College Football

Purdue Boilermakers

2013: 1-11 (0-8 Big Ten)

After a second consecutive bowl season in 2012, Purdue had its sights set on contending in the Big Ten before the wheels fell off in 2013.  The average score of a Purdue game last year was a 38-15 loss as a dormant offense and defense set them back.  They now haven’t beaten a team from a major conference since November 24, 2012, against Indiana.  They were pretty bad in 2013--after a 55-24 thwacking vs Northern Illinois, they were then outscored 114-7 over the next three games combined to Nebraska, Michigan State, and Ohio State.  Interestingly, though, they weren’t nearly that bad early on as they came within a touchdown of beating #21 Notre Dame in the third week.  Now-sophomore Danny Etling remains quarterback but he’s really not the problem.  A dead running game, especially by college standards, keeps the offense unbalanced.  Horrendous defense overall was the biggest problem.  Second-year coach Darrell Hazell’s team will hopefully improve with more experience under in his system.            

The Purdue Boilermakers are based in West Lafayette, Indiana.  They have yet to claim a national championship but have a total of 12 conference titles in the team’s history.  The Boilermakers enjoy a rich culture of football, including an All-American marching band that incorporates the world’s largest drum.  The atmosphere at Ross–Ade Stadium is intense, especially when the crowd gets going to the backdrop of the renowned drum line.  Purdue is also known for its rivalries with schools like Indiana and Notre Dame, both intense in-state rivalries.  Ryan Kerrigan, Drew Brees, Kyle Orton, and Cliff Avril are some of the most influential players to come out of Purdue in recent years.  Get tickets for these games and more with Gold Coast Tickets!

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