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Sunday, December 03, 2017 9:20 pm

Purdue playing Arizona in Foster Farms Bowl

BEN VESSA | For The Journal Gazette

The Purdue football team will be playing Arizona in the Foster Farms Bowl on Dec. 27, it was announced on Sunday. 

“We’re definitely excited to be accepted to the Foster Farms Bowl,” coach Jeff Brohm said. “It’s something our players and our staff have worked extremely hard for.”

The Boilermakers finished the season 6-6 and earned a trip to Santa Clara, California, a place Brohm is very familiar with, having played quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers for three seasons.

“It’s kind of where I really learned some of the game at the highest level,” Brohm said.

It is the first bowl appearance for the Boilermakers since 2013 when they lost to OklahomaState in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. 

“Since we’ve been here as seniors, we haven’t gone to a bowl, so it’s more than excitement,” senior defensive end Gelen Robinson said. “We’re just looking to make this a season that we can pass down to our underclassmen and have them build off of it.”

Arizona comes in 7-5.  The defense will be tested with the spread offense of Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez. The Wildcats average more than 41 points per game and are led by their dual-threat, sophomore quarterback Khalil Tate, who has accounted for 21 touchdowns. 

“I know they have a tremendously talented, athletic quarterback, so were going to have to be able to contain him and not allow him to single-handedly beat us,” Brohm said. 

Brohm compared Tate to Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner who the Boilermakers faced in their season opener.

Both Brohm and his players want to enjoy the experience, but realize that their main focus is to find a way to win.

“You always want to win the last one," Linebacker Danny Ezechukwu said. "It would mean everything for us to go out there and win it and bring a bowl championship back here to PurdueUniversity.”

The game will be televised on Fox at 8:30 PM.