Located in West Lafayette, Indiana, the Purdue Boilermakers are the collegiate athletic program that represents Purdue University. Purdue’s intercollegiate program, which is a member of the Big 10 Conference, has nine men’s and 9 women’s teams. Men’s teams include football, baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, indoor and outdoor track, swimming, tennis and wrestling. Women’s teams include basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, indoor and outdoor track, swimming and diving, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. Purdue has a fierce rivalry with the Indiana Hoosiers, against whom Purdue plays annually in football for the ‘Old Oaken Bucket’. Purdue also competes against Notre Dame for the Shillelagh Trophy and against the Illinois Fighting Illini for the Purdue Cannon trophy.
Overall, Purdue has won three NCAA championships; one in men’s golf, one in women’s golf, and one in women’s basketball. Purdue’s football team is its most well-known program. Purdue’s football team has been a member of the Big 10 Conference since 1896 and has won ten Big 10 Championships. In total, Purdue has appeared in 17 bowl games, compiling a record of 9-8. Purdue has traditionally been called the ‘Cradle of Quarterbacks’ due to the program propensity of producing NFL stars. Notable Purdue alumni include Len Dawson, Bob Griese, and Drew Brees. More impressively, Purdue quarterbacks have thrown more touchdowns in the NFL than any other university. While its football team receives a lot of attention, Purdue’s basketball teams have been very successful. The men’s and women’s basketball teams have won more Big Ten Championships (37) than any other conference school. Former men’s basketball coach, Gene Keady, compiled more than 500 victories over a 25-year tenure with Purdue. Purdue’s wrestling program is a national powerhouse that has placed in the NCAA tournament for over 25 straight years.
The nickname ‘Boilermakers’ dates back to 1891 when the football team defeated rival, Wabash College. The local newspapers stated the Purdue, which is known for its engineering programs, and its Burly Boiler Makers, completely ‘snowed under’ Wabash. Engineering education in the 1890s at Purdue meant hands-on work in the forge room, where students heated and molded metal, just like the "blacksmiths" and "boilermakers" the football team was called after defeating opponents. Purdue’s official mascot is ‘Purdue Pete’, who regularly shows up at football and basketball games. Purdue’s fight song is, “Hail Purdue!”.
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6-3-15: For Boilermakers fans across the country, the 2015-16 NCAA men's basketball season ended abruptly. Purdue succumbed to an overtime loss against Cincinnati in the NCAA Tournament's second round of play, falling by a final score of 66-65. The Boilermakers finished the season at 21-13 and went 12-6 in conference play. They'll look to return to form during the upcoming season and claim a second-straight berth to the Big Dance in 2016.
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2015 Purdue Boilermakers Football Schedule
09/12/2015 - Purdue Boilermakers vs Indiana State Sycamores at Ross-ade Stadium
09/19/2015 - Purdue Boilermakers vs Virginia Tech Hokies at Ross-ade Stadium
09/26/2015 - Purdue Boilermakers vs Bowling Green Falcons at Ross-ade Stadium
10/03/2015 - Michigan State Spartans vs Purdue Boilermakers at Spartan Stadium - MI
10/10/2015 - Purdue Boilermakers vs Minnesota Golden Gophers at Ross-ade Stadium
10/17/2015 - Wisconsin Badgers vs Purdue Boilermakers at Camp Randall Stadium
10/31/2015 - Purdue Boilermakers vs Nebraska Cornhuskers at Ross-ade Stadium
11/07/2015 - Purdue Boilermakers vs Illinois Fighting Illini at Ross-ade Stadium
11/14/2015 - Northwestern Wildcats vs Purdue Boilermakers at Ryan Field
11/21/2015 - Iowa Hawkeyes vs Purdue Boilermakers at Kinnick Stadium
11/28/2015 - Purdue Boilermakers vs Indiana Hoosiers at Ross-ade Stadium