Football Game Notes - vs. Illinois

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Ricardo Allen is one of 21 seniors that will be honored on Saturday before the game.
Ricardo Allen is one of 21 seniors that will be honored on Saturday before the game.

Nov. 18, 2013

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The Last Meeting
November 17, 2012
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Akeem Hunt turned a short pass into a 63-yard touchdown, and Purdue took another step toward a second consecutive bowl berth with a 20-17 victory at Illinois on Saturday.

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Purdue and Illinois meet for the 89th time in series history.

Purdue will celebrate Senior Day and honor 21 seniors on the roster.

Illinois is one of three opponents that the Boilermakers play for a trophy. The other two are Notre Dame (Shillelagh) and Indiana (Old Oaken Bucket).

The Boilermakers and Illini have played for the Cannon Trophy since 1943.

Purdue leads the Cannon Series 32-27-2.

The Boilermakers won last year’s meeting 20-17 in Champaign, Ill.

The Boilermakers have won seven of the last eight meetings.

Purdue is coming off a 45-21 loss at Penn State.

Illinois is coming off a 60-35 loss against Ohio State.

Each team is looking for its first Big Ten win of the season.

Purdue looks to snap an eight-game losing streak, while Illinois looks to snap a six-game skid.

Purdue won the last matchup played in Ross-Ade Stadium 21-14 over No. 23 Illinois on Oct. 22, 2011.

Illinois’ last win in Ross-Ade Stadium was on Nov. 2, 2001, when the 21st ranked Illini beat the 20th ranked Boilermakers 38-13.

Purdue is 1-5 at home this season.

Illinois is 0-3 on the road this year.

Purdue and Illinois will continue their division rivalry, as both teams will be in the West Division next season.

The game begins at noon ET on BTN with Paul Bermeister calling the action. Derek Rackley will be at his side while Eric Crouch joins from the sidelines.

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 1-9 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 17-19 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.



Tim Beckman is in his second season as the head coach at Illinois.

Beckman has a 5-17 overall record leading the FIghting Illini.

Beckman is 1-2 against Purdue, including 0-1 while at Illinois.

Illinois is ranked 56th in total offense.

The Illini are ranked 114th in total defense.

Nathan Scheelhaase leads the Illini passing attack with 232 completions in 355 attempts for 2708 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Josh Ferguson leads the rushing attack with 107 carries for 554 yards and five scores.

Steve Hull is the top receiver with 36 catches for 669 yards and four touchdowns.



Series record: Illinois leads 42-40-6 (First meeting: 1890 / Last meeting: 2012)

Purdue points: 1,612

Illinois points: 1,387

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 22-20-2

In Memorial Stadium: Purdue leads 16-15-1

Games decided by 3 points or less: Illinois leads 4-2

Games decided by 7 points or less: Purdue leads 14-11

Longest Purdue win streak: 5 (2003-09)

Longest Illinois win streak: 6 (1906-11; 1988-93)

Current streak: Purdue won the last two meetings

Largest Purdue victory: 62-0 in 1890

Largest Illinois victory: 43-7 in 1946

Last Purdue home victory: 2011

Last Purdue road victory: 2012

Last Illinois home victory: 2010

Last Illinois road victory: 2001



Purdue is 8-7 all-time in games played on Nov. 23.

The Boilermakers won their last game played on Nov. 23 with a 34-10 win over Indiana in 2002.

Saturday’s game snaps a streak of 11-straight games against Indiana on Nov. 23.

Saturday’s game is the first ever on Nov. 23 against a school not from Indiana.

Purdue is 1-0 against Wabash, 0-2 against Notre Dame and 7-5 against Indiana on Nov. 23.

The most points Purdue has scored on Nov. 23 is 42 from the 1913 win over Indiana.

The most points Purdue has given up on Nov. 23 is 35 from the 1968 win over Indiana.

The Boilermakers are 2-4 on the road in games played on Nov. 16.

Purdue is 3-4 at home on Nov. 23.



Purdue dropped its eighth game in a row with a 45-21 loss at Penn State.

All nine of Purdue’s losses are against teams that have at least six wins, though Penn State is not bowl eligible due to NCAA sanctions..

Purdue’s 21 points were the most it has scored in a Big Ten game this season.

Purdue narrowed its deficit to 21-14 late in the second quarter when Raheem Mostert returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. It was the second return touchdown of his career.

Mostert is one of 16 players in the FBS this season with a 100-yard kickoff return.

Landon Feichter picked off his first pass of the season and fifth of his career.

Danny Etling completed 21 of 33 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for an 11-yard touchdown.

A pair of freshmen led the Boilermakers in receiving as Cameron Posey had six catches for 64 yards and DeAngelo Yancey had four grabs for 83 yards.

Taylor Richards came up with a fumble recovery.

Justin Sinz caught a touchdown pass for the third time this season.



Purdue concludes the season in Bloomington, Ind., with the Battle for the Old Oaken Bucket against the Indiana Hoosiers.

Purdue leads the series 72-37-6.

The Boilermakers have won the last two meetings, four of the last five and nine of the last 11 in the series.

Purdue leads the Bucket Series 58-27-3.

The Boilermakers won last year’s meeting 56-35 in Ross-Ade Stadium.

Purdue has won the last two games in Bloomington.



Head coaches Darrell Hazell and Tim Beckman shared a year of coaching in the Mid-Amcerican Conference in 2011. Beckman led the Toledo Rockets while Hazell led Kent State.

The teams did not face each other that season, though Toledo finished the year 9-4 while Kent State was 5-7.

Hazell and Beckman also served on the same staff at Ohio State in 2005 and 2006. Hazell coached the wide receivers while Beckman coached the defensive backs.



Former Purdue football player Charles Heninger will be in attendance at Saturday’s football game against Illinois, thanks to Brookdale Senior Living and Wish of a Lifetime.

The 89-year-old Heninger played fullback for the Boilermakers in the late 1940s and will be back on campus for the first time in 25 years.

Heninger joined the Marines after graduating from high school and reached the rank of sergeant before his service ended in 1945. He then attended Purdue, majoring in physical education and business, and graduated in 1950.

Heninger subsequently became a high school football coach and continued his career in education administration for 43 years. He presently lives in Asheville, N.C.



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 four freshmen quarterbacks to start in the Big Ten this season, along with Mitch Leidner of Minnesota, Tommy Armstron Jr. of Nebraska and Christian Hackenberg of Penn State. Etling and Hackenberg are the only two true freshmen to start at quarterback in the Big Ten this season.

Etling is 96 of 189 for 1042 yards with five touchdowns and six 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 and No. 12 by

He was selected to participate in the Elite 11 Camp Finals as a senior in high school.



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.



Purdue started six freshmen on offense last week at Penn State, including two linemen, three wide receivers and the quarterback.

Sixteen different freshmen played against Penn State last week.

The Boilermakers have played 19 freshmen this season.

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.

The top nine receivers are expected back next season.

Two of Purdue’s top three and four of its top seven 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.

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. He also led the team in receptions against Penn State with six.

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.

All but 16 of Purdue’s 264 total yards against Penn State are expected back next season.

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 30 points, sophomores 37, juniors 42 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-eight of Purdue’s 44 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.

Seventeen underclassmen have started a total of 60 times this season.

Nine different freshmen have started on offense this season a total of 29 times this season, while one freshman has started on defense.

Four different sophomores have started on defense a total of 22 times this season.



Purdue will honor 21 seniors on Friday for its annual senior day.

Purdue is 53-33-3 in the final home game of the season at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Purdue will honor:

                -Offensive linemen Cody Davis, Trevor Foy, Justin Kitchens, Henry Lorenzen,

                Kevin Pamphile, Devin Smith

                -Tight ends Patrick Bade, Sterling Carter

                -Wide receiver Gary Bush

                -Fullback Kurt Freytag

                -Corner backs Ricardo Allen, Normondo Harris

                -Safety Rob Henry

                -Defensive linemen Bruce Gaston, Ryan Isaac, Greg Latta, Eric McDaniel

                -Linebackers Tylor Foster, Ruben Ibarra, Will Lucas

                -Punter Cody Webster

Purdue won last year’s Senior Day 56-35 over Indiana.                        



True freshman DeAngelo Yancey has been one of the young, bright spots for the Boilermakers this season.

Last week, Yancey led Purdue with 83 receiving yards on four catches, including a 45-yard reception on third and one.

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.

Yancey has the eighth-most receiving yards among freshman in the FBS this season.



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 12, first year coaches went 12-13, including 10-6 at home. There were four games between two new 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.

In 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.

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 (10-0).

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 nine teams that Purdue has lost to have won at least six games, though Penn State is not eligible for a bowl due to NCAA sanctions.

Just two of the 11 FBS teams on Purdue’s schedule are below .500 this season, as Indiana is 4-6 and Illinois is 3-7.

Nine of the 11 FBS teams on Purdue’s schedule have a winning record.

Two teams on Purdue’s schedule are undefeated at 10-0 with Northern Illinois and Ohio State.

Purdue’s FBS opponents have a combined 78-32 (.709) 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 Illinois.

Four teams on Purdue’s schedule are currently ranked in the top 20, while three others are receiving votes.

Four of the five road games in the 2013 season are against ranked or teams that have received votes.

Purdue’s first seven games against FBS opponents, and eight of the first nine, including Illinois, 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, including Illinois.

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 55-19 (.743 avg).



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 two weeks ago.

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 220 punts for 9,514 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 sixth 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 eighth in the nation in punting average with a season average of 44.6 yards. That is the best in the Big Ten.

Last week at Penn State, Webster punted three times for 135 yards (45.0 avg).

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.

Against Iowa, Webster punted six times for 259 yards (43.2 avg), including two inside the 20.



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.

Saturday’s event is scheduled to begin at 9:49 a.m.



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.



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 0-8 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.

Last week at Penn State, Purdue turned the ball over three times, compared to just two takeaways. The Boilermakers lost 45-21.

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.

Against Iowa, Purdue and Iowa exchanged one fumble apiece en route to a 38-14 loss.



Akeem Hunt and Raheem Mostert are one of the most dangerous kick return duos in the country.

Purdue has had six 100-yard kickoff returns for a touchdown and Hunt and Mostert each have one.

Each player has two kickoff returns for a touchdown in his career.

Hunt had 867 return yards last season, including a 100-yard return touchdown at Ohio State.

Mostert returned a kickoff last week at Penn State 100 yards to cut the score to 21-14.

Mostert is third among active FBS returners with a 29.8-yard 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.

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.

Mostert is one of 16 players in the FBS with a 100-yard kickoff return this season.



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.



For all information regarding the activities on campus during game week, fans have a one-stop spot for it all.

The “Boilermaker Depot” lists all the happenings on and around campus for the excitement leading up to each big game.

It can be accessed by going to


Senior Appreciation Banquet

The 93rd-annual Purdue Football-Kiwanis Senior Appreciation Banquet is set for Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms.

Tickets are $30 each.

The festivities will begin at 12:45 p.m. and will feature player awards, season highlights and coaches comments.

If you buy six or seven tickets at a table, the remaining one or two seats will be filled with a member of the football team.

A ticket order form can be downloaded from For more information, call Jerry Schmaltz at 765-464-1305.



Akeem Hunt has done the majority of the heavy lifting as he has accounted for 33 of the team’s 146 first downs this season.

Hunt has 19 rushing and 14 receiving first downs.

Hunt has nearly twice as many first downs as anyone else on the team.

DeAngelo Yancey is second with 17 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 13 first downs, 12 by reception and one by rush.



Justin Sinz has been a reliable target regardless of who is the quarterback.

Sinz leads the team with three touchdown receptions this season.

Sinz is second on the team with 28 receptions.

The junior tight end is fourth on the team with 208 receiving yards.

Sinz has at least one catch in every game this season.



Junior defensive end Ryan Russell has 34 career starts, including 26 straight.

Senior defensive tackle Bruce Gaston has 23-straight starts and 42 total for his career, the second most on the team.

Junior safety Taylor Richards has started 23-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 23, as he did not start at Penn State.

Senior cornerback Ricardo Allen started 11 games last season and has 46 total for his career, including all 10 games this season, to lead the team.

Greg Latta has started all 10 games this season.

Justin Kitchens, Kevin Pamphile and Robert Kugler have started all 10 games on the offensive line.



Ryan Isaac, Austin Logan, Landon Feichter 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.

Feichter has five picks 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.



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.



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.



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, including Purdue’s Darrell Hazell and Illinois’ Tim Beckman.

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

2007        42,880

2008        40,824

2009        34,523

2010        31,701

2011        28,911

2012        27,672

2013        30,808