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The Purdue Boilermakers college football program kicked off their first season back in 1887. They played their first game on October 29th and fell to Butler College, 48-6. Albert Berg was the coach of that first Purdue team and led them for a year.

Purdue did not have a football team in 1888, and Clinton L. Hare took over in 1889. The Purdue Boilermakers play in Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana.

They have a total record of 620-573-48, which is good for the 50th most wins by a Division I football program. Purdue also has a 10-9 record in bowl games.

They have had 12 conference championships and have had 21 consensus All-Americans. Purdue has won a total of 12 conference titles over their history, and eight of those have come in the Big Ten.

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The Boilermakers are having a solid season with a 5-5 record, putting them in the middle of the pack in the Big Ten. Quarterback Aidan O’Connell has been a key player for the team, throwing for over 1,700 yards and 14 touchdowns.

The Boilermakers have a balanced attack on both offense and defense, making them a tough match-up for any team. Their stats and standings make them a force to be reckoned with and a team to keep an eye on as the season progresses.

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Purdue Boilermakers Recent History

Purdue has struggled a little bit as of late, and ever since Joe Tiller left, the program has been among the worst in the Big Ten. After struggling through coaches such as Danny Hope and Darell Hazell, Purdue hired current head coach Jeff Brohm.

Brohm has some success in his first two years at the helm. In 2017 Purdue reached a bowl game and won over Arizona. Their record that season was 7-6. The next year Brohm led Purdue to a 6-7 record, which included a loss in a bowl game against Auburn.

The next two years were not good for Brohm coming off of two bowl appearances. Purdue finished 4-8 in 2019, and then last year finished 2-4. Purdue is sliding back down to where they are usually at, but Brohm is keeping spirits high.

They are currently 3-2 with a grasp on third place in their division. They should be able to handle the rest of the season and make it back to a bowl game.

Key Players in History

Purdue has a great track record of sending quarterbacks off to the NFL. They have been called the “Cradle of Quarterbacks” because of the amount of quarterbacks that have gone on to appear in an NFL game.

They are also one of two schools in the country that have had three former quarterbacks start and win a Super Bowl. Len Dawson, Bob Griese, and Drew Brees all accomplished that feat.

Purdue has had four quarterbacks picked in the top five of the draft in the last 60 years. They had a great stretch of quarterbacks in the 1960s when Bob Griese captained the team from 1964 to 1966 and then was drafted with the fourth pick.

He was followed by Mike Phipps, who quarterbacked the team from 1967 to 1969 and was then picked third in the NFL draft. The most notable alumni is Drew Brees. He had set the NFL record for passing yardage as well as touchdowns thrown in a career, which is no small feat.

Key Championships

Purdue has not won a ton of championships in their program’s history, but like I mentioned above, they have won 12 conference titles. They have only won one Big Ten Championship outright, and that was back in 1929 when they went 5-0 in conference play.

The Boilermakers also have a national championship to their credit as they were awarded the national championship in 1931. Purdue was retroactively selected to be the national champion, but historical records show that Purdue was a national champion that year.

Conference Outlook

Purdue is in one of the toughest conferences in the country. However, they are in a different division than the top programs in the conference. They are able to avoid the likes of Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, and Penn State by being where they are geography-wise.

Purdue needs to contend with Wisconsin and Iowa each year in their bid for a conference title. This is only going to get more and more crowded as other teams start to get better and become more competitive.

Coaching History

There have been 38 coaches in Purdue history, and none more successful than Joe Tiller. Tiller ended his career with 87 wins which was the most by a Purdue head coach in program history.

The current head coach is Jeff Brohm, who has a 19-25 record as the head man so far in his career. The last coach with a winning record without including Tiller has been Jim Young, who went 36-19-1 in 1977-1981.

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