1931 Purdue Boilermakers football team

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1931 Purdue Boilermakers football
Co-national champion (Parke H. Davis)
Big Ten co-champion
Conference Big Ten Conference
1931 record 9–1 (5–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Noble Kizer (2nd season)
Home stadium Ross–Ade Stadium
Seasons
← 1930
1932 →
1931 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10 Purdue + 5 1 0     9 1 0
Michigan + 5 1 0     8 1 1
Northwestern + 5 1 0     7 1 1
Ohio State 4 2 0     6 3 0
Minnesota 3 2 0     7 3 0
Wisconsin 3 3 0     5 4 1
Indiana 1 4 1     2 5 1
Chicago 1 4 0     2 6 1
Iowa 0 3 1     1 6 1
Illinois 0 6 0     2 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from Dickinson System

The 1931 Purdue Boilermakers football team represented Purdue University in the Big Ten Conference (Big Ten) during the 1931 college football season. In their second season under head coach Noble Kizer, the Boilermakers compiled a 9–1 record (5–1 against Big Ten opponents), shut out six of ten opponents, suffered its sole loss to Wisconsin, tied with Michigan for the Big Ten championship, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 192 to 39.[1] The team was recognized as national co-champion by Parke H. Davis.

End Paul Moss and center Ookie Miller were both recognized as first-team All-Americans. Moss received first-team honors from Liberty magazine,[2] and Miller received the same from the United Press and College Humor magazine.[3][4] Five Purdue players received honors on the 1931 All-Big Ten Conference football team: Paul Moss from the Associated Press (AP), United Press (UP), and captains' team (CPT); Ookie Miller (AP-2, UP-1); quarterback Paul Pardonner (UP-2); halfback Jim Purvis (CPT); and halfback Fred Hecker (AP-2, UP-2).[5][6][7]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 2 Western Reserve* Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 28–0  
October 3 Coe* Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN W 19–0  
October 10 Illinois Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN (Purdue Cannon) W 7–0  
October 17 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 14–21  
October 24 at Carnegie Tech* W 13–6  
October 31 at Chicago Stagg FieldChicago, IL (rivalry) W 14–6  
November 7 Centenary* Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN W 49–6  
November 14 Iowa Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN W 22–0  
November 21 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN (Old Oaken Bucket) W 19–0  
November 28 vs. Northwestern Soldier FieldChicago, IL W 7–0  
*Non-conference game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1931 Purdue Boilermakers". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2005. p. 1163. ISBN 1401337031. 
  3. ^ McLemore, Henry (December 4, 1931). "United Press Selects Stellar All-American". The Piqua Daily Call. Ohio. 
  4. ^ "All-America Selected by Coll. Humor". The Greeley Daily Tribune. Colorado. December 31, 1932. 
  5. ^ Paul Mickelson (November 24, 1931). "Northwestern Places Five Players on Two All-Western Elevens". The Independent, St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP story). p. 4A. 
  6. ^ Claire M. Burcky (December 13, 1931). "Captains Pick Outstanding Players". The Sunday Spartanburg Herald-Journal. p. 32. 
  7. ^ George Kirksey (November 24, 1931). "United Press All Big Ten Selections for 1931". The Indiana Gazette (Indiana, Pennsylvania). p. 10.