Purdue outlasted a late Indiana rally over the weekend to retain the Old Oaken Bucket, which they came into the game defending, closing the game out with a 28-21 win over their in-state rivals.
“Well, it’s a great day to be a Boilermaker. I am very proud of our football team. We’ve hung in there all year long,” says Head Coach Jeff Brohm. “Things haven’t been perfect and we’ve had some ups and downs, without question. To be able to come into this game, coming off two losses, one in triple overtime against a very good opponent and still hang in there and believe that you can go on the road and beat your rival when everything is on the line, is what it’s all about. This is why you play the game.”
With this week’s win, Purdue is Bowl Eligible for the second-straight year.
“Well it’s huge. I’m proud of our team. We wanted to find a way to improve upon last year, which meant go to a bowl game of course and hopefully find a way to win it,” Brohm says, “To start the season 0-3 and then figure out a way to beat three ranked teams was great and then we got in a slump again and then found a way to win this game. That’s football and really that’s life. I think our guys understand that.”
Bowl Game matchups are announced soon.