Purdue Boilermakers
First season 1887
Athletic director Morgan Burke
Head coach Danny Hope
Home stadium Ross-Ade Stadium
Stadium capacity 62,500
Stadium surface Bermuda Grass
Location West Lafayette, Indiana
Conference Big Ten
Division Leaders
All-time record 571–487–48
Postseason bowl record 8–7–0
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 8
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 19
Current uniform
Colors Old Gold and Black            
Fight song Hail Purdue!
Mascot Boilermaker Special
Marching band Purdue All-American Marching Band
Major rivals Indiana Hoosiers
Notre Dame Fighting Irish

The Purdue Boilermakers football team is the intercollegiate football program of the Purdue University Boilermakers. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I Bowl Subdivision, and the team competes in the Big Ten Conference. The Boilermakers have an all-time record of 571-487-48.


The Boilermakers have called Ross-Ade Stadium home since 1924. It replaced Stuart Field, which was home to the Boilermakers since 1892. Ross-Ade Stadium has a capacity of 62,500.

Logos and uniformsEdit

Purdue's colors are Old Gold and Black, as are their uniforms. Home uniforms are black with white numerals and old gold outline. On the sleeve is the player's number in white, outlined in old gold, along with two outer old gold stripes and a black one inside at the end of the sleeve. The pants are old gold with two black stripes along both sides. The away uniform is white with black numerals and old gold outline. Both home and away jerseys sport the Purdue slant "P" logo in the center front of the collar, surrounded by a patch of black fabric. The away pants are black with two old gold stripes. Since the arrival of Joe Tiller in 1997, Purdue players have not worn names on the backs of their jerseys. This is the first year under Danny Hope that the players will wear their names on the backs of their jerseys.

The helmet is old gold with the Purdue "P" in black with a white outline on both sides. There are three stripes down the middle; two outer black ones, and one thick inner white one. The facemask is black.

Before Tiller, the team wore uniforms that sported the school's name across the front of the jersey, and the old gold color was more pronounced, with almost a copper hue. In Tiller's first season, the helmet color was lightened substantially, as was the gold used on the rest of the uniform.

Purdue's Pride sticker (given out for good performances) was the Purdue logo (locomotive). This was changed in 2006 to a sledgehammer with the slant "P" in the hammer's head (like the one wielded by mascot Purdue Pete). In the 2006 game against the Indiana State Sycamores, Purdue wore a throwback uniform from 1966, in honor of the 40th anniversary of the school's first Rose Bowl team. It featured a white jersey with two outer black stripes on the shoulder and one inner gold stripe. The numerals were black with no outline. They wore gold pants with two black stripes on the sides, and the helmets were old gold with black numbers and one black stripe down the middle. The gold in the throwback uniforms was more yellow in hue than that in the regular 1997–present uniforms.

In 2002, Purdue changed from its black home jersey to an old gold jersey. The old gold uniforms had white numerals and black outline for home games, and white uniforms with old gold numbers and back outline for away games. Some complained that the numerals on the jersey were too hard to see, so in 2003 they changed to an old gold jersey with black numerals outlined in white, and white pants with two black stripes down the sides. After losing their opening game at home to Bowling Green, Tiller and the team decided to dump the gold jerseys and go back to the black uniforms. After they changed back to the black uniforms, the team came out to Back in Black by AC/DC for every home game in 2003. Since then, Purdue has stayed with the black uniforms. In one game against Wisconsin in 2006, the Boilermakers wore the black jersey with black pants. They hadn't sported an all-black look at home since the last game of the season in 1996 against Indiana. In 2009, Purdue also wore the Black on Black in a night game against Notre Dame on the Purdue Blackout, and then wore them for the remainder of their home games. In 2010, the Black on Black remained the normal home uniform with the exception being the Homecoming game against Minnesota where the team donned Throwback Uniforms for the 2001 Rosebowl team. While the original jerseys were made by Champion, the replicas were Nike branded.


Purdue's major rival has always been Indiana University, with whom they play for the Old Oaken Bucket, but during the Joe Tiller era the rivalry with Notre Dame in football has become the most heated and most competitive with Joe Tiller led teams going 5-7 vs. Notre Dame. Danny Hope picked up the Purdue-Notre Dame rivalry with a 24-21 loss in his first season as head coach. In addition, Purdue has a long-standing rivalry with Illinois, with whom they play for the Purdue Cannon trophy.

Due to having an odd number of teams from 1993 to 2010, the Big Ten utilized a rotating system of conference games. Every school was designated two official rivals, whom they played every year. The official rivals for Purdue were Indiana and Northwestern. However, after the expansion of the Big Ten to 12 schools, Purdue and Northwestern were placed into separate conference divisions and will no longer play each other on an annual basis. Beginning in 2011, Purdue's new designated cross-division rival will be Iowa.


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.[1]

Current staffEdit

Name Position
Danny Hope Head Coach
Gary Nord Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Gary Emanuel Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach
J.B. Gibboney Special Teams Coordinator
Cornell Jackson Running Backs Coach
Lou Anarumo Defensive Backs Coach
Shawn Clark Offensive Line Coach
Donn Landholm Outside Linebackers Coach
Phil Elmassian Inside Linebackers Coach
Patrick Higgins Wide Receivers Coach

Cradle of QuarterbacksEdit

Name Years as Starter NFL Draft
Curtis Painter 2005-08 201st Pick by the Indianapolis Colts
Kyle Orton 2001-04 106th Pick by the Chicago Bears
Drew Brees 1997-2000 32nd Pick by the San Diego Chargers
Jim Everett 1981-85 3rd Pick by the Houston Oilers
Scott Campbell 1980-83 191st Pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers
Mark Herrmann 1977-80 98th Pick by the Denver Broncos
Gary Danielson 1970-72 Went Undrafted
Mike Phipps 1967-69 3rd Pick by theCleveland Browns
Bob Griese 1964-66 4th Pick by the Miami Dolphins
Len Dawson 1954-56 5th Pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers
Dale Samuels 1950-52 Went Undrafted
Bob DeMoss 1945-50 280th Pick by the New York Giants

Big Ten ChampionshipsEdit

  • 1918, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1943, 1952, 1967, 2000

Indiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association ChampionshipsEdit

  • 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894

Bowl games (8-7)Edit

Trophy gamesEdit

Individual award winnersEdit

Drew Brees - 2000
Bob Griese - 1966
Mike Phipps - 1969
Mark Herrmann - 1980
Travis Dorsch - 2001
Tim Stratton - 2000
Bob Griese - 1966
Leroy Keyes - 1967
Mike Phipps - 1969
Otis Armstrong - 1972
Mark Herrmann - 1980
Drew Brees - 2000

College Football Hall of FamersEdit



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Current NFL playersEdit

Current Professional players in other leaguesEdit

Former playersEdit


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