Oct 27, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Purdue Boilermakers running back Akeem Shavers (24) carries the ball during the first quarter against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Penn State Preview: Who Are the Purdue Boilermakers?

Penn State at Purdue
Mpve,ber 3., 2012
3:30 pm EST

Purdue University 

Ross-Ade Stadium
Capacity: 62,500

West Lafayette, Indiana

Head Coach: Danny Hope (19-26 career)

2011 Record: 7-6

2012 Record: 3-5

Key Players: 

QB #9 Robert Marve: Marve threw for just 633 yards last year and has played off and on this season, throwing for 597 yards and 6 touchdowns. However, he has been named the starter for this weekend’s game. He was 11-19 with 2 touchdowns in relief of starter Caleb Terbush last weekend.

RB #24 Akeem Shavers: Leads Purdue with 432 rushing yards, including a 78 yard performance last week against Minnesota. Shavers also has 8 receptions on the year, including an 83 yard touchdown against Ohio State.

WR #13 Antavian Edison: Purdue’s big play receiver, Edison has 432 yards and 6 touchdowns on the season. He’s averaging 11.4 yards per catch and had a 5 catch, 51 yard performance last week.

DT #93 Kawann Short: Lombardi Award finalist and All-conference candidate. Short has 25 tackles and 4 sacks, both impressive numbers from the tackle position. He also has 9 tackles for loss, 2 pass break ups and a blocked kick.

SUMMARY:

I expected big things out of Purdue this year and, following a 3-1 start including a 3 point loss to Notre Dame, things appeared headed in the right direction for the Boilermakers. Since then, Purdue has lost 4 straight, including lopsided games against Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

At times, the Boilermakers’ front four on defense looks like one of the best in the conference. Other times, they give up 246 rushing yards to Minnesota. The inconsistency carries over to the offensive side of the ball, where Purdue is capable of breaking big plays from all over the field. They’ve scored 7 touchdowns of 35 yards or more and 3 from at least 80 yards out. At the same time, they’re averaging less than 20 points per game over their last 4.

If Purdue shows up ready to play, they can compete with anybody in the Big Ten. They’re desperate to save their season and they’re running out of chances to get bowl-eligible. Penn State will likely face another strong run defense and they’ll have to be willing to be flexible in their gameplan.

Fun Facts:

  • Purdue hasn’t beat Penn State since 2004.
  • Danny Hope is just Purdue’s 2nd coach in the last 25 years.
  • Purdue’s “Cradle of Quarterbacks” includes Len Dawson, Bob Griese, Drew Brees, Kyle Orton and Curtis Painter.
  • Purdue plays Indiana each year for “The Old Oaken Bucket”. a nearly 80 year old bucket/rivalry trophy.
  • The Boilermakers haven’t had back to back winning seasons since 2006-2007.

 

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