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Purdue Boilermakers Football History
The Purdue football program celebrates its 131st season in 2023. Since its founding in 1892, the team has won eight conference championships and has played a significant role in Big Ten football after joining that conference in 1953. The team's conference opponents include the Wisconsin Badgers, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Ohio State Buckeyes, and more. Purdue was an independent team over their first four seasons, from 1892 through 1895. They were Western Conference members from 1896 through 1952. Setting aside their first season when the team was 8-0, their first conference season with a perfect record came in 1929. From 1929 through 1933, the team had a total of five losses and 36 victories.
A turning point for the Purdue program came when the team was led by head coach Jack Mollenkopf, who took over in 1956. During the Mollenkopf era, the team was ranked in the AP top ten in 12 of his 14 seasons as head coach. The Boilermakers won their first Rose Bowl game in 1966. It would take another twelve seasons to pass until Purdue was invited to another bowl game. They won the Peach Bowl in 1978, the Bluebonnet Bowl in 1979, and the Liberty Bowl in 1980.
Purdue didn't have a winning season from 1985 through 1996. Coach Joe Tiller took over as head coach in 1997. That team went 9-3 and ultimately won the Alamo Bowl. In 13 seasons under Joe Tiller, the Boilermakers had winning seasons ten times and appeared in bowl games for all ten.
Ryan Walters takes over as head coach for 2023. He replaces Jeff Brohm who lead the team to the Citrus Bowl in his last season as head coach. Overall, the Purdue football program has left an indelible mark on the sport of college football. From early successes to iconic moments and revolutionary innovations, Purdue football has played a significant role in shaping the game as we know it today.