Oct. 22, 2012
Television This Week
Play-By-Play - Eric Collins
Analyst - Derek Rackley
Sideline - J Leman
Radio This Week
Purdue Sports Properties
Play-By-Play - Tim Newton
Sideline - Kelly Kitchel
Producer - Rob Blackman
Engineer - Alan Benjamin
Sirius - Channel 135 (MINN Feed)
XM - Channel 194 (MINN Feed)
Some Game Themes
The Boilermakers look to snap a three-game losing streak and even the all-time series with Minnesota on their third road trip of the season ... Purdue will attempt to win its first game in Minneapolis since the 2007 and win at TCF Bank Stadium for the first time ever ... Facing the No. 6-rated pass defense in the FBS, the Boilermakers will need to get their running game going ... Antavian Edison attempts to extend his streak to 29 consecutive games with a reception.
Purdue vs. Minnesota Series Information
Series record: Minnesota leads 33-32-3 (First meeting: 1894 / Last meeting: 2011)
Purdue points: 1,341
Minnesota points: 1,373
Series record in West Lafayette: Purdue leads 20-5
In Ross-Ade Stadium: Purdue leads 18-5
Series record in Minneapolis: Minnesota leads 28-12-3
In TCF Bank Stadium: Minnesota leads 1-0
Games decided by 3 points or less: Minnesota leads 7-5
Games decided by 7 points or less: Minnesota leads 13-9
Longest Purdue win streak: 7 (1996-2002)
Longest Minnesota win streak: 3 (1935-38, 1946-48, 1973-79, 1989-91)
Current streak: Purdue has won the last two meetings
Largest Purdue victory: 35-0 in 1965 and 56-21 in 1998
Largest Minnesota victory: 33-0 in 1936
Last Purdue home victory: 2011
Last Purdue road victory: 2007
Last Minnesota home victory: 2009
Last Minnesota road victory: 2008
This Date in Boilermaker History
Purdue is 8-9 all-time on Oct. 27. On this date in 2001, the Boilermakers put together their best all-around performance of the season and earned a 32-27 victory over Northwestern on homecoming. The defense set the early tone with Stuart Schweigert forcing a fumble on the second play from scrimmage and Jacques Reeves, making his first start, scooping and scoring from 25 yards out. Montrell Lowe rushed for 101 yards and touchdown, while Brandon Hace completed 14 of 31 passing attempts for 190 yards inclduing a 49-yard touchdown strike to Seth Morales.
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 54-47 career record, including his first postseason victory in last season's Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit.
Last Week's Quick Hits - at Ohio State
Akeem Hunt's kickoff return for a touchdown was the fifth 100-yard TD return (longest possible) in school history and the first since 2004 .. Hunt's kickoff return was the third for a touchdown under head coach Danny Hope ... Purdue's point total marked only the eighth time in 34 trips to Columbus that the Boilermakers scored 20 or more points ... Purdue's 83-yard touchdown pass from Caleb TerBush to Akeem Shavers was the second longest play from scrimmage this season (87-yard rush by Brandon Cottom) and the longest pass/reception of the year ... TerBush's 83-yard pass to Shavers on the first play from scrimmage was a career-long for both players ... TerBush finished the game 19 of 30 for 230 yards and two touchdowns ... Kawann Short recorded his third career fumble recovery in the first quarter ... Antavian Edison's reception early in the second quarter extended his streak to 28 straight games with a catch ... Josh Johnson picked off his third pass of the season, the sixth of his career, to end the first half ... Landon Feichter posted his team-leading fourth interception late in the fourth quarter ... Feichter led all Purdue players with nine tackles, including six solo stops ... Dolapo Macarthy led all Purdue players with six receptions for 48 yards ... Gary Bush's 31-yard touchdown reception in third quarter was his team-leading fifth of the season and the ninth of his career ... Ralph Bolden, appearing in his second game since coming off his third knee surgery, led all Purdue rushers with 35 yards on nine carries ... Ryan Russell recorded his third sack of the season late in the second quarter ... Robert Maci posted his first sack of the season and the third of his career in the third quarter ... Ricardo Allen (lower leg injury) did not start for the first time in his three-year career, snapping a streak of 31 consecutive starts ... Robert Kugler made his first career start, getting the nod at right guard ... Sean Robinson made his first career start at linebacker.
Going the Distance
Akeem Hunt's 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Ohio State on Oct. 20 was the fifth of that distance in school history and the third return for a touchdown in Danny Hope's three-plus years as head coach.
100-Yard Kickoff Returns at Purdue
Jack Brown vs. Indiana 11/19/1938
Stan Brown vs. Indiana 11/21/1970
Jimmy Smith vs. Stanford 9/12/1981
Jerome Brooks at Notre Dame 10/2/2004
Akeem Hunt at Ohio State 10/20/2012
Make it Snappy
Prior to an eight-play, 82-yard drive against Ohio State last weekend, the Boilermakers wasted little time in scoring their previous four touchdowns. A two-play, 53-yard drive and a one-play, 81-yard rush against Wisconsin was followed by a one-play, 83-yard pass and a 100-yard kickoff return against Ohio State. The four scoring plays consumed a total of five plays and took a combined 79 seconds off the clock.
In the Hunt
As noted above, the Boilermakers have scored quickly on a couple of big plays and a pair of those TDs came at the hands and feet of Akeem Hunt. The shifty sophomore scored on an 81-yard run against Wisconsin and a 100-yard kickoff return at Ohio State. In his young career, Hunt is averaging 9.2 yards per carry with four touchdowns and 14.4 yards per reception with one score.
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.
Knocking Them Down
With a team-high eight PBUs this season, senior cornerback Josh Johnson has bumped his career total to 21 which is good enough for a tie for 19th 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
Josh Johnson (2009-) - 21
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 16th 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 12th nationally ... Punter Cody Webster's 43.2 career average is 14th amongst all active FBS players ... Raheem Mostert is 11th among FBS players in kickoff return average at 31.4.
Moving Up the Lists
Quarterback Caleb TerBush, who entered the season 19th in career passing touchdowns, has thrown 10 scoring passes in 2012 to push his all-time total to 23 and into a tie with Bob DeMoss (1945-48) and Brandon Kirsch (2002-05) for 15th in school history. TerBush's 2,873 yards passing are 17th-most and his 268 career completions currently sit 14th at Purdue.
Still Breezing Along
Antavian Edison, whose nickname is `Breeze', hauled in two receptions for 10 yards against Ohio State last weekend to extend his streak to 28 consecutive games with at least one catch. During the streak, which dates to Oct. 9, 2010, Edison has caught 105 passes for 1,281 yards and 12 touchdowns. For the year, he is second on the team with 33 catches for a team-high 381 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 three receptions and 250 yards to make in on the top 20 lists for career catches and receiving yards.
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 Minnesota tied for fourth in the Big Ten Conference and tied for 60th nationally in sacks per game. His 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
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 26 touchdown drives in the books, Purdue has posted 15 scoring drives of 70 or more yards and is averaging 66.8 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 modest plus two on the turnover table this season (18 takeaways, 16 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 63 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 4.6 penalties and 35.0 penalty yards per game which is second in the Big Ten. Purdue is tied for 19th nationally in fewest penalties per game.
The defensive side of the ball has seen tackle Kawann Short and cornerback Josh Johnson as a mainstays in the starting lineup. Short has started all 44 games in his Purdue career, and Johnson 30. Ricardo Allen saw his 31-game streak end last weekend at Ohio State.