WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue learned its bowl fate Sunday afternoon as the Boilers will travel to Nashville, TN to take on the SEC’s Auburn in the Music City Bowl.
The Tigers (7-5, 3-5 SEC) were ranked as high as 7th in the polls this season.
“Hopefully we can go out there, put on a good performance, play extremely well, and give ourselves a chance to win,” said head coach Jeff Brohm. “I know we’re excited to get back to work here and prepare for our opponent.”
One week ago, after a Bucket Game win, Purdue knew they’d be playing in a bowl game, but the status of Brohm was a bit more up in the air. After a few days of courting from his alma mater Louisville, Brohm decided to return to West Lafayette.
His players weren’t surprised.
“One of my friends called me and was like, ‘You know Coach Brohm is staying, right?'”, said senior running back D.J Knox. “I was like, ‘Yeah bro. I had no doubt in my mind. Come on, man.'”
“We’re obviously excited (to have him back as head coach),” said senior quarterback David Blough. “Where Purdue has gone in the last two years and what Coach Brohm has in store for the future, for all the guys, it’s a big deal for us.”
“Without question there were things to it that made it extremely hard,” added Brohm. “I did what I did, I think you guys know, for all the right reasons, and I’m excited to move forward.”
Now with back to back years finishing in bowl games, this Boiler senior class is proud of the progress they’ve seen in this program.
“It’s gratifiying. It just speaks to all the work these guys up here put in, the coaching staff too, our teammates, how much work everybody’s put in,” said Knox.
“That’s something Purdue can build on moving forward,” said Blough. “It should excite the community, the recruits, everybody involved in getting Purdue to where it can be.”
The Boilermakers will kick off against Auburn in the Music City Bowl on Friday, December 28 at 1:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast by ESPN.