The Music City Bowl – Boilers play sad song for volunteers
What a game.
I’m posting a little late, but with yesterday’s vacation 9 month old crawling everywhere had to wait a day.
And that’s okay – looking back almost 48 hours later is fun.
Purdue, who beat his two All-Americans in David Bell and George Karlaftis, put on a courageous performance in overtime, with the help of coach Josh Heupel.
Yes, going down GK and DB wasn’t enough though. Add Dedrick Mackey, Milton Wright, Greg Long and Branson Deen – the depth took a hit.
Then, the accumulation of injuries as the match progressed, it had been over a month since Purdue had played, and the cramps were evident, as well as timely drops to stop the offensive. ‘UT, hey, don’t hate the gamer, hate the game.
But, that gritty Purdue squad pulled him out, at the foot of transfer kicker Mitchell Fineran, after the BOILERS STOP FORWARD advanced over the yard line, at 4th base. The 2nd time in OT that Heupel decided to go for it, rather than take the 3.
Down from 21 to 7, fast, there were plenty of tweets, comparing this game to the Auburn Music City Bowl a few years ago. But that wasn’t the case, we shot each other in the foot once or twice, not scoring a touchdown in the red zone, an interception here and there, but by halftime we were back.
Taking the lead 23-21, after not allowing any points in the second quarter.
From what was 55,000 fans for UT to 15,000,000 fans for Purdue, that bowl game just seemed to mean MORE.
Now don’t get me wrong, I HATE the cliché that bowls don’t matter.
Want to know what matters?
End the season with a W.
Young players get an extra month of training with some of the best coaches in the world.
Improve the draft supply for players on the NFL sidelines, like DeMarcus Mitchell, Greg Long, Tyler Witt, Zander Horvath, etc.
How many non-BFC playoff bowling games have been sold?
The answer is no and the UT base made it personal, like verbal attacks on our member of the All-American March marching band.
But, I digress.
The 3rd quarter started quickly, with UT hitting fast, scoring less than 10 games.
But, Aidan O’Connell’s Boilermakers fought back, finding TJ Sheffield in the back of the end zone which would end his season with an ankle injury.
UT would end the quarter with a field goal taking the lead, 31-30 before the silver quarter.
It was then that the fireworks erupted, 29 points accumulated between the two teams, forced overtime.
While AOC had 3 interceptions, the man threw for what was the 3rd most yards in Purdue history in a game, he now has 2 of the top 5 in Purdue history.
While the 4th quarter took place in attack, it is also the quarter where UT HC committed laughable offenses.
From the 40 entries, with several waiting times remaining, this clown decided to fire deadly shots. Fade into the end zone on 2nd and 2, as well as 3rd and 2.
The quarterback hadn’t been great throwing him deep for most of the game it ended with two knockdowns, MIND YOU, he had multiple timeouts and an on-going attack averaging 7 YPC, the 56-yard attempt could easily have been in the 1940s. The 5th-year senior had 51 yards and was 12 of 16 that year, but few NFL kickers can do that.
Then, the rest is history, going there twice in overtime, stopping on 1 then the firecracker from Fineran to win for the Boilers.
In the story, it’s right up there with the Alamo Bowl victory, it was fun, exciting, it was BOWL season, it was really like a playoff game for both teams.
Broc Thompson went all out with David Bell, with over 200 yards. He had been a solid player for us all year, but with Bell and Wright coming out, all of a sudden he was the No.1 guy.
TJ Sheffield has shown the slot will be his. Deion Burks and Collin Sullivan got the most PTs they’ve seen this year.
And it showed – AOC can do it without David Bell or Rondale Moore, we’ve got rising stars in the receiving group, transfers coming in, highly touted players coming back, and the fact is – AOC makes players around. him better.
Looking forward to more than the passing game.
In 2022, we get our QB back, every tight end, all wide receivers except David Bell, 3 of the 5 OL starters, 6 of the 8 defensive linemen who were in rotation this year, 5 of the 6 linebackers and all of them. except a defensive back.
2022 is brilliant, Purdue Football started off with a BANG.
Congratulations to coach Brohm, his staff and his players. Let’s roll.