Purdue football 2018 season opener moved to Thursday

The Big Ten Conference announced that Purdue’s 2018 season opener against Northwestern at Ross-Ade Stadium has been moved to Thursday, Aug. 30, with the game time to be announced later. The game originally was scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 1.

Posted: Oct. 21, 2017 9:21 PM
Updated: Oct. 21, 2017 9:21 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — The Big Ten Conference announced that Purdue’s 2018 season opener against Northwestern at Ross-Ade Stadium has been moved to Thursday, Aug. 30, with the game time to be announced later. The game originally was scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 1.

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The switch in days will mark the first time the Boilermakers will open their season on Thursday since Sept. 26, 1895 - a 6-0 forfeit victory over Iowa State. Purdue has played on Thursday 15 times in school history, but merely once in the last century – the 2004 Capital One Bowl vs. Georgia that took place on New Year’s Day.

The contest is Purdue’s first conference game to start a year since opening the 1996 season at Michigan State.

Thursday Games in Purdue History
Jan. 1, 2004 (Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla.) – vs. Georgia, L, 27-34 (OT)
Nov. 24, 1904 – vs. Notre Dame, W, 36-0
Oct. 1, 1903 – at Wabash, W, 18-0
Nov. 27, 1902 – vs. Notre Dame, T, 6-6
Nov. 28, 1901 – vs. Northwestern, L, 5-10
Nov. 29, 1900 – vs. Indiana, L, 5-24
Nov. 30, 1899 – vs. Indiana, L, 5-17
Nov. 24, 1898 – vs. Oberlin, L, 0-10
Nov. 25, 1897 – vs. Alumni, T, 0-0
Sept. 26, 1895 – vs. Iowa State, W, 6-0 (Forfeit)
Nov. 29, 1894 (in Indianapolis) – vs. DePauw, W, 28-0
Nov. 24, 1893 (in Indianapolis) – vs. DePauw, W, 42-18
Nov. 24, 1892 – at DePauw, W, 32-6
Nov. 26, 1891 – at Butler, W, 58-0
Nov. 27, 1890 – at Butler, L, 10-12

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