Hello again, everybody. We are just 15 hours or so away from what promises to be one of the best matchups
in many years at Ross-Ade Stadium. This game has all kinds of drama and implications:
1. BCS ranked
#2, THE Ohio State University, marches in with a perfect, 10-0 record and enough fan arrogance (see the aforementioned
THE in front of their sacred university name) to give Notre Dame fans a run for the money. OSU is relatively healthy,
however, their best player on offense (frosh sensation Maurice Clarett) has a stinger on his shoulder to deal with.
The injury took him out of the PSU game early.
2. 4-5 Purdue may be the best 4-5 team in the country with
5 losses by a mere 22 pts. We have held our own against top ten teams (on the road mind you) like Notre Dame and
Iowa. We played top 15 Michigan very close also. With Joe Tiller announcing that Kirsch will play (not necessarily
start), The Boilers come in very healthy for the most part. Only DT Craig Terrill is questionable right now.
3. OSU is playing for the Big 10 title and possibly a birth in the BCS Championship game while Purdue is
playing for the chance to become bowl eligible and playing for the huge program exposure benefits of beating
the #2 ranked team on almost National TV. We have several recruits coming in including:
Dorien Bryant, 4-star WR from NJ
2. Garrett Bushong, 4-star TE from MI (MSU verbal to Bobby Williams
and now reconsidering seriously)
3. Bernard Pollard, 3-star SS from IN - probable committment if grades
come in positive this weekend
4. Jamison Newby, 3-star DE from TX
5. Bill Foran, 3-star ATH
and possibly some others.
4. Ross-Ade should be about 43-47k Boiler Fans and about
20-23k scarlet and gray animals from Columbus. There will be tempers flaring on the field and tempers flaring
in the stands. Both programs have a ton of pride at stake tomorrow.
5. OSU fans have not forgotten
the way the matchup ended 2 years ago, mostly because we can't remind them enough of this clip (linked below).
...here's a hint..."wide open, got him, Touchdown Purdue, Seth Moralees...HOLY TOLEDO!" I've only played the
clip about 50 times this morning.
In any event,
I've already given my prediction and that is Da Boilers 20 and tBucknuts 17. That's right Berin Lacevic will
FINALLY kick a game winning 33 yd FG in the closing moments and yours truly will be the first fan on the field
to give him a big hug and pat on the back. From there it will be off to the nearest goalpost where will be
taking the damn "previously jinxed" goalpost all the way down to the Wabash River for it's baptism. Hopefully,
Coach Tiller will allow us to carry Berin on our shoulders and he can enjoy the ethereal revelry with us.
Heck, some of us may be so excited that we might just jump in the Wabash and float down the river with the
goalpost for a couple miles. Alright, I 'm getting far too carried away now, so I better digress.
All you folks looking to meet of with some of the Old Gold Free Press diehards are welcome to join us in Lot
D for a fine tailgate hosted by Brian and Charity Knoy. Deep Fried Turkey Legs will be on the menu and you
are always welcome to bring your own food and libations. Please donate to Brian if you are not on the BYO
plan. Look for a tall flagpole with a gold painted football at the top and a giant Boiler painted Wonder
Bread Truck. We should get started between 8-8:30 am. We will have at least one half of the 2000 Purdue-OSU
game on the tube and some of us will experiment with the "Brent Musburger Drinking Game".
the link to the rules of the game... http://www.or4ne.com/musberger.html
I'm not going to wax too
poetically on the importance of us fans at the game tomorrow because I already did that this past Tuesday.
I will say...let's do our part to get the defense geeked up early and establish a clear home field advantage.
I hope you will join me in standing and making noise for our Defense on the very first OSU play from scrimmage.
Be the leader(s) in your section and set the tone. The players are asking for our support and frankly they
deserve more than us sitting on our hands so get on you're feet and let them hear you!
It looks like
their may be some showers tomorrow so you may want to bring a poncho in advance. Temperatures should be in
the upper 50's to low 60's by game time which is very nice for this time of year.
Enjoy all the pregame
coverage and the recaps of our basketball team's exhibition opener and of course...
The Daily Word - Weekend Preview
By Andy Gamm
Joining me this week is MSU fan BruceSr. BruceS went 5-0 and held off a bevy of others in the tiebreaker.
Your host (me) is now 57-18 for the year. Play along this week, and every week, on the message board.
Picks are due in by 11am EDT Saturday.
"Ohio State at Purdue - Game Time:
12:05pm EST / TV: ABC
Hands down, the Game of the Week in the Big Ten. Ohio State vaulted to number
two in the most recent BCS release. Purdue is 4-5 and in need of two wins to become bowl eligible. At first
glance, it may look like a no brainer, but think again. Purdue has lost its five games by a total of 22
points (7, 3, 3, 7, 2) and is this close to being more along the lines of 7-2 or better. So, lest OSU fans
think this is a "send it in game" be prepared for a war. Purdue may be hurting here and there (Kircsh most
notably) but the Boilers have the talent to end the Buckeyes run at a national title. Don't think so? Tune
in because this will be a fantastic game...
This game pits the Big Ten's best offense (Purdue at 449.3
ypg) against the best defense (OSU at 305.6 ypg). But don't let that be the sole basis on your pick. These
teams are even or close to even in most statistical categories. The biggest advantage either way lies in
special teams. Ohio State is a perfect 20 for 20 in field goals while the Boilermakers are a horrific 3
for 10. Ohio State is also tops in the conference in punting and a better kick returning team. Those areas
will be the difference makers in this battle. Both defenses are opportunistic and can stop the pass. The
other true Buckeye advantage comes in that the scarlet and gray defense is 60 yards better per game against
the run. Ross and Clarett should be able to keep the ball in Ohio State's hands and move the chains all day.
Purdue keeps it agonizingly close, but in the end, special teams failures haunt the black and gold once more.
.. OHIO STATE 17 - PURDUE 14.
BruceS says... This could be one of the better games this weekend. OSU is
looking for some more respect in their effort to get into the title game in January. PU is trying to get
it together for the stretch run. The home crowd will help Purdue but too many questions abound for the
Boilers. OSU has too much determination to stay perfect and will win 31-21."
for the full story click
on the link above
"The opponent: Purdue (4-5, 2-3) plays host to No. 3 Ohio State (10-0, 5-0) at noon Saturday (WRTV-6, WNDE-1260
AM). The Buckeyes are allowing just 12.8 points per game, third best in the nation. "What's impressive is the
way they come at you with numbers," coach Joe Tiller said. "They certainly have seven defensive linemen that
could start for any team in the league."
Quarterback update: Tiller said freshman quarterback Brandon Kirsch,
who chipped a bone in his throwing hand during an off-the-field altercation on Oct. 27, is questionable for
Saturday after being fitted with a new brace on Monday. Tiller said he will watch both Kirsch and Kyle Orton
-- whom Kirsch displaced as the starter two games ago -- in practice the next two days and may not announce
a starter until just before game time. "I was pleased with the way Kyle practiced last week," Tiller said.
"We're pretty comfortable with the way he fits in the game plan right now."
Support for Kirsch: Tiller
said any punishment Kirsch receives for getting into the fight at a Purdue fraternity house will be kept
private and won't involve missing game action. He also said he believes Kirsch was provoked. "It's hard
for me to discipline a player for something I might have done or anyone else in this room might have done."
More injury news: Defensive tackle Craig Terrill, who has started 29 games in his career, also is
questionable for Saturday after suffering a knee injury in a 42-13 victory over Northwestern on Oct. 26.
"Our concern is playing him in this game and risk not having him for the last two games," Tiller said.
-- Michael Pointer
Purdue - Globetrotters
Posted by: MDC on November 05, 2002 at 23:30:57 -
Watching the game tonight
was like watching men against boys. Not only was the Globetrotter roster packed with big guys, they were
beefy big guys and their guards were all quick and very aggressive. On top of that, Purdue basically
played 7 new guys (Teague, Booker, McKnight, Buckley, Lowe, Kartelo and Kiefer) that did not play for
Purdue last year. As might be expected, Purdue’s play was ragged (25 turnovers, 37.3% shooting) and
there was not a lot of cohesion in the Purdue offense. Still, in my view, there were some real bright spots
(1) I was very impressed with Brett Buscher’ offensive improvement from a year ago. He
looked very comfortable shooting the ball and he was particularly effective in the first half.
Purdue’s over-all team speed and quickness is light-year’s better than last year. This should help Purdue
make some big improvement on the defensive end as the season progresses. Not many teams will have a quicker
pair of guards than Brandon McKnight and Willie Deane.
(3) The addition of Booker, Kiefer and Kartelo
is a definite upgrade to Purdue’s interior defense and rebounding from a year ago. All you have to do is
look at the rebounding stats (38-35 in favor of Purdue) to be encouraged about this group. If this was
last year’s team, not only would Allison have fouled out, the Globetrotter’s would have ruled the boards
by 10 or more.
(4) The three true freshmen (Teague, Kiefer and Buckley) are all players. Against guys
5 to 10 years older than they are, the three combined tonight for 12 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 8
TO’s (more on that later) in 53 minutes. I was very impressed with all 3 of them and Purdue fans should
look forward to watching them develop as the year progresses.
(5) Lastly, despite the lopsided nature
of the final score, I thought the players all competed. Even though the execution was lacking, the effort
On the downside, Purdue committed 25 turnovers and shot the ball poorly. As far as the turnovers
were concerned, the two main problems were poor execution (moving screens were a particular problem) and
the fact that the Globetrotters were pretty darn good defensively. The primary reason Purdue shot so badly
was poor shot selection and the two main offenders were Willie Deane and Darmetreis Kilgore. It never
ceases to amaze me how these two guys seem to think ANY shot at ANy time on the shot clock is a good one.
Six of Darmetreis’ seven FG attempts were 3 pointers as were six of Willie’s eleven. I’m of the opinion
that these two guys need to take it to the hole more often and score or get fouled instead of settling
for the long jumpers at their first opportunity. I know there will be night’s when the long ones are
falling and Purdue will probably look good, but if Purdue is to develop into a GOOD team this year, these
two guys have got to find ways to score with-in the offense instead of just shooting a 3 pointer at the
In summary, I’d say it was not a particularly encouraging start to the season (I
mean, they did lose by 19) but there are some positives to build on and I personally think this is going
to be a fun team to watch this year. I just hope people give them some time to grow and develop early in
the season and don’t expect too much out of a group that is going to be relying an awful lot on players
who don’t have very much Division I experience. This is clearly a team that should be a lot better in
January than they are going to be in November and December.
harlem 83, purdue 64
Globetrotters easily handle Boilermakers
Coach Keady encouraged by young players despite the mistakes in their college debut.
November 06, 2002
"WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Gene Keady saw
many of the same disturbing characteristics Tuesday night he saw from last year's Purdue basketball team.
But there was one significant difference, in the veteran coach's opinion. The
Boilers' mistakes in their 83-64 exhibition loss to the Harlem Globetrotters at Mackey Arena were the
result of youth and inexperience, not by veteran players committing the same miscues repeatedly.
selection is too quick and we're too careless with the ballhandling," Keady said. "But I think we've got
enough new people that it can be taken care of with time."
Purdue relied heavily on four newcomers.
Junior college transfer Chris Booker scored 21 points in 12 minutes, and freshmen David Teague, Melvin
Buckley and Matt Kiefer each played at least 16 minutes.
"Until we quit giving easy baskets, and
learning how to be shot selective and not shoot the ball unexpectedly, we'll stay in the same doldrums,"
Keady said. "But I know that's not going to happen. We'll get it worked out. The effort is there."
the full story click on the link above
Booker key to Boiler rebound
By Steve Warden
The Journal Gazette
"WEST LAFAYETTE - It's late in Purdue's basketball exhibition opener last Tuesday night, and by now, the
Harlem Globetrotters had chased what few onlookers there were out of Mackey Arena - and not with their
"water" bucket filled with confetti, either.
The 'Trotters were playingstraight up and hard, led by
former NBA players Cedric Cebal-los and Todd Day. What had once been a close game, one in which Purdue
and the 'Trotters were tied at 40, had turned into a mauling; the very definition of men against boys.
Alas, Purdue wound up playing the familiar role of the beaten and beleagured Washington Generals, losing
But that didn't stop Boilermakers coach Gene Keady from doing his sideline thing.
didn't lose the coat or his temper, but he was still vintage Keady, yapping out of the side of his mouth
to officials, then standing statue-still, with his arms folded across his chest. All the while, he was
still coaching, still coaxing, still teaching.
"Chris! Chris!" he yelled onto the floor, then motioned
for him to go back inside.
Junior college transfer Chris Booker, all 6-feet-10 of him, had gotten into
the knack of wandering 18 feet away from the basket, which is significantly farther than where he should
"Coach was yelling from the sideline for me to get in and for my teammates to get the ball inside
so we could make something happen, other than just perimeter, so we could get our game going from all
cylinders," Booker said"
for the full story click on the link above
OSU athletes challenge Purdue line -- By Tom Kubat, Journal and Courier
With one good hand, Lowe inspires Boilermakers -- By Jeff Washburn, Journal and Courier
Forward agrees redshirt best for him, Boilers -- By Jeff Washburn, Journal and Courier
OSU's Gamble thriving on both sides of the ball -- By Tom Kubat, Journal and Courier
Krenzel is Ohio State's unsung hero -- By Tom Kubat, Journal and Courier
Tiller still undecided on QB -- By Tom Kubat, Journal and Courier
'The Pass' a fond memory for Tiller -- By Tom Kubat, Journal and Courier
Globetrotters leave Boilers behind | Late 17-2 run dooms Purdue -- By Jeff Washburn, Journal and Courier