1966 Purdue Boilermakers football team

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1966 Purdue Boilermakers football
Rose Bowl champion
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 (11th year)
MVP Bob Griese
Captain Bob Griese, George Catavolos
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 Big Ten Conference football season. The Boilermakers, led by future National Football League (NFL) quarterback Bob Griese, won the 1967 Rose Bowl. Griese led Purdue to a second-place finish in the Big Ten Conference and the school's first appearance in the Rose Bowl Game. The Boilermakers were the runner-up in the Big Ten behind Michigan State, but received the conference's Rose Bowl berth because of the Big Ten's "no-repeat" rule at the time. Griese was a two-time All-American at Purdue and was the runner-up to Steve Spurrier for the Heisman Trophy in 1966.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 17 Ohio* No. 8/NR Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 42–3   47,172
September 24 at No. 8/NR Notre Dame* No. 7/7 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Shillelagh Trophy) L 14–26   59,075
October 1 SMU* Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN W 35–23   46,116
October 8 Iowa Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN W 35–0   52,715
October 15 at Michigan No. 9/9 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 22–21   79,642
October 22 at No. 2/2 Michigan State No. 9/9 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 20–41   78,014
October 29 Illinois Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN (Purdue Cannon) W 25–21   61,643
November 5 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 23–0   56,475
November 12 at Minnesota Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 16–0   49,085
November 19 Indiana No. 10/NR Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN (Old Oaken Bucket) W 51–6   62,197
January 1 vs. USC* No. 7/6 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) NBC W 14–13   101,438
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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[1]

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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