It started on a steady incline in nonconference play, with a small dip during a respectable loss at Notre Dame Stadium. The Boilers then went into a free-fall, dropping their first five Big Ten contests, four in blowout fashion (three at home). But the ride wasn’t over. Purdue wasn’t finished.
The Boilers needed to win their final three games to become bowl eligible, and, after some predictable bumps, they got there.
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