When Penn State takes a trip to West Lafayette, Indiana to face the Purdue Boilermakers one week from Saturday, the game will get off to an early start. The programs announced on Monday that their first matchup in three years will start at noon on October 29 and will air nationally on either ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2.
The last time the Lions met the Boilermakers, it was 2013 and Penn State won 45-21 in State College. The most recent clash at Purdue’s Ross-Ade Stadium was in 2012, and Penn State took that one as well by the score of 34-9.
In fact, the Lions haven’t been defeated by the Boilers since 2004, when a squad led by quarterback Kyle Orton escaped from Beaver Stadium with a 20-13 victory. Penn State leads the all-time series 13-3-1, including a 13-2 mark since the schools’ first contest as Big Ten rivals in 1995.
This year’s edition of Purdue picked up a Big Ten win against Illinois on October 8, but last weekend the program lost 49-35 against Iowa in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score made it seem. That led to head coach Darrell Hazell being fired on Sunday. We’ll see how the Boilermakers fare under interim head coach Gerard Parker when they play Nebraska in Lincoln on Saturday.