Purdue’s mascot is named Purdue Pete. You’ll probably meet many more Petes in your life than Herkys, Goldys, Buckys or Spartys. Here are some other Iowa-Purdue Fun Facts:
1. This is the first time Purdue has been favored over Iowa since 2007, which was the last time the Hawkeyes lost at Purdue.
2. Iowa has won every game in which it has been favored, lost every game in which it was the underdog.
3. Purdue is 4-4, but has outscored its opponents by 91 points, 11.4 points per game.
4. In Big Ten play, Iowa has allowed 129.2 fewer yards per game than Purdue and the Boilermakers have gained 102.8 more yards per game than the Hawkeyes.
4. Iowa has scored 114 points in its last three road games. Purdue has scored 116 points in its last three home games.
5. Purdue was ranked from 106th to 118th in yards per play from 2013 to 2016. The Boilermakers are 12th this season, Jeff Brohm’s second as their coach.
6. Iowa had a different running back gain over 90 yards in each of the last three games. (Toren Young at Indiana, 96; Ivory Kelly-Martin vs. Maryland, 98; Mekhi Sargent at Penn State, 91.)
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7. Purdue’s Rondale Moore is second in the nation in catches per game with 8.5. He has been the Big Ten Freshman of the Week three times. He leads the nation in yards after catch, with 551.
8. This will either be Kirk Ferentz’s 150th win or his 100th loss as Iowa’s coach.
9. Purdue hasn’t recovered an opponent’s fumble all season.
10. An average of 82.1 passes have been thrown in games involving Purdue. That number is 61.6 for games involving Iowa.
11. Purdue hasn’t been in Associated Press’ Top 25 since 2007. Of the 64 Power Five conference teams, only state-rival Indiana has a longer drought (1994).
12. Ohio State moved from No. 11 to No. 8 in the coaches’ poll this week though it didn’t play last week, though its most-recent game was a 29-point loss at Purdue, and though Purdue then lost by 10 points at Michigan State last week. Here is Mr. Spock’s response:
13. Monday, Brohm said “Iowa is a better football team than Michigan State.” It’s surely a coincidence the Boilermakers play the Hawkeyes four times before the next time they play Michigan State.
14. In Purdue’s 24-15 win at Iowa last November, Elijah Sindelar passed for three touchdowns and Markel Jones rushed for a team-high 74 yards. Both are second-teamers now.
15. The Kinnick Stadium record for longest rushing play belongs to Iowa’s Eddie Vincent (96 yards) against Purdue in 1954. The Kinnick record for longest passing play was Brad Banks to Dallas Clark (95 yards) against Purdue in 2002. The stadium-record for longest fumble return is owned by Iowa’s Dayton Perry (84 yards), against Purdue in 1960.
16. The Kinnick record for longest interception return belongs to Purdue’s Rod Woodson (100 yards), set in 1986. The stadium-record for most touchdowns is held by Purdue’s Mike Northington (five) in 1973.
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17. Purdue is the last team that will have ever won a Foster Farms Bowl. It’s now the Redbox Bowl, where college football writer Brett McMurphy has Iowa going.
18. Iowa’s colors are gold and black. Purdue’s are old gold and black. Old Gold A Capella is an Iowa City-based singing group.
19. The first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, was one of 24 U.S. astronauts who got degrees from Purdue. Armstrong was a member of Purdue’s marching band.
20. Olivia Dekker will be ESPN2’s sideline reporter for this game. On Oct. 15, she and Kevin Harlan, became the first father-daughter combination to broadcast an NFL game together when Harlan was the play-by-play announcer and Dekker the sideline reporter for Westwood One’s broadcast of the San Francisco-Green Bay game.