Nov. 12, 2012
Television This Week
Play-By-Play - Tim Neverett
Analyst - Glen Mason
Sideline - Rebecca Haarlow
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 123 (Illinois Feed)
XM - Channel 194 (Illinois Feed)
Some Game Themes
The Boilermakers look to win back-to-back Big Ten road games for the first time since 2009 (at Michigan, at Indiana) ... Purdue will attempt to retain the Cannon Trophy for a second consecutive year and for the seventh time in the last eight meetings ... Purdue's last victory at Memorial Stadium came in 2006 ... Robert Marve, coming off a strong showing at Iowa last weekend, will get his fourth start of the season and his eighth at Purdue on Saturday ... Antavian Edison attempts to extend his streak to 32 consecutive games with a reception.
Purdue vs. Illinois Series Information
Series record: Illinois leads 42-39-6 (First meeting: 1890 / Last meeting: 2011)
Purdue points: 1,592
Illinois points: 1,370
Series record in West Lafayette: Series tied 20-20-4
In Ross-Ade Stadium: Purdue leads 17-12-1
Series record in Champaign: Illinois leads 22-19-2
In Memorial Stadium: Series tied 15-15-1
Games decided by 3 points or less: Illinois leads 4-1
Games decided by 7 points or less: Purdue leads 13-11
Longest Purdue win streak: 5 (2003-09)
Longest Illinois win streak: 6 (1906-11; 1988-93)
Current streak: Purdue won the last meeting
Largest Purdue victory: 62-0 in 1890
Largest Illinois victory: 43-7 in 1946
Last Purdue home victory: 2011
Last Purdue road victory: 2006
Last Illinois home victory: 2010
Last Illinois road victory: 2001
This Date in Boilermaker History
Purdue is 11-7 all-time on Nov. 17. On this date in 2001, the Boilermakers knocked off Michigan State, 24-14, in Ross-Ade Stadium. Despite getting out-gained 364-266 in total offensive yards, Purdue was able to fend off the Spartans with the help of scoring runs of 10 and 2 yards by Montrell Lowe, a 42-yard Travis Dorsch field goal, and a scoop and score fumble recovery from 12 yards out by Craig Terrill. Lowe finished the game with 121 yards rushing on 28 carries, while Kyle Orton made his second career appearance in a Purdue uniform and completed 6 of 9 passing attempts for 61 yards in relief of starter Brandon Hance. Linebacker Landon Johnson had a big day, finishing with 14 tackles, six solo and two for losses, with a sack, two of Purdue's five fumbles forced on the day and a PBU.
Head Coach Danny Hope
Head coach Danny Hope is in his fourth season at the helm of the Boilermaker program and his 10th overall at Purdue. He sports a 55-49 career record, including his first postseason victory in last season's Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit.
Last Week's Quick Hits - at Iowa
The Boilermakers snapped a five-game losing streak, their longest since 2009 ... Purdue won at Iowa for the first time since 1992 ... The Boilermakers snapped a modest two-game losing streak to the Hawkeyes ... True freshman kicker Paul Griggs nailed a 46-yard walkoff field goal, the first for Purdue since Chris Summers ended the 2007 Motor City Bowl with a 40-yarder as time expired ... Griggs' kick was the longest of his young career ... The Boilermakers amassed 490 yards of total offense featuring a balanced attack with 211 yards rushing and 279 yards passing ... Purdue averaged a season-high 8.0 yards per pass ... The Boilermaker defense finished with a season-high 10 tackles for loss in the game. The most since stopping Indiana 11 times behind the line last season ... The Boilermakers converted 9 of 16 third-downs and 4 for 5 in red zone chances ... Running back Palph Bolden rushed for 102 yards on 12 carries, 7.3 yards per rush. It was the second 100-yard outing by a Boilermaker runner this season (Akeem Hunt, 106 yards vs. Eastern Michigan) ... Akeem Shavers added 64 more yards rushing and scored on a three-yard run ... Quarterback Robert Marve completed 25 of 33 passing attempts for 266 yards and a pair of scores ... Antavian Edison caught five passes for 50 yards, including a 20-yarder to put Purdue in FG position to win the game ... O.J. Ross returned after missing two games to haul in four passes for 57 yards ... Gary Bush (10 yards) and Gabe Holmes (nine yards) both caught touchdown passes ... Kawann Short earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors with six tackles, five solo, with a career-high 4.0 tackles for loss with a sack ... Landon Feichter led Purdue with 10 tackles, including six solo stops and two for losses ... Robert Maci and Jalani Phillips each had a sack ... Including three PBUs by Josh Johnson, the Boilermakers broke up a season-high seven passes in the game.
awann Short was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after racking up a career-high 4.0 tackles for loss, including his fifth sack of the season, at Iowa last weekend. Short finished the contest with six tackles, five solo, and his TFLs pushed the Hawkeyes back 15 yards. Short was instrumental in limiting Iowa to merely 264 yards of total offense, including a meager 74 yards rushing. The POW honors are the third of his career (2 DPOW, 1 STPOW).
Quarterback Robert Marve (3 ACLs and playing with it torn), running back Ralph Bolden (3 ACL) and do-it-all Rob Henry (1 ACL) accounted for 416 of Purdue's 490 yards of total offense against Iowa last Saturday (85 percent). Marve passed for 266 yards and a pair of scores, while rushing for 14 yards, including a 17-yarder to help set up the game winning field goal. Bolden added 102 yards rushing on 14 carries (7.3 yards per rush) and had one reception for five yards. Meanwhile, Henry chipped in with 13 yards passing and 16 yards rushing while delivering a nifty pitch to Akeem Shavers on Purdue's first touchdown. Marve and Bolden became the first QB/RB duo to throw for 200 yards and rush for 100 since Caleb TerBush and Bolden went for 219 yards passing and 120 yards rushing against Middle Tennessee last year.
Knocking Them Down
With a team-high 12 PBUs this season, including three at Iowa last weekend, senior cornerback Josh Johnson has bumped his career total to 27 which is good enough for a tie for ninth all-time at Purdue. Steve Jackson's all-time high of 35 from 1987-90 appears to be safe, but there is still time left for Johnson to move up higher on the list. His 2012 PBU tally is one shy of breaking onto the single season list at Purdue.
Career Pass Breakups at Purdue
5. Don Anderson (1981-84) - 30
Cris Dishman (1984-87) - 30
Antwaun Rogers (2001-04) - 30
8. Rod Woodson (1983-86) - 29
9. Derrick Kelson (1986-89) - 27
Jamel Coleman (1994-96) - 27
Josh Johnson (2009-Present) - 27
Going the Distance
Akeem Hunt's 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Ohio State on Oct. 20 was the fifth of that distance in school history and the third return for a touchdown in Danny Hope's three-plus years as head coach.
100-Yard Kickoff Returns at Purdue
Jack Brown vs. Indiana 11/19/1938
Stan Brown vs. Indiana 11/21/1970
Jimmy Smith vs. Stanford 9/12/1981
Jerome Brooks at Notre Dame 10/2/2004
Akeem Hunt at Ohio State 10/20/2012
Not Too Shabby for a Walk-On
Landon Feichter's four interceptions lead the Big Ten this season and are the most by an individual at Purdue since Terrell Vinson picked off five passes in 2007. The school record for interceptions in a season is seven, shared by Phil Mateja (1952) and Bill Kay (1979).
Ricardo Allen snapped the three-way tie for career interception returns for touchdowns record at Purdue he shared with Rod Woodson and Mike Rose with his fourth pick-six against Marshall on Sept. 29. Allen is now currently tied for second all-time in Big Ten Conference history with Indiana's Tim Wilbur (1978-82) and is one shy of equalling Wisconsin's Jamar Fletcher's league-high mark of five set from 1998-2000. The NCAA record is also five and shared by Tennessee's Jackie Walker (1969-71), San Jose State's Ken Thomas (1979-82), Cal's Deltha O'Neal 1996-99 and Oklahoma State's Darrent Williams (2001-04).
NCAA Career Leaderboard
Senior defensive tackle Kawann Short is third nationally amongst active FBS players in career tackles for loss (46.5) and tied for 15th in career sacks (17.5) ... Ricardo Allen's four career interception returns for touchdowns are tied for the most amongst active FBS players and his 205 interception return yards are 14th nationally ... Raheem Mostert is second among FBS players in kickoff return average at 31.4.
Still Breezing Along
With five catches for 50 yards last weekend at Iowa, Antavian "Breeze" Edsion extended his streak to 31 consecutive games with at least one reception. During the streak, which dates to Oct. 9, 2010, Edison has caught 124 passes for 1,475 yards and 14 touchdowns. For the year, he leads Purdue with 53 catches for a team-high 757 yards and seven touchdowns. He has cracked the top 20 in Purdue history with 15 career touchdowns (tied for 10th with Steve Bryant, Chris Daniels and Tim Stratton) and 129 receptions (18th all-time). He needs merely 56 yards to make it on the top 20 list for career receiving yards (Cliff Benson 1,546).
Purdue's five sacks against Notre Dame on Sept. 8, equaled the season highs for each of the last four years. What's even more impressive about that figure is not how many, but whom Purdue has done it against.
Five Sacks in a Game the Last Five Years
2012 - at Notre Dame
2011 - vs. Ohio State
2010 - at Northwestern
2009 - vs. Ohio State and at Michigan
2008 - vs. Central Michigan
Speaking of Sacks
With a sack in the opener against Eastern Kentucky, a pair at Notre Dame on Sept. 8 and one against Marshall, Kawann Short's tally of 5.0 sacks for the year in 10 games is already more than half of his single season high in his career (6.5 in 2011). Short enters the game against Illinois tied for fourth in the Big Ten Conference in sacks per game. His efforts has pushed him from a tie for 15th on the Purdue career list into sole possession of ninth. Even more impressive is the fact that of the eight players with more career sacks at Purdue than Short, only Jeff Zgonina (t4th, 29.5-151) and Craig Terrill (7th, 20.5-116) played on the interior of the defensive line. The six others are listed as defensive ends or linebackers.
Career Sacks at Purdue
6. Anthony Spencer (2003-06) - 21.0-147
7. Craig Terrill (2000-03) - 20.5-116
8. Jim Schwantz (1988-91) - 18.0-168
9. Kawann Short (2009-Present) - 17.5-83
Going the Distance
Including three touchdown drives of 90 or more yards against Eastern Michigan on Sept. 15, the Boilers have proven they can make the long march down the field to the end zone this season. With 34 touchdown drives in the books, Purdue has posted 19 scoring drives of 70 or more yards and is averaging 66.6 yards on TD drives in 2012. Two Bills
Including 211 yards on the ground at Iowa on Nov. 10, Purdue is 13-1 during the last four seasons when rushing 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
Nov. 26, 2011 at Indiana, W 33-25 -- 52-292, 2 TDs
Dec. 27, 2011 vs. Western Michigan -- 56-265, 1 TD
Sept. 15, 2012 vs. Eastern Michigan -- 42-392, 6 TDs
Nov. 10, 2012 at Iowa -- 44-211, 1 TD
A Knack For It
Defensive tackle Kawann Short blocked an extra point and a field goal in the opener against Eastern Kentucky, blocked a FG against Marshall and added yet another field goal block against Wisconsin to bring his career total to eight blocks (2 XPs, 6 FGs). Short, who helped Central High School in East Chicago, Ind., win an Indiana state basketball title his junior season and can still dunk at 315 pounds, snapped a three-way tie for the Purdue record he shared with Rosevelt Colvin and Bobby Iwuchukwu with his sixth career FG block against the Badgers.
The defensive side of the ball has seen tackle Kawann Short and cornerback Josh Johnson as a mainstays in the starting lineup. Short has started all 47 games in his Purdue career, and Johnson 33.