Purdue, Auburn meet for 1st time in Music City Bowl
Music City Bowl: Purdue (6-6) vs. Auburn (7-5) at Nashville, Tennessee, Friday, 1:30 p.m. EST (ESPN)
Line: Auburn by 3 1/2
Series Record: First meeting.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Purdue can win a second straight bowl game and finish with a winning record under coach Jeff Brohm. Auburn can notch a bowl victory for the Southeastern Conference, even if it's not the bowl the Tigers expected after playing for — and losing — the SEC title a year ago. Auburn has lost its last two bowl games.
Haskins, Bush receive top honors on AP All-Big Ten team
Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. is the offensive player of the year and Michigan linebacker Devin Bush is defensive player of the year on The Associated Press All-Big Ten Conference team released Wednesday.
Freshman receiver Rondale Moore of Purdue was voted newcomer of the year, and Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald was named coach of the year after leading the Wildcats to the Big Ten championship game for the first time.
Auburn matches up with Purdue in Music City Bowl
Auburn (7-5, Southeastern Conference) vs. Purdue (6-6, Big Ten), Dec. 28, 1:30 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee
Auburn: LB Deshaun Davis, 107 tackles, 14 tackles for loss.
Purdue: WR Rondale Moore, 103 catches for 1,164 yards and 12 touchdowns plus 18 carries for 203 yards and 1 touchdown.
Auburn: The Tigers were ranked as high as seventh early in the year but had a disappointing season that included a 3-5 conference record.
Boilermakers earn Bucket, bowl bid with 28-21 win at Indiana
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — David Blough and Rondale Moore executed Jeff Brohm's game plan perfectly Saturday.
Now after extending Purdue's season by another month, the dynamic duo must wait to see if they'll get another chance to work with their innovative head coach.
No. 2 Ohio State ties to stay unbeaten at Purdue
No. 2 Ohio State (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) at Purdue (3-3, 2-1), 7:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Line: Ohio State by 13½.
Series record: Ohio State leads 40-14-2.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
The Buckeyes are the Big Ten's last remaining unbeaten team and need a win to stay atop the Big Ten East and in the hunt for a playoff spot. Purdue has won three straight including an upset of then No. 23 Boston College, and a win Saturday would give second-year coach Jeff Brohm the biggest of his tenure.
Moore, Purdue hand No. 23 Boston College 1st loss, 30-13
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue coach Jeff Brohm wants losing to hurt his players so much it makes them angry.
After three straight close losses to start the season, the Boilermakers let off some steam on No. 23 Boston College.
Rondale Moore caught two touchdown passes and Purdue had four interceptions, beating the Eagles 30-13 on Saturday.
Boilermakers may have found receiving answer in Moore
Rondale Moore needed one half to show what a big deal the speedy little receiver could be for Purdue.
Now the true freshman from southern Indiana, who starred at coach Jeff Brohm's high school alma mater in Louisville, needs to prove his record-breaking debut was no fluke.