Oct. 31, 2011
Game Notes - at #19 Wisconsin
Television This Week
Play-By-Play - Mike Patrick
Analyst - Craig James
Radio This Week
Purdue Sports Properties
Play-By-Play - Tim Newton
Analyst - Pete Quinn
Sideline - Kelly Kitchel
Producer - Rob Blackman
Engineer - Alan Benjamin
Sirius (Wisconsin Broadcast) - Channel 85
XM (Wisconsin Broadcast) - Channel 85
Some Game Themes
The Boilermakers head to Madison where they look for their first win at Camp Randall Stadium since 2003 ... The Purdue running ground attempts to get back on track after failing to rush for 100 or more yards for only the second time this season last weekend at Michigan ... The Boilermakers face a nationally ranked team for a third straight week ... Linebacker Joe Holland continues his climb up the all-time tackles chart at Purdue ... Antavian Edison looks to extend his consecutive games with a reception streak to 17 games.
Purdue vs. Wisconsin Series Information
Series record: Wisconsin leads 42-14 (First meeting: 1892 / Last Meeting: 2011)
Purdue points: 1,371
Wisconsin points: 1,545
Series record in West Lafayette: Wisconsin leads 18-16-3
In Ross-Ade Stadium: Wisconsin leads 16-15-2
Series record in Madison: Wisconsin leads 23-13-5
In Camp Randall Stadium: Wisconsin leads 19-12-5
Games decided by 3 points or less: Purdue leads 6-4
Games decided by 7 points or less: Wisconsin leads 16-10
Longest Purdue win streak: 3 (1932-34; 1943-45; 1964-66; 1987-91)
Longest Wisconsin win streak: 7 (1946-55)
Current streak: Wisconsin has won the last five meetings
Largest Purdue victory: 35-0 in 1944; 49-14 in 1987
Largest Wisconsin victory: 41-0 in 1912
Last Purdue home victory: 1997
Last Purdue road victory: 2003
Last Wisconsin home victory: 2009
Last Wisconsin road victory: 2010
This Date In Boilermaker Football History
Purdue is 8-9 all-time on Nov. 5. On this date in 2005, the Boilermakers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 28-21 victory over Michigan State in West Lafayette. Led by three touchdowns, including a 64-yard scoring tote, and 134 yards rushing on 24 carries by Jerod Void, Purdue scored seven points in each of the four stanzas to halt their longest skid since 1993. The Boilermakers finished with 221 yards of offense on the ground and averaged five yards per carry against the Spartans. Quarterback Curtis Painter connected with eight different receivers and finished 20 of 32 for 226 yards and one touchdown. Bernard Pollard led the defense with 11 tackles, including eight solo stops, and Rob Ninkovich, Ray Edwards and Eugene Bright all recorded sacks for Purdue. Ninkovich finished with four tackles for loss.
Last Week's Quick Hits -- At No. 17 Michigan
Purdue scored first for the fourth time in eight games this season ... The Boilermakers had a punt fall into the end zone for a touchback for the first time this season (42nd punt) ... The Boilermakers were held under 100 yards rushing for just the second time this season ... Purdue ran 14 less plays than Michigan on the afternoon and lost the time of possession battle 36:25-23:35 ... Gary Bush's 48-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter was the longest catch of his career ... With the 48-yard pass to Bush, Caleb TerBush has tossed at least one touchdown pass in five straight games and in seven of eight games this season ... TerBush finished with 156 yards passing after completing 9 of 13 passes ... TerBush led the Boilermakers in rushing, finishing with 38 yards on three carries (including one sack) for an average of 12.7 yards per carry ... Justin Siller led all players with five receptiosn for 58 yards Joe Holland picked off his first pass of the season and the second of his career in the first quarter (also vs. Toledo in 2009) ... Gerald Gooden recorded his second sack of the season and the 10th of his career to end the first quarter ... Josh Johnson picked off his first pass of the season and the second of his career in the second quarter (also against Michigan in 2009) ... Antavian Edison extended his consecutive games with a reception streak to 16 straight, finishing with two catches for 11 yards ... O.J. Ross hauled in third touchdown pass of the season from Robert Marve in the fourth quarter. The toss was Marve's third TD pass of the year ... Marve finished the game 8 for 14 for 66 yards ... Holland finished with a team-high 10 tackles to mark his fourth double-digit tackle of the season ... Brandon Taylor made his second straight start at defensive tackle ... Adam Brockman saw his first significant time at defensive end this season.
At Least One More Week
Purdue would like to see a troublesome trend extend for at least one more week this season. The Boilermakers have followed each win in 2011 with a loss the following week. After falling at No. 17 Michigan last weekend, Purdue would love the win-loss-win streak to continue this week at No. 19 Wisconsin.
Purdue vs. Wisconsin -- The Last Time Out
Leading 10-6 after 30 minutes, the Boilermakers played an impressive and inspired first half but could not overcome three second-half turnovers in falling to seventh-ranked Wisconsin 34-13 in West Lafayette, Ind., last season. Sean Robinson became the third of what would be four Boilermakers to start at quarterback and finished the game 19 of 38 for 141 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. Robinson was the first true freshman to start under center for Purdue since Brandon Kirsch in 2002. Wisconsin running back Montee Ball finished with a game-high 127 yards rushing on 21 carries with a pair of scores. UW quarterback Scott Tolzien led an efficient passing attack, completing 13 of 19 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. The Badagers and Boilermakers each finished with 303 yards of total offense in the game.
Not Your Average Joe
Linebacker Joe Holland became just the third player in Purdue history to be awarded a postgraduate scholarship by the National Football Foundation (also Drew Bress in 2000 and Ken Loushin in 1979). Holland was named one of 16 players nationally as a NFF Scholar-Athlete last week. The Indianapolis native will be presented with an $18,000 scholarship at a national banquet in New York in early December. Holland has posted a 3.96 cumulative grade-point average at Purdue, was a second-team Academic All-American in 2010 and is a three-time Academic All-District V and Academic All-Big Ten honoree. He plans on going to dental school upon the completion of his football playing days ... Holland also was named a quarterfinalist for the 2011 Lott Trophy last week. Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, the Lott Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year.
Hanging Onto The Ball
"The Ball Is The Program" is a slogan that the Boilermakers have taken to heart. Through the first eight games of the season, Purdue has lost merely three fumbles (of which only two have been on offense). Perhaps the most impressive part of the ball protection is that Purdue has seen 16 different players rush with the ball this season and not a single runner has coughed it up on 317 carries. Two of the three giveaways have come after receptions and the other on a punt return. For the season, Purdue is +1 on the turnover table (10 takeaways vs. nine giveaways).
Moving On Up
Linebacker Joe Holland finished with a team-high 10 tackles at Michigan on Oct. 29 to push his career mark to 294 and into a tie for 20th all-time in Purdue history. Holland enters the Wisconsin game two stops away from equaling Niko Koutouvides for 19th (296), seven away from Ken Loushin at 18 (301)and 17 tackles away from Mark Brown for 17th (311) ... Kicker Carson Wiggs is also looking to move up the career charts at Purdue. The senior has amassed 249 total points in his career, merely five shy of tying him with Ben Jones for fourth all-time. Wiggs' 46 field goals are second all-time to Travis Dorsch's 68 and his 70.7 percent success rate is the top mark for any Purdue kicker.
Including a two catches for 11 yards last weekend at No. 17 Michigan, junior wide receiver Antavian Edison has a team-high 16-game reception streak dating back to the Oct. 9 Northwestern game last season. During the streak, Edison has caught 54 passes for 671 yards and six touchdowns. He is averaging 12.4 yards per catch during the streak.
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
Sophomore Cody Webster enters the Wisconsin game ranked 10th in the nation in punting with an average of 45.5 yard per kick. Webster has booted 11 of his 31 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 eighth nationally and is the top unit in the Big Ten in net punting (40.8) ... 20 of Purdue's 44 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-, 14-, 15-, 18- and 19-yard lines) and the Boiler punters have had only one touchback all year.
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 over 180 yards rushing per game and ranking in the upper third of 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 eight 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 (93-420, 3 TDs) and Akeem Shavers (66-328, 5 TDs) have done the majority of the running, but the work to average nearly five yards a carry (4.6) in 2011 has been a group effort.
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 31 or more games during their Purdue careers. Holland leads the way, having started 43 of a possible 44 career games. Gooden (33) has more starts than either Short or Kelly (32), 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 eight straight starts ... TerBush's 1,283 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 eight games. He enters the weekend ranked second in the Big Ten and 26th nationally with a 9.1 return average ... Despite taking over the kickoff return duties merely five games ago (vs. Notre Dame, Oct. 1), true freshman Raheem Mostert ranks 26th nationally and fifth in the Big Ten in average per return (27.3). 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 ... Defensive tackle Kawann Short is tied for 12th in the league with 3.5 sacks and third in tackles for loss (11.5).