PURDUE FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. MARYLAND
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PURDUE-MARYLAND SERIES DATA Maryland leads 2-0 Current Streak: Maryland has won the last two meetings. In West Lafayette: First Meeting First Meeting: Dec. 29, 2006 – Maryland won 24-7 in Champs Sports Bowl. Last Meeting: Nov. 10, 2016 – Oct. 1, 2016 – Maryland won 50-7 at home. Noteworthy: The 2006 Boilermakers were the nation’s only team to play 13 regular-season games without an open week. Purdue, which had 20 players make their first career starts, returned to the bowl scene and finished with an 8-6 record. Curtis Painter, with the benefit of playing one more game, broke Drew Brees’ Big Ten season record with 3,985 passing yards (now the second-most in conference history). Mike Otto set a school record with 50 career starts at left offensive tackle – every game he played over four seasons. Defensive end Anthony Spencer led the nation with 26.5 tackles for loss en route to earning first-team All-American honors. HOMECOMING HISTORY Today’s Homecoming game is the 97th in school history. The Boilermakers have a 51-41-4 record in these autumn celebration games, dating to a 3-0 victory over Northwestern on Nov. 5, 1921. Maryland is the 16th different Homecoming opponent for the Boilermakers. Among Big Ten schools, Purdue has yet to play Nebraska and Rutgers for Homecoming. Here is the breakdown by conference foe: Wisconsin (21 games), Illinois (19), Iowa (15), Northwestern (14), Minnesota (9), Michigan State (4), Indiana (2), Michigan (2), Ohio State (2) and Penn State (1). Homecoming 2020 will be Oct. 31 against Northwestern. HONORING THE CRADLE OF ASTRONAUTS Purdue is known as the Cradle of Astronauts, and the Boilermakers are wearing a moon-inspired helmet and astronaut-themed patch on their uniform. The numbers on the helmet stripe – 2, 25 and 64 – represent Purdue men on the moon, Purdue astronauts and space missions by Purdue astronauts. The coaching staff is donning apparel with the logo that appears on the patch. For its halftime show, the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band will be joined by a group of astronaut alumni. The show celebrates their accomplishments in space exploration, and the astronauts will be recognized. WECLOME, MARYLAND Maryland is making its first appearance at Ross-Ade Stadium. The Boilermakers boast a 6-4-1 record in initial games against current Big Ten opponents at Ross-Ade. Rutgers will make its maiden visit Oct. 10, 2020.
KING-SIZE PERFORMANCE Freshman running back King Doerue made his first start against Minnesota on Sept. 28 and rushed for 94 yards on 20 carries (4.7 average) and two touchdowns to go with four receptions for 32 yards and a score. He became the first true freshman with three touchdowns in a game for the Boilermakers since John Standeford against Northwestern at Northwestern on Oct. 14, 2000 (all receiving). Since then, two redshirt freshman have had three-touchdown games – Kory Sheets at Indiana in 2005 (all rushing) and Rob Henry vs. Minnesota in 2010 (all rushing). SPREADING THE WEALTH Jeff Brohm’s offense has utilized a number of Purdue’s talented receivers this season. Paced by Rondale Moore’s Big Ten-best 7.3 receptions per game, 12 different Boilermakers have at least one catch on the year and nine different players have scored at least one touchdown via the passing game thus far. YOU’RE GOING TO PLAY In Jeff Brohm’s two-plus season with the Boilermakers he has shown that he is not shy about playing guys, no matter their experience, especially at wide receiver. Jackson Anthrop led the team in receiving as a redshirt freshman in 2017, Rondale Moore exploded onto the college football scene as a true freshman last season and this year true freshman David Bell has already posted impressive numbers in his first five games.
YOUTH MOVEMENT Including 10 starters, the Boilermakers have had 27 true or redshirt freshman play in the fi rst three games. WR Amad Anderson Jr. (R-Fr.), WR David Bell (T-Fr.), OL Will Bramel (R-Fr.), RB King Doerue (T-Fr.), TE Payne Durham (R-Fr.), S Jalen Grahm (T-Fr.), DT Lawrence Johnson (R-Fr.), DE George Karlaftis (T-Fr.), QB Jack Plummer (R-Fr.) and CB Cory Trice (R-Fr.) have started for Purdue. CB Cam Allen (T-Fr.), RB Alfred Armour (R-Fr.), LB Elijah Ball (R-Fr.), TE Kyle Bilodeau (T-Fr.), WR Jordan Bonner, P Brooks Cormier (T-Fr.), DE Branson Deen (R-Fr.), S Marvin Grant (T-Fr.), OL Jimmy McKenna (R-Fr.), OL Eric Miller (R-Fr.), CB Jordan Rucker (R-Fr.), WR TJ Sheffield (T-Fr.), LB Jack Smith (R-Fr.), DB Kadin Smith (R-Fr.), DT Jack Sullivan (R-Fr.), WR Kory Taylor (R-Fr.) and WR Milton Wright (T-Fr.) have seen action in games as reserves and on special teams. KARLAFTIS CRUSHING IT Freshman defensive end George Karlaftis paces Purdue with eight tackles for loss and four sacks. He ranks third in the Big Ten with an average of 1.60 tackles for loss per game and tied for seventh with 0.80 sacks per game. Karlaftis came up with an interception and a sack against TCU, becoming the first Purdue true freshman to do so in a game since Torri Williams at Iowa on Nov. 6, 2004.
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The University of Maryland football team will play its second straight Big Ten road game on Saturday when it travels to West Lafayette, Indiana for the first time ever to take on Purdue. The game will kick at noon and be broadcast on BTN and the Maryland Sports Radio Network. Against Rutgers, RB Javon Leake returned the opening kickoff of the second half 100 yards for his second career kick return touchdown, marking the first time any Big Ten team has returned a kick to the house this season. With a WR DJ Turner punt return touchdown in Week One vs. Howard, Maryland is one of only five FBS teams with both a kick return and punt return touchdown this season, joining Appalachian State, Houston, UCLA and Utah State. Maryland leads the Big Ten in both kick return average (29.44 ypr) and punt return average (15.13 ypr). RB Anthony McFarland Jr. has tallied seven rushing touchdowns through five games this season (2 vs. Howard, 2 vs. Syracuse, 1 at Temple, 2 at Rutgers), the ninth highest total in the country and the most for a Maryland RB in the first five games of the season since Keon Lattimore also had seven in 2007. The Maryland defense has tallied 16 sacks through four games, the 19th highest total in the country and the Terrapins most over a five-game span since Maryland finished the year with 18 (1 at Michigan, 2 vs. Ohio State, 3 at Nebraska, 7 vs. Rutgers, 5 vs. Boston College) in 2016. LB Keandre Jones has 4.5 to lead the Terps, the sixth highest total in the Big Ten and 20th best in the country. Maryland has forced a turnover in 17 straight contests, the third-longest streak in the FBS, trailing only Mississippi State (21) and Syracuse (19). The Terps, who notched a takeaway in every game last season continued the streak last week at Rutgers when they picked off the Scarlet Knights twice, first by LB Ayinde Eley and then by LB Isaiah Davis, his first career interception. The Terps have forced nine turnovers and only lost five, a plus-four margin this season, the 21st best in the country and top five in the Big Ten. Maryland won the turnover battle in four of the first five games. Senior DB Antoine Brooks Jr. has totaled 30 solo tackles this year, the most per game in the Big Ten and the 15th highest total in the country. Brooks has led Maryland in tackles in three of the five games and tallied a career-best 13, all solo, at Temple (9/14). All three of the Terps wins this season have been by at least 40 points (79 vs. Howard, 43 vs. Syracuse, 41 at Rutgers), making Maryland one of only three teams in the country (Ohio State and Wisconsin) to have three 40-plus point wins. It is the first time since 1974 that Maryland has had three 40-plus point wins in a single season. Maryland has 207 points through five games, the highest total in the first five games of a season in program history and the most over any five game span since scoring 223 during a five game win streak in the 2002 season. The Terps 41.4 points per game is the 14th highest in the country and fourth-most in the Big Ten.