The Purdue football team will play in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, the school announced Sunday. The contest, against Oklahoma State, is at noon Jan. 1 at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas. It will be televised by ESPNU.
Purdue has a 6-6 record.
"I am happy for and proud of the 20 seniors on our team," Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke said in a statement. "When we were sitting 3-6, having lost five straight games, many people gave up on this group. But those seniors – and other leaders in the locker room – didn't quit and didn't let their teammates quit. Their backs were against the wall, and they worked extremely hard to win three straight games and earn the reward of postseason play.
"We are thrilled to be heading to Texas, where we have been multiple times for bowl games. Purdue has a lot of alums in the Lone Star State, including more than 13,000 within 250 miles of the Metroplex, so my hunch is there will be a lot of gold and black at the Cotton Bowl. Our goal is for the players and coaches to have a great trip and, obviously, to win the game."
Tickets for the Heart of Dallas Bowl are priced at $75 and can be ordered through the Purdue Athletic Ticket Office online at www.purduesports.com, by phone (765-494-3194 or 800-49-SPORT) or in-person from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The John Purdue Club and Purdue Alumni Association have partnered to create an Official Purdue Bowl Tour. For more information, go to http://purduebowltours.com/dallasbowl// or call the Bowl Tour hotline at 888-471-3032.