Mike Phipps - College Career

College Career

Phipps attended Purdue University, where he played for the Purdue Boilermakers football team. He began his college career replacing All-American Boilermakers quarterback Bob Griese. His first major victory was a 28-21 upset of defending national champion Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 30, 1967. Combining strong passing skills with excellent mobility helped Phipps establish a new school single-season record for total offense and earn the Boilermakers a share of the Big Ten Conference title.

The following year, Phipps suffered an ankle injury that kept him out of two games, and was overshadowed by teammate Leroy Keyes, a running back who spent all season in contention for the Heisman Trophy. The Boilermakers were the top-ranked team in the country until the Ohio State Buckeyes upset them 13-0 on October 12.

In 1969, Phipps became the focal point of Purdue's offense, throwing for five touchdowns in a 36-35 thriller over Stanford University on October 4, including throwing for a two-point conversion with three minutes left. He finished second in the voting for the Heisman Trophy to Oklahoma Sooners running back Steve Owens. He was awarded the 1969 Sammy Baugh Trophy.

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