Football Faces Iowa Hawkeyes

October 26, 1998

Purdue Boilermakers (4-4, 2-2 Big Ten)
vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (3-5, 2-3 Big Ten)
Ross-Ade Stadium (67,332)
West Lafayette, Indiana
October 31, 1998 - 1 p.m. EST - Happy Halloween!


RADIO: WAZY (96.5 FM) / Purdue Sports Radio Network Joe McConnell (play-by-play), Pete Quinn (color commentary), Tim Newton (pregame/halftime/postgame)


A LOOK AT THE BOILERMAKERS: Happy Halloween! The Purdue football team, under second-year head coach Joe Tiller, plays host to Iowa on Saturday Oct. 31. The Boilermakers are coming off a 42-9 victory over Illinois as part of Homecoming festivities in West Lafayette on Oct. 24. Last season the Boilermakers enjoyed a storybook campaign by finishing 9-3 overall and 6-2 in the Big Ten for a second-place tie (with Ohio State and Penn State). Purdue defeated Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl 33-20 and was No. 15 in the final Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today national polls.

NORTHWESTERN GAME TIME SET: Purdue's game at Northwestern on Nov. 7 will begin at 11:10 a.m. CST/12:10 p.m. EST and be televised by ESPN-Plus.

HEAD COACH JOE TILLER: Joe Tiller is in his second season as Purdue's head coach with a 13-7 record (.650 winning percentage) and his eighth season as a collegiate head coach with a 52-37-1 record (.583). He is 26-9 in his last 35 games. Tiller won his 50th career game against Central Florida on Sept. 19, 1998. Tiller was named the Boilermakers' 33rd head coach Nov. 22, 1996. He was the head coach at Wyoming from 1991-96 and compiled a 39-30-1 record. The Cowboys played in the 1993 Copper Bowl and reached the 1996 Western Athletic Conference championship game. In 1997 Tiller was named National Coach-of-the-Year by both Football News and Kickoff magazines, the GTE Region 3 Coach-of-the-Year (Big Ten, Mid-American Conference and Conference USA) by the American Football Coaches Association and the Big Ten Dave McClain Coach-of-the-Year. He also was one of six finalists for the Paul Bear Bryant National Coach-of-the-Year and a finalist for National Coach-of-the-Year by The Sporting News. Tiller was assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the Boilermakers from 1983-86.

HISTORY 101 ALL-TIME SERIES RECORD: Purdue and Iowa have met 72 times previously with the Boilermakers holding a 41-28-3 advantage. The teams last met Nov. 1, 1997, with Iowa winning 35-17 in Iowa City. Purdue's last win was a 27-16 verdict Oct. 24, 1992, in Iowa City. The teams tied 21-21 on Oct. 29, 1994, in West Lafayette. The Boilermakers' last win at home was a 16-7 verdict Nov. 6, 1982. Iowa holds a 12-2-1 advantage in the last 15 meetings, dating to the 1981 season. Before that the Boilermakers won 20 in a row from 1961-80. Purdue holds a 23-12-1 advantage in games played in West Lafayette.

QUICK STARTS ... : Purdue has scored on its first possession in five of eight games (at USC, vs. Rice, at Notre Dame, vs. Minnesota and vs. Illinois). On the eight opening drives, quarterback Drew Brees has completed 23 of 30 passes (76.7 percent) for 343 yards with three touchdowns passing, one touchdown rushing and one interception.

... AND QUICK STRIKES: The Boilermakers' 38 scoring drives this season (29 touchdowns and nine field goals) have amassed 112 minutes and 34 seconds. That's an average of 2:58 per scoring drive. Purdue's shortest scoring drive has been 11 seconds vs. Illinois, while its longest has been 5:39 vs. Central Florida.

TRICK OR TREAT: The Boilermakers own a 5-6 record in games played on Halloween. They last played on Oct. 31 in 1992 and lost to Michigan 24-17 in West Lafayette. See more under This Date In Purdue Football History below.

1998 CAPTAINS: Purdue's captains this season are senior defensive end Rosevelt Colvin and senior wide receiver Isaac Jones. In addition, one or more additional captains are selected for each game USC (John Reeves), Rice (Jim Niedrach), Central Florida (Willie Fells and Lee Johnson), Notre Dame (Henry Bell and Chukky Okobi), Minnesota (David Cohen), Wisconsin (Drew Brees), Penn State (Randall Lane) and Illinois (Brees and Reeves).

GAME 8 RECAP (PURDUE 42, ILLINOIS 9): The Boilermakers re-established their running game, and a balanced attack led to a convincing 42-9 win over Illinois before a Homecoming crowd of 60,163 at Ross-Ade Stadium on a picture-perfect Oct. 24. Purdue finished with a season-high 217 rushing yards and 284 passing yards for a total of 501. Meanwhile, the defense limited the Fighting Illini to 299 total yards and kept them off the scoreboard until the fourth quarter. Junior running back J. Crabtree paced the ground attack with 18 carries for 105 yards, while sophomore quarterback Drew Brees had six carries for 41 yards and sophomore running back Dondre Johnson had 11 carries for 41 yards. Both Brees and Johnson scored touchdowns via the rush. Brees also completed 22 of 30 passes for 261 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Ten different players caught passes (including Brees himself on a batted attempt) for the fourth time this season. Senior wide receiver Isaac Jones led the way with five catches for 62 yards with a touchdown. Junior wide receivers Chris Daniels and Randall Lane and redshirt freshman tight end Tim Stratton each caught scoring strikes, as well. Senior free safety Billy Gustin and redshirt freshman linebacker Jason Loerzell topped the defense with seven tackles apiece. Purdue recovered four fumbles and had an interception by senior cornerback Henry Bell.

NEW FACES: The Boilermakers have had 16 players make their first collegiate start this season (nine on offense and seven on defense), plus freshman kicker Travis Dorsch. In addition, senior defensive end Chike Okeafor has made his first start since the 1996 season (he did not play in 1997).

A STRONG BREES: Sophomore quarterback Drew Brees has completed 235 of 350 passes (67.1 percent) for 2,620 yards with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. If the season ended today, he would establish a school season record for completion percentage (the current standard is .648, 242 of 368, by Mark Herrmann in 1980). Brees ranks fifth on the school season touchdowns list, seventh on the season passing yards list and 12th on the career passing yards list with 2,852 in 15 games.

HURRICANE DREW: Drew Brees set school records for yards passing (522), total offense (524) and touchdown passes (6) in just three quarters vs. Minnesota. The previous marks were 516 yards passing by Scott Campbell (vs. Ohio State on Oct. 31, 1981); 482 yards total offense by Jim Everett (at Ohio State on Oct. 19, 1985); and five touchdowns by Mike Phipps (vs. Stanford on Oct. 4, 1969), Mark Herrmann (vs. Iowa on Oct. 22, 1977) and Billy Dicken (at Minnesota on Oct. 11, 1997). Brees passing yardage total was the third-highest in Big Ten history (behind 621 by Dave Wilson of Illinois at Ohio State on Nov. 8, 1980, and 558 by Chuck Hartlieb of Iowa at Indiana on Oct. 29, 1988), as was his total offense yardage (behind 585 by Wilson in the above game and 536 by Tim Schade of Minnesota at Penn State on Sept. 4, 1993). The Big Ten record for touchdown passes is seven by Hartlieb at Northwestern on Nov. 7, 1987. Three other players have thrown for six in conference games. Brees passing efficiency rating of 262.91 was fifth in Big Ten games, while his completion percentage of .861 (31 of 36) was just short of the school record of .864 (19 of 22) by Bob Griese vs. Notre Dame on Sept. 25, 1965.

MORE BREES: Drew Brees set the NCAA Division I passing attempts record with 83 at Wisconsin. The previous mark was 79 by Matt Vogler of Texas Christian vs. Houston on Nov. 3, 1996. Brees tied the Division I record with 55 completions (also held by Rusty LaRue of Wake Forest vs. Duke on Oct. 28, 1995). Brees 494 yards passing at Wisconsin were the fourth-most in school history and sixth-most in Big Ten history.

MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK: A total of 15 different players (including quarterback Drew Brees on a batted attempt) have caught passes this season. The breakdown by game at USC (10), vs. Rice (8), vs. Central Florida (five), at Notre Dame (seven), vs. Minnesota (10), at Wisconsin (10), at Penn State (eight) and vs. Illinois (10).

YARDS, YARDS AND MORE YARDS: Purdue's 692 yards of total offense (604 passing and 88 rushing) vs. Minnesota ranks third in the Big Ten in conference games (behind 713 by Iowa vs. Northwestern on Oct. 8, 1983, and 698 by Michigan State at Purdue on Oct. 30, 1971) and ranks ninth in all games involving Big Ten teams (the record is 742 by Minnesota vs. Ohio on Sept. 11, 1982).

THE OFFENSE LIKES IKE: Senior wide receiver Isaac Jones ranks eighth on Purdues career receptions list with 119. Next up is Calvin Williams (1986-89) with 138 receptions. Jones ranks 11thwith 1,412 receiving yards. Next up is Reggie Arnold (1974-77) with 1,481 yards.

FAST LANE AND DANDY DANIELS: Junior wide receiver Randall Lane set a Big Ten record with 18 receptions (for 178 yards) at Wisconsin. The previous mark was 17 (for 208 yards) by Jon Harvey of Northwestern vs. Michigan on Oct. 23, 1982. The Purdue record was 15 (for 190 yards) by Rodney Carter at Ohio State on Oct. 19, 1985. Also at Wisconsin junior wide receiver Chris Daniels caught 14 passes for 131 yards. It was the third-most in school history and tied for seventh in Big Ten history.

STRATTON AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Redshirt freshman tight end Tim Stratton is tied for fourth in the nation among players at his position with 18 receptions. He ranks ninth with 160 receiving yards. Louisville junior Ibn Green leads the way in both categories with 31catches for 544 yards.

CRACKLIN ROSEY: Neil Diamond sang the song, and senior defensive end Rosevelt Colvin is making Purdue fans smile. He tops the team with 11 tackles for loss, nine quarterback sacks and two blocked field goals. His two blocks ties the school season record (also held by Kevin Holley in 1986, Steve Jackson in 1989, Kevin Strickland in 1989 and Jarrett Scales in 1990). Colvin has three career blocked field goals to share the school standard with Scales (1987-90). Colvin has 50 career tackles for loss to rank third on the school list.

THE BALL STOPS HERE: Junior linebacker Willie Fells was the Boilermakers leading tackler last season with 131 stops (third in the Big Ten). He tops the team again this season with 71 tackles, including 47 solos. Fells has finished with double-figure stops in four games (13 at USC, 15 vs. Rice, 10 at Notre Dame and 11 at Wisconsin) and has 11 double-figure efforts during his career (eight in his last 13 games, dating to 1997). His career high is 20 tackles (15 solos) at Iowa on Nov. 1, 1997.

FROM POOCH TO POP: In 1997 Danny Rogers was Purdue's pooch punter who specialized in directional punting deep inside opponents territory (six of his 23 punts were downed inside the 20-yard line). This season the junior is handling all the punting chores, and he has a 42.1-yard average. He had a career-long 63-yarder at USC on Aug. 30, 1998, and equalled it vs. Central Florida on Sept. 19, 1998. Rogers ranks fourth on Purdues career punting average list at 39.3 (107 punts for 4,201 yards). Of his 107 career punts, 31 have come to rest inside the 20-yard line (29 percent).

THREE FOR TRAVIS: Freshman kicker Travis Dorsch converted three field goals at Notre Dame (from 37, 40 and a career-high 47 yards). It marked the first time a Purdue kicker made good on three field goals since Brad Bobich vs. Penn State on Oct. 14, 1995 (from 37, 21 and 22 yards). Dorschs 47-yard effort was the longest by a Purdue kicker since Larry Sullivan tied the school record with a 51-yarder at Minnesota on Oct. 7, 1989, and it is sixth-longest in school history (behind two from 51, one from 50 and two from 49). Dorsch also made three field goals at Wisconsin (from 45, 44 and 45 yards). The last Purdue kicker to hit three or more field goals from 40-plus yards in a game was Jonathan Briggs (from 47, 49, 44 and 47 yards) at Illinois on Oct. 11, 1986. For the season Dorsch is 9 of 12 on field goal attempts (75 percent), including 6 of 8 from 40-plus yards. He has made his last eight of his last nine attempts (the only miss from 53 yards).

HOME COOKING: The Boilermakers are 4-0 at home in the friendly confines of Ross-Ade Stadium this season and 9-1 in two years under head coach Joe Tiller. The only loss is a 42-17 setback to No. 6 Penn State on Nov. 15, 1997.

QB SCHOOL: Purdue has the reputation as one of the nation's premier quarterback schools. Previous signal-callers include Len Dawson (1954-56), Bob Griese (1964-66), Mike Phipps (1967-69), Gary Danielson (1970-72), Mark Herrmann (1977-80), Scott Campbell (1980-83) and Jim Everett (1982-85). Dawson led the Kansas City Chiefs to a victory in Super Bowl IV and Griese won two Super Bowls with the Miami Dolphins (VII and VIII). According to research by Sports Illustrated, Purdue ranks fifth all-time among schools whose QB alums have thrown more than 10,000passes in the NFL. The list includes Brigham Young (81.6 rating), Miami (77.3), Washington (76.9), Oregon (75.1) and Purdue (74.5). In addition, Purdue quarterbacks have thrown more NFL touchdown passes than QBs from any other school.

This Date In Purdue Football History (October 31)

Oct. 31, 1964 - The Boilermakers defeated Illinois 26-14 before 59,425 Homecoming fans at Ross-Ade Stadium. Sophomore quarterback Bob Griese completed 10 of 19 passes for 117 yards with one touchdown. Junior halfback Randy Minniear scored three touchdowns (from 1, 1 and 2 yards).

Oct. 31, 1970 - Sophomore halfback Otis Armstrong had 108 yards rushing on 27 carries and 108 yards receiving on three catches, but it wasnt enough as the Boilermakers lost to Illinois 23-21 before a Homecoming crowd of 67,747 at Ross-Ade Stadium. Sophomore quarterback Gary Danielson completed 13 of 26 passes for 214 yards with one touchdown, a 63-yard strike to Armstrong.

Oct. 31, 1981 - Purdue lost 45-33 to Ohio State in front of 69,927 spectators (the fifth-largest crowd in school history) at Ross-Ade Stadium, but sophomore quarterback Scott Campbell stole the show. He completed 31 of 52 passes for a then school-record 516 yards with three touchdowns. The record stood until Drew Brees topped it with 522 yards against Minnesota on Oct. 3, 1998. Senior flanker Steve Bryant had 10 receptions for 195 yards with two touchdowns, while sophomore tight end Cliff Benson caught eight passes for 165 yards with one touchdown.




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