Tracking the Boilermakers

Oct. 1, 2015

By Tom Schott

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Coming off road wins at No. 22 Michigan and Michigan State to open Big Ten Conference play, No. 18 volleyball (11-2, 2-0 B1G) plays host to Rutgers (3-10, 0-2) at 7 p.m. tomorrow and Maryland (10-6, 0-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday in Holloway Gymnasium.

Fans with a ticket for tomorrow's game can celebrate Octoberfest from 5 to 7 p.m. at Weist Plaza adjacent to Holloway. Enjoy live music, games, and purchase beer and wine.

After the weekend, it's a quick turnaround for the Boilermakers, who play at Indiana on Oct. 7 in the annual Monon Spike match. The Hoosiers then come to Purdue on Oct. 10. That match start time has been changed from 7 to 8 p.m. In both matches, a half point will be on the line in the Governor's Cup, which has been won by the Boilermakers the last two years.

Football Opens B1G Play at No. 2 Michigan State

Football (1-3) opens Big Ten play Saturday at No. 2 Michigan State (4-0). Kickoff is noon, and the game will be televised by ESPN2.

The Boilermakers are 4-9 all-time against teams ranked second in the country, including 0-2 against second-ranked Michigan State squads (1965 and 1966). Purdue's last victory over a No. 2 team came Oct. 6, 1984 (28-24 over Ohio State) and its last road win over a No. 2 squad came Sept. 28, 1974 (31-20 at Notre Dame).

Michigan State has won the last six meetings between the two schools, but the last five have each been decided by two touchdowns or less. The Boilermakers and Spartans have split the last 14 meetings, dating to 1997.

Redshirt freshman quarterback David Blough made his first career start Sept. 26 against Bowling Green, completing 29 of 39 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns, along with one rushing score. He became the first Purdue quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards in his first career start since Oct. 20, 1990, when Scott Hoffman threw for 317 yards against Ohio State.

Men's Golf Wins First Title Since 2011

Rob Bradley picked up his first title as men's golf coach, as the Boilermakers led wire-to-wire to win the 54-hole Windon Memorial Classic in Glencoe, Illinois, on Sept. 28. Purdue dominated, topping runner-up Michigan by 15 shots.

The team title is Purdue's first since winning the Boilermaker Invitational in 2011.

Purdue's cumulative score of 22-under par 830 set a 54-hole school record by 10 shots, besting the previous record set during the USF Invitational in 2014. In relation to par, the 22-under par score was the second-best in school history.

Sophomore Brian Carlson won his first individual title by firing a 6-under par 207. He became the first Purdue player to win a tournament since Adam Schenk won the Boilermaker Invitational in 2011. Carlson was honored as the Big Ten Co-Golfer of the Week.

Senior Stuart Macdonald and juniors Fernando Barco and Austin Eoff finished tied for third at 3-under par 210.

McClintock, Schmelzle Pace Cross Country

Senior Matthew McClintock finished second and junior Hope Schmelzle was 18th to lead the cross country teams at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown, which was run Sept. 25 in Boston. The men's team finished third, while the women placed fourth. Both squads finished ahead of teams ranked in the latest USTFCCCA poll.

For his performance, McClintock was tabbed the Big Ten Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week for the fifth time in his career.

In this week's poll, the women's team is receiving votes for the first time since 2004. Tomorrow afternoon, both teams run at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Indiana.

Soccer Reaches Halfway Point of B1G Season

Soccer (6-5, 1-3 B1G) reaches the halfway point of the Big Ten season at 7 p.m. tomorrow with a home game against Nebraska (5-3-2, 1-1-2).

Two of the Boilermakers' conference losses have come by the score of 1-0.

Purdue plays a midweek game at Ohio State on Thursday, Oct. 8, with live television coverage by the BTN beginning at 7 p.m.

The Boilermakers' Senior Day ceremony will take place before the Sunday, Oct. 11, home game vs. Rutgers. Game time is 1 p.m., and the Senior Day festivities will begin at approximately 12:40 p.m. Traditionally, Senior Day has been held in conjunction with the final regular-season home game. However, with the final home game this year being on a Thursday (Oct. 15 vs. Penn State), the change was made in an effort to allow as many out-of-town family and friends to attend as possible.

Talking Tennis

Senior Arthur Dobradin and junior Lucas Dages were the top performers for men's tennis at the season-opening Purdue Invitational that concluded Sept. 27. Both posted 2-1 records and advanced to the semifinals in their respective flights.

Next for the Boilermakers is the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men's All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which begin Saturday.

On the women's side, senior Claudia Escribens and freshman Grace Schaffer finished second in Flight A doubles at the Bradley Invitational on Sept. 27. The pair was seeded second and posted a 2-1 record in their initial competition of the fall.

The Boilermakers host the three-day, 10-team Purdue Invite starting tomorrow at the Schwartz Tennis Center. Meanwhile, seniors Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum and Krisztina Kapitany will be in action at the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships starting Saturday in Pacific Palisades, California.

Basketball Community Tipoff

From 6 to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, both basketball teams will have a meet-and-greet at the downtown Lafayette train depot, where fans can get autographs, play games with the Boilermakers, and listen to head coaches Matt Painter and Sharon Versyp talk about the upcoming season.

In addition, $10 student section tickets will be available for purchase by all fans for the men's game against Michigan on Jan. 7, while tickets for the women's game vs. Indiana on Jan. 10 will be available for $5.


The Oct. 10 football game against Minnesota will start at 3:30 p.m. ET at Ross-Ade Stadium ... Men's and women's swimming and diving compete against Michigan and Michigan State today in East Lansing ... Women's golf plays at the NIU Invitational in Sugar Grove, Illinois, on Saturday, followed by the Windy City Classic in Wilmette, Illinois, on Oct. 5 and 6 ... Softball continues its fall slate of games Saturday with games vs. DePaul at 2 p.m. and South Suburban College at 4 p.m. at the Boilermaker Softball Stadium ... Baseball begins its annual Black & Gold Series at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Alexander Field. For the complete best-of-nine series schedule, click here ... The 2015-16 women's tennis schedule has been announced ... Former basketball player Stephanie White (1996-99), in her first season as head coach of the Indiana Fever, has taken her team to the WNBA Finals. She is the first rookie coach to reach the finals in league history ... Former volleyball player Amanda Miller (2008-12) competed in the University Nationals for Olympic Weightlifting last weekend in Ogden, Utah, and finished third among 69kg women.

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