WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue fans came out in full support Saturday morning to mark the first home game of the Darrell Hazell era.
Tailgating lots were filled with excited fans ready to see their team in person for the first time this season.
Tailgaters brought out all the necessities with an assortment of tasty foods, cold drinks and fun games.
With the noon kickoff, some fans sacrificed a couple extra hours of sleep in order to get the best parking spot possible.
"This is probably my third year tailgating, but my first year full fledge. Tailgating is about the location, location, location, so we got here real early and got a good spot." said Purdue fan Perrell Lucas.
Fans said they expect a larger crowd next week when the Boilermakers square off against rival Notre Dame.
Kickoff for next week's game is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Indiana Department of Transportation road crews are preparing the roads for the first winter storm of the season.
Lafayette Police are asking for the public's help to find a man wanted for burglary and theft.
Toyota says it has begun production of its 2014 Highlander SUV at its plant in southwestern Indiana.