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Dec. 24, 2017

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Foster Farms Bowl Tickets

SAN FRANCISCO - The smile on the face of D.J. Knox says it all.

The Purdue junior running back is thoroughly enjoying his journey to the Foster Farms Bowl, which he aptly described as a combination of "team vacation and business trip."

On Sunday, the Boilermakers played the dual roles of sightseers and workers.

First up was the 1.25-mile ferry ride from Pier 31 at Fisherman's Wharf to Alcatraz Island, site of the infamous federal prison from 1934 to 1963, which held some of the most disreputable criminals in United States history.

"It was a creepy feeling, walking into the cells and hearing about the inmates and the history," said Knox, who is visiting the Bay Area for the first time. "It was very interesting but spooky."

The excursion also featured a chance encounter with actress Diane Keaton.

Following their escape, rather return, from Alcatraz, during which head coach Jeff Brohm and his son, Brady, had the opportunity to captain the vessel, the Boilermakers headed to Laney College in Oakland for a 75-minute practice.

Make no mistake, the Boilermakers (6-6) want to win their bowl game against Arizona.

"A 7-6 record sounds a whole lot better than 6-7," junior center Kirk Barron said. "To have a winning record, which hasn't happened at Purdue in a long time, would put an exclamation point on our season for the seniors and also be huge for the program going into next year."

Knox echoed those sentiments.

"We want to end this season on the right note, and are focused on taking that next step to build something in this program," he said. "We are having fun out here, but we know we are here to win a game and bring a bowl trophy back to Purdue."

The team wrapped up the day's activities with a cable car ride to Players Sports Grille & Arcade at Pier 39 for dinner and games.

On Christmas, the Boilermakers will arise early for morning practice at Laney College. Afterwards, players, support staff and family members will visit St. Anthony's Dining Room to serve a meal to San Franciscans in need. The Foster Farms Bowl platform is to support the community's ongoing fight against hunger.

The entire traveling party, numbering around 275, will enjoy Christmas dinner aboard the San Francisco Spirit, a sleek luxury yacht. The group will be treated to a two-hour cruise on the San Francisco Bay.

The Foster Farms Bowl is Dec. 27 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised by FOX.


* Jeff Brohm is one of 13 first-year head coaches in the country to take his new team to a bowl game this season.

* The Foster Farms Bowl will mark the ninth game Purdue has played in the state of California, including the 1967 and 2001 Rose Bowl.

* Purdue has one player from the state of Arizona. Redshirt offensive lineman Tanner Hawthorne hails from Glendale and attended Centennial High School in Peoria.



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