What a night! Purdue was great, then in trouble, then losing, then Elijah Sindelar (playing on a torn ACL) and Anthony Mahoungou (playing with an injured shoulder) became Purdue legends with their 38-yard touchdown connection for the win. There are so many comparisons to the 1998 Alamo Bowl that it feels like the same game, only 19 years apart.
We’ll have a deeper breakdown of things later today, but for now, we have one last In Tweets for the year:
20 minutes to kickoff: the bands might double the number of people in the stands when pregame concert is over pic.twitter.com/75GWrYTgwB— Paul Branham (@BoilerPaulie) December 28, 2017
Vaya con dios to my @HammerAndRails homies in the Yet Another Big Chicken Corporation Has Naming Rights Bowl tonight! @Air_Force_Juan @JustTMill @cryan26onHandR @Holmes_y_Rails pic.twitter.com/Cqa2BItNJT— Paul M. Banks ❄️ (@PaulMBanks) December 28, 2017
Touchdown Purdue. Elijah Sindelar hits Gregory Phillips. The play is under further review. This is a tough call because the New England Patriots aren't involved, so you can't easily role in their favor like usually happens.— Mike DeFabo (@MikeDeFabo) December 28, 2017
This Arizona game has featured two touchdowns because college doesn’t have that survive the ground crap and it’s lovely— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) December 28, 2017
Joe Schopper is a great passer *and* flopper. Let's be honest.— Boiled Sports (@BoiledSports) December 28, 2017
He kicks, he passes, he acts. He's a Renaissance Man.— Dustin Blythe (@Dustin_Blythe) December 28, 2017
Purdue's offense is all kinds of fun to watch tonight. It's been a long time since I could write that sentence.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 28, 2017
This means we get Bama right? Is that how the playoff works? Asking for a friend. #BoilerUp— finchmachine (@finchmachine) December 28, 2017
Oh Purdue you sneaky bastards— BUM CHILLUPS (@edsbs) December 28, 2017
The fake knell-down by Purdue was spectacular! Never have seen that. Maybe they can steal a FG out of this.— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) December 28, 2017
purdue ran a fake kneeldown up two touchdowns— crimson quarry (@crimsonquarry) December 28, 2017
i’m in hell
Here's a post I wrote called "How to Hide A Football Player." Jeff Brohm is taking it to new levels. https://t.co/Uj1kqxbDf8— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) December 28, 2017
Let’s be honest, the fake kneel is a real jerk play, but you call it when the defense is being disrespectful and not playing to the whistle. Make them pay.— Teddy Huff (@thuff) December 28, 2017
An underrated element of Purdue's renaissance under Jeff Brohm. The trick plays are fun, but the defense is so much better under Holt. Has done phenomenal job. https://t.co/E5DQQf3xjd— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 28, 2017
this is in French and also about the incredible Mahoungou catch so i'm assuming all French people are now loyal Purdue fans, welcome aboard https://t.co/1UtEYx4WUd— Aneesh Ramaswamy (@aneeshswamy) December 28, 2017
Mahoungou confirmed Boilermaker legend https://t.co/JOhy8ETmSe— Crosby Wright (@CWright1001) December 28, 2017
Jeff Brohm - best 1st-year coaching turnaround in the Big Ten since.......— Dave Revsine (@BTNDaveRevsine) December 28, 2017
I'd submit Joe Tiller in '97 at Purdue as a good starting point.
In December 2016, I thought Fleck would have been a better choice that Brohm.— Juan (@Air_Force_Juan) December 28, 2017
After the Nebraska game, I thought Purdue would only win 1 more game.
5 minutes ago, I thought Purdue lost this game.
Point is: I don't know why @HammerAndRails pays me to write about football.