2019 Purdue Boilermakers football team

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2019 Purdue Boilermakers football
Purdue Boilermakers logo.svg
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionWest Division
2019 record4–8 (3–6 Big Ten)
Head coachJeff Brohm (3rd season)
Co-offensive coordinatorBrian Brohm (3rd season)
Co-offensive coordinatorJaMarcus Shephard (2nd as Co-OC, 3rd overall season)
Co-defensive coordinatorNick Holt (3rd season)
Co-defensive coordinatorAnthony Poindexter (3rd season)
Home stadiumRoss–Ade Stadium
(Capacity: 57,236)
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2019 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 1 Ohio State xy   9 0         12 0  
No. 10 Penn State   7 2         10 2  
No. 14 Michigan   6 3         9 3  
Indiana   5 4         8 4  
Michigan State   4 5         6 6  
Maryland   1 8         3 9  
Rutgers   0 9         2 10  
West Division
No. 8 Wisconsin xy   7 2         10 2  
No. 18 Minnesota x   7 2         10 2  
No. 16 Iowa   6 3         9 3  
Illinois   4 5         6 6  
Purdue   3 6         4 8  
Nebraska   3 6         5 7  
Northwestern   1 8         3 9  
Championship: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of December 6, 2019; Rankings from College Football Playoff

The 2019 Purdue Boilermakers football team represented Purdue University during the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Boilermakers played their home games at Ross–Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana and competed in the West Division of the Big Ten Conference. They were led by third-year head coach Jeff Brohm.

Previous season[edit]

The 2018 Boilermakers team finished the season at 6–7, 5–4 in Big Ten play to finish in a tie for second in the West Division. They were invited to the Music City Bowl where they were defeated by Auburn. The season was highlighted by a dominant, upset home victory over then-No. 2 Ohio State by a score of 49–20, which proved to be the Buckeyes' only loss on the year.


Coaching changes[edit]

Purdue cornerbacks coach Derrick Jackson and tight ends coach Mark Tommerdahl both left to take jobs at Northern Illinois and Texas Tech respectively in early February 2019.[1][2] Purdue announced the hiring of Greg Brown as cornerbacks coach on February 21.[3] He previously was the secondary coach at Auburn for two seasons. Head coach Jeff Brohm also announced the promotion of former Purdue quality control assistant Ryan Wallace to be the new tight ends coach.[4]

Player news[edit]

Wide receiver KeyRon Catlett announced his decision to transfer to Hampton.[5] Tight end Jess Trussell and offensive lineman Michael Mendez announced that they would leave as graduate transfers. Linebacker Tobias Larry transferred to Tennessee State. Benaiah Franklin transferred to Northwestern State.


The Boilermakers signed a total of 24 recruits.

Award watch lists[edit]

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Lott IMPACT Trophy[6] Markus Bailey LB RSr
Robert Maxwell Award[7] Rondale Moore WR So
Chuck Bednarik Award[8] Markus Bailey LB RSr
Fred Biletnikoff Award[9] Rondale Moore WR So
John Mackey Award[10] Brycen Hopkins TE RSr
Dick Butkus Award[11] Markus Bailey LB RSr
Outland Trophy[12] Lorenzo Neal DT Sr
Paul Hornung Award[13] Rondale Moore WR So
Bronko Nagurski Trophy[14] Markus Bailey LB RSr

Preseason Big Ten poll[edit]

Although the Big Ten Conference has not held an official preseason poll since 2010, Cleveland.com has polled sports journalists representing all member schools as a de facto preseason media poll since 2011. For the 2019 poll, Purdue was projected to finish in fifth in the West Division.[15]

Media poll (West Division)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Nebraska 198 (14)
2 Iowa 194.5 (14)
3 Wisconsin 172.5 (4)
4 Northwestern 142.5 (1)
5 Purdue 110.5
6 Minnesota 100 (1)
7 Illinois 34


Purdue's 2019 schedule will begin with three non-conference games, first on the road against Nevada of the Mountain West Conference, and then returning home for games against Vanderbilt of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and TCU of the Big 12 Conference. In Big Ten Conference play, Purdue will play all other members of the West Division and draws Penn State, Maryland, and Indiana from the East Division.

August 309:30 p.m.at Nevada*CBSSNL 31–3420,144
September 712:00 p.m.Vanderbilt*BTNW 42–2450,506
September 147:30 p.m.TCU*
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
BTNL 13–3460,037
September 283:30 p.m.Minnesota
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
ESPN2L 31–3850,629
October 512:00 p.m.at No. 12 Penn StateESPNL 7–35106,536
October 1212:00 p.m.Marylanddagger
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
BTNW 40–1452,296
October 1912:00 p.m.at No. 23 IowaESPN2L 20–2669,250
October 2612:00 p.m.Illinois
BTNL 6–2458,735
November 212:00 p.m.Nebraska
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
FOXW 31–2750,606
November 912:00 p.m.at NorthwesternBTNW 24–2237,194
November 234:00 p.m.at No. 12 WisconsinFOXL 24–4570,747
November 3012:00 p.m.Indiana
ESPN2L 41–44 2OT55,338



2019 Purdue Boilermakers football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
QB 2 Elijah Sindelar Injured (C) Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 3 David Bell Fr
WR 4 Rondale Moore Injured So
RB 5 Da'Joun Hewitt Fr
QB 7 Nick Sipe Redshirt.svg So
WR 8 T. J. Sheffield Injured Fr
WR 9 Mershawn Rice Fr
WR 10 Amad Anderson Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 12 Jared Sparks Redshirt.svg Jr
QB 13 Jack Plummer Injured Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 14 Danny Carollo Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 15 Kory Taylor Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 16 Aidan O'Connell Redshirt.svg So
WR 17 Milton Wright Fr
QB 18 Paul Piferi Fr
RB 20 Alfred Armour Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 21 Jordan Bonner Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 22 King Doerue Fr
RB 25 Tario Fuller Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 33 Jackson Anthrop Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 34 Richie Worship Redshirt.svg Sr
RB 40 Zander Horvath Redshirt.svg So
TE 48 Kyle Bilodeau Fr
OL 51 Bryce Brown Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 56 Viktor Beach Injured Redshirt.svg So
OL 58 Jimmy McKenna Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 59 Dave Monnot III Fr
OL 61 Ryan Flaherty Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 65 Marc Rolland Redshirt.svg So
OL 66 Alex Criddle Sr
OL 68 Cam Craig Fr
OL 70 Will Bramel Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 71 Sam Loebig Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 72 Sam Garvin So
OL 73 Kyle Jornigan Fr
OL 74 Eric Miller Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 75 Spencer Holstege Fr
OL 76 Mark Stickford Redshirt.svg So
OL 77 D. J. Washington Injured Redshirt.svg So
OL 78 Grant Hermanns (C) Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 79 Matt McCann Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 80 Camdyn Childers Fr
WR 82 Grant Summers Fr
WR 83 Malcolm Dotson Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 84 Noah Ellison Redshirt.svg So
TE 87 Payne Durham Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 88 Garrett Miller Fr
TE 89 Brycen Hopkins (C) RSr
Pos. # Name Class
CB 1 Dedrick Mackey Redshirt.svg So
CB 2 Kenneth Major Redshirt.svg So
DE 5 George Karlaftis Fr
S 6 Jalen Graham Fr
CB 7 Jordan Rucker Redshirt.svg Fr
DT 8 Anthony Watts Redshirt.svg Jr
DT 9 Lorenzo Neal Injured (C) Sr
DB 11 Kadin Smith Redshirt.svg Fr
DE 12 Dontay Hunter II Fr
CB 13 Tyler Hamilton Redshirt.svg So
CB 17 Byron Perkins Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 18 Cam Allen Fr
LB 21 Markus Bailey Injured (C) Redshirt.svg Sr
S 23 Cory Trice Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 24 Nyles Beverly Fr
LB 26 Crishawn Long Fr
S 26 Marvin Grant Injured Fr
S 27 Navon Mosley (C) Sr
CB 29 Simeon Smiley Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 32 Elijah Ball Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 34 Jonah Williams Redshirt.svg So
LB 35 Jack Smith Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 36 Jaylan Alexander So
LB 37 Jacob Wahlberg Fr
S 38 Brennan Thieneman Jr
LB 39 Zach Randall Redshirt.svg So
S 40 Ashton Nichols Fr
CB 42 David Day Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 43 Kieren Douglas So
LB 44 Ben Holt Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 45 Byron Hubbard Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 46 Cornell Jones Jr
DL 47 Jeff Marks So
S 49 Zane Greene Redshirt.svg Fr
DE 50 Solomon Kpaka Fr
DE 52 Willie Lane Redshirt.svg Fr
DE 55 Derrick Barnes Jr
LB 57 Will Chapman Fr
DL 58 Branson Deen Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 59 K. J. Stokes Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 81 Khali Saunders Fr
DL 90 Lawrence Johnson Redshirt.svg Fr
DE 92 Giovanni Reviere Redshirt.svg So
DT 93 Steven Faucheux Fr
DE 94 Robert McWilliams III Redshirt.svg So
DE 95 Jack Cravaack Redshirt.svg Fr
DE 97 Semisi Fakasiieiki Redshirt.svg Jr
DE 98 Kai Higgins Sr
DL 99 Jack Sullivan Redshirt.svg Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 19 Brooks Cormier Fr
LS 30 Brooks Royal So
LS 31 Nick Zecchino Redshirt.svg Jr
K 37 Chris Van Eekeren Fr
P 38 Zac Collins Redshirt.svg So
K 85 J. D. Dellinger Redshirt.svg Jr
LS 86 Hunter MacDonald Fr
LS 96 August Schott Redshirt.svg Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Brian Brohm (Co-Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)
  • Nick Holt (Co-Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers)
  • Anthony Poindexter (Co-Defensive Coordinator / Secondary)
  • JaMarcus Shephard (Co-Offensive Coordinator / Wide Receivers)
  • Chris Barclay (Running Backs)
  • Greg Brown (Cornerbacks)
  • Reggie Johnson (Defensive Line)
  • Dale Williams (Offensive Line)
  • Kevin Wolthausen (Special Teams Coordinator / Assistant Defensive Line)
  • JMichael Jonard (Quality Control)
  • Dan Rowe (Quality Control)
  • Ryan Wallace (Tight Ends)
  • Justin Lovett (Director of Strength & Conditioning)
  • Domenic Reno (Senior Associate Director of Football
    Strength & Conditioning)
  • Dennis Love (Associate Director of Football
    Strength & Conditioning)
  • Ryan Grubbs (Assistant Director of Football
    Strength & Conditioning)
  • Mitch Meador (Assistant Director of Football
    Strength & Conditioning)

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

Last update: November 19, 2019

Game summaries[edit]


Purdue at Nevada
1 234Total
Boilermakers 10 1470 31
Wolf Pack 0 71017 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 September 24, 2016 Purdue, 24–14

To begin the season, Purdue traveled to Nevada, the first time Purdue has played in Reno.[17]

Purdue lost to Nevada, 34–31.[18] Purdue scored the first 10 points in the first quarter via 2-yard touchdown pass from Elijah Sindelar to Brycen Hopkins and a 32-yard field goal by J. D. Dellinger. Nevada responded with points in the second quarter via a 38-yard touchdown pass from Carson Strong to Dominic Christian. Purdue extended its lead in the second quarter via a 38-yard touchdown reception by Jackson Anthrop and a 39-yard touchdown reception by Rondale Moore, both passes coming from Sindelar. Purdue two touchdowns made the score 24–7 in favor of Purdue at half-time. Nevada added a 21-yard touchdown reception by Elijah Cooks in the third quarter. Purdue responded just 30 seconds later with a 49-yard touchdown reception by David Bell from Sindelar. Nevada closed out the third quarter scoring following a 34-yard field goal from Talton in the third quarter. Nevada reduced Purdue's lead to seven points with just 6:56 remaining following a 7-yard touchdown run from Toa Taua. Following a Purdue punt, Nevada drove 87-yards with the final play being a 21-yard Elijah Cooks touchdown reception from Strong to tie the game with :52 remaining. On Purdue's second play of their final possession, Sindelar was intercepted by Daniel Brown. Talton was then able to connect on a 56-yard field goal as time expired to give Nevada their first lead of the game, and a victory.[19]

Purdue was minus-5 in turnover margin, just the third time since 2000 that Purdue had five or more turnovers while its opponent had zero. Purdue's 519 yards of offense were the fifth most in a loss since the 2000 season.[20]


Vanderbilt at Purdue
1 234Total
Commodores 7 3014 24
Boilermakers 7 71414 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 October 3, 1942 Vanderbilt, 0–26

After opening the season in Nevada, Purdue returned home for their second game against Vanderbilt. The two schools have not played each other since 1942.[21]

Purdue defeated Vanderbilt, 42–24.[22] Vanderbilt scored first in the first quarter via 1-yard touchdown run by Ke'Shawn Vaughn. Purdue responded with at 12-yard touchdown reception by Brycen Hopkins from Elijah Sindelar. Purdue took the lead in the second quarter via a 2-yard touchdown reception by Payne Durham from Sindelar. Vanderbilt added a 48-yard Ryley Guay field goal to make the score 14–10 in favor of Purdue at half-time. Purdue extended its lead on a 50-yard touchdown reception by Jared Sparks and a 20-yard touchdown by Hopkins in the third quarter. Vanderbilt responded with a 10-yard touchdown reception by Cam Johnson from Riley Neal, but failed to convert on the two-point conversion attempt, to open the fourth quarter scoring. Purdue responded with a 34-yard touchdown reception by Rondale Moore from Sindelar. Vanderbilt countered just 9 seconds later when Neal found Chris Pierce on a 75-yard touchdown pass, this time Neal's pass to Kalija Lipscomb was a successful two-point conversion. Purdue concluded the scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run with by Sindelar.[23]

Sindelar's 509 yards passing tied for the sixth most in a game in school history. Purdue's 42 points were its most points ever scored against current members of the SEC.[24] The following Monday, Elijah Sindelar was named the Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Week.


TCU at Purdue
1 234Total
Horned Frogs 10 3147 34
Boilermakers 3 307 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 September 19, 1970 Purdue, 15–0

After defeating Vanderbilt, Purdue remained at home for their third game against TCU. The two schools have not played each other since 1970.[25]

TCU won in a blowout, 34–13.[26] Purdue opened the scoring with a 31-yard field goal by J. D. Dellinger. TCU responded with a 24-yard field goal by Jonathan Song. Darius Anderson broke loose to score on a 32-yard run to finish the first quarter scoring. Purdue responded in the second quarter when Dellinger hit a 53-yard field goal. TCU would score again just before the half on a 40-yard Song field goal to make the score 13-6 in favor of TCU at halftime. TCU struck first in the second half when Max Duggan found Al'Dontre Davis for a 22-yard touchdown catch. TCU scored again on a 1-yard touchdown run by Sewo Olonilua to round out the 3rd quarter scoring. Anderson scored again for TCU on a 8-yard run to increase the lead in the 4th quarter. Purdue scored their first touchdown when Jack Plummer found Amad Anderson for a 54-yard touchdown pass.[27]

Purdue’s 23 yards rushing were its fewest since having 23 against Minnesota on November 5, 2016. Purdue’s 8 first downs were its fewest since having eight against Wisconsin on October 31, 2009. Jack Plummer and Amad Anderson both go the first touchdowns of their careers when Plummer found Anderson for a 54-yard reception in the 4th quarter. J. D. Dellinger's 53-yard field goal was the third longest in school history. George Karlaftis became the first true freshman to record a sack and interception in the same game since Torri Williams on November 6, 2004.[28]


Minnesota at Purdue
1 234Total
Golden Gophers 14 14100 38
Boilermakers 3 7714 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
33–38–3 November 10, 2018 Minnesota, 10–41

After facing TCU, Purdue remained at home for their four game and Big Ten Conference opener against Minnesota.[29]

Minnesota won, 38–31.[30] Rodney Smith opened the scoring for Minnesota with a 2-yard touchdown run. Purdue responded with a 21-yard field goal by J. D. Dellinger. The Golden Gophers then extended their lead when Tanner Morgan found Chris Autman-Bell for a 70-yard touchdown pass. On Purdue's next drive, Elijah Sindelar and Rondale Moore both left the game on the same play. Following their departure, Jack Plummer lead the Boilermakers down the field to score on a 7-yard pass to Zander Horvath. Morgan found Rashod Bateman for a 45-yard touchdown, and Tyler Johnson on a 4-yard touchdown to bring the halftime score to 28-10 in favor of Minnesota. Purdue opened the second half scoring when King Doeroe scored on an 8-yard run. Minnesota then connected on a 32-yard field goal by Michael Lantz and Morgan found Bateman on a 47-yard touchdown pass to round out the third quarter scoring. Purdue would add two touchdowns by Doeroe in the fourth quarter, a 2-yard touchdown run and 13-yard reception from Plummer.[31]

Jack Plummer's 7-yard pass to Zander Horvath in the 2nd quarter was his first career touchdown pass, as well as Horvath's first career touchdown reception. George Karlaftis became the first Purdue freshman since 2000 with at least 3.0 sacks in a season. David Bell became the fifth true freshman since 2000 with at least eight catches in a game. King Doeroe became the first true freshman with three touchdowns in a game since Kory Sheets had three against Indiana on November 19, 2005.[32]

Penn State[edit]

Purdue at Penn State
1 234Total
Boilermakers 0 700 7
No. 12 Nittany Lions 21 707 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–14–1 October 29, 2016 Penn State, 24–62

After facing Minnesota, Purdue traveled to University Park, Pennsylvania for the 2nd road game and Big Ten Conference game against Penn State.[33]

Penn State won in a blowout, 35–7.[34] Penn State opened up the scoring in the first quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run by K. J. Hamler. After a Purdue punt, the Nittany Lions scored again on a 3-yard run by Sean Clifford. Penn State would strike again in the first with a 72-yard reception by Jahan Dotson from Clifford. Penn State scored first again in the second quarter with a 7-yard reception by Pat Freiermuth. Purdue finally got on the board with a 15-yard touchdown reception by Amad Anderson Jr. from Jack Plummer, bringing the halftime score to 28-7. The lone score of the second half came during a 2-yard touchdown run by Noah Cain in the fourth quarter.[35]


Maryland at Purdue
1 234Total
Terrapins 0 1400 14
Boilermakers 13 1737 40
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 October 1, 2016 Maryland, 7–50

After traveling to Penn State, Purdue returned home for their Big Ten Conference game against Maryland.[36]

Purdue won in a blowout, 40–14.[37] Purdue scored first when Jack Plummer found David Bell, but a bad snap forced Danny Corollo to scramble and the PAT was failed. On their next possession, King Doeroe scored on a 4-yard run for the Boilermakers. Maryland scored their first points in the second quarter on a 21-yard run by Javon Leake. Purdue returned the score with a 59-yard touchdown reception by Milton Wright from Plummer. Maryland cut the deficit when Tyrrell Pigrome scored on a 61-yard run. J. D. Dellinger increased the Purdue lead when he added a 27-yard field goal. A Pigrome interception by Cory Trice returned for 37-yard touchdown to bring the halftime score 30-14 in favor of the Boilermakers. Dellinger's 27-yard field goal was the lone score of the third quarter. Plummer found Bell again for an 8-yard touchdown in the 4th quarter to cap the scoring.[38]

Four freshmen scored all five touchdowns. It marked the first time since at least 1997 that even three freshmen scored a touchdown in a game. It was also the first time since December 31, 2001, vs. Washington State that Purdue had at least three players with at least eight receptions. Cory Trice returned an interception for a touchdown just before halftime, becoming the first Purdue freshman with a pick-six since Ricardo Allen in 2010 at Michigan State.[39]


Purdue at Iowa
1 234Total
Boilermakers 0 7013 20
No. 23 Hawkeyes 6 3710 26
Overall record Last meeting Result
48–38–3 November 3, 2018 Purdue, 38–36

Purdue hit the road again, this time traveling to Iowa City, Iowa for a Big Ten Conference game against the Hawkeyes of Iowa.

Iowa defeated Purdue, 26–20.[41] Iowa scored on a pair of Keith Duncan field goals from 30 and 44-yards. Duncan added another field goal in the second from 42-yards. Purdue finally got on the board when Jack Plummer found David Bell from 7-yards out to bring the halftime score to 9–7 in favor of the Hawkeyes. Iowa got the lone score of the 3rd quarter when Tyler Goodson scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. Purdue got the first two scores of the fourth quarter on field goals of 27 and 36-yards from J. D. Dellinger to cut the lead to 6. Iowa scored again on a 14-yard Mekhi Sargent touchdown. Plummer would find Payne Durham in the endzone for a 1-yard touchdown pass, but Purdue failed to recover the onside kick, allowing Iowa to run out the clock.[42]


Illinois at Purdue
(Purdue Cannon)
1 234Total
Fighting Illini 3 1470 24
Boilermakers 0 006 6
Overall record Last meeting Result
44–44–6 October 13, 2018 Purdue, 46–7

Purdue returned home for their 8th game of the year to renew the rivalry against Illinois for the Purdue Cannon.

Illinois won 24–6.[44] Illinois opened the scoring when James McCourt made a 38-yard field goal. Illinois would score again when Tony Adams intercepted a Jack Plummer pass and returned it 13-yards for a touchdown. Illinois struck again just before the half, when Brandon Peters scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak to bring the halftime score to 17–0. Illinois increased their lead when Reggie Corbin scored on a 20-yard run. Purdue finally got on the board when Aidan O'Connell found Payne Durham for an 11-yard touchdown pass.[45]


Nebraska at Purdue
1 234Total
Cornhuskers 10 0314 27
Boilermakers 0 14314 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–4 September 29, 2018 Purdue, 42–28

Purdue would remain at home again to face division-rival, Nebraska.

Purdue won 31–27.[47] Nebraska struck first when Dedrick Mills scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. Barret Pickering would add a 23-yard field goal to round out the first quarter scoring. Purdue finally got their first score of the game in the second quarter when Jack Plummer found King Doerue for a touchdown from 3 yards out. Purdue would take its first lead when Plummer found Payne Durham who made two defenders miss on his way to the endzone from 16-yards out, bringing the halftime score to 14–10. The Cornhuskers and Boilermakers would trade field goals of 21 and 44 yards respectively in the third quarter. Nebraska would take the lead back from Purdue in the 4th quarter when Adrian Martinez scored on a 2-yard run. Purdue would respond with a Doerue touchdown run of 7-yards. Martinez scored again from 4-yards out. Purdue would take the lead for good with 1:08 left in the game on a reverse touchdown run by David Bell.[48]

Freshman have scored the last 16 touchdowns Purdue has scored. Purdue ran for a season-high 145-yards. King Doerue became the first player since Ralph Bolden in 2009 with multiple games of at least one rush touchdown and one receiving touchdown, and the only freshman since at least 1997). David Bell surpassed 50 catches on the season, now with 51. He also became only the fourth Purdue player since 1997 with at least seven receptions and a rushing touchdown in the same game (Rondale Moore, Dorien Bryant, Kory Sheets)[49]


Purdue at Northwestern
1 234Total
Boilermakers 0 7143 24
Wildcats 14 206 22
  • Date: November 9
  • Location: Ryan Field
    Evanston, IL
  • Game start: 12:01 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:19
  • Game attendance: 37,194
  • Game weather: 38°F, Partly Cloudy, SW 14 MPH
  • Referee: Jeffrey Servins
  • TV announcers (BTN): Brandon Gaudin (play-by-play), James Laurinaitis (analyst), Elise Menaker (sideline)
Overall record Last meeting Result
50–32–1 August 30, 2018 Northwestern, 27–31

Purdue would next travel to Evanston, Illinois to face the reigning Big Ten West division champions, the Northwestern Wildcats.

Purdue defeated Northwestern, 24–22.[51] Northwestern got on the board first when Kyric McGowan got loose on a 79-yard touchdown run. Jace James would add a 16-yard touchdown pass from Aidan Smith to round out the first quarter scoring. Purdue finally got their first score of the game in the second quarter when King Doerue scored a touchdown from 12 yards out. Purdue would take a safety when Aidan O'Connell was called for intentional grounding in the end zone, bringing the halftime score to 16–7. The Boilermaker offense got it going in the third quarter when David Bell and Amad Anderson Jr each hauled in touchdown passes of Aidan O'Connell from 13 and 11 yards respectively. Northwestern would take the lead back from Purdue in the 4th quarter when Smith found Riley Lees on a 8-yard yard pass. Purdue would take the lead for good with 0:03 left in the game on a 39-yard field goal by J. D. Dellinger.[52]


Purdue at Wisconsin
1 234Total
Boilermakers 3 1470 24
No. 12 Badgers 14 10147 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
29–49–8 November 17, 2018 Wisconsin, 44–47

Purdue would next travel to Madison, Wisconsin to face the Big Ten West division leaders, the Wisconsin Badgers.

Wisconsin blew out Purdue, 45–24.[54] Wisconsin scored first when Aron Cruickshank scored on a 27-yard jet sweep for a touchdown. Purdue would score next when J. D. Dellinger connected on a 28-yard field goal. The Badgers scored again when Jonathan Taylor found paydirt from 51-yards out. Purdue took the lead in the second quarter when Aidan O'Connell found Brycen Hopkins twice from 7 and then Milton Wright found Hopkins for a 37-yard score. Wisconsin responded with a 18-yard touchdown reception by Jack Dunn from Jack Coan, and a 62-yard field goal by Zach Hintze to round out the halftime scoring with Wisconsin up 24-17. The Badgers began to pull away in the third quarter when Garrett Groshek scored from 6-yards out and again when Coan found Quintez Cephus for a 29-yard reception. Purdue responded just before the quarters end when O'Connell found David Bell on an 8-yard pass. Wisconsin capped the scoring when Mason Stokke scored on a 1-yard run to make the score 45–24.[55]

Purdue scored 24 points and produced 376 yards of total offense, the most since scoring 26 points in 2003 and gaining 428 yards in 2005. David Bell became the first Purdue player since Chris Daniels in 1999 with three games of at least 12 receptions in a season. Brycen Hopkins became the first Purdue tight end since Tim Stratton in 1998 to score multiple touchdowns in at least two games in a season.[56]


Indiana at Purdue
(Old Oaken Bucket)
1 234OT2OTTotal
Hoosiers 7 147376 44
Boilermakers 0 1071473 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
74–41–6 November 24, 2018 Purdue, 28–21

Purdue would next return home to face the Big Ten East division rival and chief rival, the Indiana Hoosiers for the Old Oaken Bucket.

Indiana defeated Purdue, 44–41.[58] Indiana got the lone score of the first quarter when Peyton Ramsey found Whop Philyor wide open in the back of the endzone. Ramsey scored again on a 1-yard run. Purdue scored for the first time when J. D. Dellinger made a 20-yard field goal, and again when Aidan O'Connell found Brycen Hopkins for a 72-yard pass. The Hoosiers would score when on a Sampson James run from 3-yards out to bring the halftime score to 21–10. Philyor would score again when Ramsey found him from 37-yards out. Purdue began to mount it's comeback when Zander Horvath scored a 1-yard touchdowns on back-to-back possessions. Charles Campbell would increase the Hoosiers lead when he connected on a 41-yard field goal. Purdue would finally tie the game with 2:48 remaining when O'Connell found David Bell with an acrobatic catch, with O'Connell then finding Hopkins to complete the 2-point conversion. Indiana scored first in overtime when Ramsey found Nick Westbrook for a 14-yard score. Facing 4th down, O'Connell found Hopkins for the tying touchdown on the same play as the two-point conversion to force a second overtime. When Purdue scored on a 34-yard Dellinger field goal, the Hoosiers scored the winning score when Ramsey ran a QB sneak from 1-yard out.[59]

Purdue finished with a season-high 589 yards of total offense (408 passing, 181 rush); it's only games with at least 400 passing yards and 181 rushing yards since at least 1997. Zander Horvath had 239 all-purpose yards, the most by a Purdue running back since Raheem Mostert had 270 in 2014 again Minnesota. David Bell finished the season with 86 receptions, the 8th most for a Purdue player in a single season. Brycen Hopkins finished he career 21st for total receptions (130) and 12th in career receiving yards (1,945).[60]

Awards and honors[edit]