The Purdue Boilermakers have had a roller coaster of a season that has ultimately cost head coach Danny Hope his job. The team started 2012 at 3-1 and things were looking bright. However, five straight losses followed and all of those were to conference opponents. Now sitting at 3-6, it looked like a major long shot for the Boilermakers to even make it to a bowl game. Purdue then won its final three contests to finish at 6-6 and earn a spot in The Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year’s Day.
Hope may have contributed to his own demise at the school. Coming into the season, he said that this Boilermaker team was the best he ever coached at Purdue, raising expectations to an all-time high. What followed, though, was a lot of inconsistent play and failure to win big games.
Despite the disappointing season, Purdue may be better than many people think and there were a few results that back up that point. They played the nation’s number one ranked team tough and it took the Notre Dame Fighting Irish a last-second field goal to defeat the Boilermakers. An overtime loss to the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes was also impressive and they probably should have come out on top in that contest, if not for a furious late Buckeye rally.
The Boilermakers will have to deal with a dangerous offensive team in the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Cowboys rank fourth in the nation with an average of 44.7 points per game, and seventh overall with 333.4 passing yards per game. The momentum may reside with Purdue though as the Cowboys are coming of back-to-back tight conference losses.
This will be a rematch of the 1997 Alamo Bowl, which Purdue won 33-20.
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