Nov. 21, 2011
Television This Week
Play-By-Play - Matt Devlin
Analyst - Glen Mason
Sideline - Jon Jansen
Radio This Week
Purdue Sports Properties
Play-By-Play - Tim Newton
Analyst - Pete Quinn
Sideline - Kelly Kitchel
Producer - Rob Blackman
Engineer - Alan Benjamin
Sirius (IU Broadcast) - Channel 112
XM (IU Broadcast) - Channel 191
Some Game Themes
Purdue puts the wraps on the 2011 regular season with a sixth win and bowl eligibility on the line against rival Indiana ... It's the 87th all-time meeting for the Old Oaken Bucket ... 22 seniors will be playing in their final regular season game for the Boilermakers ... Purdue looks for back-to-back victories in Bloomington ... Purdue attempts to get its rushing game going against a Hoosier defense that is allowing nearly 240 yards per game this season ... Antavian Edison tries to extend his streak to 20 consecutive games with a catch ... Joe Holland will be playing in his 48th career game for Purdue.
Purdue vs. Indiana Series Information
Series record: Purdue leads 70-37-6 (First meeting: 1891 / Last Meeting: 2010)
Purdue points: 2,469
Indiana points: 1,532
Series record in West Lafayette: Purdue leads 36-21-4
In Ross-Ade Stadium: 27-13-2
Series record in Bloomington: Purdue leads 33-16-2
In Memorial Stadium: Purdue leads 16-9
Games decided by 3 points or less: Indiana leads 11-10
Games decided by 7 points or less: Indiana leads 23-20
Longest Purdue win streak: 10 (1948-57)
Longest Indiana win streak: 4 (1944-47)
Current streak: Indiana 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: 2009
Last Indiana home victory: 2007
Last Indiana road victory: 2010
This Date In Boilermaker Football History
Purdue has never played on Nov. 25 in school history.
Last Week's Quick Hits -- vs. Iowa
Purdue converted over half of its third downs (9 for 17) and recorded its longest fourth-down conversion of the season (18 yards) ... Brandon Taylor's fumble recovery for a touchdown in the second quarter was the first for the Boilermakers since 2006 (Alex Magee vs. Illinois) ... Ralph Bolden averaged 5.1 yards per carry, rushing 14 times for 71 yards with a touchdown. The score was Bolden's fifth of the season ... Caleb TerBush finished the contest 10 of 16 for 86 yards and a touchdown. TerBush has thrown at least one touchdown in nine of 11 games this season ... Antavian Edison extended his streak to 19 consecutive games with a reception after finishing with a career-high nine grabs for 97 yards ... Gabe Holmes hauled in his first collegiate touchdown on a 14-yard catch in the first quarter ... Robert Marve's fumble for a touchback on the goal line in the fourth quarter was the first fumble lost by a Purdue rusher this season (423 carries) ... Taylor's touchdown on the fumble recovery was his first score on any level of football ... Dwayne Beckford finished with 11 tackles, shared a sack with Will Lucas and forced the fumble in the Hawkeye end zone. It was Beckford's third straight game with double-digit tackles and his fifth in the last six games ... Beckford's effort pushed his tackle total of the season to a team-best 91 for the year, a new career high (84 last season) ... Ricardo Allen tied Beckford with a game-high 11 total stops, including nine solo ... Josh Johnson finished with 10 tackles ... Joe Holland and Bruce Gaston each recorded sacks, for Holland it was his first solo sack of the season and the second for Gaston ... Iowa's five sacks were the most by a Purdue opponent this season.
Thank You Seniors
Saturday's contest against Indiana will mark the final regular season game 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. Indiana -- The Last Time Out
Mitch Ewald hit a 26-yard field goal with nine seconds left in regulation and made a 31-yarder in overtime, as Indiana rallied to defeat Purdue 34-31 last season in Ross-Ade Stadium. Trailing 31-28, the Hoosiers went 71 yards on 14 plays to set Ewald up for the game-tying kick. In overtime, IU intercepted Rob Henry at the 7-yard line before positioning itself for Ewald's game-winner. For the game, Indiana out-gained Purdue 403 to 310 in total offense and posted 26 first downs to Purdue's 13. Individually, IU's Ben Chappell finished the contest 31 of 50 for 330 yards and three scores. Purdue's Henry was 16 of 30 for 252 yards and three scores.
Purdue-Indiana/Old Oaken Bucket Facts
2011 will mark the 114th all-time meeting between Purdue and Indiana.
First game played for the Old Oaken Bucket was in 1925. That game ended in a 0-0 tie.
Purdue leads the overall series 70-37-6 and is 56-27-3 in Old Oaken Bucket games.
Since 1891, Purdue and Indiana have played every year except 1895, 1896, 1903, 1906, 1907, 1918 and 1919. The first-ever meeting between Purdue and IU was on Nov. 14, 1891 in West Lafayette. Purdue won 60-0.
The Old Oaken Bucket has changed hands 31 times in the 86 years since the two schools have played for the trophy.
Purdue has a better winning percentage against the Hoosiers in Bloomington (.667, 33-16-2) than it does in West Lafayette (.623, 36-21-4).
Purdue's largest victory since the Old Oaken Bucket debuted in 1925 was a 62-10 win in Joe Tiller's final game as Purdue head coach on Nov. 22, 2008.
Purdue's largest margin of victory ever against Indiana was a 68-0 win in 1892.
In 1943 it took a valiant goal-line stop by the Boilermaker defense in the fourth quarter to put away an Indiana team 7-0 to preserve the last undefeated season in either school's history (9-0). The 1943 Hoosiers went 4-4-2 that season. That 1943 game snapped a three-game winning streak by IU and was Purdue's lone victory in the series from 1940-47.
Purdue's longest string of success was between 1948-1961, when it went 13-0-1.
Indiana's longest string of success in the series was 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.
The largest crowd in Memorial Stadium history, 56,223, was on hand to see No. 17-ranked Purdue hold off Indiana 44-21 on Nov. 22, 1969.
Junior linebacker Dwayne Beckford's monster season has pushed the third-year starter past his previous season high totals in tackles, tackles for loss and sacks. The Irvington, N.J., native has 91 total stops for the year, which is seven better than his previous career high of 84 as a sophomore and one better than Logan Link's team season-high total from 2010. His 7.0 TFLs in 2011 are one-half more than the career 6.5 combined from 2009 and 2010 and his three sacks this season blow away his career total of 0.5 from the previous two years. Beckford has posted double-digit tackles in three straight games and in five of the last six for Purdue.
Hanging Onto The Ball
"The Ball Is The Program" is a slogan that the Boilermakers have taken to heart. Through the first 11 games of the season, Purdue has lost merely five fumbles (of which only three 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 merely a single fumble has been lost on 424 carries. Two of the five giveaways have come after receptions, one on a muffed kickoff return and the other on a punt return.
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.
Moving On Up
Linebacker Joe Holland finished with two tackles against Iowa on Nov. 19 to push his career mark to 306 and into 18th all-time in Purdue history. Holland enters the Indiana game five tackles away from Mark Brown for 17th (311) ... Kicker Carson Wiggs has also moved up the career charts at Purdue. The senior has amassed 265 total points in his career making him nine better than Mike Alstott's fourth-place total of 256. He'll most likely finish third all-time, as Kory Sheets' No. 2 spot with 324 points seems pretty secure. 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 33.0 tackles for loss are also 15th for the Boilermakers.
Including a career-high nine catches for 97 yards last weekend against Iowa, junior wide receiver Antavian Edison has a team-high 19-game reception streak dating back to the Oct. 9 Northwestern game last season. During the streak, Edison has caught 68 passes for 812 yards and six touchdowns. He is averaging 11.9 yards per catch during the streak.
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
Linebacker Joe Holland, defensive end Gerald Gooden, defensive tackle Kawann Short and offensive tackle Dennis Kelly have all started 34 or more games during their Purdue careers. Holland leads the way, having started 46 of a possible 47 career games. Gooden (36) has more starts than either Short or Kelly (35), but the tackles on both side of the ball have strung them together consecutively.
Odds and Ends
Purdue's kickoff return unit enters the Indiana game ranked fourth nationally and first in the Big Ten with a 26.3 yards per return average ... Raheem Mostert is a huge part of the previous note as he is currently eighth nationally and second in the Big Ten with a 29.2 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 11 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 tied for 11th nationally and third in the Big Ten in tackles for loss per game (1.5).
Purdue's 2011 Big Ten Players of The Week
Oct. 24 - DPOW Kawann Short - six tackles, five solo, with 2.0 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss.
Nov. 11 - FPOW Raheem Mostert - School record 206 yards on five kickoff returns at Wisconsin.
Nov. 14 - DPOW Kawann Short - Career-high three sacks for nine yards lost and six total stops, including four solo tackles, in 26-23 overtime win vs. Ohio State.
Nov. 14 - STPOW Bruce Gaston - Block on a PAT to keep the 20-20 game tied and pave the way for the Boilermakers to defeat Ohio State in overtime.