Purdue and Ohio State meet for the 56th time in series history.
Saturday is Purdue’s “Boiler Black Out Game.”
Ohio State leads the series 39-14-2 and won last year’s meeting 29-22 in Columbus in overtime.
The Boilermakers are coming off their second bye week of the season. Their last time out, Purdue fell 14-0 at Michigan State in Spartan Stadium two weeks ago.
The last two meetings between Purdue and Ohio State have been decided in overtime, with Purdue winning 26-23 in 2011 and Ohio State pulling out a 29-22 thriller a year ago.
Saturday’s game is Purdue’s sixth in-a-row and seventh of the year against a team that has been ranked or received votes this season.
Nine teams on the Boilermakers’ schedule have been ranked or received votes this season.
Ohio State is coming off a 63-14 dismantling of Penn State last week.
The Boilermakers look to snap a five-game skid.
The Boilermakers have won the previous two meetings against Ohio State in Ross-Ade Stadium.
Purdue starts one of the youngest teams in the country as five underclassmen, including four freshmen, started on offense at Michigan State. Three true freshmen started at skill positions. Three underclassmen started on defense, including true freshman Leroy Clark.
A total of 14 freshmen played for Purdue in East Lansing.
The game begins at noon EDT on BTN with Kevin Kugler calling the action. Glen Mason will color the broadcast while J Leman h will join from the sideline.
Tim Newton will handle the play-by-play on the Purdue Sports Properties radio broadcast with Pete Quinn at his side. Kelly Kitchel will join the crew from the sideline.
Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell (Muskingum, 1986) is 1-6 as Purdue’s head coach and 0-6 against teams ranked or receiving votes.
Hazell was named the school’s 35th head coach on Dec. 5, 2012, after two seasons as the head coach at Kent State.
Hazell is 17-16 overall as a head coach, including 16-10 at Kent State.
Hazell’s first coaching win at Purdue came on Sept. 7 against Indiana State.
Hazell was named the 2012 MAC Coach of the Year after leading Kent State to 11 wins and its first bowl appearance in 40 years.
Hazell also has served seven years on staff at Ohio State and been an assistant coach at Rutgers, West Virginia, U.S. Military Academy, Western Michigan, Pennsylvania, Oberlin College and Eastern Illinois.
Urban Meyer is in his second year as the head coach at Ohio State.
Meyer has led the Buckeyes to victory in all 20 of the games he has coached.
Ohio State has 35 conference wins since 2008, the most in the Big Ten, though seven of the wins have been vacated. The 28 recognized wins are the second-most in the league.
Meyer is 1-0 against Purdue as a head coach after Ohio State won last year.
The Buckeyes have the nation’s current longest winning streak at 20.
Ohio State is ranked fourth in the country for the eighth-straight week.
The Buckeyes have the No. 5 scoring offense in the country this season, averaging 47.3 points per game.
Ohio State’s offense is top 10 in the country in every major category other than passing offense.
Ohio State’s defense is ranked 14th overall and sixth best against the run.
Braxton Miller leads the offense from the quarterback position and has completed 89 of 126 passes for 1083 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 403 yards and two scores.
Carlos Hyde leads the ground attack with 88 carries for 590 yards (6.7 avg) and seven touchdowns.
Miller was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Monday while running back Dontre Wilson was named the conference Freshman of the Week.
Series record: Ohio State leads 39-14-2 (First meeting: 1919 / Last meeting: 2012)
Purdue points: 740
Ohio State points: 1,334
Series record in West Lafayette: Ohio State leads 12-8
In Ross-Ade Stadium: Ohio State leads 11-8
Series record in Columbus: Ohio State leads 26-5-2
In Ohio Stadium: Ohio State leads 22-5-2
Games decided by 3 points or less: Ohio State leads 6-2
Games decided by 7 points or less: Ohio State leads 9-6
Two of Purdue’s top three rushers this season are freshmen with Dawkins and B.J. Knauf.
Four of Purdue’s top six receivers this season are underclassmen, including three freshmen.
Purdue’s top eight receivers this season are expected back next year.
Yancey has the two longest plays from scrimmage this year with catches of 50 and 55 yards, the latter for a touchdown against Nebraska.
Yancey had the most receiving yards (146) of any player in the Big Ten in week seven.
Posey led the team in receiving yards and receptions against Michigan State with five for 50.
Purdue had 17 players with freshman eligibility play against Nebraska and 14 at Michigan State.
Eleven of Purdue’s 22 players on the offensive two-deep chart were freshmen or sophomores and nine of the 22 on defense were underclassmen against Nebraska.
Thirty-four of the 70 players on Purdue’s travel roster were freshmen or sophomores.
Every skill player (QB, RB, WR) that recorded a stat against Nebraska has at least one year of eligibility remaining.
All but 12 yards of Purdue’s total offensive output at Michigan State was gained by a player with remaining eligibility.
Nine true freshmen played against Nebraska.
Fifty-two of Purdue’s 112 student-athletes on the roster are freshmen (29 true and 23 redshirt).
In comparison, there are 17 sophomores, 21 juniors and 22 seniors.
The Boilermakers have scored 92 points this season and all but 12 of them have eligibility remaining after this season.
Freshmen have scored 24 points, sophomores 26, juniors 30 and seniors 12.
Four freshmen have caught passes this season.
Dawkins led the Boilermakers in rushing, receiving and all-purpose yards at Cincinnati.
Redshirt freshman B.J. Knauf scored his first career touchdown against the Sycamores on a 16-yard rush. He caught his first career touchdown pass against Notre Dame.
Purdue freshmen had 12 tackles at Wisconsin in week four.
Redshirt freshman Cameron Posey caught the first touchdown of his career against the Huskies.
Etling went 19-39 for 241 yards and two touchdowns against NIU before completing 14 of 35 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown against Nebraska.
Purdue has nine takeaways this season and all but two have eligibility remaining after this season.
Twenty-one of Purdue’s 37 tackles for loss are by players with eligibility remaining after this season.
Purdue started eight underclassmen on offense against Nebraska, including at all six skill positions. The eight underclassmen starters on offense is the second-most of any team in FBS this season, behind only Florida International which started nine vs. Louisville.
Purdue is the only team in the country this year that has started underclassmen at all six skill positions.
The Boilermakers started five freshmen at skill positions last week. No other FBS team has started more than three freshmen at the skill positions.
HE’S FANCY, THAT YANCEY
True freshman DeAngelo Yancey has been a bright spot for the Boilermakers this season, especially the last few weeks.
The wide receiver had back-to-back100+ receiving games in the Northern Illinois and Nebraska games(117 and 146), a first for Purdue since Keith Smith had four in a row in 2009 (136, 101, 126, 125).
Yancey’s 146 receiving yards against Nebraska included a one-handed 36-yard grab, while being interfered, and a 55-yard over-the-head touchdown catch.
The 55-yard touchdown catch is Purdue’s longest play from scrimmage this season.
Yancey’s 146 receiving yards are the most by a true freshman in program history and the second most by a freshman, behind only Taylor Stubblefield (196 yards in 2001).
His performance against Nebraska was the best since Dorien Bryant had 134 receiving yards as a freshman in 2004 against Indiana.
Yancey had more receiving yards than any other Big Ten receiver in week seven.
He has the two longest offensive plays this year as he also has a 50-yard catch vs. NIU.
A THRILLING SERIES
Purdue and Ohio State have a history of playing exciting games, especially since the turn of the century. Here’s a look at some of the highlights.
2012 #7 Ohio State 29, Purdue 22 (OT)
The Boilermakers led 22-14 with less than a minute to go in the game and Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was out with an injury. Kenny Guiton came in and led the Buckeyes to a touchdown with three seconds left. He then tossed a two- point conversion to Jeff Heuerman to force overtime. The Buckeyes scored on their possession and then held the Boilermakers for the win.
2011 Purdue 26, Ohio State 23 (OT)
The Boilermakers led 20-14 with a minute to play when Braxton Miller found Jordan Hall on a broken fourth down play to tie the score at 20. Sophomore Bruce Gaston broke through the line on the PAT and blocked Drew Basil’s attempt that would have likely won the game for the Buckeyes. Purdue held Ohio State to a field goal in overtime and then Robert Marve scored from one yard out to win the game for the Boilermakers.
2009 Purdue 26, #7 Ohio State 18
Purdue had lost five games in a row and faced the No. 7 Buckeyes in what seemed like an easy win. Instead, Joey Elliott found Aaron Valentin for a pair of third quarter touchdowns and the Boilermakers led 23-7 heading to the final quarter. Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan was named the National Defensive Player of the Week after recording nine tackles, four for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Brandon King also had a pair of interceptions as Purdue held on to win.
2004 Purdue 24, Ohio State 17
The Boilermakers led 17-3 at the half, but Troy Smith tied it up on a five-yard touchdown run with 3:50 to play in the final quarter. Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton had more than enough time as he marched the Boilermakers down the field for the game-winning score with 2:17 to play. Orton went 6-for-6 on the final drive, capped with a 14-yard touchdown strike to Dustin Keller.
2003 #4 Ohio State 16, #11 Purdue 13 (OT)
Purdue held Ohio State without an offensive touchdown and even blocked a field goal as time expired to force overtime, but Kyle Orton and the Boilermakers couldn’t score in overtime. Mike Nugent kicked a game-winning 36-yard field goal in the extra session to give the Buckeyes the win.
2002 #3 Ohio State 10, Purdue 6
Purdue led Ohio State 6-3 with less than two minutes left in the game. Craig Krenzel and Ohio State faced fourth and one at the Purdue 37. Instead of running the ball, Krenzel found Michael Jenkins on a 37-yard scoring strike. The win moved Ohio State to 11-0 and dropped Purdue to 4-6.
2000 #16 Purdue 31, #12 Ohio State 27
HOLY TOLEDO. Drew Brees threw four interceptions, but atoned for the mistakes in a big way, as he found Seth Morales on a 64-yard touchdown pass with 1:55 to play in the game. The Boilermakers scored 21 points in the fourth quarter after the Buckeyes led 20-10. Brees completed 39 of 65 passes for 455 yards and three touchdowns. The win boosted Purdue to a berth in the Rose Bowl.
FIRST YEAR COACHES
There are 31 new head coaches across the FBS, including Purdue’s Darrell Hazell.
First year coaches are 93-143 (.394) this season, including 70-136 (.339) against FBS teams.
Last week, week nine, first year coaches went 7-18, including 5-8 at home and 2-10 on the road.
One of the two road wins was against another first year coach, while one of the home wins was against an FCS opponent.
The combined record in coaching debuts was 15-16, including three wins against other coaches making their debut at a new school.
Purdue coaches are 18-17 in their first game coaching the Old Gold and Black and fell to 2-10 when their first game is on the road after Purdue lost at Cincinnati.
New coaches went 15-15 in week two, including UTEP which played its season opener in the second week. Northern Illinois had a bye, while two of the wins came against other first year head coaches.
First year coaches went 10-18 in week three, including 8-9 at home, 3-2 against FCS and four wins against other first year coaches.
New head coaches went 8-15 in week four, including 2-12 on the road, 2-1 against FCS opponents and one win against another first year coach.
New head coaches went 8-16 in week five.
Coaches in the first year went 10-18 in week six, including 7-8 on the road and 3-10 at home.
In week seven, first year coaches went 10-15, including 6-9 at home and 4-6 on the road.
In week eight, first year coaches went 10-12, including 5-5 at home and 5-7 on the road.
Two teams are still looking for their first win under their new head coaches: Georgia State and Southern Miss,
Two teams are undefeated under their new head coach: Northern Illinois (8-0) and Oregon (8-0).
The Boilermakers have one of the toughest schedules in not only the Big Ten, but also the country.
Just two of the 11 FBS teams on Purdue’s schedule are below .500 this season, as Illinois and Indiana are both 3-4.
Nine of the 11 FBS teams on Purdue’s schedule have a winning record.
Purdue’s FBS opponents have a combined 59-23 (.719) record this season.
The last three teams Purdue has played plus Ohio State are a combined 28-3 this season.
The Boilermakers face four teams that were ranked in the preseason AP poll and four more that were receiving votes.
A total of nine teams on Purdue’s schedule have been ranked or received votes this season, including Ohio State which is currently No. 4 in the nation.
Four of the five road games in the 2013 season are against ranked or teams that have received votes.
Saturday’s game is the sixth-straight against a team ranked or receiving votes this season and the third against a team ranked for the game.
All of Purdue’s six losses came against teams ranked or receiving votes.
Purdue has already played three teams that went to BCS bowls last season.
Five of Purdue’s seven home games are against teams that have been ranked or received votes this season, including Ohio State.
Purdue opponents combined for a 96-56 record in 2012 and made it to three BCS bowls, including Wisconsin’s appearance in the Rose Bowl game.
The 96 wins by opponents are tied for the third most of any team’s opponents and the three BCS bowls is tied for the most in the nation.
Four of Purdue’s losses are against teams that were either ranked during the matchup, or are currently ranked.
Four of Purdue’s first five games were against first year head coaches. The only one not in that group: 2012-13 National Runner-Up Notre Dame with coach Brian Kelly.
With last season’s berth in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, the Boilermakers made it to the postseason in consecutive years for the first time since 2006-07. The quest for the trifecta continues this season and would be the first time Purdue has made a bowl in three straight seasons since the 2002-04 seasons, though Purdue must win its final five games.
The Boilermakers went to eight-straight bowls from 1997 to 2004, which is a program record.
JUST ONE OF THE ‘GUYS’
Cody Webster is a member of the 2013 Ray Guy Award watch list for the nation’s top punter.
Webster averages 43.0 yards per punt for his career, which is second all-time in Purdue history behind only Travis Dorsch (48.5 avg).
Webster has 203 punts for 8,724 yards and is second in Boilermaker lore for career punts.
Shawn McCarthy is the Purdue record holder with 273 career punts.
Webster’s 43.0-yard career average is sixth among active punters in the FBS.
His career average is No. 1 in the nation for punters with a minimum of 120 punts.
Webster currently is 15th in the nation in punting average with a season average of 43.9 yards. That is the best in the Big Ten.
In week one against Cincinnati, Webster had three punts for 169 yards, an average of 56.3 yards, with a long of 73 yards. The 73-yard boot is the second-longest of his career and the longest since his freshman year when he had a 79-yarder at Northwestern.
The punt is tied with the long of Cayle Chapman-Brown from New Mexico State for the 12th longest in the country this season. It is the longest in the Big Ten this year.
Against Indiana State, Webster had six punts for 280 yards (46.7 avg), including four inside the 20.
Against Notre Dame, Webster punted five times for 209 yards (41.8 avg), including three inside the 20.
Webster had nine punts for 393 yards (43.7 avg), including two inside the 20, at Wisconsin in week four.
Webster had four punts for 172 yards (43.0 avg), including one inside the 20, against Northern Illinois.
Webster had eight punts for 306 yards (38.2 avg), including one inside the 20, against Nebraska.
He punted six times for 269 yards (44.8 avg) including four inside the 20 at MSU.
BOILER BRIDGE WALK
Fans have the opportunity to meet and greet the team on Fridays before all home games this season.
Head coach Darrell Hazell, the cheerleaders, the Boilermaker Special and Purdue Pete will be on hand as the football team takes the walk across the John Myers Pedestrian Bridge in Lafayette.
The event is from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. each Friday before a home game.
The 211 session is a brand new, major pep rally hosted inside Mackey Arena for all home games.
It begins two hours and 11 minutes prior to kickoff and features the “All-American” Marching Band, head coach Darrell Hazell, the team, the cheerleaders and Purdue Pete.
The event is designed for fans to have a personal connection with the team and create tremendous excitement heading into the game.
The session is named such because at 211° water is hot, but at 212° water boils and produces steam, which can power an engine. The excitement from the event will help the atmosphere “rise one degree” and make Ross-Ade Stadium, now nicknamed “The Furnace,” a very difficult place for opponents to play.
Saturday’s session is scheduled to begin at 9:49 a.m. ET.
Four Boilermakers have been named to preseason watch lists for the 2013 season.
Senior cornerback Ricardo Allen is on the Jim Thorpe Award (best all-around athlete) and Bronko Nagurski Award (top defensive player) watch lists.
Senior tight end Gabe Holmes was named to the John Mackey Award (top tight end) watch list, though he is out for the year with an injury.
Junior running back Akeem Hunt is on the Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player) list.
Senior punter Cody Webster was named to the Ray Guy Award (top punter) watch list.
Head coach Darrell Hazell specified that three players would be selected and that they all must be seniors with one from offense and defense and the next highest vote-getter.
TALE OF TURNOVERS
Purdue was 2-6 in 2012 when it did not have more takeaways than its opponent, including a 2-5 record when the Boilermakers turned the ball over more than their opponent.
Purdue is 0-5 this season when it does not come up with more turnovers than its opponent.
The Boilermakers are 1-1 when they come away with more turnovers.
At Michigan State, Purdue lost one fumble and threw one interception, compared to zero takeaways.
At Cincinnati, Purdue turned the ball over four times compared to three takeaways, and lost 42-7.
Against Indiana State, the Boilermakers secured the game when Ricardo Allen intercepted a pass on the Sycamores’ final drive of the game. It was the game’s only turnover and led to Purdue’s 20-14 victory.
Purdue and Notre Dame each had one turnover in Purdue’s 31-24 loss in week three.
Purdue and Wisconsin each had one turnover in Purdue’s 41-10 loss in week four.
Against Northern Illinois, the Boilermakers turned the ball over five times compared to NIU’s one. Purdue lost 55-24.
Purdue intercepted three Nebraska passes last week compared to two turnovers. It was just the second time this season Purdue has come up with more turnovers.
SHUFFLING THE D-Line
The Boilermakers return 34 starts on the defensive line from last season, but they aren’t afraid to mix it up.
Defensive line starters from last year return 18.5 tackles for loss and six sacks.
Mostert was the NCAA FBS return leader as a freshman in 2011 with a 33.5 yards per return average (25-837). He had four returns of 71 yards or more, including a 99-yard touchdown against Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
Hunt had 867 return yards last season, including a 100-yard return touchdown at Ohio State.
Mostert is third among active FBS returners with a 29.2 career average. Hunt already has a kickoff return touchdown this season as he took the opening kick against Indiana State 99 yards to the house.
END ZONE ALLEN
Ricardo Allen has a knack for finding the end zone. The senior cornerback has four interceptions returned for touchdowns, which is a school record and currently leads all active players.
He is just one pick-six away from tying the NCAA record of five which is held by Darrent Williams, who played at Oklahoma State from 2001 to 2004, and nearly had it at Wisconsin before being tackled inside the 10-yard line.
Allen is third among active FBS players in interception return yards with 234 yards, including 27 yards against Wisconsin.
Allen has nine career interceptions, which puts him in a tie for ninth place all-time in Purdue history.
Allen is one pick shy of eighth in Purdue lore, which is held by Bill Kay (1977-80), and two away from second place, which is held by six individuals.
For all information regarding the activities on campus during game week, fans have a one-stop spot for it all.
The “Boilermaker Depot” lists all the happenings on and around campus for the excitement leading up to each big game.
It can be accessed by going to BoilermakerDepot.com.
Akeem Hunt and DeAngelo Yancey have done the majority of the heavy lifting as they have accounted for 39 of the team’s 110 first downs this season.
Hunt has 17 rushing and 10 receiving first downs.
Yancey has 12 first downs, all by reception.
Yancey’s last six catches have gone for first downs and 11 of his last 13 receptions have moved the chains.
Hunt has more than twice as many first downs (27) as any other player this season, as the next closest player, Yancey, has 12.
Junior defensive end Ryan Russell has 31 career starts, including 23 straight.
Senior defensive tackle Bruce Gaston has 20-straight starts and 39 total for his career, the second most on the team.
Junior linebacker Joe Gilliam is the only other returning Purdue defender to start all 13 games last year. He had 18 in a row and 20 total for his career, but did not start against Nebraska. He has started 19 of the last 20.
Senior cornerback Ricardo Allen started 11 games last season and has 43 total for his career, including all seven games this season, to lead the team.
Freshmen Logan and Garcia each came up with his first career pick against Nebraska.
Isaac and Williams both picked off Munchie Legaux of Cincinnati in week one. Williams has three for his career. Allen picked off Mike Perish of Indiana State in week two and Joel Stave of Wisconsin last week.
Allen now has nine for his career, which is tied for ninth all-time in Purdue history.
Williams, a sophomore, has four interceptions for his career.
The Boilermakers picked off 14 passes last year, including three returned for touchdowns to set a program record. Returning players had 10 of those interceptions, led by Landon Feichter’s four, which tied for the Big Ten’s best.
Though Purdue did not intercept a Michigan State pass, the defense held quarterback Connor Cook to 13 of 25 passing for just 107 yards and no touchdowns.
Purdue has had five different opening game quarterbacks in the last six years, and none who has started the opener in back-to-back seasons during that span.
Rob Henry made his first season-opening start on Aug. 31 at Cincinnati.
Robert Marve had two season-opening starts, one in 2010 and the other in 2012 during that span.
Since 2010, Purdue has had five different quarterbacks start a game.
Danny Etling is the sixth different starting quarterback for Purdue since the 2010 season.
Etling is one of three players on Purdue’s roster with at least one quarterback start. Converted linebacker Sean Robinson and newly-converted safety Rob Henry also have starts.
BOILERS HEADED WEST
Following the 2013-14 academic year, the Big Ten Conference welcomes the University of Maryland and Rutgers University to the league.
The addition of the two schools will give the Big Ten 14 teams and will mark the end of the “Legends” and “Leaders” divisions in football.
The conference redivided its teams into new “East” and “West” divisions and the Boilermakers will be joined by Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin in the West.
In the East division are Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers.
Purdue’s Old Oaken Bucket Rivalry with Indiana is the only protected crossover game and will continue to take place at the end of each season.
FROM MAC TO B1G
Five of the 12 head coaches in the Big Ten Conference have been a head coach in the Mid-American Conference at some point in their careers.
Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell is the latest to join the club as he came to the Boilermakers from Kent State (2011-12).
Ohio State’s Urban Meyer coached at Bowling Green (2001-02), Illinois’ Tim Beckman came from Toledo (2009-11), Minnesota’s Jerry Kill made the switch from Northern Illinois (2008-10) and Michigan’s Brady Hoke began his head coaching career at Ball State (2003-08).
Some of the Big Ten and country’s most successful coaches began in the MAC including Alabama’s Nick Saban (Toledo, 1990), former Ohio State coach Woody Hayes (Miami, 1949-50) and former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler (Miami, 1963-68) among many others. Kelly was the head man at Central Michigan from 2004 to 2006.
Purdue sold 30,808 season tickets for 2013, an increase of more than 10 percent over last season.
There were 5,657 new season ticket sales. The last time Purdue had an increase in season ticket sales was 2007 (8 percent more than 2006).
The home opener against Indiana State had 50,165 fans in attendance, a total of 9,597 more fans than the 2012 home opener.
The Notre Dame game had 61,127 fans in attendance, the most at Ross-Ade Stadium since 2011.
Purdue’s game against Northern Illinois had 54,258 fans in attendance, making it the first time since 2008 that the Boilermakers have had at least 50,000 fans attend each of their first three games.
The Boilermakers had 47,203 fans at the Nebraska game.
Purdue’s attendance is up more than 30% so far this season, the second-highest increase in the nation.