1997 Purdue Boilermakers football team

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1997 Purdue Boilermakers football
Purdue Boilermakers logo.svg
Alamo Bowl champion
Alamo Bowl, W 33–20 vs. Oklahoma State
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 15
AP No. 15
1997 record 9–3 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Joe Tiller (1st season)
Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney (1st season)
Offensive scheme Spread offense
Defensive coordinator Brock Spack (1st season)
Base defense 4–3
Captain Brian Alford (Senior year)
Captain Rosevelt Colvin (Junior year)
Captain Mark Fischer (Senior year)
Home stadium Ross–Ade Stadium
(Capacity: 67,861)
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 1 Michigan $   8 0         12 0  
No. 12 Ohio State   6 2         10 3  
No. 16 Penn State   6 2         9 3  
No. 15 Purdue   6 2         9 3  
Wisconsin   5 3         8 5  
Iowa   4 4         7 5  
Michigan State   4 4         7 5  
Northwestern   3 5         5 7  
Minnesota   1 7         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         2 9  
Illinois   0 8         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1997 Purdue Boilermakers football team represented Purdue University in the 1997 Big Ten Conference football season. They played their home games at Ross–Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana and were members of the Big Ten Conference.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 6 6:00 PM at Toledo* Glass BowlToledo, OH L 22–36   27,700
September 13 2:30 PM No. 15 Notre Dame* Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN (Rivalry) ABC W 28–17   68,789
September 20 1:00 PM Ball State* Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN W 28–14   45,947
September 27 11:30 AM Northwestern Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN ESPN W 21–9   42,112
October 11 6:00 PM at Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN ESPN+ W 59–43   37,821
October 18 1:00 PM No. 24 Wisconsindagger Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN W 45–20   54,252
October 25 1:00 PM at Illinois No. 23 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Purdue Cannon) W 48–3   45,122
November 1 12:30 PM at No. 16 Iowa No. 18 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ESPN2 L 17–35   70,397
November 8 12:30 PM Michigan State No. 24 Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN ESPN2 W 22–21   55,539
November 15 12:00 PM No. 6 Penn State No. 19 Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN ESPN L 17–42   52,156
November 22 1:00 PM at Indiana No. 25 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN (Old Oaken Bucket) W 56–7   46,599
December 30 8:00 PM Oklahoma State* No. 17 AlamodomeSan Antonio, TX (Alamo Bowl) ESPN W 33–20   55,552
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Starters[edit]

Game summaries[edit]

Toledo[edit]

Purdue at Toledo
1 2 3 4 Total
Purdue 7 7 0 8 22
Toledo 21 6 3 6 36

Joe Tiller's first game as Purdue head coach[4]

Notre Dame[edit]

Notre Dame at Purdue
1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 0 10 0 7 17
Purdue 7 7 0 14 28

In Joe Tiller's first home game, Purdue snapped an 11-game losing streak to Notre Dame as fans tore down the goalposts after the victory. Edwin Watson, who had two touchdown runs, had said earlier in the week that former head coach and new Irish offensive coordinator Jim Colletto "was used to losing here (Purdue), so it would be nothing new for him."[5]

Ball State[edit]

Ball State at Purdue
1 2 3 4 Total
Ball State 0 7 0 7 14
Purdue 3 10 15 0 28
  • Date: September 20
  • Location: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN
  • Game attendance: 45,947

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Northwestern[edit]

Northwestern at Purdue
1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 3 6 0 0 9
Purdue 7 7 7 0 21
  • Date: September 27
  • Location: Ross–Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN
  • Game attendance: 42,112

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Minnesota[edit]

Purdue at Minnesota
1 2 3 4 Total
Purdue 17 21 14 7 59
Minnesota 14 7 7 15 43

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Wisconsin[edit]

Wisconsin at Purdue
Homecoming
1 2 3 4 Total
Wisconsin 0 10 7 3 20
Purdue 21 7 7 10 45
  • Date: October 18
  • Location: Ross–Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN

With the win over Wisconsin, Purdue is off to its best start since 1978 and produced their first five-game winning streak since 1980.[9]

Illinois[edit]

Purdue at Illinois
1 2 3 4 Total
Purdue 14 20 7 7 48
Illinois 0 3 0 0 3

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Iowa[edit]

Purdue at Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Purdue 10 7 0 0 17
Iowa 0 14 21 0 35

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Michigan State[edit]

Michigan State at Purdue
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan State 7 7 0 7 21
Purdue 0 7 0 15 22
  • Date: November 8
  • Location: Ross–Ade Stadium
    West Lafayette, IN
  • Game attendance: 55,539

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Penn State[edit]

Penn State at Purdue
1 2 3 4 Total
Penn State 0 14 14 14 42
Purdue 0 9 0 8 17
  • Date: November 15
  • Location: Ross–Ade Stadium
    West Lafayette, IN
  • Game attendance: 52,156

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Indiana[edit]

Purdue at Indiana
1 2 3 4 Total
Purdue 14 7 7 28 56
Indiana 0 7 0 0 7

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Oklahoma State[edit]

Oklahoma State vs. Purdue
Alamo Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Purdue 7 3 20 3 33
Oklahoma State 3 3 7 7 20

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Roster[edit]

1997 Purdue Boilermakers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Winston, DonaldDonald Winston So
QB 3 Reeves, JohnJohn Reeves Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 5 Tillman, WillieWillie Tillman Sr
WR 6 Jones, IsaacIsaac Jones Sr
WR 9 Tolbert, RobertRobert Tolbert So
QB 12 Dicken, BillyBilly Dicken Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 20 Daniels, ChrisChris Daniels Redshirt.svg So
RB 36 Watson, EdwinEdwin Watson Sr
RB 43 Matthews, KendallKendall Matthews Sr
OT 54 Fischer, MarkMark Fischer Sr
OG 56 Okobi, ChukkyChukky Okobi Redshirt.svg Fr
OT 76 Maly, DanDan Maly Sr
OG 79 Manning, ChadChad Manning Sr
WR 80 Alford, BrianBrian Alford Redshirt.svg Sr
TE 81 Jewell, BrandonBrandon Jewell Redshirt.svg Sr
TE 84 Blackmon, JonJon Blackmon Sr
WR 88 Loerzel, JasonJason Loerzel Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
FS 2 Brown, DerrickDerrick Brown Sr
LB 4 Rose, MikeMike Rose So
SS 7 Beasley, AdrianAdrian Beasley So
SS 10 Brush, LeeLee Brush Sr
CB 11 Hawthorne, MichaelMichael Hawthorne So
CB 14 Coleman, JamelJamel Coleman Sr
CB 28 Bell, HenryHenry Bell Jr
DE 49 Nwokorie, ChukieChukie Nwokorie Jr
DE 58 Moore, WarrenWarren Moore Fr
DE 59 Colvin, RoseveltRosevelt Colvin Jr
DT 71 Gutwein, AnthonyAnthony Gutwein Jr
DT 82 Nugent, DavidDavid Nugent So
DE 87 Foggio, RoccoRocco Foggio Fr
DT 97 Smith, GregGreg Smith Sr
DT 98 Perez, LeoLeo Perez Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 22 Bunten, AaronAaron Bunten Fr
P 26 Rogers, DannyDanny Rogers So
LS 60 Standifer, AndyAndy Standifer So
P 92 Kaser, BrandonBrandon Kaser Jr
PK 96 Ryan, ShaneShane Ryan So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster
Last update: November 28, 2016

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2011 Purdue football information guide
  2. ^ 2011 Purdue football information guide
  3. ^ 2011 Purdue football information guide
  4. ^ 1997 Purdue football archives. PurdueSports.com. Retrieved November 9, 2011
  5. ^ 1997 Purdue football archives. PurdueSports.com. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
  6. ^ 1997 Purdue football archives. PurdueSports.com. Retrieved November 9, 2011
  7. ^ 1997 Purdue football archives. PurdueSports.com. Retrieved November 9, 2011
  8. ^ 1997 Purdue football archives. PurdueSports.com. Retrieved November 9, 2011
  9. ^ "Boilermakers Rout Wisconsin." 1997 Purdue football archives. PurdueSports.com. Retrieved November 9, 2011
  10. ^ 1997 Purdue football archives. PurdueSports.com. Retrieved November 9, 2011
  11. ^ 1997 Purdue football archives. PurdueSports.com. Retrieved November 10, 2011
  12. ^ 1997 Purdue football archives. PurdueSports.com. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  13. ^ 1997 Purdue football archives. PurdueSports.com. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  14. ^ 1997 Purdue football archives. PurdueSports.com. Retrieved November 10, 2011
  15. ^ USA Today.
  16. ^ 1997 Purdue football archives. PurdueSports.com. Retrieved November 10, 2011
  17. ^ 2011 Purdue football information guide