2000 Purdue Boilermakers football
Big Ten co-champion
Rose Bowl, L 24–34 vs. Washington
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
CoachesNo. 13
APNo. 13
2000 record8–4 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coachJoe Tiller (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorJim Chaney (4th season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorBrock Spack (4th season)
Base defense4–3
MVPDrew Brees (senior year)
CaptainAkin Ayodele (junior year)
CaptainDrew Brees (senior year)
Home stadiumRoss–Ade Stadium
(Capacity: 67,332)
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2000 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#11/10 Michigan §   6 2         9 3  
#13/13 Purdue §   6 2         8 4  
Northwestern §   6 2         8 4  
Ohio State   5 3         8 4  
#23/24 Wisconsin   4 4         9 4  
Minnesota   4 4         6 6  
Penn State   0 (*4) 4         0 (*5) 7  
Iowa   3 5         3 9  
Illinois   2 6         5 6  
Michigan State   2 6         5 6  
Indiana   2 6         3 8  
† – BCS representative as champion
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 2000 Purdue Boilermakers football team represented Purdue University in the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season. They played their home games at Ross–Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana and competed in the Big Ten Conference. In its fourth year under head coach Joe Tiller, Purdue compiled an 8–4 record, won the conference championship, but was defeated by Washington in the 2001 Rose Bowl.

Purdue's offense was led by quarterback and Heisman Trophy-finalist Drew Brees. Brees led the Big Ten in completions, attempts, passing yards and passing touchdowns, setting the Big Ten career record for career passing yards with 11,517 passing former Purdue player, Mark Herrmann who had set the mark with 9,946 in 1980. The team had neither a 1,000-yard rusher nor a 1,000-yard receiver. Vinny Sutherland was the leading receiver with 926 receiving yards, and Montrell Lowe led the team in rushing with 919 rushing yards. Drew Brees and offensive tackle Matt Light were the only players on the offensive unit selected as an All-American by Pro Football Weekly.

On defense, the 2000 Purdue team had true freshman safety Stuart Schweigert, who intercepted five passes and also led the team in tackles with 85. Other standouts on defense included defensive end Akin Ayodele with 9.0 quarterback sacks, and linebacker Landon Johnson with 71 tackles and two sacks, and safety Ralph Turner with 65 tackles, four sacks and an interception.

Ten members of the team were honored as All-Big Ten Conference selections, quarterback Drew Brees was named the Big Ten Offensive of the Year and the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, while safety Stuart Schweigert was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Nineteen members of the 2000 Boilermakers football team went on to play in the NFL. Prior to 2000, the Boilermakers had compiled three consecutive winning seasons and had not won a Big Ten Championship since the 1967 Purdue team.

The 2000 team, which boasted two future Super Bowl winners, was featured in the 2013 Big Ten Network documentary series Big Ten Elite[1] and is still widely regarded by Purdue fans as one of the greatest Boilermakers football teams of all time.[2] The Boilermakers have yet to win the Big Ten championship or reach the Rose Bowl since then.


The season was Drew Brees's final year with the Boilermakers. He left Purdue with Big Ten Conference records in passing yards (11,792), touchdown passes (90), total offensive yards (12,693), completions (1,026), and attempts (1,678). Brees won the Maxwell Award as the nation's outstanding player of 2000 and won the NCAA's Today's Top VIII Award as a member of the Class of 2001. Brees was third in balloting for the Heisman Trophy in 2000. The Boilermakers won all 8 of their games when they scored 30 points or more in 2000.


September 21:00 PMCentral Michigan*No. 15W 48–056,197
September 91:00 PMKent State*No. 14
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
W 45–1062,181
September 1612:00 PMat No. 21 Notre Dame*No. 13NBCL 21–2380,232
September 2311:00 AMMinnesotaNo. 21
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
ESPNW 38–2467,425
September 302:30 PMat Penn StateNo. 22ABCL 20–2296,023
October 711:00 AMNo. 6 Michigan
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
ABCW 32–3168,340
October 1411:00 AMat No. 17 NorthwesternNo. 21ESPNW 41–2841,053
October 2111:00 AMat WisconsinNo. 17ESPNW 30–24 OT79,048
October 282:30 PMNo. 12 Ohio StateNo. 16
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
ABCW 31–2768,666
November 111:00 PMat Michigan StateNo. 9ABCL 10–3074,624
November 183:30 PMIndianaNo. 17
ABCW 41–1369,104
January 15:00 PMvs. No. 4 WashingtonNo. 14ABCL 24–3494,392
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time


2000 Purdue Boilermakers football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
WR 2 Heaggans, GaryGary Heaggans Fr
RB 3 Lowe, MontrellMontrell Lowe 10px So
QB 4 Hance, BrandonBrandon Hance Fr
WR 5 James, ChrisChris James So
QB 10 Edgerton, DavidDavid Edgerton Sr
WR 14 Sutherland, VinnyVinny Sutherland Sr
QB 15 Brees, DrewDrew Brees (C) Sr
WR 18 Dawson, KeithKeith Dawson Sr
QB 20 Buergler, CarlCarl Buergler 10px So
WR 21 Stubblefield, TaylorTaylor Stubblefield Fr
WR 25 Winston, DonaldDonald Winston 10px Sr
WR 26 Tatum, FinusFinus Tatum Fr
RB 31 Robinson, BrandonBrandon Robinson 10px Fr
RB 33 Jackson, RobRob Jackson Fr
RB 36 Brown, SedrickSedrick Brown Jr
RB 44 Ennis, SteveSteve Ennis So
RB 45 Rowe, JacobJacob Rowe So
C 52 Miller, MaxMax Miller 10px So
C 54 Turner, RobRob Turner 10px So
OT 55 Allen, IanIan Allen 10px Sr
OG 56 Okobi, ChukkyChukky Okobi 10px Sr
OL 66 Eisele, JasonJason Eisele Fr
OL 67 Sulk, JasonJason Sulk Fr
OG 68 Kitchel, KellyKelly Kitchel 10px So
OG 70 Rufolo, SeanSean Rufolo 10px Jr
OT 71 Butler, KellyKelly Butler Fr
OT 72 Kirkpatrick, JoshJosh Kirkpatrick Sr
OL 73 Holle, MikeMike Holle Fr
C 74 Pilipaukis, NickNick Pilipaukis 10px Fr
OL 75 Moore, TylerTyler Moore Fr
OL 76 Bach, WillieWillie Bach Fr
OT 77 Gorin, BrandonBrandon Gorin 10px Sr
OT 78 Light, MattMatt Light 10px Sr
OG 79 Mruczkowski, GeneGene Mruczkowski 10px So
WR 80 Simpson, A. T.A. T. Simpson Jr
TE 81 Randolph, ChrisChris Randolph 10px Jr
WR 82 Standeford, JohnJohn Standeford Fr
WR 83 Henderson, AndreAndre Henderson Fr
WR 84 Morales, SethSeth Morales 10px So
WR 85 Montgomery, BobbyBobby Montgomery Fr
TE 89 Stratton, TimTim Stratton 10px Jr
TE 91 Holbrook, MattMatt Holbrook Fr
TE 93 Lougheed, PetePete Lougheed 10px So
Pos. # Name Class
DE 2 Olmstead, TimTim Olmstead 10px Fr
S 6 Ferrell, DeaunteDeaunte Ferrell Fr
CB 7 Woodyard, AshanteAshante Woodyard 10px Jr
S 8 Turner, RalphRalph Turner 10px So
S 9 Schweigert, StuartStuart Schweigert Fr
CB 12 Rogers, AntwaunAntwaun Rogers Fr
LB 13 Ayodele, AkinAkin Ayodele (C) Jr
LB 16 Gardner, GilbertGilbert Gardner Fr
S 17 Smith, BenBen Smith 10px Jr
CB 18 Mack, KoreyKorey Mack Fr
CB 19 Starling, R'KesR'Kes Starling 10px Jr
CB 20 McQuaid, ChuckChuck McQuaid Fr
CB 22 Morris, SeanSean Morris 10px Fr
CB 23 Clopton, ChrisChris Clopton Sr
S 24 Getz, JonJon Getz 10px So
DB 27 Edwards, CharlesCharles Edwards Fr
CB 28 Reeves, JacquesJacques Reeves Fr
LB 32 Middlebrook, CornellCornell Middlebrook So
LB 34 Koutouvides, NikoNiko Koutouvides Fr
CB 35 Hill, MarcusMarcus Hill 10px Fr
CB 37 Jacquay, BryanBryan Jacquay Sr
S 38 Doe, BradyBrady Doe 10px Jr
LB 39 Goldsberry, JonJon Goldsberry Fr
LB 40 Nesfield, KevinKevin Nesfield 10px Fr
LB 41 Tone, AlexAlex Tone Jr
DT 42 Botts, BrandonBrandon Botts 10px Sr
DT 43 Giles, DanielDaniel Giles 10px Fr
LB 45 Barjona, ChancellorChancellor Barjona Jr
S 46 Vaughan, TomTom Vaughan 10px Sr
LB 47 Johnson, LandonLandon Johnson 10px Fr
S 48 Upshur, TimTim Upshur Jr
CB 49 Hasegawa, EricEric Hasegawa Fr
LB 50 Dinkins, BrianBrian Dinkins 10px Sr
LB 51 Odom, JoeJoe Odom 10px So
DE 53 Phillips, ShaunShaun Phillips 10px Fr
LB 57 Schaub, PatrickPatrick Schaub Fr
DE 58 Moore, WarrenWarren Moore 10px Sr
DE 59 Swann, DougDoug Swann Fr
DT 61 Underwood, AlexAlex Underwood Fr
DE 62 Dzolovic, VedranVedran Dzolovic 10px Fr
DE 63 Owen, DaveDave Owen Fr
DT 65 Johnson, BrandonBrandon Johnson Jr
LB 86 Tobey, JoshJosh Tobey So
DE 87 Foggio, RoccoRocco Foggio 10px Sr
LB 88 Loerzel, JasonJason Loerzel 10px Jr
LB 90 Counts, GregGreg Counts Fr
DT 92 Terrill, CraigCraig Terrill 10px Fr
DT 94 Burroughs, LukeLuke Burroughs Fr
DT 95 Goatley, JodyJody Goatley 10px Sr
DT 96 Lawrence, MikeMike Lawrence Fr
DT 98 Mitrione, MattMatt Mitrione 10px Jr
DT 99 Grier, DaemeonDaemeon Grier 10px Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 6 Owens, QuintonQuinton Owens Fr
P 11 Kurz, ScottScott Kurz 10px Jr
P 29 Lavin, AaronAaron Lavin Fr
K 30 Dorsch, TravisTravis Dorsch Jr
LS 64 Reid, MarkMark Reid Fr
LS 69 Shelbourne, JohnJohn Shelbourne 10px So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Last update: October 22, 2013

Depth chartEdit

Defensive Starters

Chris Clopton
Jacques Reeves

Ashante Woodyard
R'Kes Starling
Offensive Starters
Vinny Sutherland
Donald Winston
John Standeford
Andre Henderson
Matt Light Gene Mruczkowski Chukky Okobi Rob Turner Brandon Gorin
Ian Allen Kelly Kitchel Nick Pilipaukis Sean Rufolo Kelly Butler
Tim Stratton
Chris Randolph
Seth Morales
A. T. Simpson
Drew Brees
Brandon Hance
Special Teams
PK Travis Dorsch
P Scott Kurz
P Travis Dorsch
KR Vinny Sutherland
PR Vinny Sutherland
LS Tim Stratton
H Ben Smith
Montrell Lowe
Sedrick Brown

Game summariesEdit

Central MichiganEdit

Kent StateEdit

Notre DameEdit


Penn StateEdit


by Quarter1234 Total
Michigan 7 21 0 3 31
Purdue 3 7 13 9 32
  • References: [1]


by Quarter1234 Total
• Purdue 7 7 20 7 41
Northwestern 14 0 0 14 28
  • Montrell Lowe 26 Rush, 174 Yds[6]


by Quarter1234

<th width="20">OT</th>

• Purdue 0 7 14 3


Wisconsin 0 14 3 7



Drew Brees becomes the career passing yardage leader in Big Ten history.[7][8]

Ohio StateEdit

Michigan StateEdit


Rose BowlEdit


Seniors drafted by the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Drew Brees Quarterback 2 32 San Diego Chargers
Matt Light Tackle 2 48 New England Patriots
Vinny Sutherland Wide Receiver 5 136 Atlanta Falcons
Chukky Okobi Center 5 146 Pittsburgh Steelers
Brandon Gorin Tackle 7 201 San Diego Chargers

Awards and honorsEdit


  1. "Next on Big Ten Elite: 2000 Purdue football". Big Ten Network. October 11, 2013.
  2. Baugh, Travis (April 18, 2013). "Big Ten Network to Feature 2001 Rose Bowl Squad". Purdue Exponent. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "2000–01 Statistics Purdue". Purdue University Department of Athletics. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  4. "Purdue vs. Northwestern". USA Today. October 14, 2000. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  5. "Purdue vs. Wisconsin". USA Today. October 21, 2000. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
  6. "Purdue 30, Wisconsin 24". Purdue University Department of Athletics. October 21, 2000. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
  7. "2001 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  8. Alder, James. "Maxwell Award Winners". Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  9. Hyland, Tim. "The John Mackey Award". Retrieved December 11, 2014.

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