Purdue Football Game Notes Game 3 – vs. Missouri
Series History Purdue leads 7-2 In West Lafayette: Purdue leads 4-0 In Columbia: Tied 1-1 At Neutral Site: Purdue leads 2-1 First Meeting: Oct. 19, 1895 – Missouri won 16-6 in St. Louis Last Meeting: Sept. 16, 2017 – Purdue won 35-3 on the road Noteworthy: The Boilermakers’ victory at Missouri last season was their most resounding on the road since a 47-13 win at Central Florida on Sept. 4, 1999. The three points surrendered were the fewest since a 59-0 win over Southeast Missouri on Sept. 17, 2011; the fewest to an FBS opponent since a 37-3 win over Illinois on Nov. 12, 2005; and the fewest on the road since a 48-3 win at Illinois on Oct. 25, 1997. Purdue Against the Southeastern Conference The Boilermakers are 2-4 against Southeastern Conference opponents (1-2 in the regular season and 1-2 in bowl games). The only SEC school to play previously at Ross-Ade Stadium was Vanderbilt on Sept. 27, 1941, and the Commodores won 3-0. Purdue and Vanderbilt are scheduled to play Sept. 7, 2019, in West Lafayette and Sept. 8, 2029, in Nashville, Tennessee. SEC Opponent Purdue Record Georgia 0-2 Missouri 1-0 Tennessee 1-0 Vanderbilt 0-2 Ground Game The Boilermakers are averaging a FBS-best 8.1 yards per carry through the first two games. Purdue’s 271.5 yards per game ranks 24th among all FBS schools. Individually, fifth-year senior D.J. Knox checks in 23rd nationally and third in the Big Ten with 229 total rushing yards and 24th nationally and fifth in the Big Ten with an average of 114.5 yards rushing per game … Knox’s 8.2 yards per carry average is 13th nationally and first in the Big Ten … The Boilermakers’ 341 rushing yards against Eastern Michigan last Saturday were their most since amassing 349 at Illinois on Oct. 4, 2014. Sparks Will Fly What happens when one brother knows where he’s going and the other doesn’t? Football fans will learn the answer to that question Saturday when Purdue wide receiver Jared Sparks lines up against Missouri cornerback and younger brother, Adam. Jared enters the contest with seven receptions for 87 yards, while Adam has five tackles, including one for loss, on the year. Repressing the Run The Boilermakers limited Eastern Michigan to 69 rushing yards, the sixth time a Purdue team has kept an opponent under 100 yards in 15 games under head coach Jeff Brohm.
Passing a Legend With 12 carries for 109 yards against Eastern Michigan last weekend, senior running back Markell Jones moved past two-time consensus All-American and 1968 Heisman Trophy runner up Leroy Keyes on Purdue’s career rushing yardage list. Jones has rushed for 2,193 yards in his four-year Boilermaker career. Career Rushing Yards 8. Corey Rogers (1991-95) 2,436 9. Jerod Void (2002-05) 2,429 10. Markell Jones (2015-Present) 2,193 Rushing Attempts 10. Harry Szulborski (1946-49) 478 11. John Macon (1977-80) 471 12. Markell Jones (2015-Present) 453 Knocking On The Door Senior running back Markell Jones’ seven-yard touchdown reception against Eastern Michigan was the 17th total touchdown of his career (15 rushing, two receiving). That mark leaves him just outside of the top 20 all-time in school history. 19. Jimmy Smith (1979-81) 18 Calvin Williams (1986-89) 18 Antavian Edison (2009-12) 18 Markell Jones (2015-Present) 17 It Doesn’t Happen Very Often When D.J. Knox (152) and Markell Jones (109) both topped the century mark in rushing yards against Eastern Michigan last weekend it was the first time a pair of Boilermakers went for 100-plus yards in the same game since 2002 (Brandon Jones, 131, and Joey Harris, 102). It was merely the 27th time in school history that the feat has been accomplished and only the fifth time in the last 35 years. Please see page 101 of the Purdue Records Book for the entire list of the previous 26 100-yard rushing duos. It was the fi fth time Jones rushed for over 100 yards in a game in his career and the third, and also a career-high, for Knox. 100-Yard Rushing Duos Since 1984 Sept. 17, 1994 vs. Ball State – Mike Alstott (156) and Corey Rogers (124) Nov. 4, 1995 vs. Wisconsin- Mike Alstott (204) and Edwin Watson (194) Oct. 26, 2002 at Northwestern – Brandon Jones (165) and Joey Harris (132) Nov. 23, 2002 vs. Indiana – Brandon Jones (131) and Joey Harris (102) Sept. 8, 2018 vs. Eastern Michigan – D.J. Knox (152) and Markell Jones (109) We Want Moore True freshman Rondale Moore became a household name when he electrified the nation with a record-breaking performance in his collegiate debut against Northwestern on Aug. 30. With a (still) FBS-best 313 all-purpose yards against the Wildcats (79 rushing, 109 receiving, 125 kickoff return), Moore eclipsed Otis Armstrong’s single game school record of 312 yards set Nov. 25, 1972. Moore had a huge first half, racking up 302 all-purpose yards in the initial 30 minutes. That alone would have placed him third in the Purdue record book. With the Boilermakers trailing 14-0 in the first 10 minutes of the opening quarter, Moore hauled in a 32-yard touchdown reception from Elijah Sindelar and ripped off a 76-yard scoring run to even the score before the quarter ended.
More on Moore Rondale Moore is the first freshman (true or redshirt) in school history to make his Boilermaker debut with a 100-yard receiving game. Moore hauled in a game-high 11 receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown in his first collegiate game against Northwestern … His reception total was the highest by any player in the Big Ten on the opening week of college football and his yardage tally was second to only Ohio State’s Terry McLaurin’s 121 vs. Oregon State … Moore’s 76-yard touchdown rush in the first quarter against Northwestern was the longest run by a Boilermaker since Akeem Hunt went 82 yards to the house at Indiana on Nov. 29, 2014 … It is also the longest rush by a Big Ten player through the first two weeks of the season … Moore’s average of seven receptions per game is tied for 19th in the FBS and tied for second in the Big Ten … Moore ranks seventh in the FBS and second in the Big Ten with an average of 188 all-purpose yards per game. Don’t Blink Freshman Rondale Moore has held the football 25 times in his two-game collegiate career and is averaging a little over 15 yards per touch. He has caught a team-high 14 passes for 125 yards, four carries for 128 yards, six kick returns for 123 yards and a punt return for no gain entering the Missouri game. Higgins Comes Through Junior defensive end Kai Higgins had his fi nest day in a Purdue uniform against Eastern Michigan with two tackles, including a sack, a pass breakup and an interception. Behind Enemy Lines Sophomore linebacker Cornel Jones has played in the opposition’s backfield more often than not this season. Through the first two games, Jones has tallied a FBS-best 6.5 tackles for loss, including 2.5 sacks.
Eight: Mizzou’s regular season winning streak, dating back to last season. ^ Three: Consecutive wins in true road contests for Mizzou dating back to last season. Mizzou looks to make it four such games Saturday night at Purdue. ^ 49.9: The average amount of points that Mizzou has scored during its eight-game regular season winning streak, dating back to last season. Mizzou is averaging a 30.5 margin of victory in that span ^ 9,382: Career passing yards for Mizzou senior QB Drew Lock, who now ranks second in school history in that category. ^ 73%: The amount of Mizzou’s TD drives this season that have been at least eight plays in length. Just 23 percent of Mizzou’s TD drives met that qualifier last season as Mizzou has a more methodical approach to offense under first-year OC Derek Dooley. ^ 1,055: Yards for Mizzou senior WB Emanuel Hall over his last nine games (he played one series in the Texas Bowl before exiting with a hamstring injury, and missed last year’s Vanderbilt game). Hall has 11 TDs in that span and is averaging 117.2 yards per game in that span. Hall caught a career-high 10 passes last week vs. Wyoming for 171 yards. After posting 171 yards in the opener against UT Martin, Hall becomes the first Mizzou player since consensus All-American Danario Alexander in 2009 to have back-to-back games of 170+ yards. ^ 23.0: The amount of TFLs in the career of senior DT Terry Beckner, Jr. TBJ had 2.0 TFLs in another dominant outing last week. ^ 10: Consecutive regular season games that Mizzou has forced a TO.
THE MATCHUP: Mizzou Football, off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2015, heads to Purdue Saturday for a huge road test in week three on Saturday. The game will air at 6:30 p.m. (CT) on Big Ten Network and marks Mizzou’s first true road game since closing the 2017 regular season with a 48-45 win at Arkansas (11/24/17). Mizzou has won its last three true road games dating back to last season (at UConn, at Vanderbilt, at Arkansas). ^
ALL-TIME SERIES WITH THE BOILERMAKERS: Purdue leads the all-time series with Mizzou, 7-2, and has won four straight after a 35-3 win in Columbia last season. Prior to last year’s meeting, Mizzou and Purdue had not met since the 1980 Liberty Bowl (Purdue won, 28-25). ^ STILL ROLLING: After winning its first two games of the 2018 season, Barry Odom’s team has now won its last eight regular season games and is 8-1 in its last nine games overall. In the last eight regular season games (excluding the bowl game), Mizzou is averaging 49.9 points per game. Coach Odom is one of just eight Power Five head coaches to win at least eight of their last nine regular season games. Below is the list: • Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern): 9-1 • Lincoln Riley (Oklahoma): 9-0 • Ed Orgeron (LSU): 8-1 • Dabo Swinney (Clemson): 8-1 • Kirby Smart (Georgia): 8-1 • Urban Meyer (Ohio State): 8-1 • Barry Odom (Mizzou): 8-1 ^ Mizzou has scored 40 points or more in all eight of those wins and has an average victory margin of 30.5. ^ Mizzou turned heads nationally in 2017, when Odom’s squad won its last six games of the regular season to erase a 1-5 start to the year, and earn a bid to the Texas Bowl with a 7-5 record. ^ That is the longest regular-season win streak for Mizzou since the Tigers won 10 straight bridging the 2009 and 2010 seasons. In 2009, MU won its final three regular-season games on the way to an 8-5 season, and then started the 2010 season 7-0 on the way to a 10-3 mark and a Big 12 North Division co-championship. ^ LOCKED IN OVER LAST NINE: As mentioned above, Mizzou is riding high as of late, winning eight of its last nine games. In those nine games, there has been one common theme: the elite-level play of senior QB Drew Lock. In that span, Lock’s numbers have looked as impressive as any other quarterback in college football. Below is a snapshot: • Record: 8-1 • 187-for-289 (64.7%) • 2,928 yards (325.3 per game) • 35 touchdowns • 6 interceptions • 185.62 rating ^ In last Saturday’s win over Wyoming, Lock maybe put together his most complete game in a Tiger uniform as he continues to thrive under first-year offensive coordinator Derek Dooley. Lock completed a career-high 33 passes on 45 attempts (73.3%) with four TDs while rushing for 51 yards (his most since 2016) with another score. ^ LOCK LIVES AMONG GREATNESS IN THE SEC: Mizzou senior QB Drew Lock’s four TD tosses last week moved him into a tie for seventh all-time among SEC quarterbacks with 79 career passing TDs. He enters Saturday’s game vs. Purdue just two shy of tying Eli Manning (Ole Miss) who had 81 from 2000-03.