This post is largely recycled from last year. I noted then:
IU and Purdue first played each other in football in 1891, and in 1908 the two schools began the tradition of concluding their regular seasons by playing each other. This tradition has been interrupted occasionally (World War I, September 11, Hawaii trips), but for the most part, IU and Purdue have ended the season by playing each other for the last century. In those nearly 100 season-ending matchups, this is only the eighth time that IU and Purdue have entered the game with identical records, but it has now happened three times in the last five years.
A year later, IU and Purdue play each other with identical records for only the ninth time in the history of the series, but for the fourth time in six years. "Identical" might not be entirely accurate. What I mean is that the teams have the same overall win-loss record. In some seasons, including this season, the teams' conference records are not necessarily the same (Purdue is 2-5 in the Big Ten this year but went 2-2 in the non-conference; IU is 4-7/0-7). In any event, here is a quick rundown of the series when the teams have the same win/loss record:
1940: Indiana 3, Purdue 0 (West Lafayette): IU and Purdue each would post an undefeated season in the next five years, but both teams were 2-5 for the Bucket game in 1940. A lone field goal gave Bo McMillin and the Hoosiers the win.
1948: Purdue 39, Indiana 0 (West Lafayette): both teams were 2-6 in 1948, but the Boilers dominated at home and ended IU's four year Bucket winning streak (the Hoosiers' longest in the series).
1967: Indiana 19, Purdue 14 (Bloomington): of the eight games that the Hoosiers and Boilermakers entered with identical records, this was the only one in which the teams held winning records. This game was, of course, the most significant win in IU's football history because it sent IU to its only Rose Bowl to date. Purdue was undefeated in the Big Ten and ranked #3 in the AP poll, while IU, which had been ranked as high as #5, had fallen from the rankings (then only the top 10 were ranked) after a loss to Minnesota the week before. Here's the late Terry Cole scoring the decisive touchdown:
1972: Purdue 42, Indiana 7 (West Lafayette): Five years later, John Pont, who was unable to use the magical 1967 season as a springboard to consistent success, lost his final game as IU's coach. Both teams were 5-5 before the game.
1985: Purdue 34, Indiana 21 (Bloomington): In Bill Mallory's second year, IU won its first four games but lost 6 in a row to enter the Bucket game with a 4-6 record. Purdue entered with the same record and won comfortably.
2005: Purdue 41, Indiana 14 (Bloomington): IU led early, but ultimately, the turnover-prone Hoosiers, who were 4-6, lost by a wide margin to the Boilers. Purdue finished 5-6 but missed a bowl for the first time in Joe Tiller's tenure as head coach.
2008: Purdue 62, Indiana 10 (West Lafayette): Two years ago, I called this the worst loss in school history, and nothing that has happened since, not even allowing 83 points to Wisconsin, has changed my mind. This was IU's most lopsided loss to a team with a losing record , and not just a Purdue team with a losing record. Any team with a losing record. Humiliation at the hands of a good team is one thing, but is something else entirely against a 3-8 team in a rivalry game.
2009: Purdue 38, Indiana 21 (Bloomington): In 2009, IU led a charmed existence in the turnover category, but that all changed when Ben Chappell fumbled on IU's first possession, giving Purdue a short field and a lead that the Boilermakers never relinquished. IU lost the turnover battle 4-0 and allowed a kickoff return for a touchdown. Despite gaining 465 yards, IU never really threatened.
As with the overall rivalry, Purdue holds an advantage in this category, a 6-2 advantage in the games in which IU and Purdue have identical records. Can IU turn the tide?