Jeff Brohm

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There have been all kinds of studies, write-ups, radio programs and blog posts about how we're all crazy to "feel" momentum in a sporting event.

Some pregame stills from the 2017 Foster Farms Bowl between Purdue and Arizona.

All photos by Stan Jastrzebski and copyright WBAA Public Radio.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

This will sound strange, but living in Indiana most of the last 20 years, I'm no stranger to earthquakes.

And yet, as I prepared to cover the Foster Farms Bowl here in Santa Clara, CA, I didn't even think of the possibility of temblors.

The law of averages says anything will happen that can. So, even though it took 93 tries, it was perhaps inevitable that Purdue and Indiana would, at some point, meet with both the Old Oaken Bucket and a possible bowl berth for only the game's winner on the line.

Purdue was the one to earn its bowl-qualifying sixth win of the season Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium by virtue of a 31-24 score. It's the first time the team has been bowl eligible since 2012, the final year of Danny Hope's tenure as coach.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Purdue’s football team has picked its next leader.

Jeff Brohm has been an assistant coach in the Big Ten before, serving as quarterbacks coach at Illinois for three seasons. He was also an assistant coach at his alma mater, Louisville, for five years and has been the head man at Western Kentucky for the last three seasons, including bowl appearances in each one.