Nov. 19, 2012
Purdue Game Notes
Television This Week
Play-By-Play - Josh Lewin
Analyst - Chris Martin
Sideline - J Leman
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 113
XM - Channel 192
Some Game Themes
The Boilermakers look to win three consecutive games in the same season since 2007 and become bowl eligible in back-to-back years for the first time since 2006-07 ... Purdue will attempt to retain the Old Oaken Bucket for a second consecutive year and for the fourth time in the last five meetings ... The last time Purdue closed out the Big Ten Conference slate with three straight victories was 2006 (at Michigan State, at Illinois, vs. Indiana) ... The six teams that Purdue has lost to this season are a combined 50-16, including the only two undefeated teams in the FBS (No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 4 Ohio State).
Purdue vs. Indiana Series Information
Series record: Purdue leads 71-37-6 (First meeting: 1891 / Last meeting: 2011)
Purdue points: 2,502
Indiana points: 1,557
Series record in West Lafayette: Purdue leads 36-21-4
In Ross-Ade Stadium: Purdue leads 27-13-2
Series record in Bloomington: Purdue leads 33-16-2
In Memorial Stadium: Purdue leads 17-9
Games decided by 3 points or less: Indiana leads 11-10
Games decided by 7 points or less: Purdue leads 23-20
Longest Purdue win streak: 10 (1948-57)
Longest Indiana win streak: 4 (1944-47)
Current streak: Purdue won the last meeting
Largest Purdue victory: 68-0 in 1892
Largest Indiana victory: 52-7 in 1988
Last Purdue home victory: 2008
Last Purdue road victory: 2011
Last Indiana home victory: 2007
Last Indiana road victory: 2010
This Date in Boilermaker History
Purdue is 10-8 all-time on Nov. 24. On this date in 1995, fullback Mike Alstott carried 25 times for a career-high 264 yards and three touchdowns in his final game to help Purdue drop rival Indiana with a convincing 51-14 victory. Alstott broke Otis Armstrong's single season rushing record of 1,361 yards in the contest, finishing the season with 1,436 yards gained. Purdue rushed for a season-high 397 yards (10th-most in school history) and racked up 558 yards of total offense. The Boiler defense limited IU to merely 59 yards rushing merely a season removed from surrendering 245 yards on the ground to the Hoosiers in 1994. The Boilermaker victory handed possession of the Old Oaken Bucket back to Purdue for the first time since 1992, snapping a two-game IU winning streak and marking the last time the Hoosiers have held possession of the prized trophy for more than a single season.
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 56-49 career record, including his first postseason victory in last season's Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit.
Last Week's Quick Hits - at Illinois
Purdue won the Cannon Trophy for a second consecutive year and for the seventh time in the last eight meetings with Illinois ... The Boilermakers won back-to-back Big Ten road games for the first time since 2009 ... The Boilermakers improved to 14-1 under Danny Hope when rushing for 200 or more yards in a game ... Purdue finished with 207 yards on the ground on 37 carries, an average of 5.6 yard per rush ... Purdue went 3 of 4 in red zone chances, scoring two field goals and a touchdown. It's only unsuccessful trip inside Illinois' red zone came at the end of the game while running out the clock ... Purdue's two longest offensive plays of the game went the same distance, a 63-yard pass-and-run touchdown from Robert Marve to Akeem Hunt and a 63-yard run by Ralph Bolden ... Running backs Akeem Shavers (21-99, TD) and Bolden (7-93) teamed up to rush for 192 yards on 28 carries (6.9 YPC) ... Quarterback Robert Marve completed 18 of 26 passing attempts for 173 yards and one score ... Marve has thrown 126 passes since his last interception (Oct. 6 vs. Michigan) ... Marve connected with nine different receivers in the game ... O.J. Ross led the way, hauling in seven passes for 41 yards ... Crosby Wright and Bolden each had three receptions for 42 and 13 yards, respectively ... Hunt's only catch was the 63-yard screen catch-and run for a touchdown. It was the fourth play of 50 or more yards that Hunt has scored on this season ... One notable absence for the receiving ledge was the name of Antavian Edison, who saw his consecutive games with a catch streak end at 31 straight ... Redshirt freshman kicker Sam McCartney accounted for eight of Purdue's 20 points in the games, booting field goals from 31 and 29 yards out and adding a pair of extra points in the second half ... Cody Webster averaged 42.6 yards per punt on eight kicks. He placed five of his eight punts inside the Illini's 20-yard line and had a long of 60 that was downed at Illinois' 5 ... Safety Landon Feichter led Purdue with 10 tackles ... Linebacker Robert Maci added eight stops, including a tackle for loss, and recovered a fumble ... Cornerback Josh Johnson chipped in six stops, five solo, recorded his second career sack, broke up a pair of passes and forced a pair of fumbles to tie the Purdue single game record ... Tackle Kawann Short recorded his team-leading sixth sack of the season.
Thank You Seniors
Saturday's contest against Indiana will mark the final home game at Ross-Ade Stadium for 20 players and five student managers. Purdue athletics, the football program and all of Boilermaker Nation offer thanks for their hard work on and off the field to running back Ralph Bolden, safety Max Charlot, offensive guard Peters Drey, wide receiver Atavian Edison, linebacker Nnamdi Ezenwa, linebacker Zack Heiniger, linebacker Antwon Higgs, fullback Derek Jackson, cornerback Josh Johnson, linebacker Robert Maci, quarterback Robert Marve, defensive end Eric Mebane, safety Chris Quinn, running back Gavin Roberts, quarterback Caleb TerBush, wide receiver Tommie Thomas, center Rick Schmeig, running back Akeem Shavers, defensive tackle Kawann Short and tight end Crosby Wright. The senior student managers are Brad Andrews, Tim Clifford, Vince Quinones, Erin Simon and Will Thornburg.
It's All About the Old Oaken Bucket
Purdue and Indiana will meet up on Saturday for the 115th time in one of the nation's most-storied football rivalries. The series began in 1891 and has continued every year except for 1895, 1896, 1903, 1906, 1907, 1918 and 1919. This year's matchup will be the 88th for the coveted Old Oaken Bucket.
Old Oaken Bucket Facts
The first game in 1925 ended in a 0-0 tie, resulting in the "I-P" link attached to the bucket. Since then, there have been 57 "P" links, 27 "I" links and two additional "I-P" links attached to the chain. The Boilermakers have won 13 of the last 17 meetings between the two schools.
While the presentation of the trophy dates 87 years, the bucket itself is more than 100 years old.
The bucket 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 in 1925 that a traditional trophy for the winner of the gridiron clash would be appropriate.
Russell Gray of Purdue and Dr. Clarence Jones of Indiana were given the task of finding a suitable trophy. They recommended that "an old oaken bucket would be a most typical trophy from this state and should be taken from a well somewhere in Indiana."
Purdue's Fritz Ernst and Whiley J. Huddle of Indiana found the fabled bucket and it is said that Confederate General Morgan's command used it during an incursion into Indiana during the Civil War. It has had an equally storied history since 1925, several times having been kidnapped by partisans from both schools - a couple of times missing so long that it was given up as lost, only to turn up mysteriously just before or after the annual game.
The time-worn bucket was presented as a prize by the late George Ade, distinguished humorist from Purdue, and the late Harry Kurrie, then president of the Monon Railroad, representing Indiana.
Purdue's longest string of success came between 1948-1961, when it went 13-0-1.
Indiana's longest string of success in the series came between 1940-47, when it went 6-1.
The largest crowd in Ross-Ade Stadium, 71, 629, crammed in on Nov. 22, 1980, to watch the Boilermakers stave off IU, 24-23.
Three Rose Bowl appearances, two by Purdue and one by Indiana, have been decided by Bucket victories. In 1966 Purdue secured its first trip to Pasadena with a 51-6 victory in West Lafayette. A year later, the Hoosiers were West Coast-bound after knocking off No. 3 Purdue 19-14 in Bloomington. The Boilers put the capper on a Rose Bowl berth in 2000 with a 41-13 win in Ross-Ade Stadium.
Purdue will rest its postseason bowl aspirations on an Old Oaken Bucket victory for a second consecutive year. Purdue won the 2011 meeting 33-25 in Bloomington en route to an appearance, and victory, at the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit.
In Purdue's last two games, quarterback Robert Marve (3 ACLs and playing with it torn), running back Ralph Bolden (3 ACLs), running back Brandon Cottom (1 ACL) and do-it-all Rob Henry (1 ACL) have helped account for 747 of Purdue's 888 yards of total offense against Iowa and Illinois.
Knocking Them Down
With a team-high 14 PBUs this season, including two at Illinois last weekend, senior cornerback Josh Johnson has bumped his career total to 29 which is good enough for a tie with Rod Woodson for eighth 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 14 PBUs this year is tied for 11th in a single season at Purdue (also Carl Capria 1971 and Jimmy Young 1992).
Career Pass Breakups at Purdue
2. Jimmy Young (1990-93) - 33
David Pender (2006-09) - 33
4. Bill Kay (1977-80) - 32
5. Don Anderson (1981-84) - 30
Cris Dishman (1984-87) - 30
Antwaun Rogers (2001-04) - 30
8. Rod Woodson (1983-86) - 29
Josh Johnson (2009-Present) - 29
In the Hunt
Shifty sophomore running back Akeem Hunt has scored on a 56-yard rush against Eastern Michigan, an 81-yard run against Wisconsin, a 100-yard kickoff return at Ohio State and a 63-yard reception at Illinois. The four scoring plays have stretched for 300 yards and accounted for 23 percent of his team-leading 1,314 all-purpose yards this season.
Not Too Shabby for a Former Walkon
Landon Feichter's four interceptions are tied for the Big Ten lead 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). Feichter was awarded a scholarship, beginning next semester, last week.
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 (47.5) and tied for 15th in career sacks (18.5) ... 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 ... Josh Johnson is tied for 14th nationally with seven career fumbles forced.
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
Kawann Short's tally of 6.0 sacks for the year in 11 games is just a half away from his single season high (6.5 in 2011). Short enters the game against Indiana tied for fifth 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 eight. 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. Kawann Short (2009-Present) - 18.5-83
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 36 touchdown drives in the books, Purdue has posted 20 scoring drives of 70 or more yards and is averaging 66.6 yards on TD drives in 2012.
Including 211 yards on the ground at Iowa on Nov. 10, Purdue is 14-1 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, W 37-32 -- 56-265, 1 TD
Sept. 15, 2012 vs. Eastern Michigan, W 54-16 -- 42-392, 6 TDs
Nov. 10, 2012 at Iowa, W 27-24 -- 44-211, 1 TD
Nov. 17, 2012 at Illinois, W 20-17 -- 37-207, 1 TD
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 48 games in his Purdue career, and Johnson 34.
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.