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Purdue (2-6, 1-3 B1G) vs. Illinois (4-4, 1-3 B1G)
Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 / Noon ET / BTN
Ross-Ade Stadium (57,236) / West Lafayette, Ind.
• Purdue hosts Illinois for the 91st meeting between the schools.
• Purdue has won four of the last five games against Illinois that were played in Ross-Ade Stadium.
• Saturday is Homecoming in Ross-Ade Stadium. It is Purdue’s latest Homecoming game since 1931 when the Boilermakers held the annual event on Nov. 22.
• Purdue and Illinois play for The Cannon, which was first presented as a trophy in 1943.
• Purdue leads the Cannon series 33-28-2.
• Purdue is 20-21-4 against Illinois in West Lafayette.
• David Blough will be the seventh different Purdue quarterback to start against Illinois in the last seven years, after not facing each other in 2007 and 2008.
• Blough is coming off a career performance against Nebraska, where he completed 28 of 43 passes for 274 yards and four touchdowns, against zero interceptions, and added 82 rushing yards and a touchdown.
• Blough was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for his performance.
• Anthony Brown is coming off a three interception game, which earned him the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor.
• Purdue is 2-3 at home this season, while Illinois is 0-3 on the road.
• Purdue has scored 11 touchdowns on 11 trips into the red zone during Big Ten play this season.
• First year Boilermakers had a hand in all eight of Purdue’s touchdowns against Nebraska, with freshmen throwing or rushing for seven and a junior transfer rushing for one.
THIS DATE IN BOILERMAKER HISTORY
• Purdue is 7-9 all-time on Nov. 7, including 0-1 against Illinois on that date.
• Purdue is 3-2 at home on Nov. 7, though it has not had a home game on that date since 1953.
• Purdue’s first game on Nov. 7 was a 22-0 win at DePauw in 1896.
• Purdue last played on Nov. 7 in 2009, a 38-36 win at Michigan.
CONNECTING THE SCHOOLS
• Purdue freshman kicker Brian Bravo and Illinois senior running back Josh Ferguson both attended Joliet Catholic High School in Illinois.
• Purdue sophomore cornerback Da’Wan Hunte and Illinois junior linebacker Carroll Phillips both attended Miami Central High School in Florida.
• Purdue freshman kicker Tyler Duncan and Illinois sophomore wide receiver Man Berg both attended La Salle High School in California.
• Purdue freshman defensive tackle Will Colmery and Illinois senior running back Cameron Tucker both attended Nazareth Academy in Illinois.
• Purdue freshman offensive lineman Matt McCann and Illinois freshman offensive lineman Adam Solomon were classmates on the same offensive line of Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis.
• Purdue freshman punter Joe Schopper, freshman wide receiver Malcolm Dotson and junior linebacker Evan Pulliam attended the same high school as Illinois senior offensive lineman Ted Karras – Cathedral in Indianapolis.
• Purdue senior left tackle David Hedelin and Illinois junior offensive lineman Connor Brennan were teammates at City College of San Francisco.
• Purdue junior wide receiver Domonique Young and Illinois junior tight end Ainslie Johnson were teammates at Cerritos College in California.
• Purdue junior wide receiver Cameron Posey and Illinois freshman wide receiver Desmond Cain both attended American Heritage High School in Florida.
• Purdue junior defensive tackle Jake Replogle and Illinois redshirt freshman defensive lineman Tito Odenigbo were teammates at Centerville High School in Illinois.
B1G PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
• Redshirt freshman quarterback David Blough earned his first career weekly accolade after completing 28 of 43 passes for 274 yards and four touchdowns, against zero interceptions, and rushing 10 times for 82 yards and a score.
• Blough is the first Boilermaker to earn Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors since Robert Marve in 2012.
• Blough accounted for five touchdowns, the first Boilermaker to do so since Curtis Painter in 2008 against Indiana.
• Senior cornerback Anthony Brown was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after picking off three passes, the first Boilermaker to do so since 1997 when Mike Rose did so against Northwestern.
• It was the first such honor of Brown’s career.
• He is the first Boilermaker to be named conference defensive player of the week since Kawann Short in 2012.
• It is the first time Purdue has won the offensive and defensive player of the week awards in the same week since Nov. 27, 2006.
• Series record: Illinois leads 43-41-6 (First meeting: 1890 / Last meeting: 2014)
• Purdue points: 1,666
• Illinois points: 1,434
• Series record in West Lafayette: Illinois leads 21-20-4
• In Ross-Ade Stadium: Purdue leads 17-13-1
• Series record in Champaign: Illinois leads 22-21-2
• In Memorial Stadium: Purdue leads 17-15-1
• Games decided by 3 points or less: Illinois leads 4-2
• Games decided by 7 points or less: Purdue leads 14-12
• Longest Purdue win streak: 5 (2003-09)
• Longest Illinois win streak: 6 (1906-11; 1988-93)
• Current streak: Purdue won last year’s meeting
• Largest Purdue victory: 62-0 in 1890
• Largest Illinois victory: 43-7 in 1946
• Last Purdue home victory: 2011
• Last Purdue road victory: 2014
• Last Illinois home victory: 2010
• Last Illinois road victory: 2013
FIRST(S) AND 10
• Anthony Brown had three interceptions against Nebraska. He is the first Boilermaker to have three in a game since Mike Rose in 1997.
• Purdue did not turn the ball over against the Nebraska. It is the first time Purdue did not turn the ball over in a game since 2014 at Illinois.
• Garrett Hudson recovered the first fumble of his career last week against Nebraska. He returned it 27 yards.
• Purdue has scored touchdowns on 76 percent of trips into the red zone, which ranks first in the Big Ten.
• Purdue is the first Big Ten team since Nebraska joined the conference in 2011 to hold both Wisconsin and Nebraska under 100 yards rushing in the same season, let alone in back-to-back games.
• Purdue’s 55 points scored against Nebraska are tied for first in conference games by Big Ten teams this season.
• David Blough became Purdue’s first Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week since Robert Marve in 2012.
• Anthony Brown became Purdue’s first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week since Kawann Short in 2012.
• David Blough picked up his first win as a starting quarterback last week.
• Purdue scored touchdowns on its first three drives of the second half last Saturday against Nebraska. It was the only three drives Purdue had in the third quarter.
HOMECOMING IN WEST LAFAYETTE
• Saturday’s Homecoming game is the 93rd in school history.
• Purdue is 50-38-4 in homecoming games, dating to a 3-0 victory over Northwestern on Nov. 5, 1921.
• Purdue is 10-7-1 in homecoming games against Illinois.
• Illinois has been Purdue’s Homecoming opponent 18 times previously, second only to Wisconsin (21 times).
• Purdue has celebrated Homecoming in November 16 times previously with an 10-4-2 record.
• The Boilermakers are 2-1-1 against the Fighting Illini in November Homecoming games.
• The Nov. 7 homecoming game is Purdue’s first in November since 1978 when the 14th ranked Boilermakers beat Northwestern 31-0 on Nov. 4.
• It is Purdue’s latest homecoming date since 1931 when the Boilermakers beat Iowa 22-0 on Nov. 22.
• It is the seventh-latest homecoming game in program history.
• Purdue’s last Homecoming win was in 2011 against No. 23 Illinois, 21-14.
NOTES FROM NEBRASKA GAME
• Purdue beat Nebraska 55-45 for its first Big Ten win of the season.
• The 100 points scored by Purdue and Nebraska are the most in a Boilermaker home game and the third-most in school history.
• Purdue beat Butler 96-0 at Stuart Field on Oct. 21, 1893, and Indiana State 60-35 at Ross-Ade Stadium on Sept. 2, 2006.
• The Boilermakers and Minnesota combined for 115 points (Minnesota won 59-56) on Oct. 9, 1993, and 102 points (Purdue won 59-43) on Oct. 11, 1997, both in Minneapolis.
• It was Purdue’s first Big Ten home win since defeating Indiana 56-35 in Ross-Ade Stadium on Nov. 24, 2012.
• It was Purdue’s first home win in October since Oct. 22, 2011, when the Boilermakers beat No. 23 Illinois 21-14.
• It was the most points scored in a Big Ten game last week.
• It was Purdue’s most points scored since Nov. 24, 2012, when Purdue beat Indiana 56-35, and the fourth most in a Big Ten game since 2000.
• Purdue won after a bye week for the first time since Sept. 29, 2012, when Purdue defeated Marshall 51-41 after a week off.
• David Blough accounted for a career-high five touchdowns, with four passing and one rushing. He is the first Boilermakers to account for five touchdowns since Curtis Painter threw for five scores on Nov. 22, 2008 against Indiana.
• After scoring 28 third-quarter points through the first seven games, Purdue scored 21 points in Saturday’s third quarter against Nebraska.
• Anthony Brown intercepted three passes. He is Purdue’s first player to do so since Mike Rose did so against Northwestern in 1997.
• Danny Anthrop caught a career-high 10 passes. He is the first Boilermaker to do so since DeAngelo Yancey caught 11 at Indiana in 2013.
• Yancey caught two touchdowns. He is the first Boilermaker with at least two touchdown receptions since Gary Bush caught three against Marshall in 2012.
• Purdue had four rushing touchdowns for the first time since last season at Illinois.
• David Blough hit DeAngelo Yancey for an 83-yard touchdown pass, Purdue’s longest play since Caleb TerBush had an 83-yard touchdown pass in 2012.
• Purdue did not turn the ball over for the first time since last season at Illinois.
• Purdue had at least five takeaways for the first time since the 2011 Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl against Western Michigan (7).
• Purdue intercepted four passes for the first time since the 2011 Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl against Western Michigan.
• Ryan Watson blocked an extra point, the first time a Boilermaker has done so since Kawann Short against Eastern Kentucky in 2012.
• Purdue had a halftime lead in a Big Ten home game for the first time since hosting Ohio State in 2011.
• Purdue’s 55 points against Nebraska are 22 more than any other team has scored against the Huskers in regulation and 19 more than any other team in any game all season.
• Purdue’s 55 points against Nebraska are the most any team has scored on the Huskers since Wisconsin scored 59 against them last season.
• First year Purdue players had a hand in all eight touchdowns (seven by freshmen, with four passing and three rushing, and one rush by a junior who transferred into the program).
• 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.
• Blough was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 2, after completing 28 of 43 passes for 274 yards and four touchdowns, against zero interceptions, and added 82 yards and a touchdown on the ground against Nebraska.
• Blough was also named one of eight Manning Stars of the Week, which recognizes eight quarterbacks for their performances each week.
• Blough’s five touchdowns accounted for is the most by a Boilermaker since Curtis Painter against Indiana in 2008.
• Blough picked up his first win as a starting quarterback against Nebraska.
• Blough connected with DeAngelo Yancey for an 83-yard touchdown against Nebraska, Purdue’s longest play of the season and the longest pass by a Big Ten quarterback this season.
• In his first start, against Bowling Green, 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:
Sean White, who was named the Auburn Tigers’ starter the same day as Blough.
Kyle Allen, who is the starter at Texas A&M.
Will Grier, who is the starter at Florida.
Jerrod Heard, who is the starter at Texas.
Brad Kaaya, who is the starter at Miami (Fl.).
Deshaun Watson, who is the starter at Clemson.
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.
• For the season, Blough is 111 for 196 for 1,104 yards and eight touchdowns, against five interceptions, including two on fourth downs.
• Blough has rushed 45 times, including on plays in which he has been sacked, for 87 yards and three touchdowns.
WHAT BROWN CAN DO FOR YOU
• Senior cornerback Anthony Brown had zero interceptions through his first three seasons as a Boilermaker.
• That has changed significantly this season, especially after last week’s win over Nebraska.
• Brown had the hat trick, pulling in three interceptions against the Huskers, two of which led to Boilermaker touchdowns.
• Brown was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, Purdue’s first since Kawann Short in 2012.
• Brown’s three picks marked the first time a Boilermaker had three in a game since 1997 when Mike Rose did so against Northwestern.
• Brown is the only Big Ten player with three interceptions in a game this season and one of just six players in the country with three in a game this year.
• Brown is just one interception shy of cracking Purdue’s top eight, where there is a 14-way tie, for most interceptions in a season.
• Brown also has 44 tackles this season and four PBUs.
• After recording four interceptions, Purdue is second in the Big Ten with 10 on the season.
• Purdue has attempted 26 fourth downs, 11 more than any other Big Ten team this season.
• Purdue has converted 14 fourth downs, six more than any other Big Ten team.
• Purdue has committed 43 penalties this season, tied for the third-fewest in the conference this season.
• Purdue’s opponents are the second-most penalized for any Big Ten team’s opponents this season. Purdue foes average 63.5 yards in penalties per game.
• Purdue scores on 88 percent of trips to the red zone, the fifth best in the Big Ten.
• Purdue has scored touchdowns on 76 percent of trips into the red zone, the best in the Big Ten.
• David Blough accounted for five touchdowns against Nebraska, tied for the most in the Big Ten by a single player this season.
• Blough’s four touchdown passes against Nebraska are tied for the most by a Big Ten quarterback this season. Austin Appleby also had four touchdown passes in a game this season – vs. Indiana State.
• Blough’s 83-yard touchdown pass is the longest pass by a Big Ten quarterback this season.
• DeAngelo Yancey’s 83-yard touchdown reception is the longest reception by a Big Ten player this season.
• Paul Griggs’ eight attempted extra points are tied for the second most in a game by a Big Ten kicker this season. His seven makes are also tied for the second most.
• Anthony Brown’s three interceptions against Nebraska are the most by a Big Ten player in a single game this season.
• Purdue’s four interceptions against Nebraska were the most by a Big Ten team in a single game this season.
• Purdue’s five turnovers caused against Nebraska are tied for the most by a team in the conference this season.
• Purdue has six interceptions in Big Ten play, tied for the third most in the conference this season.
• Purdue nets 39.4 yards per punt in Big Ten play, the third best in the Big Ten.
• Purdue has committed just 15 penalties in Big Ten play, three fewer than any other team in the conference.
• Purdue averages 36.2 penalty yards per game, tied for the second fewest among Big Ten teams in conference games.
• Purdue has scored on 100 percent of trips in the red zone during Big Ten play, tied with Michigan for the most in the Big Ten.
• Purdue has scored touchdowns on 100 percent of trips in the red zone during Big Ten play. No other team has done so on more than 73.3 percent of trips (Indiana).
• Blough is one of only four Big Ten quarterbacks to throw four touchdown passes in a conference game this season.
• Danny Anthrop’s 10 receptions against Nebraska are tied for the second most in a conference game by a Big Ten receiver this season.
• Griggs’ eight extra point attempts against Nebraska are the most by a Big Ten kicker in a conference game this season.
• Purdue’s 55 points against Nebraska are tied for the most by a Big Ten team in a conference game this season.
• Purdue’s eight touchdowns scored against Nebraska are tied for the most by a Big Ten team in a conference game this season.
• Anthony Brown has four interceptions this season, tied for 14th most by a player in the country this season.
• Brown averages 0.5 interceptions per game, tied for 17th most by a player in the country this season.
• Brown is one of just six players in the country to have a three interception game this season, which he did against Nebraska. That is tied for first in the country.
• Joe Schopper averages 42.5 yards per punt, tied for 42nd in the country.
• Markell Jones averages 5.45 yards per carry this season, which ranks 63rd in the country.
• Jones has seven rushing touchdowns, tied for 43rd in the country and fourth among freshmen.
• DeAngelo Yancey averages 18.78 yards per reception this season, which ranks 30th in the country.
• David Blough’s 83-yard touchdown pass to Yancey against Nebraska is tied for the 15th longest completion and reception in the country this season.
• Leroy Clark’s 66-yard interception return against Wisconsin is the 28th longest interception return in the country this season.
• Joe Schopper’s 69-yard punt against Virginia Tech still ranks tied for the 22nd longest punt in the country this season.
• Purdue has committed 43 penalties all season, which is tied for 29th fewest in the country.
• Purdue’s defense has recovered six fumbles this season, which is tied for 38th most in the country.
• Purdue’s defense has intercepted 10 passes this season, tied for 26th most in the country.
• Purdue’s red zone offense ranks tied for 32nd in the country, scoring on 88 percent of trips inside the opponents 20.
• Purdue’s offense has been tackled in the backfield just 41 times this season, which is tied for 23rd fewest in the country.
• Purdue’s offense gives up just 5.13 tackles for loss per game, which is tied for 25th best in the country.
• Purdue’s defense has 16 takeaways this season, which ranks tied for 27th in the country.
ODDS AND ENDS
• Purdue held traditional running teams Wisconsin and Nebraska under 100 yards on the ground in back-to-back games this season (96 and 77 yards, respectively).
• No Big Ten team has done that in the same season, let alone back-to-back games, since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011.
• DeAngelo Yancey had his first two-touchdown game against Nebraska.
• Yancey had 111 receiving yards, his first 100+ yard receiving game of the season and fourth of his career. Only 14 players in program history have more 100+ yard receiving games than Yancey.
• Jordan Jurasevich caught his first touchdown reception against Nebraska.
• Domonique Young scored his first career touchdown against Nebraska. It came on an end around, his first career carry.
• Against Illinois, Purdue is looking for its first back-to-back home Big Ten wins since 2011.
• Purdue is looking for back-to-back home wins in back-to-back weeks for the first time since 2010.
• Purdue is looking for back-to-back home Big Ten wins in back-to-back weeks for the first time since 2009.
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 made his second career start against Nebraska last Saturday and rushed for 92 yards on 23 carries, including two touchdowns. Jones also caught five passes for 51 yards.
• Jones averages 5.4 yards per carry for the season.
• 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.
• Jones leads the team with eight touchdowns this season, including seven on the ground. His seven on the ground are tied for fourth most by a freshman in the NCAA this season.
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 111 of 196 passes for 1,104 yards and eight touchdowns, against five interceptions, though two on fourth downs, in four starts.
• Purdue’s leading rusher is true freshman Markell Jones, who has 101 carries for 550 yards, 5.4 yards per carry, and seven 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 432.
• Purdue has scored 217 points this season, including 180 by position players (non-kicking). Here is the breakdown:
*37 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 11 catches for 91 yards and a touchdown this season.
• Two of Purdue’s top three tacklers are sophomores. Linebacker Danny Ezechukwu is second on the team with 52 and also has a fumble return touchdown.
• Linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley is third with 49 tackles, though is out for the season with an injury.
• Purdue’s defense has 53 tackles for loss this season. Here is the breakdown:
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.
• 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 ninth pass of his career last Saturday against Nebraska, which moves him into a tie for 11th all-time in Purdue history.
• Williams had two pass breakups against Nebraska, which give him 23 for his career. That is tied for 16th most in program history.
• Anthony Brown had zero interceptions the first three years of his Purdue career. He picked off three passes last Saturday against Nebraska and now has four for his career.
• Brown’s three picks against Nebraska are tied for the second most in a single game in program history.
• Paul Griggs scored seven points against Nebraska, all extra points, which give him 184 points for his career. That ranks 11th in program history.
‘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 four games this season, most recently against Nebraska.
• 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 three contests.
• He is still third 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 in 2014. 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 is second on the team in tackles with 52 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 and Nebraska games 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 39 consecutive starts heading into Saturday’s game.
• Jordan Roos (Jr. - Right guard) started all 12 games last year and has 26 for his career.
• Jason King (Jr. - Left guard) has started 25 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 eight 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:
2015: Austin Appleby
2014: Danny Etling
2013: Rob Henry
2012: Robert Marve
2011: Caleb TerBush
2010: Robert Marve
2009: Joey Elliott
2008: Curtis Painter
• Appleby started his 10th consecutive game against Virginia Tech. Here is a list of recent consecutive starts:
2015: David Blough 5*
2014-15: Austin Appleby 10
2013-14: Danny Etling 12
2013: Rob Henry 5
2012: Caleb TerBush 7; Robert Marve 5, 1
2011: Caleb TerBush 13
2010: Robert Marve 4; Rob Henry 3, 2; Sean Robinson 2; Justin Siller 1
2009: Joey Elliott 12
2008: Justin Siller 3; Curtis Painter 1
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:
Career high yards: 289 vs. ISU
Career high TD passes: 4 vs. ISU
Career high attps.: 48 vs. NW; at Marshall
Career high comps.: 31 at Marshall
• Robert Kugler has started 39 straight games at center. That is tied for the 13th-most active consecutive starts in the country.
• Anthony Brown has started 30 straight games at cornerback.
• Jason King has started 25 straight games at left guard.
• Jake Replogle has started 20 straight games at defensive tackle.
• Frankie Williams has started 35 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:
-Domonique Young (Jr., WR)
-Ben Makowski (Fr., LS)
-D.J. Knox (So., RB)
-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.
• Like the 2000 U.S. presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore, the race for the Big Ten Conference championship and Rose Bowl berth was too close to call.
• Heading into the final week, the title still was up for grabs among Purdue, Ohio State, Northwestern and Michigan.
• That’s because both Purdue and Northwestern were beaten Nov. 11, while Michigan and Ohio State won, forcing a four-way deadlock at the top of the conference standings.
• The Boilermakers dropped a 30-10 decision at Michigan State. The Spartans scored first and led 15-3 at halftime. Then Purdue made its move when Drew Brees connected with Vinny Sutherland on a 68-yard touchdown strike with 7:30 left in the third quarter to make it 15-10.
• But the Boilermakers did not score again, and the 10 points were the fewest scored by a Joe Tiller-coached Purdue team to that point in his tenure. In the loss, Travis Dorsch became Purdue’s career points scored leader, passing Mike Alstott (1992-95) with a 36-yard field goal in the first quarter.
• The Boilermakers were 5-2 in the Big Ten and 7-3 overall with one game remaining – the Old Oaken Bucket showdown against Indiana – and Tiller’s message was simple: “We just need to win one more game.”
• 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 94 catches for 1,237 yards and eight 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.