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Going for the record

Coach Danny Hope, quarterback Robert Marve and receiver Keith Smith spouted about how many weapons Purdue's offense will have this season.

They listed the members of the receiving corps, tight end Kyle Adams, projected starting running back Al-Terek McBurse.

But don't forget kicker Carson Wiggs.

Wiggs, who is on the Lou Groza Award watch list as the nation's best kicker, has Purdue's school record with a 59-yard field goal. He made it last season against Toledo, and it was the longest field goal in the nation last year.

Hope thinks Wiggs can do better – and will give him every chance to try.

"We'll let him try the record – that's one of our goals going into the season," Hope said. "People think I'm kidding. But we're going to line up to kick a record field goal, probably to win a big game or if we're ahead somewhere in the game and the ball's where the record's at, we're going to line him up and give him two or three shots at it.

"(The record) is 67 in college, and 68 is the world record. … I would allow him to attempt a 70-yarder to win a game, if we had to."