Oct. 24, 2011
Television This Week
Play-By-Play - Beth Mowins
Analyst - Mike Bellotti
Sideline - Shelley Smith
Radio This Week
Purdue Sports Properties
Play-By-Play - Tim Newton
Analyst - Pete Quinn
Sideline - Kelly Kitchel
Producer - Rob Blackman
Engineer - Alan Benjamin
Sirius (Michigan Broadcast) - Channel 85
XM (Michigan Broadcast) - Channel 85
Some Game Themes
The Boilermakers look for a second straight victory in Michigan Stadium, a feat that no Purdue team has pulled off in the Big House since 1965-66 ... Purdue faces a ranked team for a second straight week and what will likely be three in a row ... The Boilermakers will attempt to win back-to-back games for the first time in 2011 ... Antavian Edison puts his 15-games with a reception streak on the line against a Michigan pass defense that ranks 26th in the FBS.
Purdue vs. Michigan Series Information
Series record: Michigan leads 42-14 (First meeting: 1890 / Last Meeting: 2010)
Purdue points: 836
Michigan points: 1,511
Series record in West Lafayette: Michigan leads 15-9
In Ross-Ade Stadium: Michigan leads 12-7
Series record in Ann Arbor: Michigan leads 27-5
In Michigan Stadium: Michigan leads 23-5
Games decided by 3 points or less: Purdue leads 8-7
Games decided by 7 points or less: Series tied 10-10
Longest Purdue win streak: 5 (1962-66)
Longest Michigan win streak: 9 (1985-95)
Current streak: Michigan won the last meeting
Largest Purdue victory: 37-0 in 1962
Largest Michigan victory: 51-0 in 1974
Last Purdue home victory: 2008
Last Purdue road victory: 2009
Last Michigan home victory: 2007
Last Michigan road victory: 2004
This Date In Boilermaker Football History
Purdue is 9-5-2 all-time on Oct. 22. On this date in 1966, the Rose Bowl-bound Boilermakers overcame a 21-10 halftime deficit to Illinois to preserve its trip to Pasadena with a 25-21 victory. Quarterback Bob Griese survived a five-interception day and connected with Jim Finley on a 32-yard pass for the game-winning score with 1:21 left to play. Griese threw for a then-school-record 288 yards and engineered fourth quarter scoring drives of 63 and 67 yards. The contest against the Illini was the last real threat of the 1966 season, as the Boilermakers shut out Wisconsin 23-0 and Minnesota 16-0 before blasting Indiana 51-6 en route to their first Rose Bowl appearance.
Last Week's Quick Hits -- vs. No. 23 Illinois
The Boilermakers won their fifth consecutive home game against the Fighting Illini. Illinois last victory in Ross-Ade Stadium was in 2001 ... The Illini entered the game ranked seventh in the nation in third-down efficiency, but converted six of 17 third-downs against the Boilermakers ... Purdue regained possession of the Cannon Trophy for the sixth time in the last seven games against Illinois ... The win was Purdue's first against an AP-ranked opponent since knocking off No. 7 Ohio State on Oct. 17, 2009 ... The Boilermakers had 304 yards of total offense, collecting 126 on the ground and 178 passing ... Purdue's 91-yard touchdown drive in the first quarter was its third 90+-yard scoring drive this season (98, 95, 91). The Boilermakers have seven touchdown drives of at least 85 yards this season ... The Boilermakers scored first for the third time this season, doing so via touchdown for just the second time ... The Purdue defense pitched a shutout in the first half, marking the third half of play this season in which they've held an opponent without a point (first and second halves against Southeast Missouri) ... The Boilermaker defense had a season-high four sacks ... Purdue special teams picked up its first turnover on downs of the season, stuffing the Illini punter in the second quarter and tackling him for a 10-yard loss ... Caleb TerBush connected on 16 of 25 passes for 178 yards and two scores ... Raheem Mostert took the ball 21 yards to paydirt on his only carry of the day, marking his second touchdown of the year. Both of his touchdowns have come from over 20 yards out ... Justin Siller scored his first touchdown of the season, hauling in a six-yard grab for Purdue's opening score of the day. It was his second career receiving touchdown and the third overall of his career. He finished with three catches for 45 yards and three carries for 13 yards ... Jared Crank had his second career receiving touchdown of the season, scoring on a four-yard grab. Both of his receptions in 2011 have been for touchdowns ... Crank rushed for a season-high 19 yards on four carries ... Antavian Edison has caught a ball in 15 consecutive games, finishing with three grabs for 33 yards ... Ricardo Allen grabbed his third interception of the season and sixth of his career. He finished with 10 tackles, matching his career high set against Notre Dame this year ... Kawann Short had a pair of sacks, matching his career-high total from the 2010 game at Illinois, and 3.5 tackles for loss, setting a new career high. He finished with six tackles ... Dwayne Beckford and Joe Holland paced the defense with 11 tackles apiece. It was Beckford's second straight game with double-digit tackles, and Holland's second of the year.
Short Earns Co-DPOW From Big Ten
Defensive tackle Kawann Short earned the first league honors of the season for any Boilermaker when he was cited for his outstanding performance against Illinois on Oct. 15. Short finished the upset of the 23rd-ranked Fighting Illini with six tackles, five solo, with 2.0 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss. The sack total matched his career high and the TFL tally is a new high water mark for the junior. Highlighted by Short's effort, Purdue held Illinois to 16.7 points, 89.4 rushing yards and 58.4 total yards below its season averages heading into the game. The Boilermakers finished with a season-high four sacks.
Purdue vs. Michigan -- The Last Time Out
The Wolverines outscored the Boilermakers 13-3 in the second half to leave West Lafayette with a 27-16 victory and snap Purdue's two-game winning streak in the series on Nov. 13 last season. Vincent Smith opened the third quarter with a 19-yard touchdown run to push Michigan's 14-13 halftime advantage to 20-13, and Stephen Hopkins added a three-yard tote with just 1:58 left to play to counter a Carson Wiggs' third-quarter 40-yard field goal for the final margin. Boilermaker highlights from the game included a 94-yard interception return for a touchdown by true freshman Ricardo Allen and a 10-tackle, four-sack game from soon-to-be All-American Ryan Kerrigan. Kerrigan finished with a career-high five tackles for loss, two fumbles forced and one fumble recovered. Michigan's Vincent finished with a game-high 99 yards rushing.
Danny Hope's 2009 Boilermakers became the first Purdue squad to win in Michigan Stadium since 1966. The 38-36 victory on Nov. 7 snapped a 17-game losing streak for Purdue in Michigan Stadium and marked the first time since 1965-66 that the Boilermakers defeated the Wolverines in back-to-back seasons.
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
Including a three catches for 33 yards last weekend against No. 23 Illinois, junior wide receiver Antavian Edison has a team-high 15-game reception streak dating back to the Oct. 9 Northwestern game last season. During the streak, Edison has caught 52 passes for 660 yards and six touchdowns. He is averaging 12.7 yards per catch during the streak.
Sophomore Cody Webster enters the Michigan game ranked fifth in the nation in punting with an average of 46.6 yard per kick. Webster has booted 11 of his 27 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 fourth nationally, is the top unit in the Big Ten in net punting (41.8), and 19 of the 38 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-, 8-, 10-, 11-, 11-, 12-, 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 nearly 200 yards rushing per game and ranking 26th 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 seven 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 (82-398, 3 TDs) and Akeem Shavers (65-325, 5 TDs) have done the majority of the running, but the work to average nearly five yards a carry (4.7) in 2011 has been a group effort.
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).
Aye, Aye Captain
As the spring season wrapped up last April, the Boilermakers voted on their team captains for the upcoming season and came up with six of them - quarterback Rob Henry and tackle Dennis Kelly from the offense, tackle Kawann Short and linebacker Joe Holland from the defense and kicker Carson Wiggs and linebacker Chris Carlino from special teams.
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 42 of a possible 43 career games. Gooden (32) has more starts than either Short or Kelly (31), 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 seven straight starts ... TerBush's 1,127 yards passing this season have already eclipsed 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 26th nationally with a 8.6 return average ... Despite taking over the kickoff return duties merely three games ago (vs. Notre Dame, Oct. 1), true freshman Raheem Mostert ranks 22nd nationally and fourth 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 saw his streak of at least one field goal in 11 consecutive games come to an end against Illinois on Oct. 15 ... Joe Holland needs only 11 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 tied for eighth in the Big Ten with an average of 7.7 tackles per game ... Defensive tackle Kawann Short is tied for sixth in the league with 3.5 sacks and fifth in tackles for loss (9.5)