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1997 Purdue Boilermakers football
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Alamo Bowl champion
Alamo Bowl, W 33–20 vs. Oklahoma State
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 15
APNo. 15
1997 record9–3 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coachJoe Tiller (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorJim Chaney (1st season)
Offensive schemeSpread offense
Defensive coordinatorBrock Spack (1st season)
Base defense4–3
CaptainBrian Alford (Senior year)
CaptainRosevelt Colvin (Junior year)
CaptainMark Fischer (Senior year)
Home stadiumRoss–Ade Stadium
(Capacity: 67,861)
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1/2 Michigan   8 0         12 0  
#12/12 Ohio State   6 2         10 3  
#16/17 Penn State   6 2         9 3  
#15/15 Purdue   6 2         9 3  
Wisconsin   5 3         8 5  
Iowa   4 4         7 5  
Michigan State   4 4         7 5  
Northwestern   3 5         5 7  
Minnesota   1 7         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         2 9  
Illinois   0 8         0 11  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1997 Purdue Boilermakers football team represented Purdue University in the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. They played their home games at Ross–Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana and were members of the Big Ten Conference.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 66:00 PMat Toledo*L 22–3627,700
September 132:30 PMNo. 15 Notre Dame*ABCW 28–1768,789
September 201:00 PMBall State*
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
W 28–1445,947
September 2711:30 AMNorthwestern
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
ESPNW 21–942,112
October 116:00 PMat MinnesotaESPN+W 59–4337,821
October 181:00 PMNo. 24 Wisconsindagger
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
W 45–2054,252
October 251:00 PMat IllinoisNo. 23W 48–345,122
November 112:30 PMat No. 16 IowaNo. 18ESPN2L 17–3570,397
November 812:30 PMMichigan StateNo. 24
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
ESPN2W 22–2155,539
November 1512:00 PMNo. 6 Penn StateNo. 19
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
ESPNL 17–4252,156
November 221:00 PMat IndianaNo. 25W 56–746,599
December 308:00 PMOklahoma State*No. 17ESPNW 33–2055,552
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time
[1]

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

StartersEdit

Game summariesEdit

ToledoEdit

Purdue at Toledo
by Quarter1234 Total
Purdue 7 7 0 8 22
Toledo 21 6 3 6 36

Joe Tiller's first game as Purdue head coach[4]

Notre DameEdit

Notre Dame at Purdue
by Quarter1234 Total
Notre Dame 0 10 0 7 17
Purdue 7 7 0 14 28

In Joe Tiller's first home game, Purdue snapped an 11-game losing streak to Notre Dame as fans tore down the goalposts after the victory. Edwin Watson, who had two touchdown runs, had said earlier in the week that former head coach and new Irish offensive coordinator Jim Colletto "was used to losing here (Purdue), so it would be nothing new for him."[5]

Ball StateEdit

Ball State at Purdue
by Quarter1234 Total
Ball State 0 7 0 7 14
Purdue 3 10 15 0 28
  • Date: September 20
  • Location: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN
  • Game attendance: 45,947
[6]

NorthwesternEdit

Northwestern at Purdue
by Quarter1234 Total
Northwestern 3 6 0 0 9
Purdue 7 7 7 0 21
  • Date: September 27
  • Location: Ross–Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN
  • Game attendance: 42,112
[7]

MinnesotaEdit

Purdue at Minnesota
by Quarter1234 Total
Purdue 17 21 14 7 59
Minnesota 14 7 7 15 43
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  • Purdue's first win in Minneapolis since 1983.

[8]

WisconsinEdit

Wisconsin at Purdue
Homecoming
by Quarter1234 Total
Wisconsin 0 10 7 3 20
Purdue 21 7 7 10 45
  • Date: October 18
  • Location: Ross–Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN

With the win over Wisconsin, Purdue is off to its best start since 1978 and produced their first five-game winning streak since 1980.[9]

IllinoisEdit

Purdue at Illinois
by Quarter1234 Total
Purdue 14 20 7 7 48
Illinois 0 3 0 0 3
[10]

IowaEdit

Purdue at Iowa
by Quarter1234 Total
Purdue 10 7 0 0 17
Iowa 0 14 21 0 35
[11]

Michigan StateEdit

Michigan State at Purdue
by Quarter1234 Total
Michigan State 7 7 0 7 21
Purdue 0 7 0 15 22
  • Date: November 8
  • Location: Ross–Ade Stadium
    West Lafayette, IN
  • Game attendance: 55,539
[12]

Penn StateEdit

Penn State at Purdue
by Quarter1234 Total
Penn State 0 14 14 14 42
Purdue 0 9 0 8 17
  • Date: November 15
  • Location: Ross–Ade Stadium
    West Lafayette, IN
  • Game attendance: 52,156
[13]

IndianaEdit

Purdue at Indiana
by Quarter1234 Total
Purdue 14 7 7 28 56
Indiana 0 7 0 0 7

[14] [15]

Oklahoma StateEdit

Oklahoma State vs. Purdue
Alamo Bowl
by Quarter1234 Total
Purdue 7 3 20 3 33
Oklahoma State 3 3 7 7 20
[16]

RosterEdit

1997 Purdue Boilermakers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Winston, DonaldDonald Winston So
QB 3 Reeves, JohnJohn Reeves 10px Sr
WR 5 Tillman, WillieWillie Tillman Sr
WR 6 Jones, IsaacIsaac Jones Sr
WR 9 Tolbert, RobertRobert Tolbert So
QB 12 Dicken, BillyBilly Dicken 10px Sr
WR 20 Daniels, ChrisChris Daniels 10px So
RB 36 Watson, EdwinEdwin Watson Sr
RB 43 Matthews, KendallKendall Matthews Sr
OT 54 Fischer, MarkMark Fischer Sr
OG 56 Okobi, ChukkyChukky Okobi 10px Fr
OT 76 Maly, DanDan Maly Sr
OG 79 Manning, ChadChad Manning Sr
WR 80 Alford, BrianBrian Alford 10px Sr
TE 81 Jewell, BrandonBrandon Jewell 10px Sr
TE 84 Blackmon, JonJon Blackmon Sr
WR 88 Loerzel, JasonJason Loerzel Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
FS 2 Brown, DerrickDerrick Brown Sr
LB 4 Rose, MikeMike Rose So
SS 7 Beasley, AdrianAdrian Beasley So
SS 10 Brush, LeeLee Brush Sr
CB 11 Hawthorne, MichaelMichael Hawthorne So
CB 14 Coleman, JamelJamel Coleman Sr
CB 28 Bell, HenryHenry Bell Jr
DE 49 Nwokorie, ChukieChukie Nwokorie Jr
DE 58 Moore, WarrenWarren Moore Fr
DE 59 Colvin, RoseveltRosevelt Colvin Jr
DT 71 Gutwein, AnthonyAnthony Gutwein Jr
DT 82 Nugent, DavidDavid Nugent So
DE 87 Foggio, RoccoRocco Foggio Fr
DT 97 Smith, GregGreg Smith Sr
DT 98 Perez, LeoLeo Perez Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 22 Bunten, AaronAaron Bunten Fr
P 26 Rogers, DannyDanny Rogers So
LS 60 Standifer, AndyAndy Standifer So
P 92 Kaser, BrandonBrandon Kaser Jr
PK 96 Ryan, ShaneShane Ryan So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Roster
Last update: November 28, 2016

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2011 Purdue football information guide
  2. 2011 Purdue football information guide
  3. 2011 Purdue football information guide
  4. 1997 Purdue football archives. PurdueSports.com. Retrieved November 9, 2011
  5. 1997 Purdue football archives. PurdueSports.com. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
  6. 1997 Purdue football archives. PurdueSports.com. Retrieved November 9, 2011
  7. 1997 Purdue football archives. PurdueSports.com. Retrieved November 9, 2011
  8. 1997 Purdue football archives. PurdueSports.com. Retrieved November 9, 2011
  9. "Boilermakers Rout Wisconsin." 1997 Purdue football archives. PurdueSports.com. Retrieved November 9, 2011
  10. 1997 Purdue football archives. PurdueSports.com. Retrieved November 9, 2011
  11. 1997 Purdue football archives. PurdueSports.com. Retrieved November 10, 2011
  12. 1997 Purdue football archives. PurdueSports.com. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  13. 1997 Purdue football archives. PurdueSports.com. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  14. 1997 Purdue football archives. PurdueSports.com. Retrieved November 10, 2011
  15. USA Today.
  16. 1997 Purdue football archives. PurdueSports.com. Retrieved November 10, 2011
  17. 2011 Purdue football information guide
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