Purdue set to face Tennessee in B1G-SEC game
LAFAYETTE OUEST, Ind. – With its best season in 15 years, Purdue Football has accepted an invitation to play in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl. The Boilermakers (8-4, 6-3 B1G) will face the Tennessee Volunteers (7-5, 4-4 SEC) on December 30 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Kicks off at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Bowl offer marks 20th bowl game in Purdue history, third in five seasons under head coach Jeff Brohm. Purdue has an all-time bowling 10-9 record. The Boilermakers are making their second Music City Bowl appearance, having played in the 2018 version against Auburn.
âAfter the exceptional season of our football program, we are extremely proud and delighted that Coach Brohm and the Boilermakers are representing Purdue University at the TransPerfect Music City Bowl.â vice-president and sports director Mike Bobinski noted. âOur fans certainly know how special and unique Nashville is, and I’m sure we’ll have a sea of ââold gold and black all over town and inside Nissan Stadium on Thursday, December 30. the invitation and look forward to a great game against Tennessee. “
Purdue enters the bowl game with an 8-4 record, the most regular season wins since Joe Tiller’s team in 2006 had eight wins. The Boilermakers also went 6-3 in the Big Ten game to tie for second in the West Division, winning at least six conference games for the first time in 18 years.
âPlaying in a game like the Music City Bowl in the big city of Nashville is a reward for our team after the season we’ve had,â said the head coach. Jeff Brohm. âWe’re excited for the opportunity to compete, especially in an NFL stadium against a really good team from Tennessee. Our guys are looking forward to the challenge and we can’t wait to see our fans join us in the city of the music.”
The Boilermakers and the Volunteers have only met once in history, and the match also occurred during bowl season. For only the second time in the program, Purdue ended the 1979 campaign by beating Tennessee No.12 27-22 at the Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston, TX. Jim Young’s Boilermakers finished the season 10-2, the most wins in school history.
Purdue’s success in 2021 can be attributed to all three phases. The passing offense is one of the best in the country, ranking eighth in the country (340.4 yards per game) and second in the Big Ten. Boilermaker’s defense allows just 20.4 points per game (23rd nationally) and has maintained four single-digit opponents for the first time since 1978. For special teams, Mitchell fineran is just one of three Purdue kickers in history to score at least 20 field goals in a season, converting 80% of his attempts to place fourth in the conference.
Fourteen Boilermakers earned All-Big Ten recognition, led by Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year David Bell in attack and honored teammate of the first team George karlaftis on the defensive side of the ball. Bell, also a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award (top receiver in college football), leads the Big Ten in catches per game (8.5) and yards per game (116.9), ranking second and fourth in the nation, respectively. All-Big Ten second quarterback Aidan O’Connell, the first Purdue QB to be named to one of the first two All-Big Ten teams since Kyle Orton (2004), is one of the nation’s most accurate passer. The fifth-year senior completes 73.5% of his passes to lead the Big Ten and place third nationally, currently able to set a conference record.
TICKET AND TRAVEL INFORMATION
Tickets to see the Boilermakers in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl are on sale now. John Purdue Club members and season ticket holders receive priority for bowling alley ticket allocations (based on JPC priority points). In the event that a ticket purchaser does not meet the priority allocation threshold for the price level purchased, the difference in the price level for the allocated seat will be refunded. JPC members also have access to exclusive travel opportunities. You can find tailgating information and other bowl movement information at purduefantravel.com.