Oct. 17, 2011
Game Notes - vs. #23 Illinois
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Play-By-Play - Beth Mowins
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Some Game Themes
It's Homecoming Weekend on the campus of Purdue ... The Boilers look for their fourth straight home victory over Illinois ... The Boilermakers attempt to regain ownership of the Cannon Trophy after losing possession of it for the first time in six games last season ... The Boilermakers vie for their first Leaders Division victory ... It's Purdue's 24th-ranked rushing offense against Illinois' 18th-ranked rushing defense.
Purdue vs. Illinois Series Information
Series record: Illinois leads 42-38-6 (First meeting: 1890 / Last Meeting: 2010)
Purdue points: 1,571
Illinois points: 1,513
Series record in West Lafayette: Illinois leads 20-19-4
In Ross-Ade Stadium: Purdue leads 16-12-1
Series record in Champaign: Illinois leads 22-19-2
In Memorial Stadium: Series tied 15-15-1
Games decided by 3 points or less: Illinois leads 4-1
Games decided by 7 points or less: Illinois leads 13-10
Longest Purdue win streak: 5 (2003-2009)
Longest Illinois win streak: 6 (1906-11; 1988-93)
Current streak: Illinois won the last meeting
Largest Purdue victory: 62-0 in 1890
Largest Illinois victory: 43-7 in 1946
Last Purdue home victory: 2009
Last Purdue road victory: 2006
Last Illinois home victory: 2010
Last Illinois road victory: 2001
Playing For Sean
Fifth-year running back Sean Matti passed away on Sunday, July, 3, 2011. The Shoreview, Minn., native will be missed by his family, friends, coaches and teammates. The Boilermakers have dedicated their season to him and will honor him with a 22 decal, Sean's number, on their helmets. Purdue athletics also held a moment of silence for Matti prior to the home opener against Middle Tennessee on Sept. 3.
This Date In Boilermaker Football History
Purdue is 3-11-1 all-time on Oct. 22. On this date in 1977, freshman sensation Mark Herrmann guided the Boilermakers to a 34-21 Homecoming victory over Iowa. Herrmann completed 13 of 20 passes for 257 yards and five touchdowns as Purdue won its 17th consecutive game against the Hawkeyes. Flanker Reggie Arnold was on the receiving end of four of Herrmann's five aerial scores, hauling in touchdown passes of 43, 28, 26 and 22 yards. Arnold's four receiving touchdowns was then a Big Ten record. Meanwhile, the Purdue defense limited Iowa to merely 274 yards of total offense and shut the Hawkeyes out in the second half of play. Purdue's victory streak against Iowa would last four more years before the 1981 Hawkeyes halted it at 20 straight.
Last Week's Quick Hits -- at Penn State
The Boilermakers rushed for 162 yards and passed for 182 more for 344 yards of total offense ... Penn State's defense has only allowed more yardage in a game this season once through its first seven games (359 yards to No. 2 Alabama) ... Purdue's 162 yards rushing for the day were 69 more than the Nittany Lions defense had averaged ceding in their six games heading into the contest ... All totaled, Purdue had only seven negative yards of offense all day against the then-fourth-ranked defense in the nation ... Quarterback Caleb TerBush's 50-yard pass to wide receiver Justin Siller in the first quarter was the longest offensive play surrendered by Penn State and the longest play for Purdue this season ... TerBush finished the game 12 of 25 for 162 yards and a touchdown ... TerBush's 14-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter was his sixth scoring throw of the year ... Wide receiver O.J. Ross hauled it in for his second TD reception of the year ... Siller tied his career and season-high with five reception for a career-best 67 yards ... Running back Ralph Bolden's 39-yard rush in the second quarter was the longest for him this year and the most yardage ceded on the ground on a single play by Penn State in 2011 ... Bolden averaged 7.5 yards per carry, rushed for 97 yards and did not have a single negative yardage carry for the day ... Running back Akeem Shavers scored his team-leading fifth touchdown of the year in the fourth quarter ... Shavers finished with 54 yards on 13 carries for the game ... Receiver Antavian Edison's 20-yard reception in the first bumped his consecutive games with a catch to 14 straight ... Kicker Carson Wiggs' two field goals moved him to 11 consecutive games with at least one make ... Receiver Raheem Mostert ripped off a season-high 71-yard return in the third quarter ... Mostert finished with a team-high 111 all-purpose yards ... Defensively, linebacker Dwayne Beckford led all players with a season-high 11 total tackles, including one for a loss, and also broke up a potential touchdown pass in the end zone near the end of the first half ... Defensive end Ryan Russell recorded his first collegiate sack and also forced a fumble ... Safety Albert Evans intercepted his second career pass in the end zone in the fourth quarter and returned it a career-long 55 yards ... Josh Johnson finished with four tackles, a fumble forced and a career-high-tying two PBUs ... Redshirt freshman Joe Gilliam made his first career start at linebacker.
Purdue vs.. Illinois -- The Last Time Out
The Fighting Illini took advantage of a wounded Purdue offense and rolled to a 44-10 victory in Champaign last season. The win snapped a series-high five-game winning streak for Purdue and marked Illinois first victory over the Boilermakers since an overtime triumph in 2002. Redshirt freshman Rob Henry started at quarterback for the Boilermakers, but a badly mangled index finger on his throwing hand prevented him from playing past the opening series and thrust true freshman Sean Robinson into the position. The Illini defense took advantage of the untested rookie and allowed merely 205 yards to the Boilermakers all day. For Illinois, Nathan Scheelhaasse rushed for 118 yards while also completing 16 of 20 passes for 195 yards and four scores. The Illini led 37-0 before a Carson Wiggs field goal ended the shutout bid four minutes into the fourth quarter. Robinson would later connect with Gary Bush on a seven-yard touchdown pass, the first of his collegiate career.
A Nose For The End Zone
Sophomore cornerback Ricardo Allen returned a MarQueis Gray interception 37 yards for a touchdown on Oct. 8. The pick-six marked the third of his career in merely 17 games played and tied him for the school record with former All-American cornerback Rod Woodson (1983-86) and linebacker Mike Rose (1996-99). Allen has racked up 166 return yards on his three pick-sixes.
55 yards vs. #2 Ohio State Oct. 6, 1984
30 yards vs. Notre Dame Sept. 28, 1985
100 yards vs. Indiana Nov. 22, 1986
24 yards vs. Northwestern Sept. 27, 1997
24 yards vs. Indiana Nov. 22, 1997
25 yards at Central Florida Sept. 4, 1999
94 yards vs. Michigan Nov. 13, 2010
35 yards at #11 Michigan State Nov. 20, 2010
37 yards vs. Minnesota Oct. 8, 2011
The Boilermakers are 49-35-4 all-time in Homecoming games ... Purdue defeated Minnesota 28-17 in the return-to-campus contest last season ... Purdue has faced this season's opponent, Illinois, 17 times on Homecoming Weekend and are 9-7-1 all-time when doing so ... The 17 appearances by the Illini as the Homecoming opponent trails only Wisconsin's 20.
Battle For The Cannon
The Cannon was conceived by Purdue students more than 100 years ago but was first presented as a trophy by an Illinois alumnus in 1943 ... It all started in 1905 when a group of Purdue students took the weapon to Champaign in anticipation of firing it to celebrate a victory. Although Purdue did win the game 29-0, Illinois supporters, including Quincy A. Hall, had discovered the Cannon in its hiding place - in a culvert near the old Illinois field - and confiscated it before the Purdue students could start their "booming" celebration. Later, Hall moved the Cannon to his farmhouse near Milford, Ill., where it survived a fire and gathered dust until Hall suggested it be used as a trophy in the football series between the two schools when the rivalry was resumed in 1943 after a 12-year lapse ... The Tomahawk Service and Leadership Honorary at Purdue and Illini Pride now share the maintenance duty. Illinois won the 2010 meeting 44-10 in Champaign, but Purdue still leads the Cannon Series 30-27-2.
Including a three catches for 46 yards last weekend against Penn State, junior wide receiver Antavian Edison has a team-high 14-game reception streak dating back to the Oct. 9 Northwestern game last season. During the streak, Edison has caught 49 passes for 627 yards and six touchdowns. He is averaging 12.8 yards per catch during the streak.
Although he does not have enough punts to qualify, sophomore punter Cody Webster would be among the top punters in the nation with a 47.8 average. Webster has booted 10 of his 21 punts over 50 yards, including a season-long 66-yarder against Minnesota on Oct. 8 ... Teaming up with Carson Wiggs, Webster and Purdue's punting unit ranks fifth nationally and is the top unit in the Big Ten in net punting (41.6), and 16 of the 30 total punts of the season have been ended up inside the 20-yard line (to be more exact at the 1-, 1-, 5-, 7-, 8-, 8-, 8-, 11-, 11-, 13-, 13-, 13-, 13-, 15-, 18- and 19-yard lines).
Including Purdue's 217 yards on the ground against Minnesota on Oct. 8, the Boilermakers are 9-1 during head coach Danny Hope's tenure in which they rush 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
Despite averaging over 200 yards rushing per game and ranking 24th among FBS teams this season, the Boilermakers do not have a single individual among the top runners in the country. Purdue's ground game has been a true team effort as six different players have double-digit carries, four have rushed for over 100 yards for the year and six different rushers have scored touchdowns. Juniors Ralph Bolden (70-370, 3 TDs) and Akeem Shavers (57-296, 5 TDs) have done the majority of the work, but true freshman Akeem Hunt has provided a spark and is third on the team in total yards (141) on only 18 carries, averaging 7.8 yards per rush.
Pounding It Out on the Ground
Purdue's 393 yards rushing against Southeast Missouri on Sept. 17 narrowly missed making the all-time top 10 list in school history (397 at Indiana on Nov. 11, 1995), but it did help push the Boilermakers towards the top of both the NCAA and Big Ten rankings. Through the first seven weeks of college football, Purdue ranks 24th nationally and fifth in the conference with a 206.5 yards per game average on the ground. The Boilermakers have rushed for 160 or more yards in five of six games thus far ... The seven rushing touchdowns against Southeast Missouri tied the Purdue single game record (also vs. Iowa 10/26/68 and at Iowa 11/3/73).
Linebacker Joe Holland, defensive end Gerald Gooden, defensive tackle Kawann Short and offensive tackle Dennis Kelly have all started 30 or more games during their Purdue careers. Holland leads the way, having started 41 of a possible 42 career games. Gooden (31) has more starts than either Short or Kelly (30), but the tackles on both side of the ball have strung them together consecutively.
Odds and Ends
Caleb TerBush's consecutive starts to open the 2011 season marks the first time since Joey Elliott started all 12 games in 2009 that a Boilermaker signal caller has been under center for six straight starts ... TerBush's 949 yards passing this season are just 50 shy of Rob Henry's team-leading total of 996 last year ... Waynelle Gravesande has already surpassed his punt return yardage from last season in merely six games. He enters the weekend ranked third in the Big Ten and 28th nationally with a 9.6 return average ... Despite taking over the kickoff return duties merely three games ago (vs. Notre Dame, Oct. 1), true freshman Raheem Mostert ranks 13th nationally and third in the Big Ten in average per return (28.4). He had a season-high 71-yard return at Penn State on Oct. 15 ... Purdue's 59 points against Southeast Missouri on Sept. 17 is tied for the highest in a game this season in the Big Ten ... The 627 total yards, 393 yards rushing and seven rushing touchdowns against the Redhawks are the high water marks for any conference team ... Carson Wiggs' 53-yard field goal against Minnesota on Oct. 8 is the longest in the Big Ten this year ... Wiggs has made at least one field goal in 11 consecutive games ... Joe Holland needs only 22 more tackles to crack the all-time top 20 list at Purdue. The four-year starter has averaged 77 tackles per season in his first three years. He enters the weekend ranked 13th in the Big Ten with an average of 7.2 tackles per game.