Number Crunching: Purdue football Week 5

Alan Karpick, Publisher
Gold and Black

USA Today Sports

Here's our eclectic list of numbers surrounding Purdue football this week:

2-2 - Record of Jeff Brohm's teams after four games in his first season at Western Kentucky and Purdue. Brohm's 2014 Hilltoppers started the season 3-5 before winning their last five games (including the Bahamas Bowl) to finish 8-5.

32 - Days head start Jeff Brohm had on P.J. Fleck in their current jobs. Brohm was hired Dec. 5, 2016 and Fleck Jan. 6, 2017.

1 - Gelen Robinson is only defensive lineman (since 2000) to twice have three tackles for loss without having a sack. He accomplished the feat against Michigan on Sept. 23 and against Indiana on Nov. 28, 2015. Evan Panfil (2016), Ryan Baker (2008), and Alex Magee and Cliff Avril ( both in 2007) also have done it.

10 - Jersey number of sophomore quarterback Dale Samuels who led the Boilermakers to arguably its most famous upset ever, a 28-14 win at Notre Dame on Oct. 7, 1950 stopping the Irish' 39-game unbeaten string. The 67th anniversary of the feat is celebrated on Saturday.

8-2 - Coach Joe Tiller's record against Minnesota during his tenure at Purdue from 1997-2008. The only conference team Tiller enjoyed more success against was Indiana as he won 10 of 12 battles for the Old Oaken Bucket. He was also 9-3 vs. Northwestern, 6-2 vs. Illinois and 7-3 vs. Michigan State.

190 - Purdue's total offense yardage against Michigan, the lowest ever by a team that Jeff Brohm has served as head coach. The previous low was 239 last season in a loss at Alabama. It was the lowest output by the Boilermakers since it had just 156 yards in total offense in a 24-10 loss to Iowa Sept. 27, 2014.

4 - Halftime leads for the Boilermakers in 2017 (in four games). The Boilermakers led at halftime just four times in 2016, winning two of those contests.

80 - Weeks Purdue was ranked in the Associated Press poll under Joe Tiller, tied with Jack Mollenkopf for the most in school history. The Boilermakers have not been ranked in the 102 games they have played since Tiller's last game at Purdue on Nov. 22, 2008.

15-15 - Purdue was 2-for-2 in the red zone against Michigan, and is now a perfect 15-for-15 inside the opponents red zone in 2017. The Boilermakers are one of just 12 teams in the country to be flawless in the red zone.

4 - Games it has taken Danny Ezechukwu this season to have four fumble recoveries. He is tied for the lead in the nation in this stat, but the only player to have done it in just four contests.

1 and 8, 3 and 6 - Sacks and tackles for loss by Boilermaker defense in the first three games. In the first half against the Wolverines it had three sacks and six TFL.

20th - Ranking by Boilermaker defense for three-and-outs in 2017. Purdue is averaging 5.0 per contest do date. Michigan ranks tops in the nation averaging 7.5 per game.

81 - Total rushing yards by Boilermakers in losses to Louisville and Michigan. In wins over Ohio and Missouri, it had 468 yards on the ground.


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