Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN.
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Purdue has yet to beat Bowling Green, which owns a 2-0 advantage in the series.
Both teams enter with 1-2 records and are coming off losses. The Boilermakers lost at home to Virginia Tech last Saturday, 51-24. They also dropped their season opener at Marshall, 41-31. In between those setbacks, they downed Indiana State by a 38-14 count.
Bowling Green also came up short in its first and third games. Memphis edged the Falcons at Doyt Perry Stadium last week, 44-41. Tennessee posted a 59-30 win in Nashville to open the campaign. Bowling Green’s lone victory thus far was a good one as BG battered Maryland, 48-27. A win at Purdue would give the Falcons two wins over Big Ten teams in the same season and give Bowling Green some momentum heading into conference play.
-- The Boilermakers are coached by Darrell Hazell. Now in his third year of a six-year contract, Hazell’s previous head coaching position was at Kent State. He was MAC Coach of the Year in 2012, having led the Golden Flashes to an 11-3 record and MAC East Division championship.
-- Purdue was 3-9 overall (1-7 Big Ten) last year and posted just one victory the previous season.
-- Virginia Tech out-gained Purdue 471-265 in total yards, with the Hokies holding a 20-9 advantage in first downs. The Boilermakers converted just 2 of 15 third down opportunities and were 1 of 4 on fourth down tries.
-- VaTech held a whopping 38:11-21:49 advantage in time of possession. Purdue committed three turnovers, to just one for the visitors. Both teams returned a fumble for a TD and Tech also scored off a blocked punt.
-- Junior Austin Appleby connected on just 9 of 28 pass attempts for 110 yards and two interceptions. He has hit on 54.5 percent for the season, with five TDs and six interceptions.
-- Markell Jones ripped off a 60-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. That accounted for most of his team-high 90 yards rushing.
-- Danny Anthrop led Purdue with three catches for 43 yards last week.
BOWLING GREEN (1-2, 0-0 MAC)
-- The Falcons are flourishing on offense – not so much on defense. Bowling Green is averaging 609.3 ypg. – best in the nation.
BG is averaging 39.7 ppg, but is surrendering 43.3 ppg. Opponents have scored on 93 percent of their trips into the red zone.
-- BG has doubled up opponents on points off turnovers, 42-21.
-- Quarterback Matt Johnson leads the entire Football Bowl Subdivision in both passing yards (1,358) and touchdowns (12). He is also second in times sacked (11).
-- Fred Coppet leads BG rushers with 202 yards on 32 carries (6.3 ypc). Travis Green has logged 32 carries for 162 yards (4.3 ypc).
-- Receiver Roger Lewis leads the FBS in receiving yards (510). He has a team-high 24 receptions and five TDs.
-- Bowling Green has 18 TDs on the season. Twelve came via the passing game.
-- BG head coach Dino Babers was an assistant at Purdue from 1991 to 1993.