2017 Purdue Boilermakers Football Team
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2017 Purdue Boilermakers Football Team
2017 Purdue Boilermakers football
Purdue Boilermakers logo.svg
Foster Farms Bowl champion
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionWest Division
2017 record7-6 (4-5 Big Ten)
Head coachJeff Brohm (1st season)
Co-offensive coordinatorBrian Brohm (1st season)
Co-offensive coordinatorTony Levine (1st season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Co-defensive coordinatorNick Holt (1st season)
Co-defensive coordinatorAnthony Poindexter (1st season)
Base defense4-3
Captains
Home stadiumRoss-Ade Stadium
(Capacity: 57,236)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 5 Ohio State xy$   8 1         12 2  
No. 15 Michigan State   7 2         10 3  
No. 8 Penn State   7 2         11 2  
Michigan   5 4         8 5  
Rutgers   3 6         4 8  
Indiana   2 7         5 7  
Maryland   2 7         4 8  
West Division
No. 7 Wisconsin xy   9 0         13 1  
No. 17 Northwestern   7 2         10 3  
Iowa   4 5         8 5  
Purdue   4 5         7 6  
Nebraska   3 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 7         5 7  
Illinois   0 9         2 10  
Championship: Ohio State 27, Wisconsin 21
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Purdue Boilermakers football team represented Purdue University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Boilermakers competed as members of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference and played their home games at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana. They were led by first-year head coach Jeff Brohm. They finished the season 7-6, 4-5 in Big Ten play to finish in a tie for third place in the West Division. They received a bid to the Foster Farms Bowl, their first bowl game since 2011,[1] where they beat Arizona.[2][3][4]

Previous season

The Boilermakers finished the 2016 season 3-9, 1-8 in Big Ten play to finish in last place in the West Division and failing to qualify for a bowl game for the fourth straight season.

On October 16, 2016, Darrell Hazell was fired with a 3-3 mid-season record. Gerad Parker was named the interim head coach for the remainder of the season, going 0-6.[5] On December 5, 2016, just nine days after the season ended, Purdue hired Brohm to be the head coach of the football team. Brohm had been the head coach at Western Kentucky the previous three seasons.[6]

Offseason

On December 8, 2016, Brohm made his first official hire with JaMarcus Shephard joining the Purdue staff after serving as the Wide Receivers coach at Washington State in 2016. Shepard had worked with Brohm at Western Kentucky the 3 seasons prior to 2016.[7] On December 31, 2016, Brohm hired Tony Levine to be Purdue's co-offensive coordinator, special teams coordinator and tight ends coach, the same jobs he had held under Brohm at Western Kentucky.[8] On January 2, 2017, Brohm announced that he had hired, Brian Brohm, Nick Holt, Reggie Johnson, Anthony Poindexter and Dale Williams as assistant coaches.[9]

Spring Game

The 2017 Purdue Spring Game took place in West Lafayette, Indiana at 1:00pm on April 8, 2017.

Date Time Spring Game Site TV Result Attendance
April 8 1:00pm Offense vs. Defense Ross-Ade Stadium o West Lafayette, IN BTN Defense 45-30[10]
6,006

Recruiting

Position key

Recruits

Purdue's recruiting class consisted of 24 recruits, including six that enrolled early. Purdue's recruiting class was ranked 77th by Scout, 68th by Rivals, 71st by 247Sports.com, and 59th by ESPN.[11][12][13][14]

Schedule and results

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 27:30 p.m.vs. No. 16 Louisville*FOXL 28-3537,394
September 88:00 p.m.Ohio*FS1W 44-2145,633
September 164:00 p.m.at Missouri*SECNW 35-353,262
September 234:00 p.m.No. 8 Michigandagger
  • Ross-Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
FOXL 10-2860,042
October 73:30 p.m.Minnesota
  • Ross-Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
ESPN2W 31-1742,085
October 143:30 p.m.at No. 7 WisconsinBTNL 9-1778,580
October 2112:00 p.m.at RutgersBTNL 12-1438,278
October 287:30 p.m.Nebraska
  • Ross-Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
BTNL 24-2541,411
November 411:00 a.m.Illinois
BTNW 29-1046,027
November 117:00 p.m.at No. 25 NorthwesternESPN2L 13-2333,765
November 183:30 p.m.at IowaBTNW 24-1560,554
November 2512:00 p.m.Indiana
ESPN2W 31-2452,105
December 278:30 p.m.vs. Arizona*FOXW 38-3528,436
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Radio

Radio coverage for all games will be broadcast statewide on The Purdue Sports Network and on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. The radio announcers are Tim Newton with play-by-play, Pete Quinn with color commentary, and Kelly Kitchel with sideline reports.[15]

Game summaries

vs. Louisville

Louisville vs Purdue
1 234Total
No. 16 Cardinals 7 31510 35
Boilermakers 7 777 28
  • Date: September 2
  • Location: Lucas Oil Stadium
    Indianapolis, IN
  • Game start: 7:30 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:50 pm
  • Game attendance: 37,394
  • Game weather: Indoors
  • Referee: Duane Heydt
  • TV announcers (FOX): Tim Brando (Play-By-Play), Spencer Tillman (Analyst), & Holly Sonders (Sideline)
Overall record Last meeting Result
0-0-1 September 19, 1987 Tie, 22-22

To open the season, Purdue met No. 16-ranked Louisville Cardinals in a neutral-site game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The gamed first time the two teams had met in 30 years, with the 1987 game ending in a 22-22 tie.[17] The game was Jeff Brohm's first game as the head coach as he faced his alma mater.[18]

Purdue opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Elijah Sindelar to Jackson Anthrop. Louisville tied the game at seven with a three-yard Lamar Jackson pass to Jordan Smith, and took the lead with a 23-yard field goal by Blanton Creque. Trailing 10-7, Purdue scored again on an eight-yard David Blough pass to Richie Worship to give the Boilermakers a surprising 14-10 lead into halftime. Louisville opened up the second half scoring with a 32-yard field goal to tighten the deficit to 14-13. Purdue responded on the following drive with a Brycen Hopkins touchdown pass from Blough to give Purdue a 21-13 lead. Louisville scored on the ensuing drive with a 10-yard Reggie Bonnafon touchdown run, but the Cardinals' two-point conversion failed. Trying to respond to the Louisville touchdown, Blough was intercepted by Stacy Thomas, who returned Blough's pass 61 yards for a touchdown, but again their two-point conversion failed, giving the Cardinals a 25-21 lead. Purdue would answer however with Sindelar at QB as he threw another touchdown to Anthrop, this time from 14 yards out. With Purdue back in front 28-25 and just a little over a minute later, Louisville answered with a 20-yard Dez Fitzpatrick touchdown reception from Jackson to give the Cardinals a 32-28 lead with nine minutes remaining. Louisville concluded the scoring with a 30-yard Creque field goal with a little over four minutes remaining in the game.[19] Purdue could not answer and fell 35-28.[20] The loss left the Boilermakers at 0-1 on the season.

vs. Ohio

Ohio at Purdue
1 234Total
Bobcats 7 077 21
Boilermakers 10 2473 44
  • Date: September 8
  • Location: Ross-Ade Stadium
    West Lafayette, IN
  • Game start: 8:05 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:05
  • Game attendance: 45,633
  • Game weather: 76 °F (24 °C), Clear, NE 6 MPH
  • Referee: Luke Richmond
  • TV announcers (FS1): Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, & Holly Sonders
Overall record Last meeting Result
7-0 September 17, 1988 Purdue, 33-10

After its game against Louisville, Purdue returned home for its first home game of the season against the Ohio Bobcats on a Friday night. It marked the first meeting of the two teams since 1988. The game also marked Purdue's first home night game as new permanent lights had been installed.[22]

Purdue opened the scoring with a 36-yard Spencer Evans field goal. Purdue increased their lead when Elijah Sindelar found Brycen Hopkins for a 17-yard touchdown pass. Ohio responded with a 4-yard A. J. Ouellette rushing touchdown to close out the first quarter scoring. David Blough again took over for Sindelar at quarterback and played well going on a 24-0 run in the second quarter to take a 34-7 lead at halftime. Purdue's scores during the run included a Tario Fuller rushing touchdown, a Cole Herdman reception, a J. D. Dellinger field goal and Anthony Mahoungou touchdown. Blough completed six of seven attempts for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the second quarter. Ohio opened the second half scoring with a 1-yard Julian Ross touchdown. Blough added a five-yard touchdown pass to Jackson Anthrop to complete the third quarter scoring. Purdue extended the lead with a 38-yard Spencer Evans field goal. Ohio concluded the scoring with a 25-yard touchdown reception by Cameron Odom from Nathan Rourke. Blough finished 11 for 13 with three touchdowns. Despite Blough's performance, Jeff Brohm said he would still continue to use both Blough and Sindelar.[23] Tario Fuller rushed for 142 yards on 16 attempts and recorded his first career touchdown for the Boilers in the blowout. Purdue gained 558 yards on the night while limiting the Bobcats to 396 yards. The win was Jeff Brohm's first as Purdue's head coach and moved the Boilers to 1-1 on the season.

at Missouri

Purdue at Missouri
1 234Total
Boilermakers 14 1470 35
Tigers 0 300 3
  • Date: September 16
  • Location: Faurot Field
    Columbia, MO
  • Game start: 3:01 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:11
  • Game attendance: 53,262
  • Game weather: 89 °F (32 °C), Clear, SW
  • Referee: James Carter
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware & Olivia Harlan
Overall record Last meeting Result
6-2 December 27, 1980 Purdue, 28-25

After playing Ohio, Purdue traveled to Columbia, Missouri, to face the Missouri Tigers. This was the first meeting between the teams since the 1980 Liberty Bowl.[25]

David Blough started his first game of the season for Purdue as they jumped out early and often against the Tigers, scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions as Blough ran for a 5-yard score, Tario Fuller scored on a 36-yard run and Richie Worship scored on a three-yard run that has the Boilermakers up 21-0 early in the first quarter. After Blough struggled to score in the second quarter, he was replaced by Elijah Sindelar who would find Jackson Anthrop on a five-yard pass to give the Boilermakers a 28-point lead with 2:20 left in the first half. The Tigers managed a field goal as the half ended with Purdue up 28-3. Another Blough touchdown pass from one yard out to Worship ended the scoring in the third quarter and gave Purdue an easy 35-3 win and moved them to 2-1 on the season.[26] The 3 points given up by Purdue were the fewest since a September 17, 2011 shutout of Southeast Missouri State.

vs. Michigan

Michigan at Purdue
(Homecoming game)
1 234Total
#8 Wolverines 0 7714 28
Boilermakers 0 1000 10
  • Date: September 23
  • Location: Ross-Ade Stadium
    West Lafayette, IN
  • Game start: 4:12 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:28
  • Game attendance: 60,042
  • Game weather: 89 °F (32 °C), Clear, SE 3 MPH
  • Referee: Jerry McGinn
  • TV announcers (FOX): Joe Davis, Brady Quinn & Bruce Feldman
Overall record Last meeting Result
14-44 October 6, 2012 Michigan, 44-13

Following its game against Missouri, Purdue began its conference schedule when the No. 8-ranked Michigan Wolverines traveled to West Lafayette, Indiana, in Purdue's homecoming game. It was the first time the two have met since Michigan defeated Purdue, 44-13, on October 6, 2012.[28][29]

Michigan defeated Purdue 28-10.[30] After neither team scored in the first quarter, Michigan opened the scoring in the second quarter via a 12-yard touchdown pass from John O'Korn to Zach Gentry. Purdue responded with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Elijah Sindelar to Brycen Hopkins. Purdue then took their first lead of the game via a 29-yard field goal from J. D. Dellinger, which made the score 10-7 in favor of Purdue at half-time. Michigan then scored 21 unanswered points in the second half, via a 10-yard touchdown run from Chris Evans, a one-yard touchdown run from Ty Isaac, and a 49-yard touchdown run from Evans.[31]

Michigan's defense held Purdue to 0-for-12 on third-down conversions, as Purdue did not convert a first down in the second half. Purdue was held to only 10 total yards in the second half.[29]

vs. Minnesota

Minnesota at Purdue
1 234Total
Golden Gophers 7 703 17
Boilermakers 6 0718 31
  • Date: October 6
  • Location: Ross-Ade Stadium
    West Lafayette, IN
  • Game start: 3:35 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 4:55
  • Game attendance: 42,085
  • Game weather: 83 °F (28 °C), Partly Cloudy , SW 17 MPH
  • Referee: Ron Snodgrass
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer & Kris Budden
Overall record Last meeting Result
32-37-3 November 5, 2016 Minnesota, 44-31

After a bye week following the Michigan game, Purdue hosted the Minnesota Golden Gophers. In the previous meeting (in 2016), Minnesota defeated Purdue, 44-31.[33] During the ensuing week before the game, Purdue lost their all-time winningest coach Joe Tiller who died at the age of 76. Both teams wore helmet decals to remembrance of Tiller.[34]

Purdue entered the game with leading rusher Tario Fuller missing the game with an injury, as well as defensive starters Ja'Whaun Bentley and Jacob Thieneman disqualified for the first half after being ejected during the Michigan game for targeting penalties.[35]David Blough made his third consecutive start at quarterback and found Cole Herdman on the Boilermakers first drive, but the PAT was missed by Spencer Evans. Minnesota was able to take a comfortable lead when the intercepted Blough on consecutive possessions scoring a touchdown on each with Conor Rhoda throwing passes to Tyler Johnson and Brandon Lingen. Minnesota took a 14-6 lead into halftime. Purdue opened the second half scoring with a 22-yard D. J. Knox touchdown reception from Elijah Sindelar. Purdue took the lead with 9:58 left to play on a 19-yard J. D. Dellinger field goal. Immediately following the go ahead field goal, the game went into a weather delay because of lightning in the area.[36] After an hour and a half rain delay, play resumed and Minnesota regained the lead with 2:26 left to play on a 38-yard Emmit Carpenter field goal. Purdue scored quickly on the next possession with a 12-yard Markell Jones touchdown run. Minnesota began driving with Rhoda finding Lingen and Rashad Still for catches of 7 and 32-yards respectively. Rhoda was then intercepted by Bentley who returned the ball 76-yards for a touchdown with 10 seconds remaining.[37]

The win was Purdue's first Big Ten Conference home victory since 2015 and Coach Brohm's first Big Ten Conference victory.

at Wisconsin

Purdue at Wisconsin
1 234Total
Boilermakers 3 330 9
#7 Badgers 14 300 17
  • Date: October 14
  • Location: Camp Randall Stadium
    Madison, WI
  • Game start: 2:40 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:07
  • Game attendance: 78,580
  • Game weather: 59 °F (15 °C), Light Rain, E 9 MPH
  • Referee: John O'Neill
  • TV announcers (BTN): Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen & Lisa Byington
Overall record Last meeting Result
29-47-8 November 19, 2016 Wisconsin, 49-20

Following its game against Minnesota, Purdue played its second road game against the No. 7-ranked Wisconsin Badgers. Wisconsin defeated the Boilermakers in a showdown during the prior meeting, winning 49-20.[40]

Purdue changed their starting quarterback, going with Sindelar for the third time this season. Wisconsin opened the scoring with a 67-yard touchdown run by Jonathan Taylor. Following a 3 and out by the Purdue offense, Wisconsin extended their lead with a 14-yard Quintez Cephus touchdown reception from Alex Hornibrook. Purdue was able to score before the first quarter ended with a 36-yard Evans field goal. On Wisconsin's next drive Da'Wan Hunte intercepted Hornibrook's pass but Dellinger missed a field goal to cut into Purdue's deficit. Wisconsin was then able to drive into Purdue territory for a 46-yard Rafael Gaglianone field goal. Purdue then drove, which was aided by a T. J. Edwards targeting penalty and ejection, to score on a 49-yard Evans field goal as the first half expired. After a punt by Purdue started the second half, Danny Ezechukwu intercepted a Hornibrook screen pass leading to a 40-yard Dellinger field goal. On Wisconsin's next drive, Lorenzo Neal Jr. stripped Taylor in the red zone to give Purdue a chance to tie, but Purdue was forced to punt. After the ball was returned to Purdue on a punt, Purdue began to drive and was within field goal range when Sindelar was intercepted by Leon Jacobs with 8:14 left to play. Wisconsin was able to bleed out the rest of the half to hold onto a victory.

The victory was Wisconsin's 12th consecutive victory over Purdue.[41]

at Rutgers

Purdue at Rutgers
1 234Total
Boilermakers 0 336 12
Scarlet Knights 7 070 14
  • Date: October 21
  • Location: High Point Solutions Stadium
    Piscataway, NJ
  • Game start: 12:01 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:17
  • Game attendance: 38,278
  • Game weather: 77 °F (25 °C), Sunny, SW 1 MPH
  • Referee: Jeff Servinski
  • TV announcers (BTN): Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen & Lisa Byington
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Following its game at Wisconsin, Purdue traveled to Piscataway, New Jersey to face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. This was the first ever meeting between the two teams.

After forcing a Purdue punt, on their second play from scrimmage, Gus Edwards broke an inside handoff for a 74-yard touchdown run. After two exchanges of punts by both teams, Purdue finally scored on their fourth drive of the game with a 26-yard Spencer Evans field goal. Purdue would end their next four possessions on downs, a punt, an interception and the end of the half. Rutgers would hold on to their 7-3 lead going into the half. On the second possession of the second half for Rutgers, the offense picked up and Giovanni Rescigno found Raheem Blackshear on a wheel route and Blackshear shook Navon Mosely to increase the Scarlet Knights' lead to 14-3. Purdue responded on the following drive with a 24-yard J. D. Dellinger field goal. After another exchanging of punts, Purdue was stopped on 4th down on the Rutgers' 30-yard line instead of kicking a field goal. With Sindelar throwing a second interception, Purdue turned to Blough who lead Purdue to a 70-yard scoring drive capped with a 10-yard Mahoungou touchdown reception, but Blough's two-point attempt was dropped in the endzone, sealing the Scarlet Knights victory.

vs. Nebraska

Nebraska at Purdue
1 234Total
Cornhuskers 3 3613 25
Boilermakers 0 1437 24
  • Date: October 28
  • Location: Ross-Ade Stadium
    West Lafayette, IN
  • Game start: 7:40 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:26
  • Game attendance: 41,411
  • Game weather: 38 °F (3 °C), Cloudy, NW 12 MPH
  • Referee: Don Willard
  • TV announcers (BTN): Brandon Gaudin, Glen Mason & Michelle McMahon
Overall record Last meeting Result
2-3 October 32, 2015 Nebraska, 27-14

After facing Wisconsin, Purdue returned home and host its in-division rival, the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The previous year, Nebraska defeated Purdue 27-14.[46]

Nebraska opened the scoring with a 44-yard Drew Brown field goal in the first quarter. Purdue took the lead after a 4-yard Richie Worship touchdown to open scoring in the second quarter. Brown and the Cornhuskers scored again with a 21-yard field goal. After an exchanging of punts, Purdue drove with 86-yards in 3:52 ending with a 5-yard David Blough rush with 24 seconds remaining in the half. Nebraska scored first in the second half on a 37-yard field goal. Purdue responded on their next drive with a Spencer Evans field goal. On the ensuing drive, Brown added another field goal, cutting Purdue's lead to 5. Jackson Anthrop scored on a 14-yard pass from Blough on their next drive, increasing their lead to 12. Nebraska responded with a Tanner Lee touchdown pass to Tyler Hoppes from 27-yards out. After another series of punts from both teams, Purdue stopped Nebraska on downs with 3:44 left in the 4th quarter. Purdue then obtained a first down on two runs by D. J. Knox. Purdue was stopped on their next three downs, with a timeout coming from Nebraska after each of the first two and another by Purdue just before the play-clock expired. Nebraska took over with 1:22 left on the clock with zero timeouts. Lee completed passes of 7, 17, 11 and 6-yards with Nebraska getting out of bounds of each of the plays. Purdue tackled J. D. Spielman in bounds, and after a rushed snap and play call, Lee threw his first completion of the drive to stop the clock, setting up 3rd and 4. On the next play, Lee found Stanley Morgan Jr. from 13 yards out for a touchdown with just 0:14 remaining. The two-point conversion failed. Purdue then found Mahoungou for a first down and called timeout. Now 69-yards away from a touchdown, Blough found Knox for 25 yards, who stepped out of bounds after the game clock had expired.

vs. Illinois

Illinois at Purdue
(Purdue Cannon)
1 234Total
Fighting Illini 7 300 10
Boilermakers 7 6313 29
  • Date: November 4
  • Location: Ross-Ade Stadium
    West Lafayette, IN
  • Game start: 12:01 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:17
  • Game attendance: 46,027
  • Game weather: 48 °F (9 °C), Cloudy, S 5 MPH
  • Referee: Mark Kluczynski
  • TV announcers (BTN): Cory Provus & J. Leman
Overall record Last meeting Result
44-42-6 October 8, 2016 Purdue, 34-31

After facing Nebraska, Purdue hosted its rival, the Illinois Fighting Illini. The previous year, Purdue defeated Illinois 34-31 in overtime to win the Purdue Cannon,[49] and kept the trophy by again defeating Illinois 29-10.

at Northwestern

Purdue at Northwestern
1 234Total
Boilermakers 0 076 13
Wildcats 0 1463 23
  • Date: November 11
  • Location: Ryan Field
    Evanston, IL
  • Game start: 6:10 pm EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:24
  • Game attendance: 33,765
  • Game weather: 36 °F (2 °C), Cloudy, S 9 MPH
  • Referee: Daniel Capron
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht & Rocky Boiman
Overall record Last meeting Result
50-30-1 November 12, 2016 Northwestern, 45-17

After hosting Illinois, Purdue traveled to Evanston, Illinois to face the Northwestern Wildcats. In the 2016 match-up, Purdue was defeated 45-17 by the Wildcats.[51] and lost a much closer contest 23-13.

at Iowa

Purdue at Iowa
1 234Total
Boilermakers 7 0143 24
Hawkeyes 0 906 15
  • Date: November 18
  • Location: Kinnick Stadium
    Iowa City, IA
  • Game start: 3:40 pm EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:03
  • Game attendance: 60,554
  • Game weather: 42 °F (6 °C), Partly Sunny, NW 20 MPH
  • Referee: Jeff Servinski
  • TV announcers (BTN): Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen & Lisa Byington
Overall record Last meeting Result
46-38-3 October 15, 2016 Iowa, 49-35

Following its game against Northwestern, Purdue played its final road game against Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa had defeated the Boilermakers in a showdown the previous season,[54] but Purdue shocked the Hawkeyes winning 24-15.

vs. Indiana

Indiana at Purdue
(Old Oaken Bucket)
1 234Total
Hoosiers 7 3014 24
Boilermakers 7 1437 31
  • Date: November 25
  • Location: Ross-Ade Stadium
    West Lafayette, IN
  • Game attendance: 52,105
  • Television network: ESPN2
Overall record Last meeting Result
73-41-6 November 26, 2016 Indiana, 26-24

Following its road finale against Iowa, Purdue faced its arch-rivals, the Indiana Hoosiers, in the 120th meeting of the "Old Oaken Bucket". This game marked the first time in the history of the rivalry that both teams played each other with the winner becoming bowl eligible. Purdue triumphed in an exciting game 31-24.

Roster

Statistics

Team

Team Opp
Scoring 328 267
  Points per Game 25.5 20.5
First Downs 282 250
  Rushing 114 88
  Passing 144 138
  Penalty 24 24
Total Offense 5240 4881
  Avg per Play 5.6 5.3
  Avg per Game 403.1 375.5
Fumbles-Lost 15-6 14-11
Penalties-Yards 75-658 90-778
  Avg per Game 50.6 59.8
Team Opp
Punts-Yards 73-2953 87-3372
  Avg per Punt 40.5 38.8
Time of Possession/Game 28:56 31:04
3rd Down Conversions 62/186 74/206
4th Down Conversions 13/23 13/23
Touchdowns Scored 40 32
Field Goals-Attempts-Long 17-24-49 15-15-46
PAT-Attempts 35-36 28-28
Attendance 287303 264439
  Games/Avg per Game 6/47884 5/52888

Scores by quarter

1 2 3 4 Total
Purdue 75 112 64 77 328
Opponents 73 55 62 77 267

Offense

Rushing

Name GP-GS Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G
Markell Jones 10-3 113 580 14 566 5.0 1 32 56.6
D.J. Knox 13-5 90 567 6 561 6.2 2 41 43.2
Tario Fuller 3-3 43 269 8 261 6.1 2 39 87.0
Richie Worship 10-4 53 263 6 257 4.8 3 26 25.7
Jared Sparks   13-5   23  126  123  5.3  18  9.5 
David Blough   9-5   42  186  83  103  2.5  21  11.4 
B. Lankford-Johnson  6-0   22  91  86  3.9  15  14.3 
Terry Wright   12-3   45  45  9.0  16  3.8 
Gregory Phillips  13-6   26  26  13.0  21  2.0 
Jackson Anthrop  13-11  10  23  17  1.7  1.3 
Joe Schopper   13-0   13  13  13.0  13  1.0 
Jarrett Burgess  6-3   0.0  0.0 
Team   4-0   12  -12  -1.3  -3.0 
Elijah Sindelar  12-8   33  69  145  -76  -2.3  21  -6.3 
Total  13   447  2258  288  1970  4.4  12  41  151.5 
Opponents  13   489  2065  337  1728  3.5  10  74  132.9 

Passing

Name GP-GS Effic Att-Cmp-Int Pct Yds TD Lng Avg/G
Elijah Sindelar 12-8 124.2 187-329-7 56.8 2099 18 54 174.9
David Blough 9-5 137.8 102-157-4 65 1103 9 62 122.6
Team 4-0 0 0-2-0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Schopper 13-0 284.8 2-2-0 100 44 0 22 3.4
Jackson Anthrop 13-11 301.6 1-1-0 100 24 0 24 1.8
Total 13 129.1 292-491-11 59.5 3270 27 62 251.5
Opponents 13 128.6 248-437-10 56.8 3153 21 52 242.5

Receiving

Name GP-GS No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Jackson Anthrop 13-11 47 423 9 5 35 32.5
Gregory Phillips 13-6 44 424 9.6 2 42 32.6
Anthony Mahoungou 13-10 40 688 17.2 8 49 52.9
Terry Wright 12-3 29 274 9.4 0 36 22.8
Brycen Hopkins 12-0 25 349 14 3 38 29.1
Cole Herdman 12-8 20 331 16.5 3 62 27.6
Jared Sparks 13-5 19 222 11.7 0 34 17.1
D.J. Knox 13-5 15 138 9.2 2 22 10.6
Markell Jones 10-3 13 54 4.2 0 13 5.4
Jarrett Burgess 6-3 11 130 11.8 1 36 21.7
Richie Worship 10-4 10 73 7.3 2 17 7.3
Isaac Zico 11-3 6 34 5.7 1 10 3.1
Tario Fuller 3-3 5 37 7.4 0 25 12.3
B. Lankford-Johnson 6-0 3 11 3.7 0 6 1.8
David Blough 9-5 1 24 24 0 24 2.7
Mike Little 11-0 1 22 22 0 22 2
Ben Makowski 11-0 1 22 22 0 22 2
Darius Pittman 10-0 1 7 7 0 7 0.7
Corey Holmes 4-0 1 7 7 0 7 1.8
Total 13 292 3270 11.2 27 62 251.5
Opponents 13 248 3153 12.7 21 52 242.5

Defense

Name GP Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Interceptions Fumbles Blkd
Kick
Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds BrUp QBH No.-Yds Avg TD Long Rcv-Yds FF
Ja'Whaun Bentley  12 54  43  97   11.5- 28 1.0- 5 1- 76 76 1 76   
Markus Bailey   13 67  22  89   11.0- 63 7.0- 56 1- 22 22 0 22 1- 19
Jacob Thieneman  13 52  28  80   5.0- 17 2.0- 13 2- 0 0 0 0 1- 0
T.J. McCollum   10 43  26  69   6.0- 23 3.0- 17      
Navon Mosley   13 43  22  65   1.0- 4 2- 7 3.5 0 7 2- 0
Josh Okonye   13 41  16  57   4.5- 21 1.0- 11 10    
Gelen Robinson   13 33  18  51   12.5- 42 4.0- 25    1- 0
Danny Ezechukwu  13 36  14  50   9.0- 47 5.0- 38 1- 38 38 0 38 3- 32
Da'Wan Hunte   12 34  43   1.0- 2   1- 42 42 0 42   
Garrett Hudson   13 20  11  31   2.5- 3    1- 21 21 0 21   
Eddy Wilson   12 14  13  27   2.5- 10 1.0- 9      
Austin Larkin   13 12  11  23   1.0- 6         
Lorenzo Neal   13 18  22   5.5- 14 2.0- 10    1- 0
Simeon Smiley   13 13  17          
Derrick Barnes   12 10  16   0.5- 1         
T.J. Jallow   9 11  16   1.0- 1      
Antoine Miles   12 15   5.5- 19 2.0- 15      
Kamal Hardy   8 11  13       1- 34 34 0 34   
Antonio Blackmon  11 11        1- 0
Cornel Jones   8        
Mike Little   11        
Tim Cason   2      
Joe Schopper   13         
Wes Cook   10        
Team   4        
Keiwan Jones   3      
Jared Sparks   13        
Kai Higgins   11      
Anthony Watts   9         
Jackson Anthrop  13         
David Blough   9        
Ben Makowski   11         
Spencer Evans   13        
Tobias Larry   10      
Shane Evans   13        
Ray Ellis   1  1.0- 6 1.0- 6   
Race Johnson   8        
Anthony Mahoungou  13         
Brennan Thieneman  11         
Malcolm Dotson   9      1- 0
Total 13 556  278  834  81- 307 29- 205 40  10- 240 24 1 76 11- 51 10 
Opponents 13 556  282  838  66- 298  33- 216 72  11- 85 7.7 1 61 6- 4

Special teams

Name Punting Kickoffs
No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd No. Yds Avg TB OB
Joe Schopper 73 2953 40.5 68 4 41 30 0
Spencer Evans 60 3681 61.3 35 1
Myles Homan 6 378 63.0 3 0
Total 73 2953 40.5 68 4 41 30 0 66 4059 61.5 38 1
Opponents 87 3372 38.8 65 5 40 27 2 56 3444 61.5 25 1
Name Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Jackson Anthrop  17  30  1.8  2 47 23.5 0 27
Garrett Hudson   14  14.0  1 4 4 0 4
Race Johnson   18  0.0  18 
D.J. Knox 16 288 18 0 44
KeyRon Catlett 5 62 12.4 0 21
Richie Worship 3 63 21 0 22
Markell Jones 2 29 14.5 0 18
Darius Pittman 1 16 16 0 16
Total  18  62  3.4  18  30 509 17 0 44
Opponents  13  89  6.8  39  26 609 23.4 0 53

All statistics[56]

Awards and honors

Preseason awards / Watch list


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