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Purdue AD issues statement on football program

Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke issued a statement Monday detailing the state of the Boilermakers football program.

Purdue is mired in a four-game losing streak, with only one game decided by less than 15 points. At 3-5 on the season, the Boilermakers must win three of their final four contests to reach bowl eligibility. 

"Everyone around our football program has high expectations for the 2012 season," Burke said. "We have worked very hard over the past four years to improve our personnel, facilities and every phase of our program, which is evident.

"Our student-athletes, alumni, fans, coaching staff and administration all expect to see the program move forward and take a step up the postseason ladder," he said. "Currently, our performance has kept us from reaching our goals. But we have a third of the season left to play, and our focus is to achieve that consistency over the remaining four games. We need to press forward, converting potential into results and having fun playing Boilermaker football."

After leading Purdue to a win in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl last season, Hope received a two-year contract extension lasting through the 2016 season. In his fourth season after taking over for Joe Tiller, Hope is 19-26 at the helm for Purdue. 

Ole Miss motivational video

We've heard the speech used at at the beginning of this clip in previous videos (and it's a good one), but take a look at the official motivational video that Hugh Freeze and his staff showed the team before the Arkansas game.

This one had the them ready to play.

Ole Miss put up 21 points in the second quarter and kicked a field goal (the kicker's third of the game, which included a 53 yarder earlier in the fourth quarter) as time expired to give the Rebels the win in Little Rock.

Freeze and his staff have the Rebels sitting at 5-3, and 2-2 in conference play in his first season in Oxford, which is a far cry from how they've competed the past few seasons. The last time that the Rebels had five wins at this point in the year was 2009, when they finished 9-4 and wrapped the season up with a bowl victory over Oklahoma State.

The Rebels now only need one win against their four remaining opponents to become bowl eligible. That will be easier said than done though, as their remaining schedule includes Georgia (7-1, 5-1) this weekend, followed by a home game against Vanderbilt (4-4, 2-3), and then hitting the road to take on LSU (7-1, 3-1), before finally wrapping up the regular season with a home game against Mississippi State (7-1, 3-1). 

That's a tough stretch.

 

The Scoop on stats - Week 9

Another week of crazy finishes, both gutsy and questionable decisions, undefeated teams falling, and eye catching stats, is officially in the books. It's a shame that college football season is entering the final few weeks of the regular season.

Here's what we noticed over the weekend. Let us know if you saw anything worth mentioning.

- Oregon has been ranked in every BCS standing since Chip Kelly became the head coach. That streak includes 24 appearances in the top 10.

- Will Muschamp is 0-6 in the Cocktail Party match up. He is 0-4 as a player, and 0-2 as a head coach.

- Minnesota scored more points on Saturday (44) than they had in their first three Big Ten games combined (39).

- After going up on Colorado 28-0 after the first quarter, the Ducks have outscored their last three opponents 71-7 in the opening quarter.

- Only one player, Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson, is averaging over 30 carries per game.

- Texas' game against Kansas marked the first time in 20 quarters that the Longhorn defense had shut out an opponent for an entire quarter.

- Utah State is allowing teams to convert on only 85% of their extra point attempts.

- Alabama (8) and Notre Dame (7) are the only defenses in the country to have allowed single digit touchdowns. Colorado is dead last with 49 allowed touchdowns.

- Kent State is snagging an average of 2 picks per game (16 interceptions through 8 games).

- Air Force is STILL yet to allow a sack. The Falcons have four games remaining on their schedule. Washington State is giving up over 4 sacks per game.

- East Carolina and Temple have recovered 9 of out 10 fumbles this season. Temple has done it in two less games (seven compared to East Carolina's nine).

- Maryland is allowing 9 tackles for a loss per game (124th nationally). That doesn't figure to get much better with an inexperienced quarterback under center this weekend.

- Washington State has more first downs via penalties (28) than they have rushing (27).

- Rutgers is the only team in the country to have not allowed a fourth down conversion this season (teams are 0 for 7). On the flip side, South Florida is allowing teams to convert at an 86% clip (6 for 7).

- LSU and Kansas State are the only offensive units that are perfect on fourth down. LSU is 3 for 3 and K-State is 2 for 2.

- Navy has allowed just two first downs via penalties this season. Air Force ranks second with just four first downs allowed via penalty.

- Division III Mount Union has allowed just one rushing touchdown through 8 games. They've given up a total of three all season. Tuskegee (D-II) has also allowed just one rushing TD on the season.

- Of the offenses that lead the country in long scrimmage plays of 20+ yards, five of the top ten are working under first year offensive coordinators at the school. (#1 Texas A&M, #3 North Carolina, #T7 Arizona State, #T7 Fresno State, T#7 Houston).

- Cheyney (D-II) has lost 19 fumbles on the season (last nationally in D-II). Martin Luther (D-III) has lost 21 (also last nationally in D-III).

- Indiana remains the only team in the country to have not lost a fumble (three fumbles - zero lost). Clemson has lost just one out of ten. Both Coe and Wisconsin-Oshkosh (D-III) have yet to lose a fumble. Akron, on the other hand, has coughed up the ball seven times, and has not recovered it once.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday TV - No games until Thursday

Games will resume on Thursday night when some MACtion (Eastern Michigan at Ohio) and an ACC (Virginia Tech at Miami) and NFL games (Kansas City at San Diego).

Eastern time listed.

NFL:

No games

College:

No games

High School:

No games

Spurrier picked wrong opportunity to mock Dabo

At a rally today to celebrate Marcus Lattimore's birthday; and really all that is good about Marcus, ol' ball coach brought up comments Dabo Swinney had made earlier in the day. On his conference call Dabo took time to speak very nicely about what a great person Lattimore is... "It took my breath away, Swinney said. I was watching it and it just breaks my heart. I mean I just hurt for him and his family and his teammates.  This is a guy that to me represents all the good things that college football should be about.  He’s a guy I know personally, he’s a class young man and so is his family. I know how hard he has worked."

For whatever reason, Spurrier felt this was another good time to flame the rivalry fire with Clemson. Hear what he had to say below.

 

Dabo's response...

This was not the right time and we're sure Coach Spurrier has recognized that since making the crack.

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