Tuesday, January 01, 2002

Sun Bowl Final -- Washington State 33 Purdue 27

As I predicted, we got beat. I must say, however, that the Boilers made more of a game of it than I ever expected, with an exciting finish to boot. Joe Tiller has taken Purdue to a bowl game in each of his first five seasons after a bowl drought of ten years or so -- impressive. However, after winning the first two bowls (Alamo Bowls vs. Oklahoma State & Kansas State), we are 0-3 the last three years (loss to Georgia in the Outback, Washington in the Rose, and now Washington State in the Sun). The Boilers really need to get back to a New Year's Day bowl next year...and they need to bring back a "W"!

On an optimistic note for next year Kyle Orton looked promising the last three games of the season. He played pretty well in the Sun Bowl (38-74 for 419 yds 2 TD's, 4 INT's) considering the fact that he's a true freshman. He's definitely got the arm, the question is can he win (he's 0-3 so far).

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