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2008 Purdue Boilermakers football team

The 2008 Purdue Boilermakers football team represented Purdue University in the Big Ten Conference during the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Joe Tiller, in his 12th and final season at Purdue, was the team's head coach. The Boilermakers' home games were played at Ross–Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana. They posted a 4–8 record, finishing in a ninth place tie in the Big Ten.

2008 Purdue Boilermakers football
Purdue Boilermakers logo.svg
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2008 record4–8 (2–6 Big Ten)
Head coachJoe Tiller (14th season)
Offensive coordinatorEd Zaunbrecher (3rd season / 1st as OC)
Offensive schemeOne-back shotgun spread
Defensive coordinatorBrock Spack (12th season)
Base defense4–3
CaptainRyan Baker
CaptainJermaine Guynn
CaptainCurtis Painter
CaptainJoe Whitest
Home stadiumRoss–Ade Stadium
(Capacity: 62,500)
Seasons
← 2007
2009 →
2008 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 8 Penn State $+   7 1         11 2  
No. 9 Ohio State %+   7 1         10 3  
No. 24 Michigan State   6 2         9 4  
Northwestern   5 3         9 4  
No. 20 Iowa   5 3         9 4  
Wisconsin   3 5         7 6  
Minnesota   3 5         7 6  
Illinois   3 5         5 7  
Purdue   2 6         4 8  
Michigan   2 6         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         3 9  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 612:00 PM[1]Northern Colorado*BTN[1]W 42–1051,476[2]
September 133:30 PM[1]No. 16 Oregon*
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
ABC/ESPN2[1]L 26–32 2OT54,666[2]
September 2012:00 PM[1]Central Michigan*
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
BTN[1]W 32–2557,101[2]
September 273:30 PM[3]at Notre Dame*NBC[3]L 38–2180,795[2]
October 412:00 PMNo. 6 Penn State
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
ESPNL 20–657,215[2]
October 113:30 PMat No. 12 Ohio StateABC/ESPNL 16–3105,378[2]
October 1812:00 PM[4]at NorthwesternESPN2[4]L 26–4827,163[2]
October 2512:00 PM[5]No. 25 Minnesota 
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
ESPNC[5]L 6–1754,215[2]
November 112:00 PMMichigan
  • Ross–Ade Stadium
  • West Lafayette, IN
BTNW 48–4259,135[2]
November 812:00 PMat No. 18 Michigan StateBTNL 7–2175,522[2]
November 1512:00 PMat IowaBTNL 17–2267,676[2]
November 2212:00 PMIndiana
ESPN2W 62–1063,107[2]
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Game summariesEdit

Northern ColoradoEdit

1 234Total
Northern Colorado 0 0010 10
Purdue 7 7721 42

OregonEdit

1 234OT2OTTotal
Oregon 3 314336 32
Purdue 13 70330 26

Kory Sheets rushed for an 80-yard touchdown for the Boilermakers and Matt Evensen kicked a 23-yard field goal for the Ducks. Chris Summers then kicked a 29-yard and a 38-yard field goals in the first quarter. Kory Sheets rush for 2 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.

In the third quarter, Summers' punt was returned by Jairus Byrd for an 87-yard touchdown. Then LeGarrette Blount rushed for 5 yards for a touchdown to tie the score. Summers kicked a 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, but missed a field goal try to tie the game in regulation.

Both teams kicked a field goal in overtime, but the Boilermakers failed to score in the second overtime period. The Ducks scored a touchdown to win the game.

Central MichiganEdit

1 234Total
Central Michigan 7 3015 25
Purdue 3 7715 32

Notre DameEdit

1 234Total
Purdue 7 770 21
Notre Dame 0 14213 38

Irish quarterback Jimmy Clausen threw for a career-high 275 yards and three touchdowns and Notre Dame running backs ran for 201 yards in the 38–21 defeat over the Boilermakers.[6] Purdue took a 7–0 lead on a Kory Sheets run, but Notre Dame countered with a 47-yard interception return for a touchdown by cornerback Robert J. Blanton. Purdue answered back when Aaron Valentin scored on a 3-yard pass from Curtis Painter to make the score 14–7. Clausen threw a touchdown pass to Golden Tate to tie it 14–14 heading into half-time.

The Irish scored on their first two possessions of the second half to open a 28–14 lead. The Boilermakers cut the lead to 28–21 four plays later when Painter threw a pass that Desmond Tardy caught at the Notre Dame 30 and raced up the left sideline for a touchdown. The Irish answered immediately, however, when Clausen threw a 30-yard TD pass to David Grimes on a fourth-and-7. The Boilermakers fell to 1–15 at Notre Dame Stadium since 1976. The loss also left Joe Tiller with a 5–7 record against the Irish. (Purdue had lost 11 straight to Notre Dame before Tiller arrived.)

Penn StateEdit

1 234Total
Penn State 0 1073 20
Purdue 0 006 6

The Nittany Lions defeated the Boilermakers 20–6, outgaining Purdue 422 to 241 in total offense.

Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark completed 18 of 26 passes for 226 yards and a ran for a touchdown on a quarterback sneak on 4th-and-goal in the second quarter for the first points of the game. Running back Evan Royster ran for 141 yards and a touchdown and also caught four balls for 53 yards.

Curtis Painter finished 13-for-22 for 112 yards but was replaced in the fourth quarter by backup Joey Elliott after throwing an interception to Nittany Lion safety Drew Astorino. Placekicker Chris Summers missed all three of his kick attempts—two field goal attempts and an extra point attempt. Kory Sheets' fourth-quarter touchdown run was Purdue's first offensive touchdown against Penn State since 2005.[7]

Ohio StateEdit

1 234Total
Purdue 0 030 3
Ohio State 10 303 16

Purdue managed to keep Ohio State's offense out of the end zone with OSU's only touchdown coming from a blocked punt. While the Purdue defense shut down Ohio State's Terelle Pryor and Beanie Wells, Ohio State's defense shut down Purdue's high powered offense. Purdue did manage to cut the lead to 13–3 in the third, but an Ohio State field goal restored the lead to 13. Ohio State stopped a late Purdue chance to make things interesting to hold on for the win.

NorthwesternEdit

1 234Total
Purdue 6 6014 26
Northwestern 0 241014 48

MinnesotaEdit

1 234Total
Minnesota 7 307 17
Purdue 6 000 6

MichiganEdit

1 234Total
Michigan 14 14014 42
Purdue 14 71413 48

In his first collegiate start, third-string quarterback Justin Siller completed 21-of-34 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 77 yards and another score. Kory Sheets rushed for 118 yards and tied a career-high with four touchdowns.[8]

Michigan StateEdit

1 234Total
Purdue 0 007 7
Michigan State 7 770 21

IowaEdit

1 234Total
Purdue 0 1007 17
Iowa 6 637 22

IndianaEdit

1 234Total
Indiana 0 307 10
Purdue 24 17147 62

To finish a mostly dismal season for Purdue, the Boilermakers blew out arch-rival Indiana to reclaim the Old Oaken Bucket in Joe Tiller's final game. The win produced the largest ever margin of victory in the Bucket series.

StatisticsEdit

TeamEdit

Team Opp
Scoring 296 301
  Points per Game 24.7 25.1
First Downs 254 230
  Rushing 93 116
  Passing 139 97
  Penalty 23 17
Total Offense 4493 4297
  Avg per Play 5.0 5.2
  Avg per Game 374.4 358.1
Fumbles-Lost 12–10 20–10
Penalties-Yards 60–484 76–603
  Avg per Game 40.3 50.2
Team Opp
Punts-Yards 57-2106 55-2097
  Avg per Punt 36.9 38.1
Time of Possession/Game 29:58 30:02
3rd Down Conversions 71/184 60/169
4th Down Conversions 15/29 10/21
Touchdowns Scored 37 36
Field Goals-Attempts-Long 13–21–53 17–25–49
PAT-Attempts 33–36 32–34
Attendance 396,915 356,534
  Games/Avg per Game 7/56,702 5/71,307

Scores by quarterEdit

1 2 3 4OT Total
Purdue 80 68 52 933 296
Opponents 54 90 62 869 301

OffenseEdit

RushingEdit

Name GP-GS Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G
Kory Sheets 12 234 1185 54 1131 4.8 16 80 94.2
Justin Siller 9 60 240 73 167 2.8 2 20 18.6
Anthony Heygood 12 1 61 0 61 61.0 0 61 5.1
Frank Halliburton 11 13 39 2 37 2.8 0 12 3.4
Dan Dierking 12 9 34 0 34 3.8 0 13 2.8
Ralph Bolden 8 16 31 3 28 1.8 0 9 3.5
Joey Elliott 3 7 26 13 13 1.9 1 7 4.3
Curtis Painter 10 44 120 110 10 0.2 0 19 1.0
Desmond Tardy 12 5 14 5 9 1.8 0 8 0.8
Chris Bennett 1 1 6 0 6 6.0 0 6 6.0
Keith Smith 12 1 4 0 4 4.0 0 4 0.3
Team 9 1 0 2 −2 −2.0 0 0 −0.2
Total 12 392 1760 262 1498 3.8 19 80 124.8
Opponents 12 466 2378 280 2098 4.4 17 75 174.8

PassingEdit

Name GP-GS Effic Att-Cmp-Int Pct Yds TD Lng Avg/G
Curtis Painter 10 118.6 379–227–11 59.9 2400 13 79 240.0
Justin Siller 9 100.5 106–59–2 55.7 496 3 35 55.1
Joey Elliott 3 98.7 15–8–0 53.3 81 0 21 27.0
Desmond Tardy 12 125.6 2–1–0 50.0 18 0 18 1.5
Team                
Total 12 114.2 502–295–13 58.8 2995 16 79 249.6
Opponents 12 115.0 359–202–10 56.3 2199 14 71 183.2

ReceivingEdit

Name GP-GS No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Greg Orton 12 69 720 10.4 5 43 60.0
Desmond Tardy 12 67 876 13.1 5 60 73.0
Keith Smith 12 49 486 9.9 2 31 40.5
Kory Sheets 12 37 253 6.8 1 25 21.1
Brandon Whittington 12 25 182 7.3 1 14 15.2
Jake Wasikowski 12 13 89 6.8 0 18 7.4
Aaron Valentin 12 11 224 20.4 2 79 18.7
Joe Whitest 10 7 59 8.4 0 16 5.9
Ralph Bolden 8 3 18 6.0 0 10 2.2
Arsenio Curry 9 2 18 9.0 0 9 2.0
Roberto Mcbean 12 2 16 8.0 0 13 1.3
Waynelle Gravesande 1 2 13 6.5 0 8 13.0
Colton McKey 10 2 9 4.5 0 6 0.9
Frank Halliburton 11 2 8 4.0 0 7 0.7
Curtis Painter 10 1 18 18.0 0 18 1.8
Jeff Lindsay 12 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.7
Dan Dierking 12 1 2 2.0 0 2 0.2
Jared Zwilling 7 1 −4 −4.0 0 0 −0.6
Total 12 295 2995 10.2 16 79 249.6
Opponents 12 202 2199 10.9 14 71 183.2

DefenseEdit

Name GP Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Interceptions Fumbles Blkd
Kick
Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds BrUp QBH No.-Yds Avg TD Long Rcv-Yds FF
Anthony Heygood 12 65 49 114 6.0–17 3 1–2 2.0 0 2 1–0 1
Torri Williams 12 54 29 83 0.5–1 6 2–29 14.5 0 29 1–0 2
Joe Holland 12 36 40 76 2.0–5 1.0–2 4
Ryan Kerrigan 12 31 25 56 11.5–49 7.0–40 4 1–8 8.0 0 2
Brandon King 12 24 24 48 2.0–7 9 1–60 60.0 0 60 1–0 1
Frank Duong 9 30 11 41 2.0–8 2 1–58 58.0 1 58 1–0 2
Chris Carlino 12 12 24 36 0.5–2 1–0
Dwight McLean 12 22 14 36 0.5–2 3 2–16 8.0 0 14 1–0
Mike Neal 12 18 15 33 10.0–51 5.5–39
David Pender 12 24 8 32 1.0–2 12 1–0 0.0 0
Ryan Baker 12 21 10 31 11.0–26 1.5–6 1–4 4.0 0 1–0
Alex Magee 12 14 14 28 6.0–29 3.5–18 1–0 1
Royce Adams 12 15 3 18 1.0–1
Josh McKinley 8 11 6 17 1.0–3
Jermaine Guynn 12 8 8 16 2.5–11 1.0–8
Keyon Brown 12 9 6 15 1.5–11 1.5–11
Gerald Gooden Jr. 12 11 3 14 4.0–15 2.0–12
Nicardo Golding 10 5 8 13
Dan Dierking 12 8 2 10
Total 12 485 325 810 64–249 24–145 44 10–177 17.7 1 60 10–0 9 2
Opponents 12 517 279 796 68–246 24–148 48 13–206 15.8 1 47 10–39 7 2

Special teamsEdit

Name Punting Kickoffs
No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd No. Yds Avg TB OB
Chris Summers 50 1919 38.4 59 5 16 14 1 16 935 58.4 2 1
Carson Wiggs 6 187 31.2 38 1 1 5 0 41 2403 58.6 3 1
Total 57 2106 36.9 59 6 17 19 1 57 3338 58.6 5 2
Opponents 55 2097 38.1 59 9 16 14 2 61 3828 62.8 10 2
Name Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Desmond Tardy 9 57 6.3 0 13 12 345 28.8 0 68
Frank Halliburton 1 13 13.0 0 0
Mike Conway 0 11 0.0 1 11
Kory Sheets 14 259 18.5 0 45
Aaron Valentin 16 411 25.7 0 64
Royce Adams 5 94 18.8 0 28
Kyle Adams 1 3 3.0 0 3
Total 11 85 7.7 1 13 48 1112 23.2 0 68
Opponents 18 300 16.7 3 87 48 938 19.5 0 68

Statistics as of November 22, 2008 taken from Purdue CSTV

2009 NFL DraftEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Alex Magee Defensive Tackle 3 67 Kansas City Chiefs
Curtis Painter Quarterback 6 201 Indianapolis Colts

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Schedule Stuff". Purdue University Department of Athletics. July 2, 2008. Archived from the original on July 6, 2008. Retrieved July 4, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Cumulative Season Statistics". Purdue University Department of Athletics. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Notre Dame Announces 2008 Home Football Kickoff Times". University of Notre Dame Department of Athletics. February 29, 2008. Archived from the original on May 14, 2008. Retrieved May 13, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Big Ten Announces Start Times for 2008 Homecoming Games". Northwestern University Department of Athletics. May 12, 2008. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved May 13, 2008.
  5. ^ a b "High-Noon Homecoming". Purdue University Department of Athletics. May 12, 2008. Archived from the original on May 25, 2008. Retrieved May 13, 2008.
  6. ^ "Irish Defeat Boilermakers, 38–21". University of Notre Dame Department of Athletics. September 27, 2008. Archived from the original on September 29, 2008. Retrieved September 27, 2008.
  7. ^ "No. 6 Nittany Lions Halt Purdue, 20–6". Penn State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. October 4, 2008. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved October 5, 2008.
  8. ^ "Purdue Wins, Ends Michigan's 33-Year Bowl Appearance Streak". ESPN. November 1, 2008. Retrieved November 12, 2012.