Motor City Bowl Bound
Boilermakers to square off against Central Michigan on Dec. 26.
Dec. 2, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue football team today accepted an invitation to play in the Motor City Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit on Wednesday, Dec. 26. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised by ESPN.
The Boilermakers (7-5, 3-5 Big Ten) will face the Central Michigan Chippewas from the Mid-American Conference. Central Michigan has an 8-5 overall record, including a 35-10 victory over Miami (Ohio) in the MAC Championship game at Ford Field on Saturday.
"After the way our regular season ended, our hope was to play one more game and make it our best game," said head coach Joe Tiller, who will take his 10th Purdue team to postseason play in 11 seasons. "We are excited to be involved in the bowl scene again against an extremely talented Central Michigan team. There is no question that these two teams know one another."
Purdue and Central Michigan met earlier this season, with the Boilermakers posting a 45-22 victory at Ross-Ade Stadium on Sept. 15. The teams are scheduled to meet again in West Lafayette on Sept. 13, 2008.
Purdue is one of 13 schools to play in a bowl game in at least 10 of the last 11 seasons. Six schools are 11 for 11. The Boilermakers will play in their 15th bowl game in school history.
The Motor City Bowl has been played since 1997 and is in its sixth year as a Big Ten tie-in. The conference, however, has played in the game just once previously, in 2003, when Northwestern lost to Bowling Green 28-24.
"We're very happy to welcome the Purdue Boilermakers to the Motor City Bowl," said Motor City Bowl Executive Director Ken Hoffman. "Purdue has a rich football tradition and is one of the Big Ten's perennial powers. This year, with the MAC Champion and a Big Ten opponent, we have the makings of one of the best matchups in our 11-year history. We expect to have one of the bowl's largest crowds, if not a new attendance record."
Tickets are priced at $45 and $60 each and can be ordered through the Purdue Athletic Ticket Office by phone (494-3194 or 800-49-SPORT) or on-line here.
For information on tickets, tour packages, apparel and merchandise, plus other information about the Motor City Bowl, fans can call (765) 496-6300 or (800) 927-4177.
Purdue Bowl Game History 1967 Rose Bowl USC W 14-13 1978 Peach Bowl Georgia Tech W 41-21 1979 Bluebonnet Bowl Tennessee W 27-22 1980 Liberty Bowl Missouri W 28-25 1984 Peach Bowl Virginia L 24-27 1997 Alamo Bowl #24 Oklahoma State W 33-20 1998 Alamo Bowl #4 Kansas State W 37-34 2000 Outback Bowl #21 Georgia L 25-28 (OT) 2001 Rose Bowl #4 Washington L 24-34 2001 Sun Bowl #13 Washington State L 27-33 2002 Sun Bowl Washington W 34-24 2004 Capital One Bowl #11 Georgia L 27-34 (OT) 2004 Sun Bowl #21 Arizona State L 23-27 2006 Champs Sports Maryland L 7-24
Motor City Bowl History 12/26/1997 Mississippi 34, Marshall 31 12/23/1998 Marshall 48, Louisville 29 12/27/1999 Marshall 21, Brigham Young 3 12/27/2000 Marshall 25, Cincinnati 14 12/29/2001 Toledo 23, Cincinnati 16 12/26/2002 Boston College 51, Toledo 25 12/26/2003 Bowling Green 28, Northwestern 24 12/27/2004 Connecticut 39, Toledo 10 12/26/2005 Memphis 38, Akron 31 12/26/2006 Central Michigan 31, Middle Tennessee 14