Nov. 11, 2013
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Purdue and Penn State meet for the 17th time in series history.
Penn State leads the series 12-3-1 and has won the last six meetings.
The Boilermakers are coming off a 38-14 loss against Iowa.
Penn State is the eighth team on Purdue's schedule that has either been ranked or received votes this season. Purdue is 0-7 in the other games.
Penn State is coming off a 24-10 loss at Minnesota.
The Nittany Lions have not lost consecutive games this season.
Purdue and Penn State are the only two Big Ten teams to start a true freshman at quarterback. Minnesota is the only other Big Ten team to start a player with freshman eligibility under center.
The Boilermakers look to snap a seven-game skid.
Penn State won last year's meeting 34-9 in Ross-Ade Stadium.
The Nittany Lions won the last contest in Happy Valley 23-18 in 2011.
Purdue is 0-3 on the road this season.
Penn State is 5-1 at home this season.
Purdue and Penn State meet for the final time as division foes as both teams are in the Leaders Division. Starting in 2014, Purdue will join the West Division and Penn State will be in the East.
The game begins at noon ET on BTN with Eric Collins calling the action. Chuck Long 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 1-8 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 17-18 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.
Bill O'Brien is in his second season as the head coach at Penn State.
O'Brien has a 13-8 overall record leading the Nittany Lions.
O'Brien is 1-0 against Purdue.
Penn State's offense is ranked 55th in the nation.
Penn State's defense is 61st overall among FBS teams.
Penn State is one of three teams, including Purdue, to start a freshman at quarterback.
Penn State and Purdue are the only Big Ten teams to start a true freshman under center.
Bill Belton leads the Penn State rushing attack with 135 carries for 715 yards (5.3 avg) and four touchdowns.
Christian Hackenberg leads the Nittany Lion passing attack with 178 completions in 306 attempts for 2,187 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Allen Robinson is Penn State's top receiver with 73 catches for 1,106 yards and six scores.
Penn State's last two wins have come in overtime games, including four against Michigan on Oct. 12.
Series record: Penn State leads 12-3-1 (First meeting: 1951 / Last meeting: 2012)
Purdue points: 275
Penn State points: 378
Series record in West Lafayette: Penn State leads 6-2
In Ross-Ade Stadium: Penn State leads 6-2
Series record in University Park: Penn State leads 6-1-1
In Beaver Stadium: Penn State leads 6-1
Games decided by 3 points or less: Penn State leads 2-0-1
Games decided by 7 points or less: Penn State leads 5-1-1
Longest Purdue win streak: 2 (2003-2004)
Longest Penn State win streak: 6 (2x, last 2005-pres.)
Current streak: Penn State has won the last six meetings
Largest Purdue victory: 28-0 in 1951
Largest Penn State victory: 42-17 in 1997; 34-9 in 2012
Last Purdue home victory: 2003
Last Purdue road victory: 2004
Last Penn State home victory: 2011
Last Penn State road victory: 2012
THIS DATE IN BOILERMAKER HISTORY
Purdue is 9-7 all-time in games played on Nov. 16.
The Boilermakers won their last game played on Nov. 16 with a 45-42 win at Michigan State in 2002.
This is the first meeting between Purdue and Penn State on Nov. 16.
The most points Purdue has scored on Nov. 16 is 53 from the 1918 game against Wabash.
The most points Purdue has given up on Nov. 16 is 51 from the 1974 game at No. 3 Michigan.
Purdue has shutout its opponent three times on Nov. 16.
The Boilermakers are 2-4 on the road in games played on Nov. 16.
LAST TIME OUT
Purdue dropped its seventh game in a row with a 38-14 loss against Iowa.
All eight of Purdue's losses are against teams that are already bowl eligible.
Purdue shut out its opponent in the first quarter for the fifth time this season.
The Boilermakers knotted the score at 7-7 in the second quarter after Danny Etling completed a third-down pass to Kurt Freytag from the 2-yard line.
Armstead Williams recovered the first fumble of his career, which set up the Freytag touchdown.
The Boilermakers recorded two sacks on defense.
Etling completed 15 of 28 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown. He did not have an interception, the first time in his young career without a turnover.
Austin Appleby made his first career appearance and completed five of six passes for 68 yards and a touchdown to Danny Anthrop.
Anthrop scored his first touchdown of the season and second of his career.
Anthrop had career highs with four catches for 82 yards, including the touchdown.
Cody Webster punted six times for 259 yards (43.2 yds) including two inside the 20.
Ra-Zahn Howard picked up his first career sack on a fourth-down play in the first quarter.
Purdue wraps up its home slate with Senior Day against Illinois.
Purdue has 22 seniors on its roster.
Illinois leads the all-time series 42-40-6.
Purdue and Illinois play for the Cannon Trophy.
The Boilermakers won last year's meeting 20-17 in Champaign, Ill.
The Boilermakers have won two in a row and seven of the last eight in the series.
Purdue has won the last four meetings in West Lafayette over Illinois.
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 one of three freshmen quarterbacks to start in the Big Ten this season, along with Mitch Leidner of Minnesota (two starts) and Christian Hackenberg of Penn State (9 starts). Etling and Hackenberg are the only two true freshmen to start at quarterback in the Big Ten this season.
Etling is 75 of 156 for 819 yards with four 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 five freshmen on offense last week against Iowa, including two linemen and the quarterback.
Nineteen different freshmen played against Iowa 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 four rushers this season are freshmen with Dalyn Dawkins and B.J. Knauf. The other two are both expected to return next season with Akeem Hunt and Brandon Cottom.
Six of Purdue's top eight receivers yardage-wise this season are underclassmen, including four freshmen. True freshman DeAngelo Yancey leads the way with 338 receiving yards.
Two of Purdue's top three and three of its top five leaders in all-purpose yardage are freshmen.
Purdue's top 12 players in all-purpose yards this year are all expected to return next season.
Purdue's top two punt returners are underclassmen with sophomore Frankie Williams and freshman Knauf.
Purdue's top nine 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 106 points this season and all but 18 of them have eligibility remaining after this season.
Freshmen have scored 24 points, sophomores 34, juniors 30 and seniors 18.
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 11 takeaways this season and all but two have eligibility remaining after this season.
Twenty-six of Purdue's 42 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 23 times this season, while one freshman has started on defense.
Two different sophomores have started on offense a total of 15 times this season.
Four different sophomores have started on defense a total of 20 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 113-177 (.390) this season, including 89-170 (.344) against FBS teams.
Last week, week 11, first year head coaches went 9-17, including just 3-8 at home. There were three games against other first year head coaches.
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.
In 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.
Two teams are still looking for their first win under their new head coaches: Georgia State and Southern Miss.
Only one team is undefeated under its new head coach: Northern Illinois (9-0).
Ten first year head coaches are still looking for their first conference victory.
The Boilermakers have one of the toughest schedules in not only the Big Ten, but also the country.
Purdue's four-game stretch from Sept. 28 to Nov. 2 are a combined 33-3 (.917) this season.
All eight teams that Purdue has lost to are already bowl eligible.
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 with Northern Illinois and Ohio State.
Purdue's FBS opponents have a combined 72-29 (.713) 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 Penn State.
Four teams on Purdue's schedule are currently ranked in the top 20, while two others are receiving votes.
Four of the five road games in the 2013 season are against ranked or teams that have received votes, including Penn State.
Purdue's first seven games against FBS opponents, and eight of the first nine, including Penn State, are against teams that have been ranked or received votes this season.
Seven of Purdue's eight 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.
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.
Purdue's schedule currently ranks No. 1 toughest in the nation based on past opponent's winning percentage, not counting games against FCS or Purdue. Purdue's past opponents are 45-14 (.763 avg).
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.
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.
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 was named one of 10 semifinalists for the award last week.
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 217 punts for 9,379 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 130 punts.
Webster currently is ninth in the nation in punting average with a season average of 44.6 yards. That is the best in the Big Ten.
Against Iowa, Webster punted six times for 259 yards (43.2 avg), including two inside the 20.
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.
Against Ohio State, 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.
Purdue is No. 2 in the nation in net punting with an average of 42.47 yards per punt.
Webster was named the Ray Guy Award Player of the Week for his performance against Ohio State.
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 0-7 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 Iowa, Purdue and Iowa exchanged one fumble apiece en route to a 38-14 loss.
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.
Against Ohio State, Purdue threw one interception and lost one fumble compared to just one takeaway. Purdue lost 56-0.
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.
Howard picked up his first career sack last week against Iowa.
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 sixth among active FBS returners with a 28.4 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.
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.
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Akeem Hunt has done the majority of the heavy lifting as he has accounted for 31 of the team's 132 first downs this season.
Hunt has 18 rushing and 13 receiving first downs.
Hunt has more than twice as many first downs as anyone else on the team.
DeAngelo Yancey is second with 13 first downs, all by reception.
B.J. Knauf has 12 first downs this season, eight by reception and four by rush.
Justin Sinz is fourth with 11 first downs, 10 by reception and one by rush.
Junior defensive end Ryan Russell has 33 career starts, including 25 straight.
Senior defensive tackle Bruce Gaston has 22-straight starts and 41 total for his career, the second most on the team.
Junior safety Taylor Richards has started 22-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 22 total for his career, but did not start against Nebraska. He has started 21 of the last 22.
Senior cornerback Ricardo Allen started 11 games last season and has 45 total for his career, including all nine games this season, to lead the team.
Greg Latta has started all nine games this season.
Justin Kitchens, Kevin Pamphile and Robert Kugler have started all nine games on the offensive line.
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