Purdue still eyes New Year's Day Bowl

Originally Published: November 19, 2003
By Herb Gould | Special to
The Boilermakers' 16-13 overtime loss at Ohio State ended their bid for the Big Ten championship, which would have been theirs if they had beaten Ohio State and the Buckeyes had gone on to knock off Michigan. But the Boilermakers can solidify their position as the Big Ten's third most attractive bowl team by taking care of business this week against struggling Indiana. That could mean a trip to the Capital One Bowl in Orlando or the Outback Bowl in Tampa on Jan. 1 or the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio on Dec. 29.

  • This will be the Boilermakers' seventh straight bowl trip in Joe Tiller's seven season as Purdue coach. They followed up their 2000 Rose Bowl trip with Sun Bowl appearances the last two seasons. In 1997 and '98, Purdue went to the Alamo Bowl, then played in the Outback Bowl in 1999. They had only gone to five bowls before Tiller was hired.

    The only Big Ten team with a longer string of bowl appearances is Michigan, which has gone to a bowl every year since 1975, a staggering 29 consecutive years. After Purdue comes Ohio State, which will be making its fourth straight bowl apearance, and Iowa, which is headed to its third straight bowl.