Dec. 25 Photo Gallery / Purdue Bowl Central / Foster Farms Bowl
So blessed to give back to a community that has opened its arms to us for the @FosterFarmsBowl. Thank you @stanthonysf for allowing us to be a part of your day! 🎄🎁🎄Merry Christmas#BoilerUp #LetsPlayMoreFootball 🚂🏈 pic.twitter.com/IJIB0NjDh0
-- Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) December 25, 2017
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SAN FRANCISCO - Amid preparing for the Foster Farms Bowl and enjoying the sights of the City by the Bay, members of the Purdue football program took time to give back on Christmas morning.
Two contingents of players, coaches, support staff and family members of the traveling party visited St. Anthony's Dining Room to help serve about 1,500 holiday meals to San Franciscans in need. Also lending a hand was former Purdue player Raheem Mostert, now with the San Francisco 49ers.
"We are blessed to be given so much as student-athletes," junior quarterback David Blough said. "The opportunity to serve in the community is wonderful, especially to those less fortunate."
The Foster Farms Bowl platform is to support the community's ongoing fight against hunger, donating a meal to local hunger relief organizations for every ticket sold to the game. St. Anthony's annually serves nearly one million meals.
The Boilermakers had their final practice Monday morning, a 75-minute session at Laney College in Oakland.
"It was a great Christmas practice," senior defensive tackle Gelen Robinson said. "We got a chance to wake up early and be appreciative of the things we have, and I think we got some things done this morning. I've never been in this situation this late in December, and it's something I'm looking forward to, my last game."
To celebrate Christmas, the entire traveling party of approximately 275 enjoyed a dinner cruise aboard the San Francisco Spirit luxury yacht. Highlighting the two-hour voyage on San Francisco Bay was an up-close look at the Golden Gate Bridge.
On Tuesday, the Boilermakers will conduct a walk-thru and take a team photo at their downtown hotel before head coach Jeff Brohm and the team captains attend a pep rally at Justin Herman Plaza beginning at 11 a.m. PT. They will be joined by Purdue Pete and the cheerleaders, the Boilermaker Special and members of the "All-American" Marching Band.
The Boilermakers take on Arizona at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Wednesday. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised by FOX.
* Purdue ranks 19th in the country in scoring defense, allowing an average of 19.3 points per game, its best showing since the 2004 season (17.2 points). Arizona, meanwhile, is sixth nationally in scoring offense at 41.8 points per game. This season, the Boilermakers faced offenses ranked 10th (Missouri - 39.3), 13th (Louisville - 39.0) and 14th (Ohio - 38.9), and they limited those three to an average of 19.0 points per game.
* The Boilermakers had the greatest improvement in turnover margin of any team in the country from minus-17 last season to plus-3 this year.
* Some Purdue bowl game records: rushing yards (149 by Akeem Shavers vs. Western Michigan, 2011 Little Caesars Pizza); passing yards (546 by Curtis Painter vs. Central Michigan, 2007 Motor City); receiving yards (196 by Taylor Stubblefield vs. Washington State, 2001 Sun); and tackles (19 by Rod Woodson vs. Virginia, 1984 Peach). Travis Dorsch had both the longest field goal (51 yards) and longest punt (60 yards) against Washington State in the 2001 Sun Bowl.
First Christmas not being with my Family, but I'm blessed to be with my Brothers one last time on the gridiron... Merry Christmas to everyone and their families from the @BoilerFootball Family! 🎄🎄🎄
-- DeucePapí✌ R.A.I.S.E (@FYF_CEO) December 25, 2017