FB Makes First Trip to Evanston Since 2010
Nov. 9, 2015


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GAMEDAY INFORMATION
Purdue (2-7, 1-4 B1G)
at Northwestern (7-2, 3-2 B1G)
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 / Noon ET / BTN
Ryan Field (47,330) / Evanston, Illinois

THE GAME

• Purdue heads to Northwestern for the 80th meeting between the schools.
• Purdue has won 10 of the last 15 meetings against the Wildcats.
• The Boilermakers have won seven of the last 10 meetings, and 12 of the last 16, in Evanston.
• The Boilermakers won 20-17 the last time the two teams met in Evanston back in 2010.
• Last week, quarterback David Blough matched his career high with 29 completions.
• Purdue is looking for its first win over a ranked team since beating No. 23 Illinois in 2011.
• Purdue has faced a ranked Northwestern team four times prior to Saturday’s game. The Boilermakers are 2-2 in those games.
• The last time Purdue played a ranked Northwestern was 2000, when the No. 21 Boilermakers won at No. 17 Northwestern 41-28.
• Purdue is 2-4 all-time against teams ranked 24th in the country.
• Purdue had scored touchdowns on 12 straight red zone trips in Big Ten play, which was the longest streak in FBS, before coming up short on a fourth and 1 in the fourth quarter last week. Purdue is 12 for 13 in the red zone during Big Ten play.

THIS DATE IN BOILERMAKER HISTORY
• Purdue is 8-9 all-time on Nov. 14, including 2-1 against Northwestern on that date.
• Purdue’s first game against Northwestern on Nov. 14 was in 1914. The Boilermakers won 34-6 in Evanston.
• In 1925, the Wildcats won beat Purdue 13-9 in West Lafayette.
• The Boilermakers beat Northwestern on Nov. 14, 1987 at home by the score of 20-15.
• Purdue’s first game on Nov. 14 was in 1891 against Indiana. The Boilermakers won 60-0, en route to a perfect 4-0 season where the Boilermakers did not give up a point.

CONNECTING THE SCHOOLS
• Northwestern defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz was Purdue’s outside linebackers and punting coach from 1977 to 1981.
• Purdue running backs coach Jafar Williams spent 2010 as a quality control graduate assistant at Northwestern.
• Purdue junior starting defensive tackle Jake Replogle and Northwestern junior defensive tackle Ifeadi Odenigo were teammates at Centerville High School in Ohio.
• Purdue freshman cornerback Evyn Cooper and Northwestern freshman defensive back Steven Reese were classmates and teammates at Buford High School in Georgia.
• Purdue freshman kicker Tyler Duncan and Northwestern freshman linebacker Simba Short were teammates at De La Salle High School in California.
• Purdue freshman kicker Brian Bravo and Northwestern redshirt freshman offensive lineman J.B. Butler were teammates at Joliet Catholic High School in Illinois.
• Purdue freshman punter Joe Schopper, junior linebacker Evan Pulliam and freshman wide receiver Malcolm Dotson were teammates with Northwestern freshman offensive lineman Jared Thomas at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis.

SERIES INFORMATION
• Series record: Purdue leads 50-28-1
• Purdue points: 1,680
• Northwestern points: 1,174
• Series record in West Lafayette: Purdue leads 22-11
• at Ross-Ade Stadium: Purdue leads 20-7
• Series record in Evanston: Purdue leads 27-17-1
• at Ryan Field: Purdue leads 21-13-1
• Games decided by 3 points or less: Purdue leads 9-3
• Games decided by 7 points or less: Purdue leads 15-10
• Longest Purdue win streak: 12 (1976-1987)
• Longest Northwestern win streak: 4 (1945-1950)
• Current streak: Northwestern won the last meeting
• Largest Purdue victory: 49-7 in 1984
• Largest Northwestern victory: 38-6 in 1916
• Last Purdue home victory: 2007
• Last Purdue road victory: 2010
• Last Northwestern home victory: 2008
• Last Northwestern road victory: 2014

FIRST(S) AND 10
Andy James Garcia recorder his first career sack last week against Illinois.
• Purdue is making its first trip to Evanston since 2010.
Frankie Williams had a 51-yard punt return against Illinois, which ranks first among Purdue’s punt returns this season.
• The Boilermakers have yet to attempt their first field goal of Big Ten play.
David Blough scored Purdue’s first touchdown last week against Illinois. He has thrown or rushed for at least one touchdown in all of his first six career starts.
• Purdue is looking for its first win over a ranked team since 2011.
DeAngelo Yancey has caught at least one touchdown in back-to-back games for the second time in his career, and the first since last season when he did so against Notre Dame and Southern Illinois.
• Northwestern is looking for its first home win over Purdue since 2008.
David Blough has completed at least 28 passes in three of his six starts this season. He is the first Purdue quarterback to have 28+ completions in three games in the same season since Curtis Painter had eight in 2007.
• Freshman Markell Jones is first on the team in rushing touchdowns with seven, which ranks fourth among FBS freshmen.

FIFTEEN-YEAR SALUTE
• At 6:53 p.m. ET on Nov. 18, Purdue saw both a 33-year Big Ten championship drought and a 34-year Rose Bowl dry spell come to an end.
• The Boilermakers defeated intrastate rival Indiana 41-13 in the battle for the Old Oaken Bucket in front of 69,104 fans at Ross-Ade Stadium.
• Purdue scored first and didn’t look back, leading 20-7 at halftime and 34-7 after three quarters.
• Montrell Lowe ran wild, gaining 208 yards on a school-record-tying 38 carries and scoring four touchdowns.
• The 208 yards were the most by a Purdue player under head coach Joe Tiller – and then the ninth-most in school history – while the four touchdowns were one shy of the school record. Lowe scored on runs of 12, 6, 8 and 1 yards.
• The Boilermakers attempted just eight passes in the second half, none in the fourth quarter.
• Defensively, Landon Johnson led the way with 11 tackles, while Stuart Schweigert recorded two interceptions.
• The Boilermakers, who finished the regular season with an 8-3 overall record and 6-2 Big Ten mark, won their eighth Big Ten championship (first since 1967) and earned their second Rose Bowl invitation (also in 1967 following the 1966 season).
• Purdue, Michigan and Northwestern shared the conference title, and the Boilermakers got the Rose Bowl invite by virtue of beating both the Wolverines and the Wildcats.

David Blough
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, after that game.
• 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 completed 29 passes against Illinois, the third time he has completed at least 28 in a game this season. He is the first Purdue quarterback to have three 28+ completion games in a season since Curtis Painter in 2007.
• 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:
o Sean White, who was named the Auburn Tigers’ starter the same day as Blough.
o Kyle Allen, who is the starter at Texas A&M.
o Will Grier, who is the starter at Florida.
o Jerrod Heard, who is the starter at Texas.
o Brad Kaaya, who is the starter at Miami (Fl.).
o Deshaun Watson, who is the starter at Clemson.
o 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 Purdue’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 after the game, 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 48 tackles this season and four PBUs.

B1G RANKED
• Purdue is third in the Big Ten with 10 on the season.
• Purdue has attempted 30 fourth downs, 12 more than any other Big Ten team this season.
• Purdue has converted 16 fourth downs, seven more than any other Big Ten team.
• Purdue has committed 46 penalties this season, tied for the second-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 64.1 yards in penalties per game.
• Purdue scores on 85.2 percent of trips to the red zone, the fifth best in the Big Ten.
• Purdue’s defense has given up points on just 81.2 percent of trips into the red zone, the fifth best in the conference.
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 averages 13.0 yards per punt return in Big Ten play, which ranks fourth in the conference.
• Purdue has six interceptions in Big Ten play, tied for the third most in the conference this season.
• Purdue nets 39.9 yards per punt in Big Ten play, the best in the Big Ten.
• Purdue has committed just 18 penalties in Big Ten play, four fewer than any other team in the conference.
• Purdue averages 35.8 penalty yards per game, the best among Big Ten teams in conference games.
• 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.
Frankie Williams averaged 29.5 yards per punt return against Illinois, the best by any Big Ten player in conference play 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.

NATIONALLY RANKED
Ryan Watson is tied for fourth in the country with two blocked kicks this season.
Anthony Brown has four interceptions this season, tied for 16th most by a player in the country this season.
• Brown averages 0.4 interceptions per game, tied for 18th most by a player in the country this season.
Joe Schopper averages 42.4 yards per punt, which is sixth best among freshmen in the country.
Markell Jones averages 5.51 yards per carry this season, which ranks 51st in the country and fourth among freshmen.
Markell Jones has seven rushing touchdowns, which ranks 57th in the country and fourth among freshmen.
• Brown is one of just seven 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.
• David Blough’s 83-yard touchdown pass to Yancey against Nebraska is tied for the 19th longest completion and reception in the country this season.
• Joe Schopper’s 69-yard punt against Virginia Tech still ranks tied for the 26th longest punt in the country this season.
• Purdue has committed 46 penalties all season, which is tied for 24th fewest in the country.

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 140 of 243 passes for 1,278 yards and nine touchdowns, against seven interceptions, though two on fourth downs, in six starts.
• Purdue’s leading rusher is true freshman Markell Jones, who has 115 carries for 634 yards, 5.5 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 483.
• Purdue has scored 231 points this season, including 192 by position players (non-kicking). Here is the breakdown:
o Freshmen: 84
o Sophomores: 30
o Juniors: 60
o Seniors: 57*
*39 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.
• Two of Purdue’s top three tacklers are sophomores. Linebacker Danny Ezechukwu is second on the team with 58 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 56 tackles for loss this season. Here is the breakdown:
o Freshmen: 0.0
o Sophomores: 23.0
o Juniors: 25.5
o Seniors: 7.5

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
Paul Griggs has made 29 field goals in his career, which ranks sixth in program history. He is two shy of fifth.
• Griggs scored two points against Illinois, which gives him 186 points for his career. That ranks 11th in program history.
Frankie Williams picked off the ninth pass of his career against Nebraska, which moved him into a tie for 11th all-time in Purdue history.
• Williams had two pass breakups against Illinois, which give him 25 for his career. That is tied for 13th most in program history.
Anthony Brown had zero interceptions the first three years of his Purdue career. He picked off three passes 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.
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.

‘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 four 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.
• 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 56 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.
• Herman was back in the lineup against Illinois and had one tackle.

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 40 consecutive starts heading into Saturday’s game.
Jordan Roos (Jr. - Right guard) started all 12 games last year and has 27 for his career.
Jason King (Jr. - Left guard) has started 26 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 nine 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
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 was 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:
o 2015: Austin Appleby
o 2014: Danny Etling
o 2013: Rob Henry
o 2012: Robert Marve
o 2011: Caleb TerBush
o 2010: Robert Marve
o 2009: Joey Elliott
o 2008: Curtis Painter
• Appleby started his 10th consecutive game against Virginia Tech. Here is a list of recent consecutive starts:
o 2015: David Blough 6*
o 2014-15: Austin Appleby 10
o 2013-14: Danny Etling 12
o 2013: Rob Henry 5
o 2012: Caleb TerBush 7; Robert Marve 5, 1
o 2011: Caleb TerBush 13
o 2010: Robert Marve 4; Rob Henry 3, 2; Sean Robinson 2; Justin Siller 1
o 2009: Joey Elliott 12
o 2008: Justin Siller 3; Curtis Painter 1
o 2005-08: Curtis Painter 40
*current streak
• 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:
o Career high yards: 289 vs. ISU
o Career high TD passes: 4 vs. ISU
o Career high attps.: 48 vs. NW; at Marshall
o Career high comps.: 31 at Marshall
o Record: 2-8

IRON MEN
Robert Kugler has started 40 straight games at center. That is tied for the 13th-most active consecutive starts in the country.
Anthony Brown has started 31 straight games at cornerback.
Jason King has started 26 straight games at left guard.
Jake Replogle has started 21 straight games at defensive tackle.
Frankie Williams has started 36 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.

WATCHLISTS
• 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.

CAPTAINS
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 in their opening game of the season:
-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.

BOILERMAKER DEPOT
• 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.

ANTHROP-OLOGY
• 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.
• Anthrop caught his 100th career ball against Illinois last week.
• For his career, Anthrop, from West Lafayette, Ind., has 100 catches for 1,257 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.

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 against Nebraska.
• Blough was 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 against Nebraska, 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 was the first Boilermaker to be named conference defensive player of the week since Kawann Short in 2012.
• It was the first time Purdue has won the offensive and defensive player of the week awards in the same week since Nov. 27, 2006.
 

 

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