'The Purdue Boilermakers'

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In 1887, Purdue University formed its first football team. During their season, they lost only one game which was a sign of things to come. At this time, Princeton was a football powerhouse. When the Purdue team needed new coaches in 1891, they hired two coaches that worked at Princeton. During their season, the Purdue football team traveled to Wabash College. Wabash was and still is a liberal arts school for men. The final score of the game was 44 points for Purdue and no points for Wabash. It was a total blowout. That week, the newspapers lashed out at Purdue for beating their boys so soundly. They said that the Purdue "boilermakers" beat the "scientific men" of Wabash. Since Purdue was more of a utilitarian school, people looked down on them. Purdue did not take offense to statements like that, in fact, they took them as compliments. This is how Purdue became the Purdue Boilermakers.



Rivalries are important in college football and the same is true for Purdue. Since Purdue started playing football, Indiana has been a major rival. The winner of this rivalry receives the Old Oaken Bucket Purdue has won 69 of the games, whereas Indiana has only won 36. The second rivalry is the one with Notre Dame. This rivalry began when Joe Tiller was a coach at Purdue. The winner of the rivalry receives the Shillelagh Trophy. Purdue has only won 26 games and Notre Dame has won 52.

The Purdue Boilermakers started playing on Stuart Field and then in 1924 they started playing in Ross-Ade Stadium, where they currently play. The stadium has a capacity of 62,500 people. Their overall record is 571 wins, 487 loses, and 48 ties which gives them over a fifty percent win ratio. In bowl games, they have won eight and lost seven and they have been the Big Ten Conference champions eight times. Purdue players have a big effect on the NFL, especially their quarterbacks. Collectively, the quarterbacks from Purdue have more starts and passing yards than any other school. Three very notable quarterbacks have come from Purdue. They are Len Dawson, Bob Griese, and Drew Brees.



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