|Purdue Boilermakers football|
2021 Purdue Boilermakers
|Head coach||Jeff Brohm|
|3rd year, 16–19 (.457)|
|Other staff||OC Brian Brohm|
|Home stadium||Ross-Ade Stadium|
|Stadium surface||Bermuda Grass|
|Location||West Lafayette, Indiana|
|Conference||Big 10 Conference|
|Past conferences||Independent (1887–1890)|
Indiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1891–1894)
Western Conference (1896–1952)
|All-time record||617–571–48 (.519)|
|Postseason bowl record||10–9 (.526)|
|Conference titles||12 (1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1918, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1943, 1952, 1967, 2000)|
|Colors||Old Gold, Black, and White
|Fight song||Hail Purdue!|
|Marching band||Purdue All-American Marching Band|
Notre Dame (rivalry)
The Purdue Boilermakers football team represents Purdue University located in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Boilermakers are a member of the NCAA FBS Big Ten Conference and play their home games at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette. The Boilermakers are currently coached by Jeff Brohm.
The Boilermakers compete in the Big Ten Conference as a member of the West Division. Purdue had most recently been a part of the Leaders Division of the Big Ten, but moved to the West Division in 2014 due to conference expansion.
With a 608–560–48 record at the conclusion of the 2017 season, Purdue has the 48th-most victories among NCAA FBS programs. Purdue was originally classified as a Major College school in the 1937 season until 1972. Purdue received Division I classification in 1973, becoming a Division I-A program from 1978 to 2006 and an FBS program from 2006 to the present. The Boilermakers have registered 64 winning seasons in their history, with 19 of those seasons resulting in eight victories or more, 10 seasons resulting in at least nine wins, and one season with ten victories or more. Of those successful campaigns, Purdue has produced five unbeaten seasons in its history, going 4–0 in 1891, 8–0 in 1892, 8–0 in 1929, 7–0–1 in 1932 and 9–0 in 1943. The Boilermakers have won a total of 12 conference championships in their history; eight Big Ten Conference titles and four Indiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles.
Purdue's major rival has always been Indiana University, with whom they play for the Old Oaken Bucket, but during the Joe Tiller era the rivalry with Notre Dame in football has become the most heated and most competitive with Joe Tiller led teams going 5-7 vs. Notre Dame. Danny Hope picked up the Shillelagh Trophy with a 24-21 loss in his first season as head coach. In addition, Purdue has a long-standing rivalry with Illinois, with whom they play for the Purdue Cannon trophy.
Due to having an odd number of teams from 1993 to 2010, the Big Ten utilized a rotating system of conference games. Every school was designated two official rivals, whom they played every year. The official rivals for Purdue were Indiana and Northwestern. However, after the expansion of the Big Ten to 12 schools, Purdue and Northwestern were placed into separate conference divisions and no longer played each other on an annual basis. Beginning in 2011, Purdue's new designated cross-division rival will be Iowa. This matchup has been mocked by fans of both teams. The other cross-divisional rivalries set up by the Big Ten had some history or a trophy behind the pairing, but Purdue and Iowa were left over. The respective SB Nation blogs of Hammer & Rails and Black Heart Gold Pants have since celebrated this rivalry between the two schools with the tongue-in-cheek reference to each other as "Our Most Hated Rivals" or simple "OMHR"
- Main article: Illinois–Purdue football rivalry
- Main article: Old Oaken Bucket
- Main article: Notre Dame–Purdue football rivalry
Cradle of Quarterbacks
- See also: Quarterback U
Purdue's football program has long been known for its proliffic passing quarterbacks, ranging from players who have set School, Big Ten & NCAA records, to being named All-Americans and finalist for national awards, to being elected into the College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fames. This great tradition has led to the school being nicknamed the "Cradle of Quarterbacks". When Drew Brees led the New Orleans Saints to a victory in Super Bowl XLIV, Purdue became just the second college in history to produce 3 different Super Bowl winning quarterbacks.
|2016||Darrell Hazell; Gerad Parker||3-9|
- Mike Alstott - former Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB
- Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints QB
- Kyle Orton - Dallas Cowboys QB
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- "AL HAMNIK: Purdue QB greats love rocking that cradle", The Times of Northwest Indiana, June 23, 2010.