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You came here, I presume, because you hoped to find a little fun here, some solace from the grim pounding of the news sites. It’s my solemn pledge to try to fulfill your hopes.
Because what’s more fun than a solemn pledge? Now, on with the Fun Facts!
1. Purdue is seeking its first two-game winning streak since 2012.
2. Purdue hasn’t had a winning Big Ten record since 2006 and hasn’t been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 since Sept. 23, 2007.
3. Iowa has eight straight road wins, matching its all-time longest streak, set from 1920-23. A 13-6 win over Purdue in 1921 was part of the streak.
4. For the first time since 1928, Iowa has won two road games when it scored 14 points or fewer.
5. Iowa’s Akrum Wadley has 6.07 yards per carry in his career. That tops every Hawkeye who has 1,000 career rushing yards.
6. Hawkeye quarterback C.J. Beathard has put 100 percent of his two punts inside the opponents’ 3-yard line.
7. Both teams have lost their top wide receiver to injury for the rest of the season. They are Iowa’s Matt VandeBerg and Purdue’s Domonique Young.
8. Purdue fired Danny Hope after the Boilermakers won six games in 2012 and went to a bowl game. Their three wins so far this season matches their season-high since Hope was fired.
9. Boilermaker freshman kicker J.D. Dellinger is from Charlotte, N.C. Hawkeye freshman kicker Keith Duncan is from Weddington, N.C., a Charlotte suburb.
10. Purdue defensive end Gelen Robinson is the son of Glenn Robinson II, former All-America basketball player at Purdue and the No. 1 pick in the 1994 NBA draft. Gelen’s brother Glenn Robinson III, plays for the NBA’s Indiana Pacers.
11. As Purdue’s coach in Big Ten games, Darrell Hazell is 2-0 in Champaign, Ill., 1-23 everywhere else. The only FBS teams Hazell’s Boilermakers have beaten are Illinois (twice), Western Michigan, Nevada and Nebraska.
12. Hazell earned a B.A. degree in speech communication and business at Muskingum University, where he played football for, of course, the Fighting Muskies.
14. A controversial proposal to build a Burger King in a residential area of Cinnaminson was discussed by the city’s Planning Board this week.
15. Purdue has some players with great names. Like Richie Worship, Race Johnson, Simeon Smiley, Eric Swingler and Jared Sparks.
17. Purdue’s Ross-Ade Stadium was dedicated in 1924. It was named for school benefactors David E. Ross and George Ade. Ade was a newspaper columnist, author and playwright. Ross patented 88 inventions and helped found four companies. “They had to name it Ross-Ade because Ade-Ross wouldn’t sound right since I don’t need any aid,” Ade said.