Brohm Knows Bowls
Nov. 30, 2017

Purdue Bowl History

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - You likely won’t find “Home for the Holidays” on Jeff Brohm’s list of most-played songs this time of year.

While he is the quintessential family man, Brohm prefers being away from his house between late December and early January. More specifically, at a bowl game.

As a head coach, Brohm has led each of his four teams to a bowl game - his three Western Kentucky squads from 2014 to 2016 and now Purdue in his first season.

The Boilermakers, who will learn their bowl destination Sunday, won their last two games to finish with a 6-6 record and return to the bowl scene for the first time since 2012. They defeated Iowa 24-15 in Iowa City and Indiana 31-24 at Ross-Ade Stadium to recapture the Old Oaken Bucket.

Purdue clearly is the turnaround story of college football. Its six wins are only three fewer than the program totaled over the last four seasons. The Boilermakers tied for third place in the Big Ten Conference West Division, equally their best finish since the advent of division play in 2011.

For Brohm, whose hire by athletics director Mike Bobinski was universally lauded as the best in the nation last offseason, his first 12 months at Purdue have been nothing short of golden.

“You can see the smile on my face,” Brohm said after the Boilermakers defeated Indiana last Saturday. “It’s a great moment for our football team, for our university and for fans. I don’t know if have ever been more proud, for our team to fight through this season, find a way to finish strong and win enough games to go to a bowl game.”

Wherever the Boilermakers wind up – Nashville or New York; Santa Clara or Detroit – they will go with the mindset to the win the game.

Oh yeah, Brohm teams have won their three bowls - averaging 48.3 points per game: 2014 Bahamas Bowl (49-48 over Central Michigan), 2015 Miami Beach Bowl (45-35 over Miami, Fla.) and 2016 Boca Raton Bowl (51-31 over Memphis under interim head coach Nick Holt after Brohm had taken the Purdue job).

The Boilermakers will be playing in their 18th bowl game all-time and 12th in the last 20 seasons. They boast nine wins: 1967 Rose, 1978 Peach, 1979 Bluebonnet, 1980 Liberty, 1997 Alamo, 1998 Alamo, 2002 Sun, 2007 Motor City and 2011 Little Caesars Pizza.



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