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Number Crunching: Week 2

Here's our eclectic look at the numbers surrounding Purdue football this week.

Purdue's last victory in a game played indoors was in the 2011 Little Caesar's Bowl in Detroit.
Purdue's last victory in a game played indoors was in the 2011 Little Caesar's Bowl in Detroit.

11-10

Purdue's record in indoor stadiums in its history. Eight of these losses came to Minnesota, who played in the Metrodome from 1982-2008, a period where the Boilers went 5-8 against the Gophers in Minneapolis. The Boilers are 5-0 all-time in bowl games in an indoor stadium. However, they're currently riding a two-game losing streak at indoor stadiums: in Lucas Oil Stadium - a 2017 nail-biter to Louisville - and a 2014 loss to No. 11 Notre Dame.

81

Year since Purdue played a football game in New York State. It is Purdue's first trip to the state of New York for a football game since Nov. 1, 1941, when it lost to Fordham in New York City's famed Polo Grounds. All time, Purdue is 3-4-1 in games played in New York, with all games in played in New York City.

4

Different Boilermakers who attempted a pass on Saturday. There have been over 15 occasions since 2000 that three players have thrown a pass, but this was the first time since the turn of the century that Purdue has had four different players attempt a pass in the same game. The last time three different players threw a pass in one game was quite recently - the regular-season finale against Indiana in 2021, when Aidan O'Connell, Jack Plummer and Austin Burton all were credited with a pass attempt.

Purdue has won just 33 percent of its against teams who have orange in their uniforms
Purdue has won just 33 percent of its against teams who have orange in their uniforms

53-59

Purdue is 53-59 all-time against FBS teams with the color orange on their uniforms. A vast majority of those games have come against Illinois, which Purdue is 46-45 against all-time. Excluding Illinois, Purdue is 7-14 against other orange-clad teams. The Boilers' most recent matchup against an orange team was the thrilling Music City Bowl against Tennessee, where the Boilers came out on top. Purdue is 1-0 all time against Syracuse, a dominating 51-0 victory that took place in 2004.

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Aidan O'Connell completed 89.5% of his passes on Saturday, It's only the second time since at least 2000 that a Purdue player has thrown at least 15 passes and completed at least 85% of them, the other being Kyle Orton in 2004 who completed 23 of his 26 passes. Two other Big Ten QBs have also accomplished the feat this year - Taulia Tagovailoa of Maryland against Charlotte and Graham Mertz of Wisconsin against Illinois State.

Purdue is 6-3 under Brohm when it rushes for more than 200 yards.
Purdue is 6-3 under Brohm when it rushes for more than 200 yards.

200+

Purdue rushed for 232 yards against the Sycamores - its most since their 2018 loss to Eastern Michigan when they had 341, and their first time with over 200 rushing yards since 2018. They've rushed for over 200 yards 9 times during Brohm's tenure at Purdue and are 6-3 in those games.

Ricardo Allen had back-to-back pick sixes against Michigan and at Michigan State in 2010.
Ricardo Allen had back-to-back pick sixes against Michigan and at Michigan State in 2010.

1 + 1

Cam Allen's pick-six on Saturday signified the first time since 2010, and only the second time since at least 2000, that Purdue has had a pick-six in two consecutive games. In 2010, the Boilers did it in consecutive losses against Michigan and Michigan State. It was coincidentally accomplished by someone of the name of Allen: Ricardo Allen. They're one of only three schools with two pick-sixes this year, and it's only the 71st time this century that any FBS team has two pick-sixes in their first two games of the season.

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Purdue is 2-4 against ACC opponents since 2000, recently breaking a three-game losing streak by handling Boston College, 30-13, in 2018. Syracuse has had much worse luck - since 2000, they're 3-15 against the Big Ten, with their most recent win coming against Minnesota in the 2013 Texas Bowl. They're currently riding a three-game losing streak against Big Ten opponents - one of those losses being to Rutgers, and the other two being to Maryland.

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