WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue and Western Michigan meet for the fourth time in series history on Saturday afternoon at Ross-Ade Stadium.
Purdue and Western Michigan last met in the regular season in 2002, when the Boilermakers defeated the Broncos 28-24. This time around Danny Etling will start at quarterback for the Boilermakers and will be making his eighth straight start.
Season ticket sales are down significantly from Coach Darrell Hazell’s first year with the program, but nothing can put a damper on the excitement within the team. The Boilermakers enter the 2014 season as a humbled, hungry and confident group.
“It goes without saying that we’re ready to take on the Broncos on Saturday. We all know what we can do and how far we’ve come and the work that we’ve put in, and we’re ready to show the fans and Purdue nation and all of our supporters and everyone what we’re capable of and the strides that we’ve made,” said senior defensive end Ryan Russell.
Coach Hazell believes the Purdue fan base will enjoy this team for several reasons including its talent level and love for the game.
“They’re going to fall in love with this team because of the way they’re going to play. The talent level has risen. They’re going to play with more passion. They’ll be more physical. What you expect — respect for the game. They’re going to really enjoy watching us play this year,” Hazell said.