - 18.0-168
9. Kawann Short (2009-) - 16.5-83
Still Breezing Along
Antavian Edison, whose nickname is `Breeze', hauled in three receptions for 58 yards against Wisconsin last weekend to extend his streak to 27 consecutive games with at least one catch. During the streak, which dates to Oct. 9, 2010, Edison has caught 103 passes for 1,271 yards and 12 touchdowns. For the year, he is second on the team with 31 catches for a team-high 371 yards and five touchdowns. He has also cracked the top 20 in Purdue history with 13 career touchdowns (tied for 14th with Greg Orton) and needs merely five receptions and 260 yards to make in on the top 20 lists for career catches and receiving yards.
Going the Distance
Including three touchdown drives of 90 or more yards against Eastern Michigan on Sept. 15, the Boilers have proven they can make the long march down the field to the end zone this season. With 24 touchdown drives in the books, Purdue has posted 13 touchdown drives of 70 or more yards and is averaging 65.5 yards on TD drives in 2012.
Including 392 yards on the ground against Eastern Michigan on Sept. 15, Purdue is 12-1 during the last four seasons when rushing 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
Nov. 26, 2011 at Indiana, W 33-25 -- 52-292, 2 TDs
Dec. 27, 2011 vs. Western Michigan -- 56-265, 1 TD
Sept. 15, 2012 vs. Eastern Michigan -- 42-392, 6 TDs
Making the Most of It
Despite being a minus one on the turnover table this season (14 takeaways, 15 giveaways), the Boilermakers have made the most of quick change situations. Purdue is plus 41 in scoring off of turnovers, having scored nine touchdowns for 62 points on takeaways, while the defense has allowed only 22 points - two touchdowns (one missed extra point) and three field goals - after an offensive giveaway.
A Knack For It
All-America candidate Kawann Short blocked an extra point and a field goal in the opener against Eastern Kentucky, blocked a FG against Marshall and added yet another field goal block against Wisconsin to bring his career total to eight blocks (2 XPs, 6 FGs). Short, who helped Central High School in East Chicago win an Indiana state basketball title his junior season and can still dunk at 315 pounds, snapped a three-way tie for the Purdue record he shared with Rosevelt Colvin and Bobby Iwuchukwu with his sixth career FG block against the Badgers.
Keeping It Clean
After finishing last season ranked 11th in the Big Ten in penalties, head coach Danny Hope made cleaning up the Boilermakers' act a priority. So far, so good. Last season Purdue averaged 7.4 penalties and 60.2 penalty yards per game. This season the Boilermakers are averaging 4.8 penalties and a Big Ten-low 36.0 penalty yards per game. Purdue is tied for 24th nationally in fewest penalties per game.
The defensive side of the ball has seen tackle Kawann Short and cornerbacks Ricardo Allen and Josh Johnson as a mainstays in the starting lineup. Short has started all 43 games in his Purdue career, while Allen has started 31 consecutive games and Johnson 29.
They're Watching You
Defensive tackle Kawann Short, a preseason All-America pick by Sports Illustrated, has been named to the watch lists for the Lott Trophy, the Bednarik Award, the Outland Trophy, the Nagurski Trophy and the Lombardi Award. A "Big Ten Player to Watch" by the conference's media, Short is 14th all-time in school history in sacks (13.5) and 15th in tackles for loss (34.5).
They're Watching You Too
Cornerback Ricardo Allen was named to the Jim Thorpe Award, the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch lists over the summer. Allen led Purdue with three interceptions in 2011, including one for a touchdown against Minnesota on Oct. 8. He finished fourth for Purdue with 81 total tackles in 2011, including 3.0 for losses, and had seven passes defended ... Joining Allen and Short on the preseason awards circuit was Raheem Mostert. The Football Bowl Subdivision kickoff return average leader as a true freshman in 2011, Mostert was named to the watch list for inaugural Jet Award. Named for Johnny "The Jet" Rogers, the award will be presented to the top return man in the nation.