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2007 Purdue Boilermakers football
Motor City Bowl champion
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2007 record8–5 (3–5 Big Ten)
Head coachJoe Tiller (11th season)
Offensive coordinatorBill Legg (5th, 2nd as Co-OC) &

Wide Receiver Coach Gary Armstrong

Ed Zaunbrecher (2nd, 2nd as Co-OC)
Offensive schemeOne-back shotgun spread
Defensive coordinatorBrock Spack (11th season)
Base defense4–3
MVPDustin Keller
CaptainCliff Avril
CaptainDan Bick
CaptainStanford Keglar
CaptainCurtis Painter
Home stadiumRoss–Ade Stadium
(Capacity: 62,500)
Seasons
← 2006
2008 →
2007 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#5/4 Ohio State   7 1         11 2  
#18/19 Michigan   6 2         9 4  
#20/18 Illinois   6 2         9 4  
#24/21 Wisconsin   5 3         9 4  
#NR/25 Penn State   0* 4         0* 4  
Iowa   4 4         6 6  
Purdue   3 5         8 5  
Indiana   3 5         7 6  
Michigan State   3 5         7 6  
Northwestern   3 5         6 6  
Minnesota   0 8         1 11  
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative

The 2007 Purdue Boilermakers football represented Purdue University in the Big Ten Conference during the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Joe Tiller, in his 11th season at Purdue, was the team's head coach. The Boilermakers' home games were played at Ross–Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue began the 2007 season unranked in preseason polls. Purdue played twelve regular season games during the 2007 season, including seven in West Lafayette. They played in the Motor City Bowl where they defeated Central Michigan.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 17:00 PMat Toledo*ESPNUW 52–2426,100[1]
September 812:00 PMEastern Illinois*BTNW 52–652,504[1]
September 1512:00 PMCentral Michigan*
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
ESPN2W 45–2260,038[1]
September 229:00 PMat MinnesotaESPN2W 45–3147,483[1]
September 2912:00 PMNotre Dame*
ESPNW 33–1965,250[1]
October 68:00 PMNo. 4 Ohio StateNo. 23
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
ABCL 7–2365,497[1]
October 1312:00 PMat MichiganBTNL 21–48110,888[1]
October 2012:00 PMIowa
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
ESPN2W 31–658,123[1]
October 2712:00 PMNorthwesterndagger
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
BTNW 35–1758,237[1]
November 312:00 PMat Penn StateESPNL 19–26108,318[1]
November 1012:00 PMMichigan State
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
BTNL 31–4855,630[1]
November 173:30 PMat IndianaBTNL 24–2750,741[1]
December 267:30 PMvs. Central Michigan*ESPNW 51–4860,624[1]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

RosterEdit

(as of 07/10/2007)

Wide Receivers

  •  1 Selwyn Lymon - Junior
  •  3 Waynelle Gravesande - Freshman
  •  6 Desmond Tardy - Junior
  •  9 Dorien Bryant - Senior
  • 18 Roberto McBean - Junior
  • 21 Greg Orton - Junior
  • 22 Dray Mason - Sophomore
  • 82 Derek Benson - Sophomore
  • 83 Joe Whitest - Junior
  • 84 Byron Williams - RS Senior
  • 86 Derrick Sherman - Freshman
  • 87 Kris Staats - Freshman
  • 88 Jake Standeford - RS Senior
  • 80 James Garcia - "Freshman"

Offensive Line

  • 50 Eric Hedstrom - Sophomore
  • 51 Garrett Miller - Junior
  • 55 Elliot Hood - RS Senior
  • 56 Jonathan Patton Junior
  • 60 Zach Smith - Junior
  • 61 Zach Jones - Sophomore
  • 61 Chris Mattson - Senior
  • 62 Andy Huffman - Sophomore
  • 63 James Shepherd - Freshman
  • 66 Jordan Grimes - Senior
  • 68 Robbie Powell - RS Senior
  • 69 Neal Tull - RS Senior
  • 72 Justin Pierce - Freshman
  • 73 Dan Zaleski - Junior
  • 74 Sean Sester - Junior
  • 75 Zach Reckman - Sophomore
  • 77 Ryan Prater - Freshman
  • 78 Cory Benton - Junior

Tight Ends

  • 28 Dustin Keller - Senior
  • 80 Jerry Wasikowski - Junior
  • 85 Kyle Adams - Sophomore
  • 89 Colton McKey - Freshman
  • 96 John Finch - Freshman

Fullbacks

  • 44 Frank Halliburton - Sophomore
 

Quarterbacks

  •  5 Justin Siller - Freshman
  • 12 Curtis Painter - RS Junior
  • 14 Joey Elliott - Sophomore
  • 16 Jeff Panfil - Freshman
  • 17 Chris Bennett - Junior

Running Backs

  • 23 Joe Williams - Junior
  • 24 Kory Sheets - RS Junior
  • 25 Dan Dierking - Freshman
  • 33 Jaycen Taylor - Junior
  • 34 Malcolm Harris - Freshman

Defensive Line

  • 32 Cliff Avril - Senior
  • 45 Eugene Bright - Senior
  • 49 Nickcaro Golding - Freshman
  • 54 Jared Zwilling - Sophomore
  • 70 Andrew Quintana - Freshman
  • 71 Alex Magee - Junior
  • 79 Jermaine Guynn - Junior
  • 87 Mike McDonald - Senior
  • 90 Ryan Baker - Junior
  • 91 Preston Numa - Freshman
  • 92 Mike Neal - Sophomore
  • 93 Jeff Benjamin - RS Senior
  • 94 Ryan Kerrigan - Freshman
  • 95 Keyon Brown - Sophomore
  • 97 Gerald Gooden - Freshman
  • 98 Corey Chapman - Freshman
  • 99 Nick Mondek - Freshman

Linebackers

  • 17 Josh Ferguson - RS Senior
  • 22 Delos Bhatti - Senior
  • 27 Kevin Green - Freshman
  • 29 Jason Werner - Sophomore
  • 36 Dan Bick - Senior
  • 39 John Humphrey - Freshman
  • 41 Brian Ellis - Junior
  • 42 Anthony Heygood - Junior
  • 46 Jeff Lindsay - Freshman
  • 47 Mike Durrett - RS Senior
  • 57 Tyler Haston - Freshman
  • 59 Stanford Keglar - RS Senior
  • 81 DeVarro Greaves - Freshman
 

Defensive Backs

  •  2 Torri Williams - Junior
  •  3 Frank Duong - Junior
  •  4 Fabian Martin - Junior
  •  5 Terrell Vinson - Senior
  •  7 Brandon King- Sophomore
  •  8 Keith Smith - Sophomore
  • 10 Royce Adams - Sophomore
  • 15 Charlton Williams - Freshman
  • 19 Brandon Whittington - Junior
  • 20 Brandon Erwin - Sophomore
  • 23 Justin Scott - Senior
  • 25 Paul Long - RS Senior
  • 26 Aaron Lane - Senior
  • 30 Joe Holland - Freshman
  • 31 Josh McKinley - Freshman
  • 35 David Pender - Sophomore
  • 40 Jonte Lindsey - Senior
  • 43 Adam Wolf - Sophomore

Punters

  • 11 Jared Armstrong - Senior

Kickers

Game summariesEdit

ToledoEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Purdue 14 14 9 15 52
Toledo 7 7 0 10 24


Eastern IllinoisEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Eastern Illinois 3 0 3 0 6
Purdue 17 14 7 14 52


Central MichiganEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Central Michigan 0 0 14 8 22
Purdue 24 7 7 7 45
  • Date: September 15
  • Location: Ross–Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Indiana


MinnesotaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Purdue 17 7 14 7 45
Minnesota 3 0 14 14 31


Notre DameEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Notre Dame 0 0 6 13 19
• Purdue 10 13 3 7 33

[2]


Ohio StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Ohio St 14 3 3 3 23
Purdue 0 0 0 7 7
  • Date: October 6
  • Location: Ross–Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Indiana


MichiganEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Purdue 7 0 0 14 21
Michigan 17 14 3 14 48


IowaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Iowa 3 0 3 0 6
Purdue 7 7 7 10 31
  • Date: October 20
  • Location: Ross–Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Indiana


NorthwesternEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Northwestern 0 14 3 0 17
Purdue 14 0 0 21 35
  • Date: October 27
  • Location: Ross–Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Indiana


Penn StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Purdue 10 0 6 3 19
Penn St 3 10 0 13 26


Michigan StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Michigan St 7 24 0 17 48
Purdue 0 21 3 7 31
  • Date: November 10
  • Location: Ross–Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Indiana


IndianaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Purdue 0 3 7 14 24
Indiana 7 10 7 3 27


Motor City BowlEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Purdue 21 13 7 10 51
Central Michigan 6 7 28 7 48

Boilermaker kicker Chris Summers hit a 40-yard field goal as time expired to defeat the Central Michigan Chippewas 51–48. Purdue Quarterback Curtis Painter passed for a Motor City Bowl record 546 yards, going 35-54 with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Kory Sheets led the Boilermakers in rushing with 12 attempts for 27 yards and 2 touchdowns. Painter's favorite target was Greg Orton who caught 9 passes for 136 yards and 1 touchdown. For Central Michigan, QB Dan LeFevour went 17–34 with 292 yards and 4 touchdowns and no interceptions. He also led the Chippewas in rushing with 33 attempts for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns. LeFevour's favorite target was Bryan Anderson who caught 7 passes for 129 yards and 3 touchdowns. During the 1st half it was all Boilermakers, with Purdue leading 34–13 at the break. In the 2nd half the Chippewas started their comeback. It started with a 76-yard pass from LeFevour to Antonio Brown to make it 34–20. The Boilermakers then scored again on a 19-yard pass from Painter to Jake Standeford to make it 41–20. The Chippewas then proceeded to score three unanswered touchdowns, a 10-yard pass to Anderson, and the two rushing touchdowns by LeFevour to tie the game. With 8:19 left in the 4th quarter, Purdue retook the lead on a 13-yard run by Jaycen Taylor. With 1:09 left, LeFevour hit Anderson for 19 yards and a touchdown to tie it at 48. It would turn out that the Chippewas scored too quickly. Painter then led a drive full of short first down passes to the Chippewa 23, where Summers would kick his 40-yard walk-off field goal.

2008 NFL DraftEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Dustin Keller Tight End 1 30 New York Jets
Cliff Avril Defensive End 3 92 Detroit Lions
Stanford Keglar Linebacker 4 134 Tennessee Titans

ReferencesEdit

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