After kicking off the season with two games at home, Purdue Football hits the road for the first time this season. The Boilermakers face an undefeated Syracuse team (Sept. 17) at noon on ESPN2. • Purdue won the only other meeting between the two programs, a 51-0 victory at Ross-Ade Stadium (Sept. 5, 2004). • The Boilermakers boast a 4-1 record in their first road game of each season under head coach Jeff Brohm. Prior to Brohm’s arrival, Purdue lost eight of its previous nine road openers. • Purdue is coming off a 56-0 win over Indiana State, the second shutout of the Jeff Brohm era and the largest margin of victory since a 59-point shutout win over Southeast Missouri in 2011. • Four of Purdue’s next six games are on the road. • The Boilermakers are an even .500 against ACC teams, going 15-15-1 facing 11 current members of the conference. • Reuniting with youth football teammate Aidan O’Connell, Iowa transfer Charlie Jones has provided an instant impact in his first two outings at Purdue, leading the Big Ten in receptions (21), receiving yards (286) and receiving touchdowns (4). • Jones leads the nation in receptions per game (10.5), while ranking third in receiving touchdowns and fourth in receiving yards. • Two of Purdue’s leading tacklers, Sanoussi Kane (Harlem) and Khordae Sydnor (New Rochelle), return to their home state for Saturday’s matchup; Kane paces the Boilermakers with 10 tackles, while Sydnor ranks third on the team with seven tackles. • While the offense may get more notoriety, the Purdue defense has gotten off to a fast start this season. The Boilermakers have recorded a pair of defensive touchdowns, forcing four turnovers, while keeping opponents off the scoreboard in six of the eight quarters.
RECEIVER U • With 21 receptions through two games, Charlie Jones joined some elite company to start a season. • Since 2000, only four Big Ten wide receivers caught at least 21 passes through the first two games of a season, all of them being Purdue Boilermakers. Now, Jones is one of them. • Rondale Moore, an All-American currently playing for the Arizona Cardinals, hauled in 24 receptions to kick off the 2019 season. • Taylor Stubblefield made 23 catches in 2003 before becoming a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award at the end of the 2004 campaign. • David Bell (Cleveland Browns), also a finalist for the Biletnikoff in 2021, caught 22 passes to start the 2020 season before ending his Purdue career as an All-American. TRACKING THE TARGETS • Aidan O’Connell wasted no time spreading the ball around in the opener against Penn State, going 30-for-60 for 365 yards and a touchdown. • O’Connell directed 19 of his 60 attempts towards childhood teammate Charlie Jones in the opener against Penn State. • Through two games, 15 different Boilermakers have caught a pass with 10 making two or more grabs. DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE DEFENSE • While a Jeff Brohm team is usually known for its offense, the Purdue defense is making its presence felt this season. • Out of the eight quarters Purdue has played in 2022, the defense has kept the opposition scoreless in six of them. • The Boilermakers have forced four turnovers, including a pair of interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. • Purdue is one of six teams nationwide with multiple defensive touchdowns. • The Purdue defense ranks 16th nationally in red zone defense, while allowing only 74.5 rushing yards per game to rank 18th in the country. PICK SIX CITY • The Purdue defense has returned interceptions for touchdowns in back-to-back games for the first time since 2010 when Ricardo Allen had a pair of pick sixes against Michigan and Michigan State. • Chris Jefferson’s 72-yard pick six against Penn State (Sept. 1) was the longest by a Boilermaker since Ja’Whaun Bentley went 76 yards versus Minnesota (Oct. 7, 2017). • In the shutout victory over Indiana State (Sept. 10), Cam Allen’s eighth career interception became his first pick six as he scampered 65 yards to the end zone. • Purdue joins USC and Western Kentucky as the only teams in the nation that have taken multiple interceptions back for touchdowns. • Allen’s interception return for a touchdown was the 55th by a Boilermaker since 1950.
ORANGE START FOUR-GAME HOMESTAND AGAINST PURDUE • Syracuse begins a stretch of four-straight home games when it hosts Purdue on Saturday. It marks the Orange’s longest homestand of the season. • The game will air on ESPN2, with Brian Custer (PxP), Dusin Fox (analyst) and Lauren Sisler (reporter) on the call. • The Orange will try to start the campaign with three consecutive victories for the first time since 2018. ‘Cuse began that season with four-straight wins and went on to a 10-3 record and a win in the Camping World Bowl. SHRADER ON THE MARK • QB Garrett Shrader has been one of the most accurate passers in the nation on through the first two weeks of the season. • He has completed 38-of-48 passes (.792) this season and ranks third in the nation on in completion on percentage, and is ninth in the nation on in points responsible for. • Shrader enjoyed one of the most productive days of his career in the win against UConn. He was 20-of-23 for 292 yards and three touchdowns. He set career highs in completions and passing yards and passed his career high in passing TDs. • His .870 completion on percentage against the Huskies ranks third in the FBS among quarterbacks who have completed 20 or more passes in a game this season (6th total). • Shrader was also graded as Pro Football Focus’ top quarterback in the power five in week one with a 94.1 passing grade.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS • RB Sean Tucker became the 13th player in program history to surpass 2,300 rushing yards in Syracuse’s victory against UConn. • Tucker rushed for 112 yards against the Huskies to increase his career total to 2,334 yards. He climbed to 13th place on the Orange’s career rushing leader list, passing Kyle McIntosh (2,250). ORANGE IN THE RED ZONE • Syracuse is the only FBS school that has converted on all of its red zone chances while not allowing a score from the red zone. The Orange are one of only nine schools to be perfect in the red zone with 10+ scores this season. • Syracuse was perfect in the red zone against UConn, converting on all six of its trip inside the Huskies’ 20. • It marked the second-straight game that the Orange scored on every opportunity in the red zone. Overall, ‘Cuse is 10-for-10 inside the red zone this season. • Conversely, Syracuse’s defense has not allowed a score from inside the red zone. The opposition has only had one opportunity, which the Orange ended on a fourth-and-goal at the two-yard line.
SERIES HISTORY • Syracuse and Purdue will meet for just the second Ɵ me and the first time on the Orange’s home fi eld. • The Boilermakers won the only previous contest between the two schools. LAST TIME VS. PURDUE • The Orange traveled to West Lafayette, Indiana for the 2004 season opener that Purdue won, 51-0. • The Boilermakers opened the scoring with 4:01 remaining in the first quarter. On Purdue’s next possession, QB Kyle Orton threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to give the Boilermakers a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. • Syracuse put together a drive at the end of the first half, but a low snap on a 24-yard fi eld-goal attempt with 27 seconds remaining forced holder Jared Jones to throw a pass that was intercepted. • Orton finished the day 16-for-30 for 288 yards and four touchdowns. • RB Walter Reyes rushed for 33 yards on 13 carries, increasing his career total to 2,654 yards and moving him into fifth place on Syracuse all-Ɵ me rushing list. ORANGE AGAINST THE BIG TEN • Syracuse has an all-Ɵ me record of 105-124-11 against Big Ten teams. • The Orange’s last win against a squad from the Big Ten came in the 2013 Texas Bowl when Syracuse defeated Minnesota, 21-17. • Head coach Dino Babers is 0-2 against Big Ten squads during his Syracuse tenure and is 2-3 overall. One of those wins came against Purdue in 2015 when Babers led the Eastern Illinois program.