Boilermakers Face Off Against Rival Hoosiers

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November 16, 1998

Purdue Boilermakers (7-4, 5-2 Big Ten) vs. Indiana Hoosiers (4-6, 2-5 Big Ten)
Ross-Ade Stadium (67,332) - West Lafayette, Indiana - November 21, 1998 - 1 p.m. EST

PROJECTED ATTENDANCE: 67,332 (sellout) approximately 3,000 tickets remained as of Monday, Nov. 16

RADIO: WAZY (96.5 FM) / Purdue Sports Radio Network Joe McConnell (play-by-play), Pete Quinn (color commentary), Tim Newton (pregame/halftime/postgame)

TELEVISION: none

A LOOK AT THE BOILERMAKERS: The Purdue football team, under second-year head coach Joe Tiller, plays host to intrastate rival Indiana on Saturday, Nov. 21. The Boilermakers are coming off a thrilling, come-from-behind 25-24 win at Michigan State on Nov. 14. It was their fourth consecutive win. Last season the Boilermakers enjoyed a storybook campaign by finishing 9-3 overall and 6-2 in the Big Ten for a second-place tie (with Ohio State and Penn State). Purdue defeated Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl 33-20 and was No. 15 in the final Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today national polls.

HEAD COACH JOE TILLER: Joe Tiller is in his second season as Purdue's head coach with a 16-7 record (.696 winning percentage) and his eighth season as a collegiate head coach with a 55-37-1 record (.597). He is 29-9 in his last 38 games. Tiller,s 16 victories at Purdue are the most by a Purdue coach in his first two seasons. Tiller won his 50th career game against Central Florida on Sept. 19, 1998. Tiller was named Purdue,s 33rd head coach Nov. 22, 1996. He was the head coach at Wyoming from 1991-96 and compiled a 39-30-1 record. In 1997 Tiller was named National Coach-of-the-Year by both Football News and Kickoff magazines, the GTE Region 3 Coach-of-the-Year (Big Ten, Mid-American Conference and Conference USA) by the American Football Coaches Association and the Big Ten Dave McClain Coach-of-the-Year. He also was one of six finalists for the Paul "Bear" Bryant National Coach-of-the-Year and a finalist for National Coach-of-the-Year by The Sporting News. Tiller was assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the Boilermakers from 1983-86.

HISTORY 101 ALL-TIME SERIES RECORD: Purdue and Indiana have met 100 times previously with the Boilermakers holding a 60-34-6 advantage. The teams last met Nov. 22, 1997, with Purdue winning 56-7 in Bloomington. The Boilermakers' last win at home was a 13-10 verdict Nov. 21, 1992. Purdue holds a 30-20-4 advantage in games played in West Lafayette.

OLD OAKEN BUCKET: Since 1925 Purdue and Indiana have played for the Old Oaken Bucket, and the Boilermakers lead that portion of the all-time series 46-24-3. The bucket, which is more than 100 years old, was found in a bad state of repair and covered with moss and mold on the old Bruner farm between Kent and Hanover in Southern Indiana after the Chicago alumni groups of both Purdue and Indiana enthusiastically decided that a trophy for the winning team would be appropriate. The inaugural game ended in a 0-0 deadlock Nov. 21, 1925 (73 years ago to the day of this season's fracas), in Bloomington. More information on the Old Oaken Bucket can be found on page 14 of the 1998 Purdue Football Yearbook.

SUCCESS BREEDS SUCCESS: The 1997 and 1998 Boilermakers are the first Purdue teams to post back-to-back winning seasons and qualify for bowl games since the 1979 (10-2, Bluebonnet) and 1980 (9-3, Liberty) squads under head coach Jim Young.

QUICK STARTS ... : Purdue has scored on its first possession in seven of 11 games (at USC, vs. Rice, at Notre Dame, vs. Minnesota, vs. Illinois, vs. Iowa and at Northwestern). On the 11 opening drives, quarterback Drew Brees has completed 37 of 50 passes (74.0 percent) for 470 yards with five touchdowns passing, one touchdown rushing and one interception.

... AND QUICK STRIKES: The Boilermakers' 55 scoring drives this season (43 touchdowns and 12 field goals) have amassed 161 minutes and 20 seconds. That,s an average of 2:56 per scoring drive. Purdue's shortest scoring drive has been seven seconds vs. Iowa, while its longest has been 6:52 vs. Iowa.

1998 CAPTAINS: Purdue's captains this season are senior defensive end Rosevelt Colvin and senior wide receiver Isaac Jones. In addition, one or more additional captains are selected for each game - USC (John Reeves), Rice (Jim Niedrach), Central Florida (Willie Fells and Lee Johnson), Notre Dame (Henry Bell and Chukky Okobi), Minnesota (David Cohen), Wisconsin (Drew Brees), Penn State (Randall Lane), Illinois (Brees and Reeves), Iowa (Matt Light and David Nugent), Northwestern (Bell and Billy Gustin) and Michigan State (Todd Stelma).

GAME 11 RECAP (PURDUE 25, MICHIGAN STATE 24): It was deja vu all over again. For the second straight season Purdue rallied from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to stun Michigan State - this time 25-24 before 69,010 fans at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing. The Boilermakers trailed 24-13 with less than seven minutes to go when senior Todd Stelma blocked a punt to set up a touchdown that made it 24-19 with 5:07 left. After a defensive stop the Boilermakers got the ball back and pulled out the victory on a 6-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Drew Brees to senior wide receiver Isaac Jones with 1:21 remaining. Brees completed 26 of 47 passes for 196 yards with two touchdowns. Redshirt freshman tight end Tim Stratton caught a season-high seven passes for 70 yards, while Jones had five receptions for 41 yards. Redshirt freshman running back Dondre Johnson totaled 64 yards rushing on 11 carries, and senior running back Eric Haddad had a career-high 59 yards rushing on 11 carries. Senior cornerback Henry Bell and redshirt freshman linebacker Jason Loerzel both finished with nine tackles, while senior defensive ends Rosevelt Colvin and Chike Okeafor both recorded two quarterback sacks. Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Matt Mitrione returned an interception (the first of his career) 17 yards for a touchdown that gave the Boilermakers a 10-7 lead in the second quarter.

A STRONG BREES: Sophomore quarterback Drew Brees has completed 316 of 483 passes (65.4 percent) for 3,516 yards with a Big Ten-record 32 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He holds the school completions and attempts records. If the season ended today, Brees would fall just shy of the school season record for completion percentage (the current standard is .658, 242 of 368, by Mark Herrmann in 1980). Brees ranks second on the school season passing yards list (behind 3,651 by Jim Everett in 1985) and fourth on the Big Ten list (behind 3,738 by Chuck Hartlieb of Iowa in 1988, 3,671 by Tony Eason of Illinois in 1982 and 3,651 by Everett). On other Big Ten lists he ranks second in completions (behind 322 by Jack Trudeau of Illinois in 1985) and third in attempts (behind 505 by Eason in 1982 and 501 by Trudeau in 1985).

HURRICANE DREW: Drew Brees set school records for yards passing (522), total offense (524) and touchdown passes (6) in just three quarters vs. Minnesota. The previous marks were 516 yards passing by Scott Campbell (vs. Ohio State on Oct. 31, 1981); 482 yards total offense by Jim Everett (at Ohio State on Oct. 19, 1985); and five touchdowns by Mike Phipps (vs. Stanford on Oct. 4, 1969), Mark Herrmann (vs. Iowa on Oct. 22, 1977) and Billy Dicken (at Minnesota on Oct. 11, 1997). Brees, passing yardage total was the third-highest in Big Ten history (behind 621 by Dave Wilson of Illinois at Ohio State on Nov. 8, 1980, and 558 by Chuck Hartlieb of Iowa at Indiana on Oct. 29, 1988), as was his total offense yardage (behind 585 by Wilson in the above game and 536 by Tim Schade of Minnesota at Penn State on Sept. 4, 1993). The Big Ten record for touchdown passes is seven by Hartlieb at Northwestern on Nov. 7, 1987. Three other players have thrown for six in conference games. Brees, passing efficiency rating of 262.91 was fifth in Big Ten games, while his completion percentage of .861 (31 of 36) was just short of the school record of .864 (19 of 22) by Bob Griese vs. Notre Dame on Sept. 25, 1965. Brees tied his school record with six touchdown passes at Northwestern on Nov. 7, 1998.

NO SIGNS OF LETTING UP: Drew Brees set the NCAA Division I passing attempts record with 83 at Wisconsin. The previous mark was 79 by Matt Vogler of Texas Christian vs. Houston on Nov. 3, 1996. Brees tied the Division I record with 55 completions (also held by Rusty LaRue of Wake Forest vs. Duke on Oct. 28, 1995). Brees, 494 yards passing at Wisconsin were the fourth-most in school history and sixth-most in Big Ten history.

MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK: A total of 15 different players (including quarterback Drew Brees twice on batted attempts) have caught passes this season. The breakdown by game - at USC (10), vs. Rice (8), vs. Central Florida (five), at Notre Dame (seven), vs. Minnesota (10), at Wisconsin (10), at Penn State (eight), vs. Illinois (10), vs. Iowa (eight), at Northwestern (eight) and at Michigan State (eight).

THE OFFENSE LIKES IKE: Senior wide receiver Isaac Jones ranks sixth on Purdue's career receptions list with 139. Next up is Bart Burrell (1977-80) with 140 receptions apiece. Jones ranks ninth with 1,607 receiving yards. Next up is Jim Beirne (1965-67) with 1,795 yards.

FAST LANE AND DANDY DANIELS: Junior wide receiver Randall Lane set a Big Ten record with 18 receptions (for 178 yards) at Wisconsin. The previous mark was 17 (for 208 yards) by Jon Harvey of Northwestern vs. Michigan on Oct. 23, 1982. The Purdue record was 15 (for 190 yards) by Rodney Carter at Ohio State on Oct. 19, 1985. Also at Wisconsin junior wide receiver Chris Daniels caught 14 passes for 131 yards. It was the third-most in school history and tied for seventh in Big Ten history.

STRATTON AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Redshirt freshman tight end Tim Stratton is tied for second in the nation among players at his position with 33 receptions, tied for third with five touchdowns and fourth with 342 receiving yards. Louisville junior Ibn Green leads all three categories with 54 catches for 878 yards and 12 touchdowns.

CRACKLIN, ROSEY: Neil Diamond sang the song, and senior defensive end Rosevelt Colvin is making Purdue fans smile. He tops the team with 15 tackles for loss, 12 quarterback sacks and two blocked field goals. His two blocks ties the school season record (also held by Kevin Holley in 1986, Steve Jackson in 1989, Kevin Strickland in 1989 and Jarrett Scales in 1990). Colvin has three career blocked field goals to share the school standard with Scales (1987-90). Colvin has 55 career tackles for loss to rank third on the school list.

THE BALL STOPS HERE: Junior linebacker Willie Fells was the Boilermakers' leading tackler last season with 131 stops (third in the Big Ten). He tops the team again this season with 94 tackles. Fells has finished with double-figure stops in five games (13 at USC, 15 vs. Rice, 10 at Notre Dame, 11 at Wisconsin and 13 vs. Iowa) and has 12 double-figure efforts during his career (nine in his last 16 games, dating to 1997). He was named the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player-of-the-Week for the week ending Nov. 1, 1998.

FROM "POOCH" TO "POP": In 1997 Danny Rogers was Purdue's "pooch punter" who specialized in directional punting deep inside opponents' territory (six of his 23 punts were downed inside the 20-yard line). This season the junior is handling all the punting chores, and he has a 40.7-yard average. He had a career-long 63-yarder at USC on Aug. 30, 1998, and equalled it vs. Central Florida on Sept. 19, 1998. Rogers ranks fourth on Purdue's career punting average list at 39.0 (118 punts for 4,600 yards). Of his 118 career punts, 36 have come to rest inside the 20-yard line (31 percent).

THREE FOR TRAVIS: Freshman kicker Travis Dorsch converted three field goals at Notre Dame (from 37, 40 and a career-high 47 yards). It marked the first time a Purdue kicker made good on three field goals since Brad Bobich vs. Penn State on Oct. 14, 1995 (from 37, 21 and 22 yards). Dorsch's 47-yard effort was the longest by a Purdue kicker since Larry Sullivan tied the school record with a 51-yarder at Minnesota on Oct. 7, 1989, and it is sixth-longest in school history (behind two from 51, one from 50 and two from 49). Dorsch also made three field goals at Wisconsin (from 45, 44 and 45 yards). The last Purdue kicker to hit three or more field goals from 40-plus yards in a game was Jonathan Briggs (from 47, 49, 44 and 47 yards) at Illinois on Oct. 11, 1986. Dorsch has been named one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award.

SPECIAL STELMA: Senior Todd Stelma has been named one of 14 finalists for the 1998 Mosi Tatupu Special Teams Award. The winner will be presented at the Hula Bowl Maui All-Star Football Classic in Honolulu on Jan. 24, 1999. Stelma has recorded two blocked punts in the Boilermakers, last two games.

SENIOR SALUTE: A total of 17 Purdue football players will take part in their final home game against Indiana Henry Bell, Willie Burroughs, Rosevelt Colvin, Gabe Cox, Tarah Graham, Billy Gustin, Eric Haddad, Lee Johnson, Isaac Jones, Chukie Nwokorie, Chike Okeafor, John Reeves, Shane Ryan, Todd Stelma, Pete VanderWheele, Doug Withers and Chris Zurba.

This Date In Purdue Football History

November 21
Purdue and Indiana have met on this date 12 times, and the Boilermakers hold a 6-4-2 advanatge.

Nov. 21, 1925
Purdue and Indiana finish in a 0-0 tie in the inagural battle for the Old Oaken Bucket before 25,000 fans in Bloomington.

Nov. 21, 1936
Purdue and Indiana tied 20-20 in front of a crowd of 35,000 at Ross-Ade Stadium. It was the most spectators to attend a Purdue-Indiana game to date. Junior quarterback Cody Isbell passed for three touchdowns.

Nov. 21, 1964
The Boilermakers topped Indiana 28-24 at Ross-Ade Stadium. The crowd of 61,735 was the largest for a football game in the state of Indiana, topping the previous mark of 61,296 for the Purdue-Notre Dame game in South Bend on Oct. 6, 1962. Junior halfback Randy Teter rushed for two touchdowns.

Nov. 21, 1970
Purdue gained 409 yards rushing en route to a 40-0 blanking of Indiana before 69,357 fans at Ross-Ade Stadium. Sophomore halfback Otis Armstrong led the way with 23 carries for 168 yards with a touchdown. Senior halfback Stan Brown had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown (tying the school record).