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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 28, ISSUE 5 38 BY ALAN KARPICK O ne of radio's great radio voices is silent. But the memories of what that voice meant to all who heard it won't soon be forgotten. Joe McConnell, Purdue's football play-by-play an- nouncer from 1994-2009, died April 8 after a lengthy illness. Despite the sad event, it evoked a nostalgic response from Boilermaker fans who listened to him during a golden era of Purdue football, when the Boil- ermakers went to 10 bowl games in 12 seasons. And the list of momentous calls is seemingly end- less. The lightning-strike plays that led to Purdue's improb- able back-to-back wins over Michigan State, with now legendary coach Nick Saban, in '97 and '98. The Octo- ber march to the Rose Bowl in 2000 that included in the span of four games Travis Dorsch's "mulligan" field goal vs. Michigan; Ashante Woodyard's scoop-and-score after Craig Terrill's blocked field goal in a walk-off overtime win at Wisconsin; and Drew Brees-to-Seth Morales to beat Ohio State. Kyle Orton's 97-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Stubblefield at Notre Dame in 2004. All iconic radio calls for iconic plays. "Joe was as good a play-by-play man as anyone I have ever heard," said Hall of Fame broadcaster Don Fischer, who has spent 45 years as football and basketball play-by- play voice at IU. "He had great use of his inflection, and I think that crescendo is a great word to use to describe P R E S E N T S T H E L I F E O F L E G E N D A R Y B R O A D C A S T E R J O E M C C O N N E L L Silent But Never Forgotten McConnell forever left his mark on Purdue football Sandra Dukes Purdue has lost two of its football icons in Joe McConnell (left) and Joe Tiller in the last six months. McConnell forever left his mark at Purdue, lending his golden voice to Tiller's successful stint.

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