Team accomplishments[edit | edit source]

Championships[edit | edit source]

Purdue has won or shared a conference championship on 12 occasions, including four Indiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles and eight Big Ten Conference titles.[1] As members of the Indiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the Big Ten, the Boilermakers have amassed a record of 154–64–3 (.703 winning percentage) in conference play.

Purdue Conference Championships
Season Coach Title(s) Record Conf. Record
1891 Knowlton Ames IIAA Champion 4–0 4–0
1892 Knowlton Ames IIAA Champion 8–0 4–0
1893 D.M. Balliet IIAA Champion 5–2–1 4–0
1894 D.M. Balliet IIAA Champion 9–1 4–0
1918 A. G. Scanlon Big Ten Co-Champion 3–3 1–0
1929 James Phelan Big Ten Champion 8–0 5–0
Season Coach Title(s) Record Conf. Record
1931 Noble Kizer Big Ten Co-Champion 9–1 5–1
1932 Noble Kizer Big Ten Co-Champion 7–0–1 5–0–1
1943 Elmer Burnham Big Ten Co-Champion 9–0 6–0
1952 Stu Holcomb Big Ten Co-Champion 4–3–1 4–1–1
1967 Jack Mollenkopf Big Ten Co-Champion 8–2 6–1
2000 Joe Tiller Big Ten Co-Champion# 8–4 6–2
# - denotes Bowl Championship Series representative as conference champion

Bowl games[edit | edit source]

Purdue has participated in 17 bowl games throughout its history, compiling a 9–8 record.[2] The Purdue did not appear frequently in post-season play from 1967 to 1984, but they played well, winning 4 of 5 bowl games including four consecutive wins between 1967 and 1980. When Tiller arrived in 1997, Purdue went to eight consecutive bowl games, but only won three of the eight bowl games. Tiller would lead the Boilermakers to a total of 10 bowl games in his 12 seasons as head coach.[3] Of those 17 bowl appearances, the Boilermakers have participated in 1 "major" Division I-A/FBS bowl games, which was part of the BCS Bowl Games. The Boilermakers have never played in a National Championship Game.

Purdue Bowl Game Appearances
Season Bowl Opponent Score Result
1966 Rose Bowl USC 14–13 Win
1978 Peach Bowl Georgia Tech 41–21 Win
1979 Bluebonnet Bowl Tennessee 27–24 Win
1980 Liberty Bowl Missouri 28–25 Win
1984 Peach Bowl Virginia 24–27 Loss
1997 Alamo Bowl #24 Oklahoma State 33–20 Win
1998 Alamo Bowl #4 Kansas State 37–34 Win
1999 Outback Bowl #21 Georgia 25–28 Loss
2000 Rose Bowl #4 Washington 24–34 Loss
Season Bowl Opponent Score Result
2001 Sun Bowl #13 Washington State 27–33 Loss
2002 Sun Bowl Washington 34–24 Win
2003 Capital One Bowl #11 Georgia 27–34 Loss
2004 Sun Bowl #21 Arizona State 23–27 Loss
2006 Champs Sports Bowl Maryland 7–24 Loss
2007 Motor City Bowl Central Michigan 51–48 Win
2011 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Western Michigan 37–32 Win
2012 Heart of Dallas Bowl Oklahoma State 14–58 Loss
† - denotes Bowl Championship Series game

Rankings[edit | edit source]

Purdue has finished a season ranked in the Associated Press (AP) poll on 17 occasions.[4] The Boilermakers have finished ranked amongst the top 10 in college football on five occasions. Purdue attained its highest-ever ranking in the polls during the preseason of the 1968 season, when they were ranked #1 in the AP Poll for 6 straight weeks before they lost to #4 Ohio State 0-13.[4][5] Since the implementation of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) in 1998, Purdue has finished the regular season ranked one time in the final BCS standings. While the Boilermakers are 54–175–5 against opponents ranked in the AP Poll, they have an all-time record of 111–65–10 when ranked in the AP Poll themselves.[6]

Purdue Rankings in the AP Poll
Season Record AP
1943 9–0 5
1952 4–3–2 18
1958 6–1–2 13
1960 4–4–1 19
1961 6–3 12
1966 9–2 7
1967 8–2 9
1968 8–2 10
1969 8–2 18
Season Record AP
1978 9–2–1 13
1979 10–2 15
1980 9–3 17
1997 9–3 15
1998 9–4 24
1999 7–5 25
2000 8–4 13
2003 9–4 18

"Spoilermakers"[edit | edit source]

Purdue has knocked off the #1 ranked football team in college football seven times over the years—the third most of all the Division I teams in college football. Only Notre Dame and Oklahoma have accomplished this more times.[7]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. DeLassus, David. "Purdue Championships". College Football Data Warehouse. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_ia/bigten/purdue/championships.php. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
  2. "BowlMakers". www.purdue.edu. Purdue University. http://www.purdue.edu/bowl/history.html. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  3. "Joe Tiller Coaching Record". www.sports-reference.com. USA Today Sports Digital Properties. http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/coaches/joe-tiller-1.html. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Purdue Rankings". USA Today Sports Digital Properties. http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/purdue/polls.html. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  5. Joe Beale (October 12, 2009). "Flashback: Ohio State vs. Purdue, 1968". www.elevenwarriors.com. Eleven Warriors. http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2009/10/flashback-ohio-state-vs-purdue-1968.html. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  6. "2012 Purdue Football Information Guide". www.purduesports.com. Purdue University Athletics Department. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/pur/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2012-13/misc_non_event/12-information-book.pdf. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  7. Dennis Dodd (October 13, 2010). "Knocking off No. 1 not an every-school occurrence". CBS Sports.com. CBS Interactive. http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/story/14124889/knocking-off-no-1-not-an-everyschool-occurrence. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
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