Football Game Notes - at Indiana

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The Last Meeting
Indiana (Old Oaken Bucket Game)35
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November 24, 2012
West Lafayette, Ind.
Boilermakers Power Past Indiana, 56-35
Akeem Shavers' big fourth quarter helped Purdue hold onto the Old Oaken Bucket. The senior running back scored three times in 4 1/2 minutes, twice on long pass plays, to break open a close game, giving the Boilermakers a 56-35 victory over archrival Indiana on Saturday. The win made Purdue (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten) bowl eligible for the second straight year, the first time that has happened since 2006-07, and helped Purdue hold onto the Bucket - the trophy in this annual in-state series.

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THE GAME

Purdue and Indiana meet for the 116th time in series history.

It is the final game of the season for both teams.

Indiana is one of three opponents that the Boilermakers play for a trophy. Purdue and Indiana battle for the Old Oaken Bucket. Purdue has dropped its other two trophy rivalries this year to Notre Dame (Shillelagh) and Illinois (Cannon).

Purdue and Indiana have played for the Old Oaken Bucket since 1925.

The first game in the Bucket Series was a scoreless tie in Bloomington.

The winner of the game earns a gold link that is added to the chain attached to the Bucket’s handle.

Purdue leads the Bucket Series 58-27-3.

Purdue leads the Bucket Series in games played in Bloomington, 30-13-1.

The Boilermakers won last season’s meeting 56-35 in West Lafayette.

Purdue has won four of the last five, nine of the last 11 and 13 of the last 16 against Indiana.

Purdue is coming off a 20-16 loss against Illinois on Senior Day at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Indiana was eliminated from bowl contention with a 42-14 loss at Ohio State last week.

Purdue looks to snap a nine-game losing streak, while Indiana looks to snap a two-game skid.

The Boilermakers won the last meeting in Bloomington 33-25 in 2011.

Indiana’s last win over Purdue in Bloomington came in 2007 when the Hoosiers won 27-24.

Purdue and Indiana have played annually since 1920.

Purdue is 0-4 on the road this season.

Indiana is 4-3 at home this season.

Purdue and Indiana will compete for the final time as division foes, though the Old Oaken Bucket Rivalry will continue as a protected crossover. It is the only protected cross-divisional game planned after the divisions are redivided next summer.

The game begins at 3:30 ET on BTN.

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.

The 3:30 start time is Purdue’s second of the season and first since facing Wisconsin on Sept. 21.

 

HEAD COACH Darrell Hazell

Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell (Muskingum, 1986) is 1-10 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 17-20 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.

 

INDIANA

Kevin Wilson is in his third year as a head coach, all at Indiana.

Wilson has a record of 9-26 as a head coach, including 4-18 against the Big Ten.

WIlson is 0-2 against Purdue.

Indiana is ranked 17th in total offense.

The Hoosiers are ranked 120th in total defense.

Nate Sudfeld leads the Indiana passing attack with 193 completions in 321 attempts for 2505 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Tevin Coleman leads the rushing attack with 131 carries for 958 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Cody Latimer is the top receiver with 65 receptions for 986 yards and eight scores.

 

SERIES INFORMATION

Series record: Purdue leads 72-37-6 (First meeting: 1891 / Last meeting: 2012)

Purdue points: 2,558

Indiana points: 1,592

Series record in West Lafayette: Purdue leads 37-21-4

In Ross-Ade Stadium: Purdue leads 28-13-2

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 two meetings

Largest Purdue victory: 68-0 in 1892

Largest Indiana victory: 52-7 in 1988

Last Purdue home victory: 2012

Last Purdue road victory: 2011

Last Indiana home victory: 2007

Last Indiana road victory: 2010

 

THIS DATE IN BOILERMAKER HISTORY

Purdue is 2-2 all-time in games played on Nov. 30.

Nov. 30 is the second latest that Purdue has played a regular-season game. The latest was in 2001 when the Boilermakers played Notre Dame on Dec. 1 in a makeup game that was postponed due to 9/11.

Purdue is 1-1 against Indiana on Nov. 30. The Boilermakers won at Indiana in 1963 after losing at home to the Hoosiers in 1899.

The Boilermakers’ last game on Nov. 30 was the 21-15 win over Indiana in 1963.

The most points Purdue has scored on Nov. 30 is 42 from 1893 when the Boilermakers beat DePauw in Indianapolis.

 

It’s All About the Old Oaken Bucket

Purdue and Indiana will meet for the 116th 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 89th for the coveted Old Oaken Bucket.

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 58 “P” links, 27 “I” links and two additional “I-P” links attached to the chain.

The Boilermakers have won 14 of the last 18 meetings between the two schools.

While the presentation of the trophy dates 88 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 and 1961, when it went 13-0-1.

Indiana’s longest string of success in the series came between 1940 and 1947, 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.

 

LAST TIME OUT

Purdue dropped its ninth game in a row with a 20-16 loss against Illinois.

Nine of Purdue’s 10 losses are against teams that have at least six wins, though Penn State is not bowl eligible due to NCAA sanctions.

Purdue scored 14 points in the first quarter, its most this season.

The Boilermakers rushed for a season-high 120 yards.

Akeem Hunt eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the first time this season as he rushed 18 times for 102 yards and a touchdown.

Hunt had a 62-yard touchdown run on Purdue’s opening drive. It was the Boilermakers’ longest play from scrimmage this season.

Ricardo Allen intercepted the 11th pass of his career, which put him in a tie for second place in Purdue history.

The Boilermakers recorded a safety for the first time since Oct. 20, 2012, at Ohio State.

Purdue forced four turnovers, tied for a season best.

Cameron Posey was Purdue’s top receiver for the third time this season. The freshman had four catches for 52 yards and a score.

Allen forced a fumble, the third of his career.

Taylor Richards picked off the second pass of his career.

Danny Etling completed 20 of 29 passes for 163 yards, a touchdown and one interception.

 

ETLING ERA

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 Armstrong 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 116 of 218 for 1205 yards with six touchdowns and seven 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 Rivals.com and No. 12 by ESPN.com.

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

 

QUARTERBACKS’ FIRST STARTS

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.

 

THE FUTURE STARTS NOW

Purdue started six freshmen and five sophomores last week against Illinois, including Evan Panfil and Jimmy Herman who each made the first defensive start of his career.

Fourteen freshmen played against Illinois 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 11 players in all-purpose yardage 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 two of the three 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 and against Illinois last week with four.

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 143 points this season and all but 18 of them have eligibility remaining after this season.

Freshmen have scored 36 points, sophomores 39, juniors 48 and seniors 18.

Two of Purdue’s top three tackles leaders are underclassmen.

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 17 takeaways this season and 11 of them are by players with eligibility remaining after this season.

Thirty of Purdue’s 49 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.

Nineteen underclassmen have started a total of 71 times this season.

Nine different freshmen have started on offense this season a total of 33 times this season, while three freshmen have started on defense.

Five different sophomores have started on defense a total of 25 times this season.          

 

HE’S FANCY, THAT YANCEY

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.

Yancey missed the Illinois game with an injury.

 

FIRST YEAR COACHES

There are 31 new head coaches across the FBS, including Purdue’s Darrell Hazell.

First year coaches are 134-208 (.391) this season, including 110-201 (.354) against FBS teams.

Last week, week 13, first year coaches went 9-18, including just 2-10 at home. There was one game between first year 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.

In week 12, first year coaches went 12-13, including 10-6 at home. There were four games between two new 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 (11-0).

 

TOUGH SCHEDULE

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 40-4 (.909) this season.

Purdue’s opponents from Sept. 21 to Nov. 2 are a combined 49-6 (.891).

Nine of the 10 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 and Illinois are both 4-7.

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

Two teams on Purdue’s schedule are undefeated at 11-0 with Northern Illinois and Ohio State. Only five teams in the country are undefeated.

Purdue’s FBS opponents have a combined 87-34 (.719) 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.

A season-high five teams on Purdue’s schedule are currently ranked, including four in the top 20.

Two other teams are currently 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 were against teams that have been ranked or received votes this season.

Eight of Purdue’s 10 losses came against teams that have been ranked or received votes.

Purdue has played three teams that went to BCS bowls last season.

Five of Purdue’s seven home games were against teams that have been ranked or received votes this season.

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 cumulative opposition, not counting games against FCS or Purdue. Purdue’s opponents are 69-35 (.663 avg).

 

JUST ONE OF THE ‘GUYS’

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.

Webster averages 43.0 yards per punt for his career, which is second all-time in Purdue history behind only Travis Dorsch (48.5 avg).

Webster has 227 punts for 9,753 yards and is second in Boilermaker lore for career punts.

Shawn McCarthy is the Purdue record holder with 273 career punts.

Webster’s 43.0-yard career average is 11th among active punters in the FBS.

His career average is No. 2 in the nation for punters with more than 220 punts.

Webster currently is 19th in the nation in punting average with a season average of 43.5 yards. That is the best in the Big Ten.

Last week against Illinois, Webster punted seven times for 239 yards (34.1 avg), including two inside the 20.

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.

At Penn State, Webster punted three times for 135 yards (45.0 avg).

 

WATCH LISTED

Four Boilermakers were 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.

 

CAPTAINS’ CORNER

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.

 

TALE OF TURNOVERS

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 1-2 when they come away with more turnovers.

Last week against Illinois, Purdue recorded four takeaways compared to just one turnover. The Boilermakers lost 20-16.

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.

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

 

DANGEROUS DUO

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 fourth among active FBS returners with a 29.1-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.

 

END ZONE ALLEN

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 fifth among active FBS players in interception return yards with 247 yards, including 13 against Illinois last week.

Allen has 11 career interceptions, which puts him in a tie for second place all-time in Purdue history with six other individuals.

The Purdue record is 17 by Stuart Schweigert.

 

BOILERMAKER DEPOT

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 BoilermakerDepot.com.

 

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 PurdueSports.com. For more information, call Jerry Schmaltz at 765-464-1305.

 

CHAIN MOVER

Akeem Hunt has done the majority of the heavy lifting as he has accounted for 35 of the team’s 157 first downs this season.

Hunt has 21 rushing and 14 receiving first downs.

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

DeAngelo Yancey is second with 17 first downs, all by reception.

Justin Sinz is third with 15 first downs, 14 by reception and one by rush.

 

OLE RELIABLE

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

Sinz leads the team with three touchdown receptions this season.

Sinz is second on the team with 32 receptions.

The junior tight end is fourth on the team with 253 receiving yards.

Sinz has at least one catch in every game this season, including four last week.

 

IRON MEN

Junior defensive end Ryan Russell has 34 career starts, and had 26 straight before coming off the bench last week.

Senior defensive tackle Bruce Gaston has 24-straight starts and 43 total for his career, the second most on the team.

Junior safety Taylor Richards has started 24-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 24, as he did not start at Penn State or against Illinois.

Senior cornerback Ricardo Allen started 11 games last season and has 47 total for his career, including all 11 games this season, to lead the team.

Greg Latta has started all 11 games this season.

Justin Kitchens, Kevin Pamphile and Robert Kugler have started all 11 games on the offensive line.

 

AIR DEFENSE

Ryan Isaac, Austin Logan, Landon Feichter, Taylor Richards and Andy James Garcia each have an interception this season, while Frankie Williams has two and Ricardo Allen four.

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 11 for his career, which is tied for second 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.

 

QBs GALORE

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.

 

BOILERS HEADED WEST

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.

FROM MAC TO B1G

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.

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.