Hoosiers, Boilers to Battle for Old Oaken Bucket

    Go Hoosiers! Marcus Thigpen rushed for a career-high 140 yards in the Hoosiers' victory last season.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Marcus Thigpen rushed for a career-high 140 yards in the Hoosiers' victory last season.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 17, 2008

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana football team closes out the 2008 campaign against Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium (62,500). Kickoff is set for noon EST on Saturday, Nov. 22, and the game will be televised by ESPN2. The longtime rivals will battle for the Old Oaken Bucket, the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual Indiana-Purdue game. Saturday's meeting marks the 84th battle for the bucket and the 111th overall meeting in the series.

    Pam Ward (play-by-play) and Ray Bentley (analyst) will call the game on ESPN2. 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).

    Kellen Lewis ran for two touchdowns, and Indiana held off a frantic Purdue rally when Austin Starr made a 49-yard field goal with 30 seconds left to hang on for a 27-24 victory last season. The win gave the Hoosiers (7-5, 3-5 Big Ten) the Old Oaken Bucket for the first time since 2001 and secured a spot in the Insight Bowl, IU's first bowl appearance since 1993. Bill Lynch became the first Hoosier coach to lead his team to a bowl game in his first season.

    Senior Salute
    Seventeen Hoosiers will don the IU uniform for the final time on Saturday. Running back Marcus Thigpen, linebacker Jerry Williams, holder Dustin Hass, cornerback Christopher Phillips, kicker Austin Starr, wide receiver Brandon Walker-Roby, safety Rayshun Calhoun, safety Brandon Mosley, safety Joe Kleinsmith, defensive end Ryan Marando, defensive lineman Isaac Price, linebacker Geno Johnson, defensive tackle Greg Brown, tight end Taylor Donnell, defensive lineman Arik Wolf, wide receiver Andrew Means and cornerback Bruce Hampton will take the field for the last time.

    Scouting Purdue
    Purdue head coach Joe Tiller will coach his final game on the Boilermaker sidelines on Saturday. Tiller is Purdue's all-time winningest coach with an 86-62 record in 12 year. He is 125-92-1 overall in 18 seasons.

    The Boilermakers are 3-8 on the year and 1-6 in Big Ten action. They have lost seven of their last eight ballgames after opening the season 2-1. Purdue is scoring 21.3 points per game and averaging 125.5 rushing, 228.7 passing (second in Big Ten) and 354.3 total yards each time out.

    Fifth-year senior running back Kory Sheets ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 97.3 yards per game and is fifth in the league with 142.2 all-purpose yards per contest. He is averaging 4.9 yards per carry and is third in the Big Ten with 13 touchdowns. Fifth-year senior quarterback Curtis Painter returned to action at Iowa last weekend after missing nearly three games with a shoulder injury. He has thrown for 1,952 yards and eight scores with 11 interceptions. Back-up Justin Siller has played in eight games with 483 yards, three touchdowns and two picks.

    Senior wide receivers Desmond Tardy and Greg Orton rank third and fifth in the conference, respectively, with 69.3 and 62.5 yards per game. Orton has 65 receptions and four TDs, while Tardy has 58 catches and four scores. Senior wideout Aaron Valentin is second in the Big Ten with 25.21 yards per kick return.

    Purdue has allowed 26.5 points, 179.6 rushing yards, 191.5 passing yards and 371.2 total yards per game. The Boilermakers have 23 sacks, eight interceptions and eight fumble recoveries and are minus-7 in turnover margin.

    Fifth-year senior linebacker Anthony Heygood is third in the Big Ten and leads the Boilermakers with 107 tackles, 61 solo, in addition to six tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception. Sophomore defensive end Ryan Kerrigan is seventh in the conference with seven sacks and tied for ninth with 10 tackles for loss. He also has 53 tackles, two forced fumbles and one interception.

    Sack Campaign
    Junior defensive end Jammie Kirlew, who was recently added to the Watch List for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, is seventh nationally and second in the Big Ten in sacks (10.5), and he is fourth nationally and leads the league in tackles for loss (18.5). In conference action only, Kirlew paces the Big Ten with 14 tackles for loss and is tied for second with seven sacks.

    Kirlew has recorded a sack in six of his last seven games. He posted two against Wisconsin, his third multi-sack game of the season and the fourth of his career. His team- and career-high 10.5 sacks are good for fourth place on IU's single-season list, and his 16.5 career sacks are a half-sack behind Joe Huff for fifth place on the school's career chart.

    Although he did not collect a sack at No. 8 Penn State last weekend, the Orlando native set a career high with 11 tackles, five solo, and forced his second fumble of the season. He started his six-game sack streak with 2.5 sacks at Minnesota and also tallied 10 tackles to go along with 3.5 tackles for loss, the second-best total of his career. Kirlew set a new career mark with nine solo stops against No. 22 Northwestern, and he currently sits second on the Hoosiers with 58 total tackles and paces the team with 45 solos on the year. His 6.3 tackles per game share 18th in the Big Ten and rank second among defensive linemen in the league.

    Kirlew added three tackles for loss and one forced fumble vs. NU, while his sack of Mike Kafka resulted in a 24-yard loss. He contributed two more TFLs vs. Central Michigan and two against Wisconsin to move into fifth place on the school's career chart with 36 in his career. Kirlew leads the team with his 18.5 tackles for loss this year, which is fifth on the Hoosiers' single-season list, and he has 11 multi-TFL games in his career and seven this season. He has collected at least three tackles for loss three times, has at least one TFL in seven of his last eight games and in nine of 11 games this season.

    Under Pressure
    With its three sacks at No. 8 Penn State, the Hoosier defense has climbed into second place in the Big Ten and 17th nationally with 30 sacks this season. The Nittany Lions entered the game ranked No. 1 in the conference and fifth in the nation allowing eight sacks in their first 10 ballgames. Indiana has 22 sacks over its last seven games (3.14 per game), including seven vs. Central Michigan, its highest total since its school-record nine at Iowa last season.

    The Hoosiers have recorded at least one sack 10 times this year and have eight multi-sack games, including six of their last seven contests. Nine different players have recorded at least a half-sack, led by junior defensive end Jammie Kirlew's 10.5 and junior middle linebacker Matt Mayberry's total of five. Kirlew also leads the team with 18.5 tackles for loss followed by junior weak-side linebacker Will Patterson's 8.5 and Mayberry's 7.5.




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