Nov. 4, 2013
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Purdue and Iowa meet for the 84th time in series history.
Saturday is Purdue’s “Military Appreciation Game.”
Purdue leads the series 46-34-3 and won last year’s meeting 27-24 in Iowa City on a last-second 47-yard field goal by Paul Griggs.
The Boilermakers are coming off a 56-0 loss against No. 4 Ohio State.
Saturday’s game is Purdue’s first against an FBS opponent that has not been ranked or received votes this season. All seven losses have come against teams that have been ranked or received votes this season.
Iowa is coming off a 28-9 loss at home against Wisconsin.
The Boilermakers look to snap a six-game skid.
Iowa won the last meeting at Ross-Ade Stadium 31-21 in 2011.
Purdue is 1-4 at home this season.
Iowa is 2-1 on the road this season.
Purdue and Iowa are protected crossovers from the Leaders and Legends divisions, respectively.
The game begins at noon ET on BTN with Kevin Kugler calling the action. Glen Mason will color the broadcast while Jon Jansen 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.
HEAD COACH Darrell Hazell
Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell (Muskingum, 1986) is 1-7 as Purdue’s head coach and 0-7 against teams ranked or receiving votes with the Boilermakers.
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 17-17 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.
Kirk Ferentz is in his 15th year at Iowa, the longest tenured coach in the Big Ten.
Ferentz is 105-78 at Iowa and 117-99 overall.
Iowa has 299 all-time conference wins (299-362-25).
Ferentz is 6-4 against Purdue as the head coach at Iowa.
Iowa’s offense is ranked 80th in the country, including the 54th-best rushing offense.
Iowa’s defense is ranked 13th in the nation, including 12th in the nation in passing yards allowed.
Jake Ruddock leads the Iowa passing attack with 155 completions in 259 attempts for 1,725 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Mark Weisman leads the ground game with 158 carries for 747 yards and three scores.
Iowa won four-straight games from Sept. 7 to Sept. 28, but has dropped three of its last four with the lone win coming in overtime against Northwestern on Oct. 26.
Series record: Purdue leads 46-34-3 (First meeting: 1910 / Last meeting: 2012)
Purdue points: 1,591
Iowa points: 1,380
Series record in West Lafayette: Purdue leads 27-14-1
In Ross-Ade Stadium: Purdue leads 26-12-1
Series record in Iowa City: Iowa leads 20-19-2
In Kinnick Stadium: Purdue leads 19-16-2
Games decided by 3 points or less: Series tied 4-4-3
Games decided by 7 points or less: Purdue leads 17-13-3
Longest Purdue win streak: 20 (1961-1980)
Longest Iowa win streak: 9 (1983-1991)
Current streak: Purdue won the last meeting
Largest Purdue victory: 58-13 in 1980
Largest Iowa victory: 40-3 in 1984
Last Purdue home victory: 2007
Last Purdue road victory: 2012
Last Iowa home victory: 2008
Last Iowa road victory: 2011
THIS DATE IN BOILERMAKER HISTORY
Purdue is 4-12-1 all-time in games played on Nov. 9.
The Boilermakers dropped their last contest played on Nov. 9.
This is the first meeting between Purdue and Iowa on Nov. 9.
The most points Purdue has scored on Nov. 9 is 30.
The most points Purdue has given up on Nov. 9 is 56.
Purdue has been shutout four times on Nov. 9.
LAST TIME OUT
Purdue played its sixth-straight game against a team ranked or receiving votes and seventh of the season as the Boilermakers lost against No. 4 Ohio State 56-0.
Purdue was held to a season-low 116 yards of offense.
Ricardo Allen picked off the 10th pass of his career, moving him into a tie for eighth on the all-time Purdue lists.
Cody Webster punted eight times for 396 yards, an average of 49.5 yards, including three inside the 20.
Purdue travels to Happy Valley to take on Penn State.
Purdue has lost six in a row to the Nittany Lions.
Penn State leads the series 12-3-1.
Purdue is 1-6-1 at Penn State.
True freshman quarterback Danny Etling made his first career start on Oct. 12 against Nebraska after appearing in the Northern Illinois game two weeks prior.
Etling is the first true freshman quarterback to take a snap for Purdue since 2010 when now-linebacker Sean Robinson was under center, and the second since Brandon Kirsch in 2002.
Etling is 60 of 128 for 674 yards with three touchdowns and five interceptions on the season.
Etling was a four-star prospect out of high school and enrolled at Purdue last January.
He was ranked the No. 9 “Pro-Style Quarterback” by Rivals.com and No. 12 by ESPN.com.
He was selected to participate in the Elite 11 Camp Finals as a senior in high school.
QUARTERBACKS’ FIRST STARTS
Player, Year Opponent, Result Comp-Att-Int Yards TD Long
Len Dawson, 1954 at #1 Notre Dame, W 27-14 7-12-1 213 4 73
Bob Griese, 1964* Ohio, W 17-0 8-13-0 119 0 24
Mike Phipps, 1967 Texas A&M, W 24-20 17-35-2 254 1 34
Gary Danielson, 1970 Illinois, L 23-21 13-26-1 214 1 63
Mark Herrmann, 1977 Ohio, W 44-7 23-36-1 339 1 47
Scott Campbell, 1980 #11 Notre Dame, L 31-10 17-26-0 178 0 26
Jim Everett, 1983 at Miami, L 35-0 16-32-2 186 0 23
Billy Dicken, 1994 #20 Michigan, L 45-23 9-18-1 114 0 23
Drew Brees, 1998 at USC, L 27-17 30-52-2 248 2 43
Kyle Orton, 2001 at Indiana, L 13-7 31-62-0 263 1 35
Curtis Painter, 2005 at Wisconsin, L 31-20 23-44-3 212 1 28
Joey Elliott, 2009 Toledo, W 52-31 17-28-3 220 3 34
Robert Marve, 2010 at Notre Dame, L 23-12 31-42-2 220 0 16
Rob Henry, 2010^ at Northwestern, W 20-17 6-18-1 47 0 15
Sean Robinson, 2010 #7 Wisconsin, L 34-13 19-38-3 141 1 23
Caleb TerBush, 2011 Middle Tennessee, W 27-24 19-33-1 220 2 35
Danny Etling, 2013 Nebraska, L, 44-7 14-35-1 184 1 55
* Griese scored all 17 points for Purdue against Ohio on Sept. 26, 1964. The sophomore scored two rushing touchdowns, kicked both extra points and added a field goal.
^ Henry also rushed 16 times for 132 yards with a long of 67 yards and a touchdown. His rushing yardage was the second-most by a QB in school history.
THE FUTURE STARTS NOW
Purdue started three freshmen on offense with two linemen and the quarterback.
Eighteen different freshmen played against Ohio State last week.
The offense has started underclassmen at all six skill positions during a single game this season, including five freshmen. Both are the most in the country.
Two of Purdue’s top three rushers this season are freshmen with Dawkins and B.J. Knauf.
Five of Purdue’s top seven receivers this season are underclassmen, including four freshmen.
Three of Purdue’s top four leaders in all-purpose yardage are 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.
Twenty of the 44 players on the offensive and defensive two deeps for Purdue last week were underclassmen, including 12 on offense and eight on defense.
Every skill player (QB, RB, WR) who 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 have played this season.
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.
Two of Purdue top three tackles leaders are underclassmen and all three are expected to return next 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.
Redshirt freshman Cameron Posey caught the first touchdown of his career against the Huskies.
Purdue has 10 takeaways this season and all but two have eligibility remaining after this season.
Twenty-two of Purdue’s 38 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 in the same game.
The Boilermakers started five freshmen at skill positions vs. Nebraska. No other FBS team has started more than three freshmen at the skill positions.
Fifteen underclassmen have started a total of 51 times this season.
Eight different freshmen have started on offense this season a total of 18 times this season, while one freshman has started on defense.
Two different sophomores have started on offense a total of 14 times this season.
Four different sophomores have started on defense a total of 18 times this season.
HE’S FANCY, THAT YANCEY
True freshman DeAngelo Yancey has been one of the young, bright spots for the Boilermakers this season.
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.
FIRST YEAR COACHES
There are 31 new head coaches across the FBS, including Purdue’s Darrell Hazell.
First year coaches are 104-160 (.394) this season, including 81-153 (.346) against FBS teams.
Last week, week 10, first year coaches went 11-17, including just 4-8 at home. There were two games that slated first year head coaches against one another.
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.
In week nine, first year coaches went 7-18, including 5-8 at home and 2-10 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.
The last four teams Purdue has played are a combined 32-3 (.889) this season.
Just two of the 11 FBS teams on Purdue’s schedule are below .500 this season, as Illinois and Indiana are both 3-5.
Nine of the 11 FBS teams on Purdue’s schedule have a winning record.
Two teams on Purdue’s schedule are undefeated at 9-0.
Purdue’s FBS opponents have a combined 67-26 (.720) record 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.
Five teams on Purdue’s schedule are currently ranked.
Four of the five road games in the 2013 season are against ranked or teams that have received votes.
Purdue’s first seven games against FBS opponents have been against teams that have been ranked or received votes this season.
All of Purdue’s seven 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.
Five 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.
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 43.2 yards per punt for his career, which is second all-time in Purdue history behind only Travis Dorsch (48.5 avg).
Webster has 211 punts for 9,120 yards and is second in Boilermaker lore for career punts.
Shawn McCarthy is the Purdue record holder with 273 career punts.
Webster’s 43.2-yard career average is fifth among active punters in the FBS.
His career average is No. 1 in the nation for punters with more than 120 punts.
Webster currently is 10th in the nation in punting average with a season average of 44.8 yards. That is the best in the Big Ten.
Last week, Webster punted eight times for 396 yards (49.5 avg), including five over 50 and three inside the 20. He tied his season long with a 73-yarder.
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.
Purdue is No. 1 in the nation in net punting with an average of 43.12 yards.
Webster was named the Ray Guy Award Player of the Week on Monday for his performance against Ohio State.
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.
The team and coaching staff voted for captains on Aug. 22, and named Ricardo Allen, Bruce Gaston and Rob Henry the leaders of the 2013 squad.
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 0-6 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.
Against Ohio State, Purdue threw one interception and lost one fumble compared to just one takeaway. Purdue lost 56-0.
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.
At Michigan State, Purdue lost one fumble and threw one interception, compared to zero takeaways.
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.
Senior defensive tackle Bruce Gaston and junior defensive end Ryan Russell return with 14 tackles for loss and four sacks combined from last year to lead the defense, while Ryan Isaac and Jalani Phillips also have starting experience.
Gaston picked up his third sack of the season against Nebraska to tie his season best.
Russell and Phillips each have two sacks this season.
Gaston, Russell, Isaac, Greg Latta and Ryan Watson all have starts on the line this season.
The Purdue starting defensive line has 11.5 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks this season.
True freshmen Ra’Zahn Howard, Evan Panfil and Jake Replogle played for the first time in their careers against Nebraska in week seven.
Combined, they came up with four tackles, including one for loss.
Eleven different players have played on the defensive line this season.
Akeem Hunt and Raheem Mostert are one of the most dangerous kick return duos in the country.
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 11th among active FBS returners with a 28.7 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 21st among active FBS players in interception return yards with 234 yards, including 27 yards against Wisconsin.
Allen has 10 career interceptions, which puts him in a tie for eighth place all-time in Purdue history with Bill Kay (1977-80).
Allen is one pick shy of second place, which is held by six individuals. The Purdue record is 17 by Stuart Schweigert.
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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 40 of the team’s 120 first downs this season.
Hunt has 17 rushing and 11 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 (28) as any other player this season, as the next closest player, Yancey, has 12.
B.J. Knauf has 11 first downs this season, seven by reception and four by rush.
Junior defensive end Ryan Russell has 32 career starts, including 24 straight.
Senior defensive tackle Bruce Gaston has 21-straight starts and 40 total for his career, the second most on the team.
Junior safety Taylor Richards has started 21-consecutive games.
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 21 total for his career, but did not start against Nebraska. He has started 20 of the last 21.
Senior cornerback Ricardo Allen started 11 games last season and has 44 total for his career, including all eight games this season, to lead the team.
Greg Latta has started all eight games this season.
Justin Kitchens, Kevin Pamphile and Robert Kugler have started all eight games on the offensive line.
Ryan Isaac, Austin Logan, and Andy James Garcia each have an interception this season, while Frankie Williams has two and Ricardo Allen three.
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 10 for his career, which is tied for eighth 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.
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.
Ross-Ade Stadium had 51,423 fans in attendance for the Ohio State game.
Purdue’s attendance is up more than 30% so far this season, the second-highest increase in the nation.
Season Ticket Sales By Year Since 2007