PURDUE FOOTBALL NOTES VS. TCU
(PURDUE SPORTS INFORMATION)
Head Coach: Jeff Brohm (Louisville ‘94)
Purdue Record: 14-14 (3rd season)
Career Record: 44-24 (6th season)
Rushing: Zander Horvath (81 yds., 3.0 ypc, 0 TD)
Passing: Elijah Sindelar (65.4 pct., 68-of-104, 9 TD, 3 Int.,
932 yards, 466.0 ypg)
Receiving: Rondale Moore (24 rec., 344 yds., 2 TD)
Defensively: Ben Holt (18 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 1 PBU),
Markus Bailey (14 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 1 sack)
PURDUE-TCU SERIES DATA Purdue leads 2-0 Current Streak: Purdue has won the last two meetings. First Meeting: Sept. 20, 1969 – Purdue won 42-35 in Fort Worth, Texas. Last Meeting: Sept. 19, 1970 – Vanderbilt won 15-0 at home. Noteworthy: The No. 18 Boilermakers opened the 1969 season with a 45-35 victory over the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth. Purdue would go on to fi nish the 1969 season, Jack Mollenkopf’s final year as head coach, 8-2 overall. Randy Cooper (23-117) and Mike Phipps (13-104) teamed up to rush for 221 yards on 36 carries to become one of 27 100-yard rushing duos in a game in Purdue history … Two days after head coach Jack Mollenkopf announced his retirement Jan. 7, 1970, longtime assistant Bob DeMoss was named his successor, becoming the third and most-recent Purdue alum to serve as head coach. In DeMoss’ first game, the Boilermakers defeated Texas Christian 15-0 at Ross-Ade Stadium. DeMoss is the latest of 11 Purdue coaches to record a shutout in their debut (the others were between 1891 and 1922). Scott Clayton scored a pair of rushing touchdowns. The Boilermakers came up with four takeaways. LEADING THE NATION Heading into the third week of the season, standouts Rondale Moore and Elijah Sindelar lead all of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in a number of statistical categories. All-Purpose Yards Per Game Rondale Moore, 229.5 Passing Touchdowns Elijah Sindelar, 9 (Tied with two others) Passing Yards Elijah Sindelar, 932 Passing Yards per Game Elijah Sindelar, 466.0 Points Responsible For Per Game Elijah Sindelar, 30.0 Receiving Yards Rondale Moore, 334 Receiving Yards Per Game Rondale Moore, 172.0 Receptions Rondale Moore, 24 Total Offense Per Game Elijah Sindelar, 484.0.
PURDUE AGAINST THE BIG 12
Purdue is hosting a Big 12 Conference school for the first time. The Boilermakers have played three Big 12 opponents previously, all in bowl games. They defeated Oklahoma State in the 1997 Alamo Bowl (33-20) and Kansas State in the 1998 Alamo Bowl (37-34), while losing to Oklahoma State in the 2013 Heart of Dallas Bowl (58-14). Prior to the Big 12 being formed in 1996, the Boilermakers played 10 games against schools currently in the conference and posted a 7-3 record (5-2 at home and 2-1 on the road). The most recent such pre-Big 12 school to play at Ross-Ade Stadium was West Virginia on Sept. 21, 1996, and the Mountaineers won 20-6, when they were still a member of the Big East. Purdue plays at TCU on Sept. 14, 2030.
Big 12 School Purdue Record
Iowa State 1-0
Kansas State 3-0
Oklahoma State 1-1
West Virginia 1-1
The Boilermakers lead the nation with 19 passes of 20 or more yards through the first two weeks of the season. Head coach Jeff Brohm’s offensive genius has already produced scoring plays of 50, 49, 39, 38, 34 and 20 yards against Nevada and Vanderbilt.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
Elijah Sindelar’s hot start has been to the benefit of a number of his teammates. Paced by Rondale Moore’s FBS-best 24 catches, nine different Boilermakers have at least two receptions on the year. Six different players have scored at least one touchdown via the passing game thus far.
YOUTH MOVEMENT Including five starters, the Boilermakers have had 23 true or redshirt freshman play in the first two games thus far. OL Will Bramel (R-Fr.), WR Amad Anderson Jr. (R-Fr.), DT Lawrence Johnson (R-Fr.), DE George Karlaftis (T-Fr.) and S Jalen Grahm (T-Fr.) have started for Purdue. RB Alfred Armour (R-Fr.), LB Elijah Ball (R-Fr.), WR David Bell (T-Fr.), DE Branson Deen (R-Fr.), RB King Doerue (T-Fr.), LB Kieren Douglas (R-Fr.), TE Payne Durham (R-Fr.), P Brooks Cormier (T-Fr.), S Marvin Grant (T-Fr.), OL Jimmy McKenna (RFr.), 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.), CB Cory Trice (R-Fr.) and WR Milton Wright (T-Fr.) have seen action in games as reserves and on special teams. SIZZLING SINDELAR Elijah Sindelar was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Vanderbilt on Sept. 7. In leading the Boilermakers to victory, he became the first Purdue quarterback with 500 passing yards and five passing touchdowns since Kyle Orton against Indiana on Nov. 20, 2004. Sindelar passed for 509 yards, tied for the sixth-most in school history. His 519 yards of total offense rank fifth all-time, while his five touchdown passes are tied for fi fth. Sindelar is the first Boilermaker to pass for 400-plus yards in back-to-back games since Drew Brees in 1998 and the first to throw four or more touchdown passes in consecutive games since Curtis Painter in 2007. Purdue 500-Yard Passing Games 572 – David Blough vs. Missouri, 2018 546 – Curtis Painter vs. Central Michigan, 2007 522 – Drew Brees vs. Minnesota, 1998 522 – Kyle Orton vs. Indiana, 2004 516 – Scott Campbell vs. Ohio State, 1981 509 – Drew Brees vs. Michigan State, 1999 509 – Elijah Sindelar vs. Vanderbilt, 2019.
Head Coach: Gary Patterson (Kansas State ‘83) TCU Record: 168-63 (19th season) Career Record: 168-63 (19th season) Statistical Leaders: Rushing: Alex Delton (67 yds., 9.6 ypc, 0 TD) Passing: Max Duggan (69.6 pct., 16-of-23, 1 TD, 0 Int., 165 yards, 165.0 ypg) Receiving: TreVontae Hights (8 rec., 108 yds., 0 TD) Defensively: Garret Wallow (13 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1.0 sacks), Ochaun Mathis (7 tackles, 2.5 TFL).
ABOUT THE GAME 4After an open date, TCU makes its first road trip of the season when it travels to Purdue for a Saturday 7:30 p.m. EDT contest on Big Ten Network (BTN). The home-and-home series between the Horned Frogs and Boilermakers will continue in 2030 when Purdue comes to Fort Worth and Amon G. Carter Stadium. The Horned Frogs have the Big 12’s longest active winning streak at four games, a run that is tied for eighth nationally. TCU has won 13 of its last 17 regular-season games after an open date. TCU will be playing its only game this season outside the Central time zone. TCU is playing its first game in the Hoosier state since a 21-0 loss at Notre Dame on Oct. 28, 1972. The Horned Frogs began that season with a 31-28 win at Indiana. In his 19th season, TCU’s Gary Patterson is the nation’s second-longest tenured head coach. He trails only Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz (21st year). ROAD WORK TCU has five straight wins in its first road game of the season. TCU’s 39 road wins since 2009 are third in the nation. The Horned Frogs are 39-14 (.736) in that stretch. TCU’s 47-21 record (.691) in road and neutral-site games since 2009 is the nation’s sixth-best mark. SERIES HISTORY TCU and Purdue are meeting for just the third time in their history and first since 1970. The Boilermakers won the last game between the teams by a 15-0 score on Sept. 19, 1970. The first meeting between the teams was a 42- 35 victory by No. 18 Purdue in Fort Worth in 1969.
PATTERSON VERSUS THE BIG TEN
TCU is 5-2 versus Big Ten opponents under Gary Patterson. The Horned Frogs’ most recent road game against a Big Ten team was a 23-17 victory at Minnesota in the 2015 season opener. Among the Horned Frogs’ Big Ten wins under Patterson was a 21-19 decision over Wisconsin in the 2011 Rose Bowl to cap a 13-0 season.
FOURTH IS FINE FOR NOW
The Horned Frogs were picked fourth in the 2019 Preseason Big 12 Media Preseason Poll. The last two times TCU was predicted fourth or lower, it won a Big 12 Championship (2014) and played in the Big 12 Championship Game (2017). IT’S 2019 In six of the last eight odd-numbered years (2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017), TCU has won at least 11 games. TCU NOTABLES Over the last five seasons, TCU (48-19, 30-15) has the Big 12’s second-best overall and conference records. TCU is one of just six programs nationally to finish in the top 10 of the final polls at least three times (2014, 2015, 2017) in the last five seasons. The others are Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma. Gary Patterson’s 19 seasons as TCU’s head coach are more than the combined tenures of the 11 other FBS head coaches in the state of Texas. Under Patterson, TCU has posted seven top-10 finishes and 11 in the top 25. The Horned Frogs have won at least 10 games in 11 of the last 16 seasons. Patterson has accounted for 25.8 percent (168 of 652) of TCU’s all-time football victories. TCU is in the midst of a $100 million premium seating expansion of Amon G. Carter Stadium. Completion will be in time for the 2020 season. HORNED FROGS TO WATCH 4Jalen Reagor has a touchdown catch in eight of his last nine games. His 18 career scoring receptions, in just over two seasons, place third in TCU history. TreVontae Hights’ eight receptions for 108 yards in the season opener surpassed his career total of six catches over his first three seasons combined. In the UAPB game, Alex Delton became the second non-Texan to start at quarterback for TCU in the 19-season tenure of head coach Gary Patterson. Garret Wallow had a career-high 13 tackles, including 3.5 for a loss with a sack, to earn Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors in the opener. Jeff Gladney tied for second nationally among cornerbacks in 2018 in lowest completion percentage allowed when targeted (33.3, 23-of-69). He was No. 1 in the Big 12 in lowest passer rating allowed (46.9).