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Old Gold Free Press Update For 11-8-2002

1 day till we upset BCS #2 Ohio St. at Ross-Ade Stadium!!!

Date: 11/08/2002
Author: TexasBoiler
© TexasBoiler

    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:

    1. 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 from TX

    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).'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".

    Here is the link to the rules of the game...

    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

    Editor's Note: 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


    Purdue Boilermakers

    "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 - IP

    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 for Purdue:

    (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.
    (2) 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 wasn’t.

    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 first opportunity.

    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.

    By Michael Pointer

    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.

    "Shot 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."

    for 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 83-64.

    But that didn't stop Boilermakers coach Gene Keady from doing his sideline thing.

    Keady 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 be.

    "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

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