2017 Purdue Boilermakers football team

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2017 Purdue Boilermakers football
Purdue Boilermakers logo.svg
Foster Farms Bowl, W 38–35 vs. Arizona
Conference Big Ten Conference
Division West Division
2017 record 7–6 (4–5 Big Ten)
Head coach Jeff Brohm (1st season)
Co-offensive coordinator Brian Brohm (1st season)
Co-offensive coordinator Tony Levine (1st season)
Offensive scheme Spread
Co-defensive coordinator Nick Holt (1st season)
Co-defensive coordinator Anthony Poindexter (1st season)
Base defense 4–3
Captain
Captain
Home stadium Ross–Ade Stadium
(Capacity: 57,236)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 5 Ohio State xy$   8 1         12 2  
No. 15 Michigan State   7 2         10 3  
No. 8 Penn State   7 2         11 2  
Michigan   5 4         8 5  
Rutgers   3 6         4 8  
Indiana   2 7         5 7  
Maryland   2 7         4 8  
West Division
No. 7 Wisconsin xy   9 0         13 1  
No. 17 Northwestern   7 2         10 3  
Iowa   4 5         8 5  
Purdue   4 5         7 6  
Nebraska   3 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 7         5 7  
Illinois   0 9         2 10  
Championship: Ohio State 27, Wisconsin 21
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Purdue Boilermakers football team represented Purdue University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Boilermakers competed as members of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference and played their home games at Ross–Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana. They were led by first-year head coach Jeff Brohm. They finished the season 7–6, 4–5 in Big Ten play to finish in a tie for third place in the West Division. They received a bid to the Foster Farms Bowl, their first bowl game since 2011,[1] where they beat Arizona.[2][3][4]

Previous season[edit]

The Boilermakers finished the 2016 season 3–9, 1–8 in Big Ten play to finish in last place in the West Division and failing to qualify for a bowl game for the fourth straight season.

On October 16, 2016, Darrell Hazell was fired with a 3–3 mid-season record. Gerad Parker was named the interim head coach for the remainder of the season, going 0–6.[5] On December 5, 2016, just nine days after the season ended, Purdue hired Brohm to be the head coach of the football team. Brohm had been the head coach at Western Kentucky the previous three seasons.[6]

Offseason[edit]

On December 8, 2016, Brohm made his first official hire with JaMarcus Shephard joining the Purdue staff after serving as the Wide Receivers coach at Washington State in 2016. Shepard had worked with Brohm at Western Kentucky the 3 seasons prior to 2016.[7] On December 31, 2016, Brohm hired Tony Levine to be Purdue's co-offensive coordinator, special teams coordinator and tight ends coach, the same jobs he had held under Brohm at Western Kentucky.[8] On January 2, 2017, Brohm announced that he had hired, Brian Brohm, Nick Holt, Reggie Johnson, Anthony Poindexter and Dale Williams as assistant coaches.[9]

Spring Game[edit]

The 2017 Purdue Spring Game took place in West Lafayette, Indiana at 1:00 pm on April 8, 2017.

Date Time Spring Game Site TV Result Attendance
April 8 1:00 pm Offense vs. Defense Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN BTN Defense 45-30[10]
6,006

Recruiting[edit]

Position key[edit]

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

Recruits[edit]

Purdue's recruiting class consisted of 24 recruits, including six that enrolled early. Purdue's recruiting class was ranked 77th by Scout, 68th by Rivals, 71st by 247Sports.com, and 59th by ESPN.[11][12][13][14]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 7:30 p.m. vs. No. 16 Louisville* Lucas Oil StadiumIndianapolis, IN FOX L 28–35   37,394
September 8 8:00 p.m. Ohio* Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN FS1 W 44–21   45,633
September 16 4:00 p.m. at Missouri* Faurot FieldColumbia, MO SECN W 35–3   53,262
September 23 4:00 p.m. No. 8 Michigandagger Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN FOX L 10–28   60,042
October 7 3:30 p.m. Minnesota Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN ESPN2 W 31–17   42,085
October 14 3:30 p.m. at No. 7 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI BTN L 9–17   78,580
October 21 12:00 p.m. at Rutgers High Point Solutions StadiumPiscataway, NJ BTN L 12–14   38,278
October 28 7:30 p.m. Nebraska Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN BTN L 24–25   41,411
November 4 11:00 a.m. Illinois Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN (Purdue Cannon) BTN W 29–10   46,027
November 11 7:00 p.m. at Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ESPN2 L 13–23   33,765
November 18 3:30 p.m. at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA BTN W 24–15   60,554
November 25 12:00 p.m. Indiana Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN (Old Oaken Bucket) ESPN2 W 31–24   52,105
December 27 8:30 p.m. vs. Arizona* Levi's StadiumSanta Clara, CA (Foster Farms Bowl) FOX W 38–35   28,436
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time. All dates, times, and TV are tentative and subject to change. Source:[15].

Radio[edit]

Radio coverage for all games will be broadcast statewide on The Purdue Sports Network and on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. The radio announcers are Tim Newton with play-by-play, Pete Quinn with color commentary, and Kelly Kitchel with sideline reports.[16]

Game summaries[edit]

vs. Louisville[edit]

Louisville vs Purdue
1 234Total
No. 16 Cardinals 7 31510 35
Boilermakers 7 777 28
  • Date: September 2
  • Location: Lucas Oil Stadium
    Indianapolis, IN
  • Game start: 7:30 PM EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:50 PM
  • Game attendance: 37,394
  • Game weather: Indoors
  • Referee: Duane Heydt
  • TV announcers (FOX): Tim Brando (Play-By-Play), Spencer Tillman (Analyst), & Holly Sonders (Sideline)
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–0–1 September 19, 1987 Tie, 22–22

To open the season, Purdue met No. 16–ranked Louisville Cardinals in a neutral-site game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The gamed first time the two teams had met in 30 years, with the 1987 game ending in a 22–22 tie.[18] The game was Jeff Brohm's first game as the head coach as he faced his alma mater.[19]

Purdue opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Elijah Sindelar to Jackson Anthrop. Louisville tied the game at seven with a three-yard Lamar Jackson pass to Jordan Smith, and took the lead with a 23-yard field goal by Blanton Creque. Trailing 10–7, Purdue scored again on an eight-yard David Blough pass to Richie Worship to give the Boilermakers a surprising 14–10 lead into halftime. Louisville opened up the second half scoring with a 32-yard field goal to tighten the deficit to 14–13. Purdue responded on the following drive with a Brycen Hopkins touchdown pass from Blough to give Purdue a 21–13 lead. Louisville scored on the ensuing drive with a 10-yard Reggie Bonnafon touchdown run, but the Cardinals' two-point conversion failed. Trying to respond to the Louisville touchdown, Blough was intercepted by Stacy Thomas, who returned Blough's pass 61 yards for a touchdown, but again their two-point conversion failed, giving the Cardinals a 25–21 lead. Purdue would answer however with Sindelar at QB as he threw another touchdown to Anthrop, this time from 14 yards out. With Purdue back in front 28–25 and just a little over a minute later, Louisville answered with a 20-yard Dez Fitzpatrick touchdown reception from Jackson to give the Cardinals a 32–28 lead with nine minutes remaining. Louisville concluded the scoring with a 30-yard Creque field goal with a little over four minutes remaining in the game.[20] Purdue could not answer and fell 35–28.[21] The loss left the Boilermakers at 0–1 on the season.

vs. Ohio[edit]

Ohio at Purdue
1 234Total
Bobcats 7 077 21
Boilermakers 10 2473 44
  • Date: September 8
  • Location: Ross–Ade Stadium
    West Lafayette, IN
  • Game start: 8:05 PM EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:05
  • Game attendance: 45,633
  • Game weather: 76°F, Clear, NE 6 MPH
  • Referee: Luke Richmond
  • TV announcers (FS1): Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, & Holly Sonders
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–0 September 17, 1988 Purdue, 33–10

After its game against Louisville, Purdue returned home for its first home game of the season against the Ohio Bobcats on a Friday night. It marked the first meeting of the two teams since 1988. The game also marked Purdue's first home night game as new permanent lights had been installed.[23]

Purdue opened the scoring with a 36-yard Spencer Evans field goal. Purdue increased their lead when Elijah Sindelar found Brycen Hopkins for a 17–yard touchdown pass. Ohio responded with a 4–yard A. J. Ouellette rushing touchdown to close out the first quarter scoring. David Blough again took over for Sindelar at quarterback and played well going on a 24–0 run in the second quarter to take a 34–7 lead at halftime. Purdue's scores during the run included a Tario Fuller rushing touchdown, a Cole Herdman reception, a J. D. Dellinger field goal and Anthony Mahoungou touchdown. Blough completed six of seven attempts for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the second quarter. Ohio opened the second half scoring with a 1–yard Julian Ross touchdown. Blough added a five-yard touchdown pass to Jackson Anthrop to complete the third quarter scoring. Purdue extended the lead with a 38–yard Spencer Evans field goal. Ohio concluded the scoring with a 25–yard touchdown reception by Cameron Odom from Nathan Rourke. Blough finished 11 for 13 with three touchdowns. Despite Blough's performance, Jeff Brohm said he would still continue to use both Blough and Sindelar.[24] Tario Fuller rushed for 142 yards on 16 attempts and recorded his first career touchdown for the Boilers in the blowout. Purdue gained 558 yards on the night while limiting the Bobcats to 396 yards. The win was Jeff Brohm's first as Purdue's head coach and moved the Boilers to 1–1 on the season.

at Missouri[edit]

Purdue at Missouri
1 234Total
Boilermakers 14 1470 35
Tigers 0 300 3
  • Date: September 16
  • Location: Faurot Field
    Columbia, MO
  • Game start: 3:01 PM EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:11
  • Game attendance: 53,262
  • Game weather: 89°F, Clear, SW
  • Referee: James Carter
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware & Olivia Harlan
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–2 December 27, 1980 Purdue, 28–25

After playing Ohio, Purdue traveled to Columbia, Missouri, to face the Missouri Tigers. This was the first meeting between the teams since the 1980 Liberty Bowl.[26]

David Blough started his first game of the season for Purdue as they jumped out early and often against the Tigers, scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions as Blough ran for a 5-yard score, Tario Fuller scored on a 36-yard run and Richie Worship scored on a three-yard run that has the Boilermakers up 21–0 early in the first quarter. After Blough struggled to score in the second quarter, he was replaced by Elijah Sindelar who would find Jackson Anthrop on a five-yard pass to give the Boilermakers a 28-point lead with 2:20 left in the first half. The Tigers managed a field goal as the half ended with Purdue up 28–3. Another Blough touchdown pass from one yard out to Worship ended the scoring in the third quarter and gave Purdue an easy 35–3 win and moved them to 2–1 on the season.[27] The 3 points given up by Purdue were the fewest since a September 17, 2011 shutout of Southeast Missouri State.

vs. Michigan[edit]

Michigan at Purdue
(Homecoming game)
1 234Total
#8 Wolverines 0 7714 28
Boilermakers 0 1000 10
  • Date: September 23
  • Location: Ross–Ade Stadium
    West Lafayette, IN
  • Game start: 4:12 PM EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:28
  • Game attendance: 60,042
  • Game weather: 89°F, Clear, SE 3 MPH
  • Referee: Jerry McGinn
  • TV announcers (FOX): Joe Davis, Brady Quinn & Bruce Feldman
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–44 October 6, 2012 Michigan, 44–13

Following its game against Missouri, Purdue began its conference schedule when the No. 8–ranked Michigan Wolverines traveled to West Lafayette, Indiana, in Purdue's homecoming game. It was the first time the two have met since Michigan defeated Purdue, 44–13, on October 6, 2012.[29][30]

Michigan defeated Purdue 28–10.[31] After neither team scored in the first quarter, Michigan opened the scoring in the second quarter via a 12-yard touchdown pass from John O'Korn to Zach Gentry. Purdue responded with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Elijah Sindelar to Brycen Hopkins. Purdue then took their first lead of the game via a 29-yard field goal from J. D. Dellinger, which made the score 10–7 in favor of Purdue at half-time. Michigan then scored 21 unanswered points in the second half, via a 10-yard touchdown run from Chris Evans, a one-yard touchdown run from Ty Isaac, and a 49-yard touchdown run from Evans.[32]

Michigan's defense held Purdue to 0-for-12 on third-down conversions, as Purdue did not convert a first down in the second half. Purdue was held to only 10 total yards in the second half.[30]

vs. Minnesota[edit]

Minnesota at Purdue
1 234Total
Golden Gophers 7 703 17
Boilermakers 6 0718 31
  • Date: October 6
  • Location: Ross–Ade Stadium
    West Lafayette, IN
  • Game start: 3:35 PM EDT
  • Elapsed time: 4:55
  • Game attendance: 42,085
  • Game weather: 83°F, Partly Cloudy , SW 17 MPH
  • Referee: Ron Snodgrass
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer & Kris Budden
Overall record Last meeting Result
32–37–3 November 5, 2016 Minnesota, 44–31

After a bye week following the Michigan game, Purdue hosted the Minnesota Golden Gophers. In the previous meeting (in 2016), Minnesota defeated Purdue, 44–31.[34] During the ensuing week before the game, Purdue lost their all-time winningest coach Joe Tiller who passed away at the age of 76. Both teams wore helmet decals to remembrance of Tiller.[35]

Purdue entered the game with leading rusher Tario Fuller missing the game with an injury, as well as defensive starters Ja'Whaun Bentley and Jacob Thieneman disqualified for the first half after being ejected during the Michigan game for targeting penalties.[36] David Blough made his third consecutive start at quarterback and found Cole Herdman on the Boilermakers first drive, but the PAT was missed by Spencer Evans. Minnesota was able to take a comfortable lead when the intercepted Blough on consecutive possessions scoring a touchdown on each with Conor Rhoda throwing passes to Tyler Johnson and Brandon Lingen. Minnesota took a 14–6 lead into halftime. Purdue opened the second half scoring with a 22-yard D. J. Knox touchdown reception from Elijah Sindelar. Purdue took the lead with 9:58 left to play on a 19-yard J. D. Dellinger field goal. Immediately following the go ahead field goal, the game went into a weather delay because of lightning in the area.[37] After an hour and a half rain delay, play resumed and Minnesota regained the lead with 2:26 left to play on a 38-yard Emmit Carpenter field goal. Purdue scored quickly on the next possession with a 12-yard Markell Jones touchdown run. Minnesota began driving with Rhoda finding Lingen and Rashad Still for catches of 7 and 32-yards respectively. Rhoda was then intercepted by Bentley who returned the ball 76-yards for a touchdown with 10 seconds remaining.[38]

The win was Purdue's first Big Ten Conference home victory since 2015 and Coach Brohm's first Big Ten Conference victory.

at Wisconsin[edit]

Purdue at Wisconsin
1 234Total
Boilermakers 3 330 9
#7 Badgers 14 300 17
  • Date: October 14
  • Location: Camp Randall Stadium
    Madison, WI
  • Game start: 2:40 PM EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:07
  • Game attendance: 78,580
  • Game weather: 59°F, Light Rain, E 9 MPH
  • Referee: John O'Neill
  • TV announcers (BTN): Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen & Lisa Byington
Overall record Last meeting Result
29–47–8 November 19, 2016 Wisconsin, 49–20

Following its game against Minnesota, Purdue played its second road game against the No. 7–ranked Wisconsin Badgers. Wisconsin defeated the Boilermakers in a showdown during the prior meeting, winning 49–20.[41]

Purdue changed their starting quarterback, going with Sindelar for the third time this season. Wisconsin opened the scoring with a 67-yard touchdown run by Jonathan Taylor. Following a 3 and out by the Purdue offense, Wisconsin extended their lead with a 14-yard Quintez Cephus touchdown reception from Alex Hornibrook. Purdue was able to score before the first quarter ended with a 36-yard Evans field goal. On Wisconsin's next drive Da'Wan Hunte intercepted Hornibrook's pass but Dellinger missed a field goal to cut into Purdue's deficit. Wisconsin was then able to drive into Purdue territory for a 46-yard Rafael Gaglianone field goal. Purdue then drove, which was aided by a T. J. Edwards targeting penalty and ejection, to score on a 49-yard Evans field goal as the first half expired. After a punt by Purdue started the second half, Danny Ezechukwu intercepted a Hornibrook screen pass leading to a 40-yard Dellinger field goal. On Wisconsin's next drive, Lorenzo Neal Jr. stripped Taylor in the red zone to give Purdue a chance to tie, but Purdue was forced to punt. After the ball was returned to Purdue on a punt, Purdue began to drive and was within field goal range when Sindelar was intercepted by Leon Jacobs with 8:14 left to play. Wisconsin was able to bleed out the rest of the half to hold onto a victory.

The victory was Wisconsin's 12th consecutive victory over Purdue.[42]

at Rutgers[edit]

Purdue at Rutgers
1 234Total
Boilermakers 0 336 12
Scarlet Knights 7 070 14
  • Date: October 21
  • Location: High Point Solutions Stadium
    Piscataway, NJ
  • Game start: 12:01 PM EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:17
  • Game attendance: 38,278
  • Game weather: 77°F, Sunny, SW 1 MPH
  • Referee: Jeff Servinski
  • TV announcers (BTN): Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen & Lisa Byington
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Following its game at Wisconsin, Purdue traveled to Piscataway, New Jersey to face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. This was the first ever meeting between the two teams.

After forcing a Purdue punt, on their second play from scrimmage, Gus Edwards broke an inside handoff for a 74-yard touchdown run. After two exchanges of punts by both teams, Purdue finally scored on their fourth drive of the game with a 26-yard Spencer Evans field goal. Purdue would end their next four possessions on downs, a punt, an interception and the end of the half. Rutgers would hold on to their 7-3 lead going into the half. On the second possession of the second half for Rutgers, the offense picked up and Giovanni Rescigno found Raheem Blackshear on a wheel route and Blackshear shook Navon Mosely to increase the Scarlet Knights' lead to 14–3. Purdue responded on the following drive with a 24-yard J. D. Dellinger field goal. After another exchanging of punts, Purdue was stopped on 4th down on the Rutgers' 30-yard line instead of kicking a field goal. With Sindelar throwing a second interception, Purdue turned to Blough who lead Purdue to a 70-yard scoring drive capped with a 10-yard Mahoungou touchdown reception, but Blough's two-point attempt was dropped in the endzone, sealing the Scarlet Knights victory.

vs. Nebraska[edit]

Nebraska at Purdue
1 234Total
Cornhuskers 3 3613 25
Boilermakers 0 1437 24
  • Date: October 28
  • Location: Ross–Ade Stadium
    West Lafayette, IN
  • Game start: 7:40 PM EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:26
  • Game attendance: 41,411
  • Game weather: 38°F, Cloudy, NW 12 MPH
  • Referee: Don Willard
  • TV announcers (BTN): Brandon Gaudin, Glen Mason & Michelle McMahon
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3 October 32, 2015 Nebraska, 27–14

After facing Wisconsin, Purdue returned home and host its in-division rival, the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The previous year, Nebraska defeated Purdue 27–14.[47]

Nebraska opened the scoring with a 44–yard Drew Brown field goal in the first quarter. Purdue took the lead after a 4–yard Richie Worship touchdown to open scoring in the second quarter. Brown and the Cornhuskers scored again with a 21–yard field goal. After an exchanging of punts, Purdue drove with 86–yards in 3:52 ending with a 5–yard David Blough rush with 24 seconds remaining in the half. Nebraska scored first in the second half on a 37–yard field goal. Purdue responded on their next drive with a Spencer Evans field goal. On the ensuing drive, Brown added another field goal, cutting Purdue's lead to 5. Jackson Anthrop scored on a 14–yard pass from Blough on their next drive, increasing their lead to 12. Nebraska responded with a Tanner Lee touchdown pass to Tyler Hoppes from 27-yards out. After another series of punts from both teams, Purdue stopped Nebraska on downs with 3:44 left in the 4th quarter. Purdue then obtained a first down on two runs by D. J. Knox. Purdue was stopped on their next three downs, with a timeout coming from Nebraska after each of the first two and another by Purdue just before the play-clock expired. Nebraska took over with 1:22 left on the clock with zero timeouts. Lee completed passes of 7, 17, 11 and 6–yards with Nebraska getting out of bounds of each of the plays. Purdue tackled J. D. Spielman in bounds, and after a rushed snap and play call, Lee threw his first completion of the drive to stop the clock, setting up 3rd and 4. On the next play, Lee found Stanley Morgan Jr. from 13 yards out for a touchdown with just 0:14 remaining. The two point conversion failed. Purdue then found Mahoungou for a first down and called timeout. Now 69–yards away from a touchdown, Blough found Knox for 25 yards, who stepped out of bounds after the game clock had expired.

vs. Illinois[edit]

Illinois at Purdue
(Purdue Cannon)
1 234Total
Fighting Illini 7 300 10
Boilermakers 7 6313 29
  • Date: November 4
  • Location: Ross–Ade Stadium
    West Lafayette, IN
  • Game start: 12:01 PM EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:17
  • Game attendance: 46,027
  • Game weather: 48°F, Cloudy, S 5 MPH
  • Referee: Mark Kluczynski
  • TV announcers (BTN): Cory Provus & J. Leman
Overall record Last meeting Result
44–42–6 October 8, 2016 Purdue, 34–31

After facing Nebraska, Purdue hosted its rival, the Illinois Fighting Illini. The previous year, Purdue defeated Illinois 34–31 in overtime to win the Purdue Cannon,[50] and kept the trophy by again defeating Illinois 29-10.

at Northwestern[edit]

Purdue at Northwestern
1 234Total
Boilermakers 0 076 13
Wildcats 0 1463 23
  • Date: November 11
  • Location: Ryan Field
    Evanston, IL
  • Game start: 6:10 PM EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:24
  • Game attendance: 33,765
  • Game weather: 36°F, Cloudy, S 9 MPH
  • Referee: Daniel Capron
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht & Rocky Boiman
Overall record Last meeting Result
50–30–1 November 12, 2016 Northwestern, 45–17

After hosting Illinois, Purdue traveled to Evanston, Illinois to face the Northwestern Wildcats. In the 2016 match-up, Purdue was defeated 45–17 by the Wildcats.[52] and lost a much closer contest 23-13.

at Iowa[edit]

Purdue at Iowa
1 234Total
Boilermakers 7 0143 24
Hawkeyes 0 906 15
  • Date: November 18
  • Location: Kinnick Stadium
    Iowa City, IA
  • Game start: 3:40 PM EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:03
  • Game attendance: 60,554
  • Game weather: 42°F, Partly Sunny, NW 20 MPH
  • Referee: Jeff Servinski
  • TV announcers (BTN): Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen & Lisa Byington
Overall record Last meeting Result
46–38–3 October 15, 2016 Iowa, 49–35

Following its game against Northwestern, Purdue played its final road game against Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa had defeated the Boilermakers in a showdown the previous season,[55] but Purdue shocked the Hawkeyes winning 24-15.

vs. Indiana[edit]

Indiana at Purdue
(Old Oaken Bucket)
1 234Total
Hoosiers 7 3014 24
Boilermakers 7 1437 31
  • Date: November 25
  • Location: Ross–Ade Stadium
    West Lafayette, IN
  • Game attendance: 52,105
  • Television network: ESPN2
Overall record Last meeting Result
73–41–6 November 26, 2016 Indiana, 26–24

Following its road finale against Iowa, Purdue faced its arch-rivals, the Indiana Hoosiers, in the 120th meeting of the "Old Oaken Bucket". This game marked the first time in the history of the rivalry that both teams played each other with the winner becoming bowl eligible. Purdue triumphed in an exciting game 31-24.

Roster[edit]

2017 Purdue Boilermakers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 1 D. J. Knox Redshirt.svg Jr
QB 2 Elijah Sindelar Redshirt.svg So
WR 3 D. J. Edwards Fr
QB 5 Griffin Alstott Fr
WR 6 Tyler Hamilton Fr
WR 7 Isaac Zico Jr
RB 8 Markell Jones Jr
WR 9 Terry Wright Jr
WR 10 Gregory Phillips (C) Sr
QB 11 David Blough (C) Redshirt.svg Jr
QB, WR 12 Jared Sparks Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 13 Aidan O'Connell Fr
QB 14 Danny Carollo Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 17 Nick Sipe Fr
WR 18 KeyRon Catlatt Fr
QB 18 Cameron Northern Fr
QB 19 Aaron Banks Jr
WR 20 Benaiah Franklin Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 21 Anthony Mahoungou Sr
RB 25 Tario Fuller Redshirt.svg So
RB 26 Carter McGinnis Fr
RB 32 Jack Wegher So
WR 33 Jackson Anthrop Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 34 Richie Worship Redshirt.svg So
RB 37 Brian Lankford-Johnson So
RB 40 Alexander Horvath Fr
RB 45 Lane Beeler Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 50 Bearooz Yacoobi Jr
OL 51 Bryce Brown Redshirt.svg Fr
OT 52 Tanner Hawthorne Redshirt.svg Fr
C 53 Kirk Barron (C) Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 55 Michael Mendez Redshirt.svg So
OL 56 Viktor Beach Fr
OL 58 Ryan Flaherty Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 60 Eric Swingler Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 64 Eric Ferguson Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 65 Marc Rolland Fr
OL 68 Peyton Truitt Redshirt.svg So
OL 70 Dave Steinmetz Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 71 Sam Loebig Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 72 Jalen Jackson Fr
OL 73 Ethan Smart Jr
OL 74 Graham Keller Fr
OL 75 Shane Evans Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 76 Mark Stickford Fr
OL 77 D. J. Washington Fr
OL 78 Grant Hermanns Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 79 Matt McCann Redshirt.svg So
WR 80 Jarrett Burgess Jr
TE 81 Darius Pittman Fr
TE 82 Wade Buckman Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 83 Malcolm Dotson Redshirt.svg So
TE 84 Jess Trussell Redshirt.svg So
WR 86 Noah Ellison Fr
WR 87 Ryan James Fr
TE 88 Cole Herdman Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 89 Brycen Hopkins Redshirt.svg So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 1 Dedrick Mackey Fr
CB 2 Da'Wan Hunte (C) Redshirt.svg Sr
CB 3 Kamal Hardy Sr
LB 4 Ja'Whaun Bentley (C) Sr
S 5 T. J. Jallow Jr
LB 6 T. J. McCollum Redshirt.svg Sr
DT 7 Eddy Wilson Jr
CB 8 Josh Okonye Redshirt.svg Sr
DT 9 Lorenzo Neal So
CB 10 Michael Little Redshirt.svg So
DE 11 Antoine Miles Redshirt.svg Sr
DE 13 Gelen Robinson Sr
CB 14 Antonio Blackmon Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 16 Garret Hudson Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 17 Cornell Jones Fr
CB 20 Kenneth Major Fr
LB 21 Markus Bailey Redshirt.svg So
LB 22 Sawyer Dawson Redshirt.svg So
CB 23 Josh Hayes So
CB 24 Tim Cason Redshirt.svg Jr
CB 25 Brandon Shuman So
S 26 C. J. Parker Injured Sr
S 27 Navon Mosley So
CB 28 Josh Abrams Fr
CB 29 Simeon Smiley Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 30 Tobias Larry Fr
DE 31 Robert McWilliams III Fr
LB 34 Jonah Williams Fr
S 35 Wes Cook Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 36 Danny Ezechukwu (C) Redshirt.svg Sr
S 38 Brennan Theineman Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 39 Zach Randall Fr
S 40 Ronnie Hill Redshirt.svg So
S 41 Jacob Theineman Redshirt.svg Jr
CB 42 David Day Redshirt.svg So
S 43 Andy Chelf Redshirt.svg So
DT 44 Anthony Watts Redshirt.svg Fr
DE 45 Austin Larkin Sr
CB 46 Race Johnson Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 48 Rob Simmons Redshirt.svg Jr
S 49 Dennis Johnson Fr
DT 50 Keiwan Jones Injured Redshirt.svg Jr
DE 54 Mike Zeigler Jr
LB 55 Derrick Barnes Fr
LB 57 Semisi Fakasiieiki Redshirt.svg Fr
DT 66 Alex Criddle So
DT 90 Will Colmery Injured Redshirt.svg Jr
DE 91 Chazmyn Turner Redshirt.svg So
DE 92 Giovanni Reviere Fr
DT 94 Allen Daniels Fr
DT 96 Ray Ellis Jr
DE 98 Kai Higgins So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 13 Spencer Evans Jr
P 31 Joe Schopper Jr
K 38 Zac Collins Fr
K 42 Ben Bravo Jr
K 43 Myles Homan Redshirt.svg So
LS 47 Ben Makowski Jr
LS 48 Ryan Sadkowski Jr
K 85 J. D. Dellinger So
P 96 Jake Herr Redshirt.svg So
LS 97 Brooks Royal Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Brian Brohm (Co-Offensive Coordinator /
    Quarterbacks)
  • Nick Holt (Co-Defensive Coordinator /
    Linebackers)
  • Tony Levine (Special Teams Coordinator /
    Co-Offensive Coordinator /
    Tight Ends)
  • Anthony Poindexter (Co-Defensive Coordinator /
    Safeties)
  • JaMarcus Shephard (Wide Receivers)
  • Chris Barclay (Running Backs)
  • Derrick Jackson (Cornerbacks)
  • Reggie Johnson (Defensive Line)
  • Dale Williams (Offensive Line)
  • Dan Row (Defensive Quality Control)
  • Ryan Wallace (Quality Control)
  • Kevin Wolthausen (Quality Control)
  • Justin Lovett (Director of Strength & Conditioning)
  • Domenic Reno (Senior Associate Director of Football
    Strength & Conditioning)
  • Dennis Love (Associate Director of Football
    Strength & Conditioning)
  • Jeff Eaton (Assistant Director of Football
    Strength & Conditioning)
  • Chris Giacchino (Assistant Director of Football
    Strength & Conditioning)
  • Mike Cassity (Director of High School Relations)
  • Don Dunn (Director of Player Personnel)
  • Sean Pugh (Director of Player Development)
  • Greg Brohm (Executive Director of Administration
    and Operations / Chief of Staff)
  • Robert Sampson (Director of Internal Relations)
  • JMichael Jonard (Offensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Joe Montag (Defensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Sean Robinson (Defensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Justin Sinz (Offensive Graduate Assistant)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: Setepmber 28, 2017

Awards and honors[edit]

Preseason awards / Watch list[edit]