Nov. 14, 2011
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 191
Some Game Themes
Purdue's 22 seniors play their final home game in Ross-Ade Stadium ... The Boilermakers need one victory to qualify for a bowl game for the first time since 2007 ... Purdue and Iowa meet up for the first time since 2008 ... Field position will be critical with two top 20 punting units on display ... The Boilermakers and Hawkeyes are slated to play every season now as the "crossover rivals" in the Leaders and Legends divisions ... Antavian Edison looks to extend his consecutive games with a reception streak to 19 straight.
Purdue vs. Iowa Series Information
Series record: Purdue leads 45-33-3 (First meeting: 1910 / Last Meeting: 2008)
Purdue points: 1,543
Iowa points: 1,325
Series record in West Lafayette: Purdue leads 27-13-1
In Ross-Ade Stadium: 26-11-1
Series record in Iowa City: Iowa leads 20-18-2
In Kinnick Stadium: Purdue leads 18-16-2
Games decided by 3 points or less: Iowa leads 4-3-3
Games decided by 7 points or less: Purdue leads 16-13-3
Longest Purdue win streak: 20 (1961-1980)
Longest Iowa win streak: 9 (1983-91)
Current streak: Iowa won the last meeting
Largest Purdue victory: 58-13 in 1980
Largest Iowa victory: 40-3 in 1984
Last Purdue home victory: 2007
Last Purdue road victory: 1992
Last Iowa home victory: 2008
Last Iowa road victory: 2005
This Date In Boilermaker Football History
Purdue is 11-5 all-time on Nov. 19. Saturday's contest will mark the first time since 1904 that Purdue will be playing an opponent on this date other than Indiana (10-0 win vs. Culver Military Academy). In 1966, Purdue put the finishing touches on its first Rose Bowl season with a 51-6 thrashing of the Hoosiers. The Boilermakers posted a then-school-record 525 yards of total offense in the contest, including a then-record 303 yards passing. Quarterback Bob Griese threw for 255 yards passing and three scores, including an 80-yard strike to Jim Finely, the longest pass in the Big Ten for 1966, and a 67-yard toss to Bob Baltzell. A last-minute touchdown from the Hoosiers ended Purdue's scoreless string of 12 consecutive shutout quarters.
Last Week's Quick Hits -- vs. Ohio State
With the victory, Purdue defeated Ohio State in Ross-Ade Stadium in back-to-back appearances by the Buckeyes for the first time in school history ... The win was Purdue's first overtime victory since 2006 (a 38-31 win over Miami (Ohio)) and the Boilermakers improved to 4-7 all-time in extended play contests ... The Boilermakers scored on their opening drive for the third-straight game and fourth time this season ... The Boilermakers converted 50 percent of its third downs going 9 for 18 ... Purdue completed passes to nine different receivers and nine different players finished with at least one rush on the day ... The defense posted a season-high five sacks and equaled the season high with 10.0 tackles for loss (also vs. Southeastern Missouri) ... Purdue had 363 yards of total offense, including 234-yards passing which matched the season-high (also Middle Tennessee) ... The Boilermaker defense held Ohio State under 300-yards total offense (295), including its third-lowest rushing total of the season (163) ... Robert Marve scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime, rushing in from half-a-yard out. He was 10 of 13 passing for 94 yards and an interception while also rushing three times for 10 yards with the game-winning touchdown ... Caleb TerBush completed 15 of 24 passes for 140 yards ... Ralph Bolden punched in his fourth rushing score of the season and 13th of his career. Bolden carried the ball 18 times for 80 yards, his third-best rushing total of the season ... Akeem Shavers scored his team-best sixth rushing touchdown of the season (seventh total score). He finished with nine carries for 19 yards ... Justin Siller led the Boilermakers with a career-high six receptions for 45 yards ... Antavian Edison had five receptions for 47 yards, extending his streak to 18 consecutive games with a catch ... Gary Bush had a career-high four receptions, including his overtime grab that put the ball inside the one-yard line ... Kawann Short had a single-game best three sacks on the day, finishing with six tackles, including four solo stops ... Bruce Gaston came up with his first career block of an extra point to keep the game tied after Ohio State rallied for a touchdown with 55 second remaining. It was the fourth blocked kick by the Boilermakers this season ... Short and Gaston were named the Big Ten Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively ... Carson Wiggs booted a pair of field goals and converted both PATs for eight points on the day and 262 for his career (third all-time at Purdue).
Thank You Seniors
Saturday's contest against Iowa will mark the final home game at Ross-Ade Stadium for 22 Boilermaker seniors. Purdue athletics, the football program and all of Boilermaker Nation offer thanks for their hard work on and off the field to long snapper Kevin Ballinger, guard Dan Barry, defensive end Adam Brockman, linebacker Chris Carlino, running back Jared Crank, quarterback Spencer Dawson, safety Albert Evans, defensive end Gerald Gooden, wide receiver Waynelle Gravesande, linebacker DeVarro Greaves, linebacker Joe Holland, tackle Dennis Kelly, wide receiver Kurt Lichtenberg, safety Logan Link, quarterback Robert Marve, guard Nick Mondek, center Austen Moret, defensive tackle Brad Niemeier, guard James Shepherd, wide receiver Justin Siller, kicker Carson Wiggs and cornerback Charlton Williams.
Purdue vs. Iowa -- The Last Time Out
It's been a while since the Boilermakers and Hawkeyes have met up, 2008 in fact. Iowa defeated Purdue, 22-17, in Kinnick Stadium back on Nov. 15, 2008. The Hawkeyes added to a 12-10 halftime lead with 10 second-half points and weathered a late Boilermaker rally that saw the game end with Purdue threatening at the Iowa 27 yard-line when the clock expired. Iowa managed merely 72 yards passing, but countered with 248 yards on the ground, including 211 yards and two scores from Shonn Greene, for 320 yards of total offense. For Purdue, Curtis Painter returned from a shoulder injury to complete 24 of 30 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns. Desmond Tardy finished with 13 receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown.
Short, Gaston Big Ten Players of the Week
Kawann Short and Bruce Gaston were recognized by the Big Ten Conference for their efforts in the Boilermakers' 26-23 overtime victory over Ohio State. Short was named as the Co-Defensive Player of the Week and Gaston the Co-Special Teams Player of the Week for Nov. 14. It was the second POW honor of the season (Oct. 15) and the third of his career for Short and the first ever for Gaston. Short, who was also named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, helped a Purdue defense hold back the Buckeyes in the overtime victory. Short finished the game with a career-high three sacks for nine yards lost and six total stops on the day, including four solo tackles. Short's effort led the way for a Boilermaker defense that posted season highs in both sacks (5.0) and tackles for loss (10.0). Gaston came up with a blocked PAT to keep the 20-20 game tied and pave the way for the Boilermakers to defeat Ohio State in overtime. After the Buckeyes rallied to tie the game with 55 seconds left, Gaston penetrated through the Ohio State line and stuffed Drew Basil's would-be go-ahead extra point to keep the game at a stalemate. Defensively, Gaston finished the game with a sack for a loss of five yards and the blocked PAT.
National Honors For Short
In addition to the Big Ten Conference honors, Kawann Short was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week.
Linebacker Joe Holland and tight end Crosby Wright were feted with Academic All-District V honors by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America. Both are now eligible for Academic All-America honors. Holland, who is also the recipient of a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete postgraduate scholarship, is the first four-time all-district honoree in school history. He has a 3.96 cumulative grade-point average and plans to attend dental school after his football career comes to an end. Holland is second on the team with 74 tackles, including 5.5 for losses with half a sack. Wright, who has a 3.45 cumulative grade-point average in management, is a first-time honoree and is currently sixth on the team with 10 receptions for 194 yards and two scores.
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.
Hanging Onto The Ball
"The Ball Is The Program" is a slogan that the Boilermakers have taken to heart. Through the first 10 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 388 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 seven tackles against Ohio State on Nov. 12 to push his career mark to 304 and into 18th all-time in Purdue history. Holland enters the Iowa game seven tackles away from Mark Brown for 17th (311) ... Kicker Carson Wiggs has also moved up the career charts at Purdue. The senior has amassed 262 total points in his career tying him six better than Mike Alstott's for fourth-place total of 256. He'll most likely finish third all-time, but we certainly like Purdue's chances in the final two games of the regular season if he approaches Kory Sheets' No. 2 spot with 324 points. Wiggs' 49 field goals are second all-time to Travis Dorsch's 68 and his 72.1 percent success rate is the top mark for any Purdue kicker ... Defensive tackle Kawann Short has also busted his way onto the all-time lists at Purdue. With 12.5 sacks, the East Chicago, Ind., native is tied with Jerrol Williams for 15th at Purdue and his 32.0 tackles for loss are also 15th for the Boilermakers.
Including five catches for 47 yards last weekend against Ohio State, junior wide receiver Antavian Edison has a team-high 18-game reception streak dating back to the Oct. 9 Northwestern game last season. During the streak, Edison has caught 59 passes for 715 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 Iowa game ranked 18th in the nation in punting with an average of 43.5 yard per kick. The Ray Guy Award nominee has booted 12 of his 40 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 20th nationally and is second in the Big Ten in net punting (38.9) ... 24 of Purdue's 57 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.
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
Odds and ends
Purdue's kickoff return unit enters the Iowa game ranked second nationally and first in the Big Ten with a 27.4 return average ... Raheem Mostert is a huge part of the previous note as he is currently fourth nationally and first in the Big Ten with a 31.2 KOR 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 10 straight starts ... Carson Wiggs' 53-yard field goal against Minnesota on Oct. 8 is the longest in the Big Ten this year ... Kawann Short is 10th nationally and fourth in the Big Ten in tackles for loss per game (1.55).