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Purdue (1-6, 0-3 B1G) vs. Nebraska (3-5, 1-3 B1G)
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015 / Noon ET / ESPNU
Ross-Ade Stadium (57,236) / West Lafayette, Ind.
• Purdue hosts Nebraska for the fourth all-time meeting between the schools.
• Nebraska leads the series 2-1.
• Purdue is 1-1 against the Cornhuskers in West Lafayette.
• The Boilermakers are coming off a bye week, while Nebraska is coming off a home loss to Northwestern. Purdue is looking for its first win after a bye week since 2012.
• This is the third consecutive year Purdue has faced Nebraska after a bye week.
• David Blough is the third different Purdue starting quarterback to face Nebraska in the last three meetings.
• Purdue is 1-3 at home this season, while Nebraska is 1-2 on the road.
THIS DATE IN BOILERMAKER HISTORY
• Purdue is 5-8-1 all-time on Oct. 31, including 4-4 at home on that date.
• Purdue has never faced Nebraska on Halloween.
• Purdue’s first Halloween game was a 28-4 win over DePauw in 1908.
• Purdue last played on Halloween in 2009, a 37-0 loss at Wisconsin.
CONNECTING THE SCHOOLS
• Purdue redshirt freshman starting quarterback David Blough and Nebraska senior offensive lineman Chongo Kondolo both attended Creekview High School in Texas.
• Purdue freshman linebacker Sawyer Dawson and Nebraska redshirt freshman defensive end Sedrick King both attended Plant City High School in Florida.
• Purdue freshman safety Andy Chelf and Nebraska sophomore kicker Drew Brown were teammates at Southlake Carroll High School in Texas.
• Purdue has scored 49 points against Nebraska.
• Nebraska has scored 79 points against Purdue.
• Purdue is 1-1 against Nebraska in games played in Ross-Ade Stadium.
• Nebraska owns a 1-0 record against Purdue in Memorial Stadium.
• Purdue is 0-0 against Nebraska in games decided by three points or less.
• Purdue is 0-0 against Nebraska in games decided by seven points or less.
• The longest Purdue win streak in series history is one (1958).
• The longest Nebraska win streak is two (2013-pres.)
• Largest Purdue win: 28-0 in 1958.
• Largest Nebraska victory: 44-7 in 2013.
• The last Purdue home win came in 1958.
• Purdue has never won at Memorial Stadium.
• The last Nebraska home win was in 2014.
• The last Nebraska road win was in 2013.
FIRST(S) AND 10
• Leroy Clark picked up his first interception return yardage of the season on a 66-yard return against Wisconsin on Oct. 17.
• Anthony Brown blocked a field goal in the second quarter at Wisconsin, his first block of the season.
• Purdue is first in the Big Ten in fewest penalties committed during conference play. The Boilermakers have committed just nine through three games, five fewer than any other team.
• Purdue’s red zone offense is tied for first in the conference during Big Ten play, with a perfect 100 percent scoring percentage. Purdue is the only team in the Big Ten to score touchdowns on every trip to the red zone.
• David Blough scored a rushing touchdown at Wisconsin in the second quarter, the team’s first touchdown of the game.
• Blough has accounted for at least one touchdown, rushing or passing, in each of his first four starts.
• Markell Jones was first on the team in all-purpose yards at Wisconsin.
• After making his first career start against Minnesota, linebacker Garrett Hudson started his first road game at Wisconsin.
• Purdue is looking for its first win over Nebraska since the Huskers joined the Big Ten.
• David Blough is looking for his first win as a starter.
• David Blough was named the starter on Tuesday, Sept. 22, prior to Purdue’s game against Bowling Green.
• Blough is Purdue’s 10th different starting quarterback since the 2008 season.
• In his first start, Blough was 29-39 for 340 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception, which came with three seconds left.
• Blough is one of just three freshmen in school history to throw for 300+ yards in his first career start.
• Blough is the first quarterback, and freshman, at Purdue to throw for at least 300 yards since Danny Etling at Indiana in 2013.
• Blough is Purdue’s first quarterback to complete 74 percent or more of his passes (with multiple attempts) since Austin Appleby did so against Illinois in his first career start last season (15-20, 75 percent).
• Blough’s two touchdown passes were 40 yards and 62 yards. The 62-yarder was Purdue’s longest play of the season at that point.
• Blough had a stretch where he completed 13 straight passes in his starter debut against Bowling Green.
• Blough also scored his first career rushing touchdown against Bowling Green. He snuck it in from one yard out on fourth down to tie the score at 7.
• Blough accounted for 351 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start.
• Blough is the 20th quarterback in Purdue history to have a 300+ yard passing game.
• Blough’s 340 passing yards rank fifth-most in a single game by a Purdue freshman.
• Blough’s 340-yard passing effort was the 52nd time in program history a Purdue quarterback has thrown for at least as many yards.
• Against Michigan State, Blough was 15 for 31 for 136 yards and a touchdown, against one interception, which came on a fourth down.
• Blough scored a rushing touchdown at Wisconsin. He finished the game 15-26 for 136 yards and did not throw a touchdown nor an interception.
• Blough was recruited to Purdue in 2014 and redshirted last season.
• He was a three star prospect out of Carrolton, Texas, and was named an Elite 11 quarterback.
• Blough amassed 57 total touchdowns in his high school career at Creekview High School, and threw for more than 5,800 yards in three seasons.
• Trent Dilfer said of Blough after the Elite 11 camp, via ESPN.com, “David is so fiercely competitive. He’s so determined to be the best he possibly can be. He doesn’t let the pressure of that weigh him down.”
• Blough was the top quarterback at the Elite 11 camp in 2013 after the initial list was revealed.
• The 2013 Elite 11 include:
o Sean White, who was named the Auburn Tigers’ starter the same day as Blough.
o Kyle Allen, who is the starter at Texas A&M.
o Will Grier, who is the starter at Florida.
o Jerrod Heard, who is the starter at Texas.
o Brad Kaaya, who is the starter at Miami (Fl.).
o Deshaun Watson, who is the starter at Clemson.
o DeShone Kizer was at the Elite 11 camp, but did not finish in the final 11. He is the starter at Notre Dame.
• Blough saw his first career action against Indiana State. He was 0 for 1 passing and had one rush for one yard.
• Against Virginia Tech, Blough was 3-7 passing for 11 yards.
• Blough is the third quarterback in the last three years to take over the reins mid-season.
• The last Purdue quarterback to start every game in a season was Caleb TerBush in 2011. Including the 2008 season, just two quarterbacks have started every game in a season since (also Joey Elliott in 2009).
• Blough was nominated for The Wuerffel Trophy, which is awarded to the college football player who best demonstrates excellence in community service and academic and athletic achievement.
• Antoine Miles is tied for 29th in the country with two forced fumbles.
• Joe Schopper is 43rd in the country with a 42.7-yard average per punt.
• Markell Jones is 43rd in the country with a 5.87-yards per rush average. That is fifth among freshmen.
• Purdue’s red zone defense ranks tied for 28th in the country, giving up points on just 77.8 percent of trips.
• Purdue’s fourth down defense is tied for 38th in the country, allowing conversions on just 40 percent of attempts.
YOUNG, TALENTED RUNNING BACKS
• Purdue’s top two running backs both recorded their first career carry in the season opener at Marshall.
• D.J. Knox (So.) rushed 22 times for 102 yards and scored the first touchdown of the season for Purdue from four yards out in the first quarter.
• Knox is the first Boilermaker to rush for 100+ yards in his first career start in a season opener since Raheem Mostert did so last year, and the second since Ralph Bolden’s first start during his sophomore season in 2009.
• Knox is the first Boilermaker to rush for over 100 yards in his first season-opening game carrying the ball for Purdue since Mel Gray rushed for 104 yards against Stanford in 1982.
• Knox followed up the performance with 91 yards on 16 carries against Indiana State.
• Knox has 90 carries for 339 yards, 3.8 yards per carry, and two touchdowns this season.
• Markell Jones (Fr.) had 12 carries for 72 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown in the third quarter, at Marshall.
• Jones had 67 yards on 14 carries, including a touchdown, against Indiana State.
• Jones had a 60-yard touchdown run against Virginia Tech, which was then Purdue’s longest offensive play this season.
• Jones had his first career start at Michigan State and rushed 22 times for 157 yards, 7.1 yards per carry, and two touchdowns, including a 68-yarder in the fourth quarter. That run is Purdue’s longest play this season.
• Jones started his career with 62 straight carries before his first for loss.
• Jones broke Purdue’s all-time true freshman rushing record with 157 yards on the ground at Michigan State. The previous record was 146 by Mike Northington at Iowa on Nov. 3, 1973.
• Jones averages 5.9 yards per carry.
• Jones had the second-most rushing yards in the Big Ten in week five. He rushed for 157 yards on 22 carries, a 7.1 average, and scored two touchdowns at Michigan State.
• Only Ohio State junior Ezekiel Elliott rushed for more in week five, as he had 274 yards on the ground at Indiana.
• His 157 yards at Michigan State is tied for the 45th-best rushing performance in program history.
• Only 18 Boilermakers, including 17 running backs, have rushed for more yards in a game than Jones did against Michigan State.
• Jones had the second-most points scored in week five in the Big Ten with 12.
• Knox led Purdue in receptions at Marshall, while Jones did so against Indiana State.
• Knox and Jones touched the ball a combined 40 times and did not have a single negative play at Marshall.
• Knox and Jones both hit the century mark rushing in their first career start this season.
• Jones has rushed 78 times for 458 yards and five touchdowns.
FRESHMEN PILOTING THE OFFENSE
• Redshirt freshman David Blough took over as Purdue’s starting quarterback prior to the team’s game against Bowling Green.
• True freshman running back Markell Jones made his first career start at Michigan State.
• Not only are Blough and Jones freshmen who have started at offensive skill positions, both are working to become pilots.
• Jones is working on a degree in aviation technology, while Blough picked it up over the summer with the intention to major, before deciding on another field. Blough is in enough classes to obtain his private pilot’s license.
• Blough and Jones both flew all summer, including solo flights, while balancing football workouts.
• In Blough’s first career start, he had the fifth-best all-time performance by a Purdue freshman, throwing for 340 yards and two touchdowns.
• In Jones’ first start, at No. 2 Michigan State, he rushed for a Purdue true-freshman record 157 yards and two touchdowns.
• True freshman starting long snapper Ben Makowski is also working towards his pilot’s license in aviation technology.
BREAKING DOWN THE PRODUCTION
• Purdue’s starting quarterback is redshirt freshman David Blough. He has completed 83 of 153 passes for 830 yards and four touchdowns, against five interceptions, though two on fourth downs, in four starts.
• Purdue’s leading rusher is true freshman Markell Jones, who has 78 carries for 458 yards, 5.9 yards per carry, and five touchdowns.
• Sophomore D.J. Knox is Purdue’s second-leading rusher, and has started six games. He has rushed 90 times for 339 yards and two touchdowns.
• Junior DeAngelo Yancey leads the team in receiving yards with 321.
• Purdue has scored 162 points this season, including 132 by position players (non-kicking). Here is the breakdown:
o Freshmen: 60
o Sophomores: 30
o Juniors: 36
o Seniors: 36*
*30 points by kicker Paul Griggs
• Freshmen offensive linemen Martesse Patterson and Kirk Barron have seen regular playing time, including one start by Patterson.
• Sophomore Gregory Phillips has two touchdown receptions this season, including a 62-yarder against Bowling Green.
• Redshirt freshman tight end Cole Herdman made his first career start at Michigan State. He has nine catches for 68 yards and a touchdown this season.
• Junior wide receiver Cameron Posey has 10 catches for 139 yards and a touchdown.
• Purdue’s top two tacklers are sophomores, led by linebacker Danny Ezechukwu with 51 and also has a fumble return touchdown.
• Linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley is second with 49 tackles, though is out for the season with an injury.
• Purdue’s defense has 47 tackles for loss this season. Here is the breakdown:
o Freshmen: 0.0
o Sophomores: 19.0
o Juniors: 20.5
o Seniors: 7.5
NOT YOUR AVERAGE FRESHMAN
• Purdue freshman Jarrett Burgess turned 25 on August 25.
• Burgess played five seasons of minor league baseball after being selected in the sixth round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft by the Seattle Mariners.
• Burgess played outfield and pitched, throwing 97 miles per hour off the mound, during his career in rookie and ‘A’ ball.
• Burgess came to Purdue during the summer after not playing organized football for more than 10 years, as he did not play in high school.
• Burgess comes from a football-heavy family, as his dad, Fernanza, was a wide receiver for the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins, and his uncle James Burgess, played two seasons as a linebacker for the San Diego Chargers. Jarrett’s cousin, James Jr., is a senior linebacker at Louisville.
• Against Virginia Tech, Burgess had his first career touch with a 29-yard rush, which set up a field goal, to the game at 17.
• Burgess scored his first career touchdown, and first touchdown in more than a decade, as he did not play high school football, against Bowling Green on a 5-yard plunge in the third quarter.
• Burgess is not the only football player in the country that began their professional career in another sport:
• Hayden Hurst, a 22-year-old freshman tight end for South Carolina played baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization prior to playing for the Gamecocks.
• Morgan James, a 25-year-old freshman offensive lineman for Cincinnati, played minor league hockey prior to joining the Bearcats football team.
• Melvin Ray, a 26-year-old senior wide receiver for Auburn, was a 33rd-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008.
• Tyler Stovall, a 26-year-old sophomore wide receiver and holder for Auburn, was a second-round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves in the 2008 MLB draft. He also played in the Kansas City Royals system.
• Andy Phillips, a 26-year-old junior kicker at Utah, spent five years after high school competing on the U.S. National Ski Team as an alpine racer.
• Wallace Gonzalez, a 22-year-old redshirt freshman tight end at Utah, spent three seasons in the Houston Astros’ organization after being selected in the 29th round of the 2011 MLB draft.
MOVING UP PURDUE’S RANKINGS
• Austin Appleby moved into the top 20 for career touchdown passes with 16. He is tied at No. 20 with Danny Etling.
• Appleby has moved into 14th for career completion percentage with a minimum of 300 attempts. Appleby has completed 53.9 percent of his passes (209-388).
• Appleby’s 209 career completions move him into 19th on the Purdue charts. He is 29 shy of Danny Etling, who is in 18th.
• Paul Griggs climbed into the top 20 at 13th in total points scored. Griggs now has 177 for his career. He is five points shy of 12th.
• Griggs has made 29 field goals in his career, which ranks sixth in program history. He is two shy of fifth.
• Frankie Williams picked off the eighth pass of his career against Bowling Green. He is now tied for 14th.
• Williams had one PBU at Michigan State, which gives him 21 for his career. That ranks tied for 20th in program history. He is one shy of 19th, two shy of 16th, three shy of 15th and four shy of 13th.
‘BACKERS BACK, BUT BATTLING INJURY
• Purdue returns all three starting linebackers from last season with Ja’Whaun Bentley, Danny Ezechukwu and Jimmy Herman.
• Bentley and Herman have both missed multiple games with injury. Bentley was hurt prior to the Minnesota game and is out the remainder of the season. Herman has battled a leg injury and has missed three games this season, most recently against Wisconsin.
• Freshman Linebacker Markus Bailey got early playing time, but was injured during non-conference and is out for the rest of the season.
• Purdue’s linebacking corps, which comprises 11 individuals, has three juniors, four sophomores and four freshmen.
• Purdue is one of just three schools in the country to return all three linebacker starters and have all three with remaining eligibility after this season (also New Mexico State and UCLA).
• Ja’Whaun Bentley (So. - MLB) was voted as a captain by the team on Aug. 21. He is Purdue’s first sophomore captain since Raheem Mostert in 2012.
• Bentley is Purdue’s top returning tackler from 2014, after starting all 12 games and amassing 76 tackles, including 3.5 for loss, three fumble recoveries and an interception.
• Bentley was named to ESPN.com’s True Freshman All-America team and USA Today Sports Freshman All-America team.
• Bentley led the team with 10 tackles, including 1.5 for loss, at Marshall.
• Bentley had a career high 3.0 tackles for loss against Virginia Tech and tied his then-career high with 11 total tackles.
• Bentley had a career high 14 tackles against Bowling Green.
• Bentley was second on the team with nine tackles at Michigan State, including 1.5 for loss.
• He was injured prior to the Minnesota game and has missed the last two contests.
• He is still second on the team with 49 tackles this season, including 7.5 for loss.
• Danny Ezechukwu (So. - OLB) started six games last season as a redshirt freshman. He finished the season with 43 tackles, including 3.0 for loss, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.
• Ezechukwu had a career-high 12 tackles at Nebraska a week after racking up 10 at Minnesota. He had 34 tackles over the final five games last season.
• In the season opener at Marshall, Ezechukwu had two tackles, and followed it up with five tackles, including 1.0 for loss, vs. Indiana State.
• Ezechukwu scored his first career touchdown against Virginia Tech on a 90-yard fumble recovery. The play is tied for the second-longest fumble return in program history, and longest since 1966.
• Ezechukwu’s touchdown is the first fumble recovery for a touchdown for Purdue since 2011.
• He finished the Virginia Tech game with five tackles.
• Ezechukwu had 10 tackles against Bowling Green and eight against Michigan State.
• Against Minnesota, Ezechukwu had an interception, a sack, a tackle for loss and 10 total tackles.
• Ezechukwu became the team leader in tackles this season after totaling 11 tackles at Wisconsin. He now has 51 for the season.
• Jimmy Herman (Jr. - OLB) started eight games last season and appeared in 10, missing two with an injury. Herman finished the season with 56 tackles, including 1.5 for loss. He finished with eight tackles in four different games.
• Herman had four tackles, including 0.5 for loss, in the season opener at Marshall.
• Herman had a big game against Indiana State with eight tackles, a career high 2.5 for loss, including 0.5 sacks.
• Herman had four tackles against Virginia Tech.
• Herman missed the Bowling Green and Michigan State games with an injury.
• Herman was back in the starting lineup against Minnesota and had seven tackles, including 1.0 for loss.
• Herman then missed the Wisconsin game due to injury.
STARTING UP FRONT
• Purdue returns all five starters on the offensive line, and six guys who started at least seven games up front last season.
• Robert Kugler (Sr. - Center) has 38 consecutive starts heading into Saturday’s game.
• Jordan Roos (Jr. - Right guard) started all 12 games last year and has 25 for his career.
• Jason King (Jr. - Left guard) has started 24 straight games.
• J.J. Prince (Jr. - Tackle) started nine games at left and right tackle last season and has 11 career starts.
• Cameron Cermin (Jr. - Tackle) started eight games at tackle last season and started at right tackle all seven games this season.
• David Hedelin (Sr. - Left tackle) started the final seven games of the season last year and has started every game, except the Indiana State game, this season.
• The group helped Purdue increase its rushing total by 91 yards per game from 2013 to 2014.
• The group allowed 14 fewer sacks in 2014 than the offensive line did in 2013.
• The group paved the way for 11 more rushing touchdowns in 2014 than in 2013 - nearly triple the total number.
• Purdue is one of nine schools in the country that returns five starters on the offensive line (also Ball State, Boise State, Bowling Green, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Texas, Washington State).
• Thirty-four other schools return four offensive line starters, including Purdue opponents Indiana and Michigan State.
• The Boilermakers return five starters on the offensive line, and six guys who started at least seven games up front a year ago, for the first time since 1963, when Purdue had 11 different guys start on the line that season, after having 10 in 1962.
• Martesse Patterson (R-Fr. - Left tackle) started his first career game earlier this season against Indiana State.
• Austin Appleby was named the season-opening starting quarterback on Aug. 25, after starting the final seven games of the 2014 season. He started the first three games this season.
• Appleby has appeared in 14 games, including 10 last season. He is 209-388-17 for 2,186 yards and 16 touchdowns.
• This season, Appleby had career highs in completions (31), interceptions (4) and tied his career high with 48 pass attempts at Marshall, and also set career highs in touchdown passes (4) and yards (289) vs. Indiana State.
• Appleby is Purdue’s fifth different opening day starting quarterback in the last five years. No Purdue quarterback has started the season opener in consecutive years since Curtis Painter in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
• Opening day starters:
o 2015: Austin Appleby
o 2014: Danny Etling
o 2013: Rob Henry
o 2012: Robert Marve
o 2011: Caleb TerBush
o 2010: Robert Marve
o 2009: Joey Elliott
o 2008: Curtis Painter
• Appleby started his 10th consecutive game against Virginia Tech. Here is a list of recent consecutive starts:
o 2015: David Blough 4*
o 2014-15: Austin Appleby 10
o 2013-14: Danny Etling 12
o 2013: Rob Henry 5
o 2012: Caleb TerBush 7; Robert Marve 5, 1
o 2011: Caleb TerBush 13
o 2010: Robert Marve 4; Rob Henry 3, 2; Sean Robinson 2; Justin Siller 1
o 2009: Joey Elliott 12
o 2008: Justin Siller 3; Curtis Painter 1
o 2005-08: Curtis Painter 40
• Appleby’s first start came on the road at Illinois in 2014. He went 15 for 20 for 202 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 76 yards and two scores.
• By the numbers:
o Career high yards: 289 vs. ISU
o Career high TD passes: 4 vs. ISU
o Career high attps.: 48 vs. NW;
o at Marshall
o Career high comps.: 31 at Marshall
o Record: 2-8
• Robert Kugler has started 38 straight games at center. That is tied for the 13th-most active consecutive starts in the country.
• Anthony Brown has started 29 straight games at cornerback.
• Jason King has started 24 straight games at left guard.
• Jake Replogle has started 19 straight games at defensive tackle.
• Frankie Williams has started 34 games at cornerback and safety in his career, including 11 each in 2013 and 2014.
FIRST GAME EXPERIENCE
• Robert Gregory, D.J. Knox, Domonique Young, Antoine Miles and Ben Makowski all made their first career start at Marshall.
• Freshmen Markell Jones and Markus Bailey, redshirt freshmen Brandon Roberts, Martesse Patterson, Kirk Barron, Tim Cason, Cole Herdman and Alex Hilger, junior college transfers Anthony Mahoungou and Shayne Henley and junior Langston Newton all saw their first action as Boilermakers.
• Knox had 22 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown, and six catches for 36 yards.
• Jones had 12 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown.
• Young had two catches for 16 yards.
• Gregory had six tackles.
• Miles had three tackles, 1.0 sack and 1.0 tackle for loss.
• Makowski was perfect on two field goal snaps, four extra point snaps and six punt snaps.
• Bailey had three tackles and a pass breakup.
• Roberts had two tackles.
• Patterson and Barron both saw action on the offensive line.
• Herdman had one catch for 11 yards.
• Hilger had one tackle on special teams.
• Mahoungou had four catches for 59 yards.
• Henley had one tackle.
• Newton had one tackles, including 0.5 for loss, and a fumble recovery.
• David Blough, Jarrett Burgess, Matt Burke, Race Johnson, David Rose, Keenan Schon, Joe Schopper, Eric Swingler, Joey Warburg, Eddy Wilson and Bearooz Yacoobi all saw their first career action against Indiana State.
• Blough was 0-1 passing and had one rush for one yard. In his first start against Bowling Green, he threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, while adding one on the ground.
• Schopper had three punts for 107 yards, a 35.7 yard average, including one inside the 20.
• Rose and Wilson each broke up a pass, while Johnson and Pulliam both had a tackle.
• Purdue has four players on watch list.
• David Blough, a redshirt freshman quarterback, has been nominated for the Wuerffell Trophy, which goes to the college football player who exemplifies community service, athletic and academic achievement.
• Paul Griggs, a senior kicker, has been named to the Lou Groza Award Watch List a year after making 16 of 20 field goals, including 3-for-3 from 50+ yards.
• Robert Kugler, a junior center, has been named to the Rimington Award Watch List after starting the last 31 games heading into the season.
• Cameron Cermin, a junior tackle, has been named to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List for the top offensive player from Texas who has overcome adversity, especially injury.
• Darrell Hazell announced team captains at the team’s Kickoff Luncheon on Aug. 21.
• Hazell named seniors Danny Anthrop, Robert Kugler and Frankie Williams captains, as well as sophomore Ja’Whaun Bentley.
• Kugler earned captain status for the second year in a row.
• Bentley is the youngest captain Hazell has ever had. He is Purdue’s first sophomore captain since Raheem Mostert was the special teams captain as a sophomore in 2012.
• Captains were voted on by the team. The vote was for upperclassmen, though one slot was opened up for a possible write-in. Bentley was written in by the majority of the team.
FIRST TIME STARTERS
• Purdue had five first time starters at Marshall:
o -Domonique Young (Jr., WR)
o -Ben Makowski (Fr., LS)
o -D.J. Knox (So., RB)
o -Antoine Miles (So., RE)
-Robert Gregory (Jr., FS)
• Last season, the Boilermakers had six first time starters for the season opener, with two on offense and four on defense.
• In 2013, the first year of the Darrell Hazell head coaching era, the Boilermakers had five first time starters.
• Jordan Jurasevich (Sr., TE) started the first game of his career against Virginia Tech.
• Martesse Patterson (R-Fr., OL) started his first career game at left tackle against Indiana State.
• Joe Schopper (Fr., K-P) started the first game of his career at punter against Virginia Tech. He had six punts for 296 yards, an average of 49.3 yards, including the longest punt in the Big Ten this season, a 69-yarder into the wind, which ended at the 2-yardline.
• David Blough (R-Fr., QB) made his first career start against Bowling Green and threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, and added a touchdown on the ground.
• Markell Jones (Fr., RB) made his first career start at Michigan State and rushed 22 times for a Purdue true-freshman record 157 yards and two touchdowns.
• Cole Herdman (R-Fr., TE) made his first career start at Michigan State and had two catches for two yards.
• Garrett Hudson (So., LB) started his first career game against Minnesota and finished with three tackles.
• Next up was a home date with No. 12 Ohio State.
• The 16th-ranked Boilermakers led 10-3 early in the third quarter before the Buckeyes scored 17 straight points to forge ahead 20-10 heading into the fourth.
• A pair of Drew Brees touchdown passes put Purdue back in front at 24-20 with 5:59 left.
• The Boilermakers had the ball again when Brees tried to unload a pass out of bounds but had it slip and get intercepted, leading to an Ohio State touchdown for a 27-24 lead with 2:16 to play.
• On Purdue’s ensuing possession, Brees got a shot at redemption and found Seth Morales all alone behind the Ohio State secondary and delivered a 64-yard touchdown pass with 1:55 remaining.
• The Buckeyes had one last chance but fumbled on their second play from scrimmage, and the loose ball was recovered by Landon Johnson. Vinny Sutherland (142 yards), Morales (115 yards) and Tim Stratton (100 yards) became just the second trio of 100-yard receivers in school history.
• With two games to play, Purdue was tied with Northwestern atop the Big Ten standings at 5-1, and the Boilermakers held the Rose Bowl-berth tiebreaker by virtue of their win over the Wildcats.
• Purdue fans have a one-spot stop for all information regarding activities on campus during game week.
• Fans can access “Boilermaker Depot” by visiting BoilermakerDepot.com.
• Purdue football’s version of Anthropology focuses on senior wide receiver Danny Anthrop.
• Anthrop led Purdue in receiving seven straight games last season, including the Nebraska game, where he incurred a season-ending injury.
• Anthrop had two 100-yard receiving games, and a third with 99 reception yards: Southern Illinois (106), Michigan State (133) and Illinois (99).
• Anthrop also finished the 2013 season on a high with 151 receiving yards and a touchdown on five catches.
• Anthrop seemed to be the piece that kept Purdue’s offense going, as in the eight games he was fully healthy, the Boilermakers averaged 28.3 points per game. In the other four, including at Nebraska where he was injured, Purdue averaged just 15.0 points per game.
• Anthrop surpassed 1,000 for his career against Virginia Tech.
• For his career, Anthrop, from West Lafayette, Ind., has 84 catches for 1,197 yards and seven touchdowns.
QUARTERBACKS ON THE FIELD
• The Boilermakers have played three different players that were recruiting to Purdue as quarterbacks in 2012, and a fourth recruited quarterback.
• Robert Gregory, listed as the starting free safety on the depth chart, came to Purdue in 2012 as a dual-threat quarterback. That fall, he volunteered to switch positions to running back. Gregory was a reserve running back in 2013, before switching to safety in spring before the 2014 season. Gregory won the Hammer Award, given to the player who is the most outstanding hitter during spring practice, in 2014 and 2015. He made his first career start at safety at Marshall and had six tackles. Gregory recorded his first interception against Indiana State and finished the game with three tackles.
• Bilal Marshall came to Purdue in the same recruiting class as Gregory. He switched to wide receiver after one season as a reserve quarterback. Marshall has shown promise through fall and spring practices, including being named the offense’s Most Improved Player during this year’s spring ball. He played, though did not record any stats at Marshall. Against Indiana State, Marshall caught his first career pass for nine yards, which set up a Purdue touchdown.
• Austin Appleby was also a member of the 2012 quarterback recruiting class. He stuck with the position and made his 10th straight start for Purdue against Virginia Tech.
• David Blough was recruited in the 2014 class, after being named an Elite 11 quarterback in 2013. Blough redshirted in 2014 and made his first career start against Bowling Green, after playing sparingly against Indiana State and Virginia Tech. Blough has started every game since.