1966 Purdue Boilermakers football team

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1966 Purdue Boilermakers football
Rose Bowl Champions
Rose Bowl, W 14-13 vs. USC
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 6
AP No. 7
1966 record 9-2 (6-1 Big Ten)
Head coach Jack Mollenkopf
Home stadium Ross-Ade Stadium
Seasons
« 1965 1967 »
1966 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Michigan State $ 7 0 0     9 0 1
#7 Purdue 6 1 0     9 2 0
Michigan 4 3 0     6 4 0
Illinois 4 3 0     4 6 0
Minnesota 3 3 1     4 5 1
Ohio State 3 4 0     4 5 0
Northwestern 2 4 1     3 6 1
Wisconsin 2 4 1     3 6 1
Indiana 1 5 1     1 8 1
Iowa 1 6 0     2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1966 Purdue Boilermakers football team represented the Purdue University in the 1966 college football season. The Boilermakers, led by future NFL quarterback Bob Griese, won the Rose Bowl.

Season[edit]

Griese led Purdue to a second-place finish in the Big Ten Conference and the school's first appearance in the Rose Bowl, where they defeated USC, 14-13. The Boilermakers were actually the runner-up behind Michigan State, but got the Rose Bowl berth because of the Big Ten's "no-repeat" rule of the time. Griese was a two-time All-American at Purdue and was the runner-up to Steve Spurrier for the 1966 Heisman Trophy.

Schedule[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Boilermakers points Opponents Record
1 Sept 17 Ohio Win 42 3 1-0
2 Sept. 24 @ Notre Dame Loss 14 26 1-1
3 Oct. 1 Southern Methodist Win 35 23 2-1
4 Oct 8 Iowa Win 35 0 3-1
5 Oct 15 @ Michigan Win 22 21 4-1
6 Oct 22 @ Michigan State Loss 20 41 4-2
7 Oct 29 Illinois Win 25 21 5-2
8 Nov 5 @ Wisconsin Win 23 0 6-2
9 Nov 12 @ Minnesota Win 16 0 7-2
10 Nov 19 Indiana Win 51 6 8-2
11 Jan 1 Southern California Win 14 13 9-2

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Game summaries[edit]

Indiana[edit]

  • Purdue clinches Rose Bowl berth
  • Bob Griese 11/21, 255 Yds, 3 TD, 1 FG, 6/7 XP
  • Leroy Keyes Rush TD, Pass TD, INT
  • Jim Beirne 2 TD Rec
  • Biggest margin in rivalry since 1893[2]

Rivalries[edit]

Team players in the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Bob Griese Quarterback 1 4 Miami Dolphins
John Charles Defensive back 6 145 New England Patriots
Mike Barnes Defensive back 8 194 Pittsburgh Steelers
Pat Conley Linebacker 14 359 Baltimore Colts
George Catavolos Defensive back 17 437 Philadelphia Eagles

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Awards and honors[edit]

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