The Purdue football team is heading to Texas for its final game of the season.
The Boilermakers will play Oklahoma State in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, January 1st.
Quarterback Robert Marve says the game is an opportunity for he and his fellow seniors to go out on a high note.
"Things got rough and the bad times were there for us this year and we haven't forgotten those times," said Marve. "It's fun to win football games. It's fine to go out and be IU by 21 points. That was a fun time. We want another experience like that. That's what we are looking for."
Purdue went six minutes in the second half against Xavier without scoring a point. That stretch allowed the Musketeers to turn a two point deficit into a six point lead and they were able to hold on for a 63-57 win in Mackey Arena.
"I think we had consistency as far as playing hard, in the first half. We out rebounded them and things like that. The ball just wasn't going in. It just came down to taking bad shots at bad times and that gave them points," said Terone Johnson. "Not being disciplined is why we lost today."
As the sun began to set on Ross-Ade Stadium, Saturday afternoon, Purdue head coach Danny Hope was perched atop some of his players’ shoulders while the rest of the Boilermakers were hoisting the Old Oaken Bucket for the second straight year.
“It was really a special moment. I never had that happen before,” said Hope.
Running back Akeem Shavers added, “It was one of those moments you see in a movie.”
Purdue’s 56-35 win over rival Indiana was a Hollywood ending, but whether or not a sequel is in the works remains a mystery.
Purdue needed a Terone Johnson buzzer beating three pointer to take a slim one point lead over UNC Wilmington heading into halftime. During the final 20 minutes, the Boilermakers dominated and cruised to a 66-40 win.
“We kind of talked about, early on, just doing what we were supposed to do and I don’t think we came out and actually did that,” said Johnson.
“In the second half we came out and got some defensive stops and got good post defense inside and also the guards played good defense. So, that led to points on offense.”