Nov. 7, 2011
Game Notes - vs. Ohio State
Television This Week
Play-By-Play - Tom Hart
Analyst - Derek Rackley
Sideline - Lisa Byington
Radio This Week
Purdue Sports Properties
Play-By-Play - Tim Newton
Analyst - Pete Quinn
Sideline - Kelly Kitchel
Producer - Rob Blackman
Engineer - Alan Benjamin
Sirius - Channel 112
XM - Channel 192
Some Game Themes
The Boilermakers host the Buckeyes in Ross-Ade Stadium for the first time since upsetting seventh-ranked Ohio State 26-18 in 2009 ... The Purdue-Ohio State game takes its place among the weekend's events surrounding the celebration of the newly renovated Mackey Arena ... With only two fumbles lost on offense this season, the Boilermakers rushers look to continue to take care of the ball ... Antavian Edison looks to extend his consecutive games with a catch streak to 18 straight.
Purdue vs. Ohio State Series Information
Series record: Ohio State leads 38-13-2 (First meeting: 1919 / Last Meeting: 2011)
Purdue points: 692
Wisconsin points: 1,282
Series record in West Lafayette: Ohio State leads 12-7
In Ross-Ade Stadium: Ohio State leads 11-7
Series record in Columbus: Ohio State leads 25-5-2
In Ohio Stadium: Ohio State leads 21-5-2
Games decided by 3 points or less: Ohio State leads 6-1
Games decided by 7 points or less: Ohio State leads 8-5
Longest Purdue win streak: 2 (1943-45; 1947-52; 1960-67)
Longest Ohio State win streak: 7 (1989-99)
Current streak: Ohio State won the last meeting
Largest Purdue victory: 41-6 in 1967
Largest Ohio State victory: 49-0 in 2010
Last Purdue home victory: 2009
Last Purdue road victory: 1988
Last Ohio State home victory: 2010
Last Ohio State road victory: 2007
This Date In Boilermaker Football History
Purdue is 11-4 all-time on Nov. 12. On this date in the 1960, the Boilermakers knocked off top-ranked Minnesota in Minneapolis 23-14. Purdue, which entered the game with a 2-4-1 overall record, led 14-0 at the half and limited the Golden Gopher offense to merely 31 yards of total offense through the first 30 minutes. After Minnesota rallied to tie the game at 14-14 in the second half, Purdue linebacker Stan Sczurek picked off a Larry Johnson pass which quarterback-kicker Bernie Allen turned into the go-ahead field on the ensuing drive. Purdue added a late score on a fumbled punt return in the end zone that Jim Tiller fell upon for a touchdown and the final margin of victory. The Boilermakers have upset a No. 1-ranked team seven times in school history.
Last Week's Quick Hits -- At No. 19 Wisconsin
Purdue's opening scoring drive was it shortest in terms of number of plays (two) and time of possession (15 seconds) ... Raheem Mostert broke the Purdue records for both total kickoff return yardage (206) and average yards per return (41.2) against the Badgers ... Mostert's 74-yard return in the first quarter was the longest of the season by any Purdue player ... Caleb TerBush and Crosby Wright connected on a 30-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. TerBush has thrown at least one touchdown pass in six consecutive games and in eight of nine contests this season ... Wright's 30-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter was the longest catch of his career and his second touchdown as a Boilermaker ... Antavian Edison had one reception to extend his streak to 17 straight games with a catch ... Edison also averaged 9.0 yards per rush on two carries ... O.J. Ross led all Boilermakers with four catches for 42 yards. Ross has a catch in all nine games this season ... Ralph Bolden averaged 5/4 yards per carry, gaining 49 yards on nine rushes ... Dwayne Beckford recorded a career-high 14 tackles, including two losses with a sack ... Logan Link chipped in with 13 stops ... Kawann Short finished with a pair of tackles, including one for loss. Short has posted at least one TFL in seven of nine games this season and enters the Ohio State game tied for 19th nationally and fifth in the Big Ten in tackles for loss per game (1.39) ... Will Lucas' strip and recovery of Russell Wilson in the second quarter was merely the second lost fumble of the season for the Badgers. Lucas finished with five tackles, including four solo stops.
Celebrating Mackey Arena
The celebration of the renovated Mackey Arena is scheduled to take place from Nov. 10-13, with the Ohio State-Purdue football game included as part of the weekend's events. One of the most successful Boilermaker football seasons took place in conjunction with the finishing touches being added to the new facility. The 1967 gridiron squad finished 8-2 overall and as tri-champions of the Big Ten Conference with a 6-1 mark. Purdue knocked off top-ranked Notre Dame and finished the season ranked ninth in the final Associated Press Poll of the year. Halfback Leroy Keyes averaged 6.6 yards per carry and finished the season with 986 yards on 149 carries with 13 touchdowns. Quarterback Mike Phipps concluded his first season under center with 118 completions, 1,800 yards passing and 11 touchdowns.
Purdue vs. Ohio State -- The Last Time Out
Purdue ran into a Buckeye buzz-saw, as Ohio State celebrated Homecoming and rebounded from its lone loss of the season with a 49-0 victory before 105,387 fans at Ohio Stadium on Oct. 23. The Buckeyes scored on their first possession and did not look back, building leads of 14-0 after the first quarter and 42-0 at halftime. The Boilermakers penetrated Ohio State territory just three times - all in the second half - and their best scoring opportunity was a 56-yard field goal attempt by Carson Wiggs with 24 seconds to go that missed wide left . Rob Henry completed 9 of 18 passes for 58 yards and rushed for 26 yards on five carries before leaving the game with a finger injury in the third quarter. True freshman Sean Robinson made his Boilermaker debut in relief and was 6 of 10 passing for 30 yards.
Gaining Some Mo
Raheem Mostert was named the Nov. 7 Big Ten Freshman of the Week after turning in a record-setting performance last weekend at No. 19 Wisconsin. The weekly honor is the first in Mostert's career and the second for a Purdue player this season (Kawann Short, Oct. 23 Co-Defensive POW).The first-year Boilermaker smashed the school record for both total kickoff return yardage and average yardage per kickoff return. The New Smyrna Beach, Fla., native ripped off 206 yards on five returns to eclipse the previous 42-year old record of 184 yards on six returns by Stan Brown set at Ohio State on Nov. 15, 1969. His 41.2 return average also bettered Brown's top Purdue mark of 39.5 set on four returns for 158 yards against Iowa on Oct. 18, 1969. He broke Brown's total return yardage mark despite one less return and had a higher average than Brown's previous mark despite one more return. The true freshman finished with returns of 74, 49, 40, 22 and 21 yards against the Badgers. Mostert's historic day vaulted the freshman into sixth among all Football Bowl Subdivision returners and second in the Big Ten conference with a season average of 31.6 yards per return.
Kickoff Return Yards
1. - Raheem Mostert at Wisconsin, 11/5/2011 - 206
2. - Stan Brown at Ohio State, 11/15/1969 - 184
3. - Jermaine Ross vs. Toledo, 9/19/1992 - 159
4. - Stan Brown vs. Iowa, 10/18/1969 - 158
5. - Jermaine Ross vs. Ohio State, 10/23/1993 - 157
Kickoff Return Average (min 4 attempts)
1.- Raheem Mostert at Wisconsin, 11/5/2011 - 41.2 (5-206)
2. - Stan Brown vs. Iowa, 10/18/1969 - 39.5 (4-158)
3. - Cliff Jackson vs. Minnesota, 10/3/1998 - 37.0 (4-148)
4. - Stan Brown at Michigan State, 11/7/1970 - 36.0 (4-144)
5. - Stan Brown at Ohio State, 11/15/1969 - 30.7 (6-184)
Not Your Average Joe
On Oct. 26, 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. 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 nine 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 17 different players rush with the ball this season and not a single runner has lost a fumble on 346 carries. Two of the three giveaways have come after receptions and the other on a punt return.
Moving On Up
Linebacker Joe Holland finished with three tackles at Wisconsin on Nov. 5 to push his career mark to 297 and into 19th all-time in Purdue history. Holland enters the Ohio State game four stops away from Ken Loushin at No. 18 (301) and 14 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 254 total points in his career tying him with Ben Jones for fourth all-time and leaving him two away from equalling Mike Alstott for third at 256. Wiggs' 47 field goals are second all-time to Travis Dorsch's 68 and his 71.2 percent success rate is the top mark for any Purdue kicker.
Including one catch last weekend at No. 19 Wisconsin, junior wide receiver Antavian Edison has a team-high 17-game reception streak dating back to the Oct. 9 Northwestern game last season. During the streak, Edison has caught 55 passes for 668 yards and six touchdowns. He is averaging 12.1 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 Ohio State game ranked seventh in the nation in punting with an average of 45.5 yard per kick. The Ray Guy Award nominee has booted 12 of his 34 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 11th nationally and is the top unit in the Big Ten in net punting (40.0) ... 23 of Purdue's 50 total punts of the season have been ended up inside the opposition's 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-, 13-, 14-, 15-, 16-, 18-, 19- and 19-yard lines) and the Boiler punters have had only one touchback all year.
Despite averaging over 170 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 nine different players have double-digit carries, five have rushed for over 100 yards for the year and six different rushers have scored touchdowns. Juniors Ralph Bolden (102-469, 3 TDs) and Akeem Shavers (73-338, 5 TDs) have done the majority of the running, but the work to average nearly five yards a carry (4.5) in 2011 has been a group effort.
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
Linebacker Joe Holland, defensive end Gerald Gooden, defensive tackle Kawann Short and offensive tackle Dennis Kelly have all started 32 or more games during their Purdue careers. Holland leads the way, having started 44 of a possible 45 career games. Gooden (34) has more starts than either Short or Kelly (33), but the tackles on both side of the ball have strung them together consecutively.
Odds and Ends
Purdue's kickoff return unit enters the Ohio State game ranked third nationally and first in the Big Ten with a 27.3 return average ... 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 nine straight starts ... Waynelle Gravesande enters the weekend ranked fifth in the Big Ten and 33rd nationally with an 8.0 punt return average ... 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 Big Ten with 3.5 sacks and fourth in tackles for loss (12.5).