Game Data: Purdue at Ohio State

Game Data: Purdue at Ohio State

We share the important data, depth charts, the ABC coverage map, a game breakdown and one man's opinion on what to expect Saturday when No. 4 Ohio State hosts No. 11 Purdue in a key Big Ten showdown (3:30 p.m., ABC regional telecast).

OSU-Purdue Game Data

* Date, Time: Sat., Nov. 15, 3:37 p.m. (Eastern)

* Location: Ohio Stadium (capacity, 101,568); Columbus

* TV: ABC (regional coverage; commentators, Brad Nessler, Bob Griese, Lynn Swann)

Click here for the ABC coverage map

* 2003 Records, Rankings: OSU, 9-1, 5-1 Big Ten, fourth in AP poll; Purdue, 8-2, 5-1 Big Ten, 11th in AP poll.

* Coaches: OSU, Jim Tressel (third year at OSU, 30-6; 18th year overall, 165-63-2; vs. Purdue, 2-0); Purdue, Joe Tiller (seventh year at Purdue, 54-30; 13th year overall, 93-60-1; vs. OSU, 1-3).

* Series History: Ohio State leads series 34-11-2, including 23-5-2 in Columbus.

* Purdue Schedule: Sept. 6, Bowling Green, L 27-26; Sept. 13, at Wake Forest, W 16-10; Sept. 20, Arizona, W 59-7; Sept. 27, Notre Dame, W 23-10; Oct. 4, Illinois, W 43-10; Oct. 11, Penn State, W 28-14; Oct. 18, at Wisconsin, W 26-23; Oct. 25, at Michigan, L 31-3; Nov. 1, Northwestern, W 34-14; Nov. 8, Iowa, W 27-14; Nov. 15, at Ohio State; Nov. 22, at Indiana.

* Purdue Key Players: QB Kyle Orton (193 of 313 passing, 2,184 yards, 12 TDs, 4 INTs), RB Jerod Void (167 carries, 688 yards, 11 TDs), WR Taylor Stubblefield (68 catches, 633 yards, 3 TDs), WR John Standeford (56 catches, 841 yards, 2 TDs), DE Shawn Phillips (12-1/2 sacks), MLB Niko Koutouvides (71 tackles, 2 INTs), FS Stuart Schweigert (62 tackles, 4 INTs).

* Purdue Fast Facts: Location: West Lafayette, Ind.; Enrollment, 38,564; Nickname, Boilermakers; Colors, Old Gold and Black; Stadium, Ross-Ade Stadium (surface, grass; capacity, 62,500).

Depth Charts

Ohio State Offense

QB 16 Craig Krenzel (6-4, 225, Sr.)

15 Scott McMullen (6-3, 215, Sr.)

SE 12 Michael Jenkins (6-5, 215, Sr.)

82 Roy Hall (6-3, 228, R-Fr.)

LT 77 Rob Sims (6-4, 305, So.)

72 T.J. Downing (6-5, 300, R-Fr.)

LG 63 Adrien Clarke (6-5, 330, Sr.)

64 Adam Olds (6-4, 290, So.)

C 55 Nick Mangold (6-4, 280, So.)

76 Alex Stepanovich (6-4, 300, Sr.)

RG 76 Alex Stepanovich (6-4, 300, Sr.)

79 Bryce Bishop (6-3, 312, Sr.)

RT 71 Shane Olivea (6-5, 320, Sr.)

52 Mike Kne (6-4, 300, Jr.)

TE 88 Ben Hartsock (6-4, 264, Sr.)

80 Ryan Hamby (6-5, 240, So.)

FL 4 Santonio Holmes (5-11, 170, R-Fr.)

3 Bam Childress (5-10, 185, Jr.) or

7 Chris Gamble (6-2, 200, Jr.)

TB 30 Lydell Ross (6-1, 210, Jr.)

28 Maurice Hall (5-11, 200, Jr.)

FB 38 Branden Joe (6-0, 245, Jr.) or

43 Brandon Schnittker (6-1, 250, So.)

K 85 Mike Nugent (5-10, 170, Jr.)

Ohio State Defense

DE 75 Simon Fraser (6-6, 265, Jr.)

97 David Patterson (6-3, 285, Fr.)

DT 56 Darrion Scott (6-3, 280, Sr.)

94 Marcus Green (6-3, 290, So.)

DT 54 Tim Anderson (6-4, 289, Sr.)

90 Quinn Pitcock (6-3, 300, R-Fr.)

DE 93 Will Smith (6-4, 265, Sr.)

57 Mike Kudla (6-3, 275, So.)

WLB 47 A.J. Hawk (6-2, 230, So.)

41 Thomas Matthews (6-2, 210, Jr.)

MLB 46 Fred Pagac Jr. (6-1, 225, Sr.)

44 Robert Reynolds (6-3, 242, Sr.)

SLB 44 Robert Reynolds (6-3, 242, Sr.)

42 Bobby Carpenter (6-3, 240, So.)

CB 37 Dustin Fox (6-0, 190, Jr.)

26 Ashton Youboty (6-1, 195, Fr.)

CB 7 Chris Gamble (6-2, 200, Jr.)

13 Harlen Jacobs (6-1, 197, Jr.)

FS 21 Nate Salley (6-3, 205, So.)

6 Tyler Everett (6-1, 185, So.)

SS 4 Will Allen (6-2, 190, Sr.)

9 Donte Whitner (5-11, 185, Fr.)

P 21 B.J. Sander (6-3, 212, Sr.)

Purdue Offense

QB 18 Kyle Orton (6-4, 223, Jr.)

11 Brandon Kirsch (6-3, 205, So.)

TE 87 Charles Davis (6-6, 265, So.)

93 Garrett Bushong (6-5, 231, Fr.)

LT 65 Mike Otto (6-5, 299, R-Fr.)

63 David Owen (6-6, 289, Jr.)

LG 56 Matt Turner (6-3, 288, So.)

64 Danny May (6-2, 320, Jr.)

C 61 Nick Hardwick (6-4, 282, Sr.)

74 Nick Pilipauskis (6-2, 289, Sr.)

RG 50 Tyler Moore (6-7, 285, Jr.)

67 Uche Nwaneri (6-3, 297, R-Fr.)

RT 71 Kelly Butler (6-8, 320, Jr.)

75 Brian Wang (6-7, 290, So.)

WR 2 Ray Williams (6-2, 188, So.)

80 Jamaal Wilson (6-3, 200, Sr.)

WR 82 John Standeford (6-4, 206, Sr.)

89 Kyle Ingraham (6-9, 221, Fr.)

WR 21 Taylor Stubblefield (6-1, 172, Jr.)

4 Anthony Chambers (6-1, 203, Sr.)

TB 32 Jerod Void (6-2, 213, Jr.)

27 Brandon Jones (5-11, 231, So.)

K 35 Ben Jones (6-0, 213, So.)

Purdue Defense

DE 15 Shaun Phillips (6-3, 255, Sr.)

62 Vedran Dzolovic (6-3, 262, Sr.)

DT 92 Craig Terrill (6-3, 287, Sr.)

94 Dontrey Flemings (6-2, 297, So.)

DT 58 Brent Glover (6-4, 280, So.)

55 Brandon Villarreal (6-2, 285, So.)

DE 40 Kevin Nesfield (6-3, 255, Sr.)

10 Ray Edwards (6-6, 246, Fr.)

WLB 47 Landon Johnson (6-2, 225, Sr.)

44 Jon Goldsberry (6-3, 249 Sr.)

MLB 34 Niko Koutouvides (6-3, 241, Sr.)

30 George Hall (6-2, 237, R-Fr.)

SLB 16 Gilbert Gardner (6-2, 233, Sr.)

39 Bobby Iwuchukwu (6-2, 234, So.)

CB 8 Jacques Reeves (6-1, 194, Sr.)

24 Sean Petty (5-11, 180, So.)

FS 9 Stuart Schweigert (6-3, 217, Sr.)

7 Kyle Smith (6-4, 215, So.)

SS 31 Bernard Pollard (6-2, 212, Fr.)

6 Deaunte Ferrell (5-11, 200, Sr.)

CB 12 Antwaun Rogers (6-2, 168, Jr.)

33 Brian Hickman (6-0, 181, So.)

P 46 Brent Slaton (6-3, 204, Sr.)

Breaking It Down

* When Ohio State Has The Ball: Over the past three weeks, Ohio State has gotten some things (finally) established and accomplished on the offensive side of the football. Lydell Ross and the offensive line can boast three straight 100-yard games. All is right with the world. Well, not so fast my friend. Now comes Purdue, which boasts the nation's fifth-best rushing defense (82.6 yards per game) and 10th-best defense overall (283.1). We know Ohio State will try and establish the run. But against a defense like this, which boasts eight seniors (four of them in their fifth year), they better have quite a bit up their sleeve.

Michigan was able to ding Purdue with some big plays to speedy Steve Breaston. OSU may need to hit some passes to Michael Jenkins and, particularly, Santonio Holmes to loosen things up a bit. This will be the toughest defense OSU has faced to date. The big question will be whether the momentum gained in the last few weeks will carry over to this game. If it doesn't, it could be a long day.

* When Purdue Has The Ball: The Purdue offense is pretty solid. The Boilers are a respectable fourth in the Big Ten in pass offense and fifth in rushing offense. QB Kyle Orton has only thrown four interceptions, the fewest of any Big Ten passer with 200 attempts. He has two fine possession receivers in Taylor Stubblefield and John Standeford who love to catch 8- and 10-yard routes all the way down the field. And Purdue has a keeper in running back Jerod Void, coming off a career game against Iowa.

But this is still the Ohio State defense Purdue will be playing against, right? Just checking. I don't see Purdue establishing much on the ground against the nation's top run offense. A net of 80 yards would, believe it or not, be a moral victory and maybe even help Purdue pull the upset, provided Orton can throw for some yardage. The OSU defense showed last week against Michigan State and Jeff Smoker it will bend and give up yardage between the 20s. But the red zone is another matter.

* How It Will Go: This should be quite an emotional Saturday at the venerable Horseshoe. This great senior class which helped return the Ohio State program to national championship glory will play for the final time before the home folks. It is important that all involved harness their emotions and play within themselves in what has suddenly become the season's biggest game. The stakes are high as a win keeps the shot at a rare outright Big Ten championship alive, plus it would move OSU a step closer to either the Rose Bowl or the national championship game at the Sugar Bowl. In fact, a win should all but guarantee OSU an at-large bid to the BCS, regardless of what may happen later. And did we mention how much it would make next week's game at Michigan be worth?

But all of that is window dressing, of course, for what will transpire on the field. A year ago, Purdue couldn't win a close game if its life depended on it. This year, this veteran Boilers team wants to spoil Ohio State's great victory party. I see a titanic defensive struggle, predicated on field position. One careless mistake with the football in the wrong part of the field could prove disastrous. I'm going to keep playing the Mike Nugent card in these close games until he gets to win one. I see Ohio State earning a 10th win and moving one step closer to a Big Ten championship, defeating Purdue 16-13, possibly on a late field goal by Nugent.

-- Steve Helwagen

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