2000 Purdue Boilermakers football team

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2000 Purdue Boilermakers football
Purdue Boilermakers logo.svg
Big Ten co-champion
Rose Bowl, L 24–34 vs. Washington
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 13
AP No. 13
2000 record 8–4 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Joe Tiller (4th season)
Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney (4th season)
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Brock Spack (4th season)
Base defense 4–3
MVP Drew Brees (senior year)
Captain Akin Ayodele (junior year)
Captain Drew Brees (senior year)
Home stadium Ross–Ade Stadium
(Capacity: 67,332)
Seasons
← 1999
2001 →
2000 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 11 Michigan +   6 2         9 3  
No. 13 Purdue $+   6 2         8 4  
Northwestern +   6 2         8 4  
Ohio State   5 3         8 4  
No. 23 Wisconsin   4 4         9 4  
Minnesota   4 4         6 6  
Penn State   4 4         5 7  
Iowa   3 5         3 9  
Illinois   2 6         5 6  
Michigan State   2 6         5 6  
Indiana   2 6         3 8  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2000 Purdue Boilermakers football team represented Purdue University in the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season. They played their home games at Ross–Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana and competed in the Big Ten Conference. In its fourth year under head coach Joe Tiller, Purdue compiled an 8–4 record, won the Big Ten Conference championship, but was defeated by Washington in the 2001 Rose Bowl.

Purdue's offense was led by quarterback and Heisman Trophy-finalist Drew Brees. Brees led the Big Ten in completions, attempts, passing yards and passing touchdowns, setting the Big Ten career record for career passing yards with 11,517 passing former Purdue player, Mark Herrmann who had set the mark with 9,946 in 1980. The team had neither a 1,000-yard rusher nor a 1,000-yard receiver. Vinny Sutherland was the leading receiver with 926 receiving yards, and Montrell Lowe led the team in rushing with 919 rushing yards. Drew Brees and Offensive Tackle Matt Light were the only players on the offensive unit selected as an All-American, being selected by Pro Football Weekly.

On defense, the 2000 Purdue team had true freshman safety Stuart Schweigert, who intercepted five passes and also lead the team in tackles with 85. Other standouts on defense included defensive end Akin Ayodele with 9.0 quarterback sacks, and linebacker Landon Johnson with 71 tackles and two sacks, and safety Ralph Turner with 65 tackles, four sacks and an interception.

Ten members of the team were honored as All-Big Ten Conference selections, quarterback Drew Brees was named the Big Ten Offensive of the Year and the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, while safety Stuart Schweigert was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Nineteen members of the 2000 Boilermakers football team went on to play in the NFL. Prior to 2000, the Boilermakers had compiled three consecutive winning seasons and had not won a Big Ten Championship since the 1966 Purdue team.

The 2000 team, which boasted two future Super Bowl winners, was featured in the 2013 Big Ten Network documentary series Big Ten Elite[1] and is still widely regarded by Purdue fans as one of the greatest Boilermakers football teams of all time.[2] The Boilermakers have yet to win the Big Ten championship or reach the Rose Bowl since then.

Season[edit]

The season was Drew Brees's final year with the Boilermakers. He left Purdue with Big Ten Conference records in passing yards (11,792), touchdown passes (90), total offensive yards (12,693), completions (1,026), and attempts (1,678). Brees won the Maxwell Award as the nation's outstanding player of 2000 and won the NCAA's Today's Top VIII Award as a member of the Class of 2001. Brees was third in balloting for the Heisman Trophy in 2000. The Boilermakers won all 8 of their games when they scored 30 points or more in 2000.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 1:00 PM Central Michigan* No. 15 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 48–0   56,197
September 9 1:00 PM Kent State* No. 14 Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN W 45–10   62,181
September 16 12:00 PM at No. 21 Notre Dame* No. 13 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Shillelagh Trophy) NBC L 21–23   80,232
September 23 11:00 AM Minnesota No. 21 Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN ESPN W 38–24   67,425
September 30 2:30 PM at Penn State No. 22 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ABC L 20–22   96,023
October 7 11:00 AM No. 6 Michigan Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN ABC W 32–31   68,340
October 14 11:00 AM at No. 17 Northwestern No. 21 Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ESPN W 41–28   41,053
October 21 11:00 AM at Wisconsin No. 17 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPN W 30–24 OT  79,048
October 28 2:30 PM No. 12 Ohio State No. 16 Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN ABC W 31–27   68,666
November 11 1:00 PM at Michigan State No. 9 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ABC L 10–30   74,624
November 18 3:30 PM Indiana No. 17 Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN (Old Oaken Bucket) ABC W 41–13   69,104
January 1 5:00 PM vs. No. 4 Washington No. 14 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) ABC L 24–34   94,392
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Roster[edit]

2000 Purdue Boilermakers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 2 Gary Heaggans Fr
RB 3 Montrell Lowe Redshirt.svg So
QB 4 Brandon Hance Fr
WR 5 Chris James So
QB 10 David Edgerton Sr
WR 14 Vinny Sutherland Sr
QB 15 Drew Brees (C) Sr
WR 18 Keith Dawson Sr
QB 20 Carl Buergler Redshirt.svg So
WR 21 Taylor Stubblefield Fr
WR 25 Donald Winston Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 26 Finus Tatum Fr
RB 31 Brandon Robinson Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 33 Rob Jackson Fr
RB 36 Sedrick Brown Jr
RB 44 Steve Ennis So
RB 45 Jacob Rowe So
C 52 Max Miller Redshirt.svg So
C 54 Rob Turner Redshirt.svg So
OT 55 Ian Allen Redshirt.svg Sr
OG 56 Chukky Okobi Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 66 Jason Eisele Fr
OL 67 Jason Sulk Fr
OG 68 Kelly Kitchel Redshirt.svg So
OG 70 Sean Rufolo Redshirt.svg Jr
OT 71 Kelly Butler Fr
OT 72 Josh Kirkpatrick Sr
OL 73 Mike Holle Fr
C 74 Nick Pilipaukis Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 75 Tyler Moore Fr
OL 76 Willie Bach Fr
OT 77 Brandon Gorin Redshirt.svg Sr
OT 78 Matt Light Redshirt.svg Sr
OG 79 Gene Mruczkowski Redshirt.svg So
WR 80 A. T. Simpson Jr
TE 81 Chris Randolph Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 82 John Standeford Fr
WR 83 Andre Henderson Fr
WR 84 Seth Morales Redshirt.svg So
WR 85 Bobby Montgomery Fr
TE 89 Tim Stratton Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 91 Matt Holbrook Fr
TE 93 Pete Lougheed Redshirt.svg So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 2 Tim Olmstead Redshirt.svg Fr
S 6 Deaunte Ferrell Fr
CB 7 Ashante Woodyard Redshirt.svg Jr
S 8 Ralph Turner Redshirt.svg So
S 9 Stuart Schweigert Fr
CB 12 Antwaun Rogers Fr
LB 13 Akin Ayodele (C) Jr
LB 16 Gilbert Gardner Fr
S 17 Ben Smith Redshirt.svg Jr
CB 18 Korey Mack Fr
CB 19 R'Kes Starling Redshirt.svg Jr
CB 20 Chuck McQuaid Fr
CB 22 Sean Morris Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 23 Chris Clopton Sr
S 24 Jon Getz Redshirt.svg So
DB 27 Charles Edwards Fr
CB 28 Jacques Reeves Fr
LB 32 Cornell Middlebrook So
LB 34 Niko Koutouvides Fr
CB 35 Marcus Hill Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 37 Bryan Jacquay Sr
S 38 Brady Doe Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 39 Jon Goldsberry Fr
LB 40 Kevin Nesfield Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 41 Alex Tone Jr
DT 42 Brandon Botts Redshirt.svg Sr
DT 43 Daniel Giles Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 45 Chancellor Barjona Jr
S 46 Tom Vaughan Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 47 Landon Johnson Redshirt.svg Fr
S 48 Tim Upshur Jr
CB 49 Eric Hasegawa Fr
LB 50 Brian Dinkins Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 51 Joe Odom Redshirt.svg So
DE 53 Shaun Phillips Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 57 Patrick Schaub Fr
DE 58 Warren Moore Redshirt.svg Sr
DE 59 Doug Swann Fr
DT 61 Alex Underwood Fr
DE 62 Vedran Dzolovic Redshirt.svg Fr
DE 63 Dave Owen Fr
DT 65 Brandon Johnson Jr
LB 86 Josh Tobey So
DE 87 Rocco Foggio Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 88 Jason Loerzel Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 90 Greg Counts Fr
DT 92 Craig Terrill Redshirt.svg Fr
DT 94 Luke Burroughs Fr
DT 95 Jody Goatley Redshirt.svg Sr
DT 96 Mike Lawrence Fr
DT 98 Matt Mitrione Redshirt.svg Jr
DT 99 Daemeon Grier Redshirt.svg Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 6 Quinton Owens Fr
P 11 Scott Kurz Redshirt.svg Jr
P 29 Aaron Lavin Fr
K 30 Travis Dorsch Jr
LS 64 Mark Reid Fr
LS 69 John Shelbourne Redshirt.svg So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster
Last update: October 22, 2013

Depth Chart[edit]

Game summaries[edit]

Central Michigan[edit]

Kent State[edit]

Notre Dame[edit]

Minnesota[edit]

Penn State[edit]

Michigan[edit]

1 234Total
Michigan 7 2103 31
Purdue 3 7139 32
  • References: [1]

Northwestern[edit]

1 234Total
• Purdue 7 7207 41
Northwestern 14 0014 28
  • Montrell Lowe 26 Rush, 174 Yds

[5]

Wisconsin[edit]

1 234OTTotal
• Purdue 0 71436 30
Wisconsin 0 14370 24

Drew Brees becomes the career passing yardage leader in Big Ten history.[6][7]

Ohio State[edit]

Michigan State[edit]

Indiana[edit]

Rose Bowl[edit]

Rivalries[edit]

Seniors drafted by the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Drew Brees Quarterback 2 32 San Diego Chargers
Matt Light Tackle 2 48 New England Patriots
Vinny Sutherland Wide Receiver 5 136 Atlanta Falcons
Chukky Okobi Center 5 146 Pittsburgh Steelers
Brandon Gorin Tackle 7 201 San Diego Chargers

[8]

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Next on Big Ten Elite: 2000 Purdue football". Big Ten Network. October 11, 2013.
  2. ^ Baugh, Travis (April 18, 2013). "Big Ten Network to Feature 2001 Rose Bowl Squad". Purdue Exponent. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  3. ^ "2000–01 Statistics Purdue". Purdue University Department of Athletics. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  4. ^ "2000–01 Statistics Purdue". Purdue University Department of Athletics. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  5. ^ "Purdue vs. Northwestern". USA Today. October 14, 2000. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  6. ^ "Purdue vs. Wisconsin". USA Today. October 21, 2000. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
  7. ^ "Purdue 30, Wisconsin 24". Purdue University Department of Athletics. October 21, 2000. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
  8. ^ "2001 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  9. ^ Alder, James. "Maxwell Award Winners". About.com. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  10. ^ Hyland, Tim. "The John Mackey Award". About.com. Retrieved December 11, 2014.