1976 Purdue Boilermakers football team

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1976 Purdue Boilermakers football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1976 record5–6 (4–4 Big Ten)
Head coachAlex Agase (4th season)
MVPScott Dierking
CaptainScott Dierking
CaptainBlane Smith
Home stadiumRoss–Ade Stadium
Seasons
← 1975
1977 →
1976 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 3 Michigan + 7 1 0     10 2 0
No. 6 Ohio State + 7 1 0     9 2 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     6 5 0
Illinois 4 4 0     5 6 0
Indiana 4 4 0     5 6 0
Purdue 4 4 0     5 6 0
Iowa 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     5 6 0
Michigan State 3 5 0     4 6 1
Northwestern 1 7 0     1 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1976 Purdue Boilermakers football team was an American football team that represented Purdue University in the 1976 Big Ten Conference football season. In their fourth season under head coach Alex Agase, the Boilermakers compiled a 5–6 record (4–4 against conference opponents) and finished in a four-way tie for third place in the Big Ten standings.[1]

Running back Scott Dierking led the team with 1,000 rushing yards and 66 points scored.[2] He was selected by his teammates as the team's most valuable player and finished second to Rob Lytle in the voting for the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, awarded to the Big Ten's most valuable player.[3] Dierking was also named by the Associated Press (AP) as a second-team All-American[4] and by the AP and United Press International (UPI) as a first-team running back on the 1976 All-Big Ten Conference football team.[5][6]

Other statistical leaders included quarterback Mark Vitali with 1,184 passing yards.[2] In addition to Dierking, three other Purdue players received honors on the 1976 All-Big Ten team: offensive guard Connie Zelencik (AP-1, UPI-2); defensive end Blane Smith (AP-1, UPI-2); and defensive back Paul Beery (AP-2, UPI-1).[5][6]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 11NorthwesternW 31-1946,311
September 18at Notre Dame*L 23-059,075
September 25No. 19 USC*
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
L 31-1365,425
October 2Miami (OH)*
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
W 42-2055,102
October 9at WisconsinW 18-1679,111
October 16Illinoisdagger
L 21-1766,716
October 23at No. 9 Ohio StateL 24-387,898
October 30at Michigan StateL 45-1352,222
November 6No. 1 Michigan
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
W 16-1457,205
November 13at IowaW 21-044,763
November 20Indiana
L 20-1463,220
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

[7]

Roster[edit]

1976 Purdue Boilermakers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB Scott Dierking (C) Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 48 Fred Arrington
S Paul Beery
S Rock Supan
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Rick Venturi

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Starters[edit]

Offense[edit]

POS Name Name
QB Mark Vitali
TB Scott Dierking
FB John Skibinski
SE Raymond Smith Jesse Townsend
FL Reggie Arnold
TE Nigel Wirgowski
LT John LeFeber
LG Tom Gibson
C Jay Venzin Rich Wetendorf
RG Connie Zelencik
RT Dave Lafary

Defense[edit]

POS Name Name
LDE Blane Smith
LDT Cleveland Crosby
MG Ken Loushin
RDT Chris Barr
RDE Kim Cripe
LB Bob Mannella
LB Fred Arrington Kevin Motts
CB Jerome King
CB Mike Northington Pat Harris
SS Paul Beery
FS Rock Supan

[7]

Coaching staff[edit]

Head Coach: Alex Agase

Assistants: George Catavolos (Secondary), Fred Conti, Jack Ellis, Bob Geiger, Jerry Hartman, Pat Naughton, Tom Roggeman, Rick Venturi, Mike Wynn [7]

Game summaries[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

Paul Beery's fourth interception and Rock Supan's 20-yard field goal with a little over two minutes remaining lifted Purdue to victory.[8]

Michigan[edit]

#1 Michigan at Purdue
1 234Total
Michigan 7 070 14
Purdue 7 603 16
  • PUR: Scott Dierking 38 Rush, 162 Yds [9]

Iowa[edit]

1 234Total
Purdue 6 870 21
Iowa 0 000 0

[10]

Statistics[edit]

Passing[edit]

Player Comp Att Yards TD INT
Mark Vitali 73 172 1,184 0 16
Scott Dierking 92

Rushing[edit]

Player Att Yards TD
Scott Dierking 201 1,000 11
John Skibinski 173 871
Mark Vitali 100 317

Receiving[edit]

Player Rec Yards TD
Reggie Arnold 16 287
Raymond Smith 11 233
John Skibinski 13 118

[7] [11]

Awards[edit]

Red Mackey Award: Mark Vitali [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1976 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "1976 Purdue Boilermakers Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  3. ^ Roy Damer (December 25, 1975). "Lytle named Big 10 MVP: Purdue's Dierking is runnerup". Chicago Tribune. p. 2-1.
  4. ^ "Tony Dorsett tops AP All-American Team". Jefferson City Post Tribune. December 2, 1976. p. 13.
  5. ^ a b "Michigan, Ohio State Pace All-Big Ten Team". Toledo Blade (AP story). December 3, 1976. p. 27.
  6. ^ a b "Illini place two on All-Big 10". The Pantagraph. November 24, 1976. p. A11.
  7. ^ a b c d e 2010 Purdue football information guide
  8. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1976 Oct 09. Retrieved 2018-Dec-30.
  9. ^ 2011 Purdue football information guide.
  10. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1976 Nov 14.
  11. ^ Broyles, Bob and Paul Guido. 50 Years of College Football: A Modern History of America's Most Colorful Sport