Scouting Report (11-20-03)
November 20, 2003
Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana Hoosiers will battle the No. 16 Purdue Boilermakers for the Old Oaken Bucket on Saturday at 12:10 p.m. The Bucket will be up for grabs for the 79th time when the two heated rivals square off at Memorial Stadium. For more information on the Old Oaken Bucket click HERE.
"I think the way you practice should change," Indiana head coach Gerry DiNardo said. "How much tape you watch on your own should change. How much you think about the game should change. How you play the game should not change. Your emotions prior to and after the game should change. The one thing that should change is you don't say anything about your opponent and keep your business to yourself. I think everything else should change."
The last time Indiana and Purdue faced one another in Bloomington, the Hoosiers walked away with a 13-7 victory in soggy weather conditions. The Boilermakers won last season's meeting, 34-10, in West Lafayette.
The Hoosiers have shown consistent improvement through the season in the running game. All that improvement culminated with freshman BenJarvus Green-Ellis becoming the third true freshman running back to rush for over 200 yards in a game. Green-Ellis rushed for 203 yards on 42 carries against Penn State in Happy Valley. The 42 carries was also the ninth most in school history. Green-Ellis leads the Hoosiers in rushing on the year with 783 yards and six touchdowns.
"It's been one of the really bright spots of our season," DiNardo said. "It's the basis of offense. You see passing teams come back to the rush sooner or later because you need it in situation football. Ultimately, you have to be able to run the football. I didn't feel like we could do it a year ago. I don't regret what we did a year ago because I think that was the best thing for us with the players we had. This is where I wanted to start the offense. Now, we have some much-needed work to do in the pass game. We're not efficient in the pass game. We'll address that during the offseason and in spring practice pretty aggressively."
The Hoosier-Boilermaker match up will be aired on ESPN-Plus at 12:10 p.m. on Saturday. The game can also be heard on the IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (p-b-p), Dan Thompson (analysis) and Josh Smith (pre game, post game, halftime).
This marks the 106th meeting between Indiana and Purdue. The Boilermakers own a 64-35-6 advantage in the all-time series.
Indiana and Purdue play for the Old Oaken Bucket. The symbol of football supremacy between Indiana and Purdue, the Old Oaken Bucket, has in its 78 years of spirited rivalry, become one of the nation's most famed trophies. 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 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.
Entering Saturday's contest with a 8-3 overall record and a 5-2 mark in Big Ten play are the Purdue Boilermakers.
Purdue has the reputation of being a team that spreads its opponents out offensively, then picks them apart with the passing game. However, the defense has come to the forefront this year for head coach Joe Tiller. The Boilermakers rank second in the Big Ten and eighth nationally against the run, yielding only 86.5 rushing yards per game. Purdue ranks ninth nationally in total defense, surrendering only 289.3 yards per game.
Offensively, the Boilers are solid in both the passing game and the running game, racking up 223.6 yards per contest through the air and 154.9 yards per game on the ground.
Purdue jumps on teams early, evidenced by the 92-24 advantage it owns against the opposition in the first quarter.
Last Time Out for the Boilermakers
With a possible Rose Bowl berth at stake, Purdue sufferered a gut-wrenching 16-13 overtime loss at Ohio State. Kicker Ben Jones missed a field goal in overtime to seal the Boilers' fate. Jones failed to convert on a 28-yard attempt during regulation as well.
Purdue's defense did not allow an offensive touchdown to the Buckeyes and registered five sacks against Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel. Boilermaker quarterback Kyle Orton completed 27 of his 47 pass attempts for 249 yards and no touchdowns in defeat.
Who to Watch
Orton is one of the Big Ten's top quarterbacks, averaging 221.2 passing yards per game and completing 61 percent of his passes. In John Standeford and Taylor Stubblefield, he has the best receiver tandem in the conference. Standeford and Stubblefield have a combined 140 catches for 1608 yards and five touchdowns. Defensive end Shaun Phillips leads the Big Ten with 12.5 sacks, while safety Stuart Schweigert has four interceptions on the year.
DiNardo on Purdue
"They're a very good team on both sides of the ball. They're a little more veteran on defense than they are on offense. They're a pretty young offensive team. They're very good on offense and defense. They have also done good things in the kick game. They are as good a team as we've played this year."
"This Purdue team is probably as good as any team we have played all year. We have a lot of work to do this week. Hopefully the weather will get better, and we'll be able to do it."
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