Foster Farms Bowl Preview: Purdue vs. Arizona

Just a little over one year ago on December 5th, 2016, Jeff Brohm was hired by Purdue to help guide the Football team in the right direction. You know how the tale ended with the Boilermakers finishing 6-6 after winning two straight including a big win over Indiana. The win not only brought the Old Oaken Bucket back to Purdue, it also secured a bowl game. That was a long month ago, but today is the day where Purdue will face Arizona in the Foster Farms Bowl.

Purdue comes into Wednesday night after a long but needed 31 days off after their last contest against Indiana on November 25th. Markell Jones who won multiple Player of the Week honors destroyed Indiana’s defense breaking loose for 217 yards on 31 carries with a long of 31 on the day. The game was no doubt a career one for the 5’11 junior from Columbus, Indiana who won the Big Ten and the Rose Bowl Big Ten Player of the Week immediately following. Anthony Mahoungou who had a beautiful 49-yard touchdown from Elijah Sindelar would also provide an excellent performance finishing with 2 receptions for 88-yards and that touchdown.

Arizona comes into the Foster Farms Bowl with a different tale over their final two games, and each time embarrassed themselves. The Wildcats fell to Oregon 48-28 in Week 12 and lost to Arizona State 42-30 in Week 13 to close out a shaky season. I know it’s kind of hard to call it a shaky season for a 7-5 team playing in a Bowl Game, but Arizona suffered some horrendous losses. Despite all the negativity, the Wildcats do have a sophomore quarterback Khalil Tate who was in Heisman discussions and obviously didn’t win. Tate finished with 1,289 yards and 9 touchdowns through the air, while being very productive on the ground with 1,353 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Noteworthy (Purdue Athletics)

* Purdue’s .529 winning percentage in bowl games (9-8 record) ranks second among Big Ten schools that have played in more than one. Penn State leads the way at .611 (11-7) as a conference member. Rutgers is 1-0.
* Junior running back Markell Jones ranks 13th in Purdue history with 1,971 career rushing yards. Senior defensive tackle Gelen Robinson ranks tied for 16th with 12.5 career sacks and 17th with 32.5 career tackles for loss.
* Junior tight end Cole Herdman has caught a pass in 28 consecutive games.

Wednesday night at 8:30 PM Eastern on Fox should be an incredible bowl game to watch, seeing two great football teams face off with each other in one of the bigger bowls in college football. It will be an old school ground and pound game with two fairly equals sides facing off with each other.

Published at 2:50 AM Eastern on December 27th, 2017.


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