Inside The Bucket Game

    Go Hoosiers! The Hoosiers will wear throwback uniforms commemorating the 1967 Hoosier Rose Bowl season.
    Go Hoosiers!
    The Hoosiers will wear throwback uniforms commemorating the 1967 Hoosier Rose Bowl season.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 15, 2007

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - As the Indiana football team prepares for Saturday's Old Oaken Bucket game against Purdue, takes a look inside the numbers. The Hoosiers (6-5, 2-5 Big Ten) and Boilermakers (7-4, 4-3) will kick off at 3:30 EST at Memorial Stadium (49,225) and the game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

    Thom Brennaman will handle play-by-play duties and he will be joined by analyst Charles Davis and sideline reporter Charissa Thompson. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Pete Compise (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.

    Scouting Purdue
    Purdue is in the midst of a two-game losing skid and enters Saturday with a 7-4 overall mark and a 3-4 record in Big Ten play. Following a 26-19 defeat to Penn State in Happy Valley two weeks ago, the Boilermakers fell 48-31 at home to Michigan State last weekend.

    PU is second in the Big Ten in scoring offense (33.7), pass offense (287.8) and total offense (429.2). Senior quarterback Curtis Painter guides the Purdue passing attack. He is tied for the Big Ten lead with Kellen Lewis with his 25 touchdown passes, is second in the league averaging 274.5 yards per game and is completing 62.3 percent of his passes.

    Painter's top target, senior Dorien Bryant, leads the conference with 6.64 receptions per game. The Biletnikoff Award semifinalist has collected eight touchdowns and averages 74.2 yards per game. In addition, Bryant is second in the Big Ten at 170.3 all-purpose yards each time out. He is averaging 28.6 yards per kick return and has recorded a pair of touchdowns.

    The Boilermakers rush for 141.4 yards per game. Senior Kory Sheets leads the team with an average of 71.5 and seven touchdowns, while junior Jaycen Taylor holds a 69.1 average in seven games (missed four games due to injury).

    Purdue gives up 24.5 points, 380.8 total yards, 237.7 passing yards and 143.1 rushing yards per game. Senior cornerback Terrell Vinson leads the defense with team highs in tackles (75) and interceptions (five). Anchoring the defensive line, senior end Cliff Avril holds a team-best six sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries to go along with 10.5 tackles for loss.



    Joe Tiller is in his 11th season at Purdue and 17th season overall. He holds an 82-53 (.607) record in West Lafayette and owns a 121-83-1 (.593) overall mark. Tiller spent six campaigns at Wyoming before arriving at Purdue.

    The Old Oaken Bucket
    The symbol of football supremacy between Indiana and Purdue, the Old Oaken Bucket, has become one of the nation's most famed trophies in its 83rd year of spirited rivalry.

    Both institutions had been meeting on the football field since 1891 when the Indiana and Purdue Alumni Clubs of Chicago held a joint meeting in 1925 to "discuss the possibility of undertaking a worthy joint enterprise on behalf of the two schools." Dr. Clarence Jones proposed the creation of a traditional football trophy to go to the winner of the annual clash. Dr. Jones and Russel Gray of Purdue were appointed to recommend a suitable trophy by J. Frank Lindsey, (Indiana, Class of 1913), who was elected chairman of the joint committee.

    At a later meeting they recommended "an old oaken bucket as the most typical Hoosier form of trophy, that the bucket should be taken from some well in Indiana, and that a chain to be made of bronze block "I" and "P" letters should be provided for the bucket.

    The school winning the traditional football game each year should have possession of the `Old Oaken Bucket' until the next game and should attach the block letter representing the winning school to the bail with the score engraved on the latter link."

    Fritz Ernst of Purdue and Indiana's Wiley J. Huddle were given the task of finding the bucket. They located it on the old Bruner Farm between Kent and Hanover in southern Indiana. The region had been settled by the Bruner family in the 1840's, making today's bucket well over a century old.

    Excellent repair work put the bucket, moss and mold-covered with some staves showing signs of decay, into good shape for its initial appearance, which ended in a 0-0 tie in 1925.

    Overall Series: Purdue, 68-35-6
    Bucket Game (1925-): Purdue, 54-25-3
    Indiana at Home: 17-32-1

    Most Points
    Indiana: 52, 1988: IU 52-7
    Purdue: 68, 1892: PU 68-0
    IU at Home: 52, 1988: IU 52-7
    PU on the Road: 56, 1997: PU 56-7

    Margin Of Victory
    Indiana: 45 points, 1988: IU 52-7
    Purdue: 68 points, 1892: PU 68-0
    IU at Home: 37 pts, 1917: IU 37-0
    PU on the Road: 49 pts, 1997: PU 56-7

    Top Rushing Performances
    1. Otis Armstrong, PU - 1972 276
    2. Mike Alstott, PU - 1995 264
    3. Alex Smith, IU - 1994 245
    4. Lonnie Johnson, IU - 1980 220
    5. Courtney Snyder,IU - 1975 211
    6. Montrell Lowe, PU - 2000 208
    7. Harry Szulborski, PU - 1948 197
    8. Darrick Burnett, IU - 1977 195
    9. Mel Gray, PU - 1983 176
    10. Otis Armstrong, PU - 1970 168

    Top Passing Performances
    1. Kyle Orton, PU - 2004 522
    2. Jay Rodgers, IU - 1997 342
    3. Antwaan Randle El, IU - 1999 329
    4. Mark Herrmann, PU - 1980 323
    5. Rick Trefzger, PU - 1996 301
    6. Steve Bradley, IU - 1983 295
    7. Jim Everett, PU - 1985 293
    8. Kellen Lewis, IU - 2006 290
    9. Mike Phipps, PU - 1968 291
    10. Scott Campbell, PU - 1982 274

    Top Receiving Performances
    1. Kyle Ingraham, PU - 2004 209
    2. Brian Alford, PU - 1996 162
    3. Cliff Benson, PU - 1982 159
    4. James Hardy, IU - 2006 151
    John Standeford, PU - 2003 151
    6. Leroy Keyes, PU - 1968 149
    7. Dave Young, PU - 1980 148
    8. Jason Spear, IU - 1997 147
    9. Duane Gunn, IU - 1983 140
    10. Taylor Stubblefield, PU - 2004 138


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