Inside The Bucket Game
Nov. 15, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - As the Indiana football team prepares for Saturday's Old Oaken Bucket game against Purdue, IUHoosiers.com 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.
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
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
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