Casey Abbett

Sports Intern

Hi, my name is Casey Abbett and I am from LaCrosse Indiana. I am a freshman at Purdue University and planning to major in mass communications. I am a sports intern for WBAA.

The Purdue football team (6-6) plays Auburn (7-5) in this year's Music City Bowl at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN. Here are some photos from pregame warmups.

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Coming off a close loss to Notre Dame, the Purdue men's basketball team came home and played like they had something to prove against the Bobcats from Ohio. 

With the offense coming almost exclusively from Carsen Edwards vs the Irish, where he scored 40 points, an effort was made to get others involved early and often.

Thankfully for Purdue, senior guard Ryan Cline got himself out of a shooting funk that had plagued him for the past few games, in which he went only 2-19 from beyond the arc. 


Coming off a tough loss to Michigan last week, the Purdue men's basketball team bounced back by grinding out a hard-fought win, 62-60, in their Big Ten home opener Thursday against 23rd-ranked Maryland. 

Purdue's defense did force multiple shot clock violations down the stretch, but cold shooting on both ends of the court dominated the last few minutes of the game. Maryland did not make a field goal in the last 4:20 of the game and Purdue failed to hit one for the last 5:18.

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For the second year in a row (and only the second time ever) the Boilermakers and Hoosiers met at the end of their respective seasons with only the other standing in the way of a possible bowl berth (oh, and possession of the Old Oaken Bucket). And once again Purdue emerged victorious, winning 28-21. 

"With all this team has been through, our guys have continued to work hard no matter what was ahead or behind," Purdue Head Coach Jeff Brohm said after the game.

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All seniors want to end on a high note, to go out on top. But, needing a win to become bowl eligible, even a good performance from a senior and a freshman weren't enough Saturday, as Purdue's football team fell 47-44 to Wisconsin in triple overtime.

Fifth year quarterback David Bough had an exceptional performance in his final home game, going 31-48 passing for 386 yards and four touchdowns. He moved to third all-time in total completions in Purdue history, and had his team in position to win, up 27-13 with fewer than ten minutes to go in the game.

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Despite wind chills and snow flurries making Minneapolis feel like it was 11 degrees, the weather was not the only thing that was unbearable for the Purdue football team Saturday.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers made this day truly miserable for their visitors, clobbering them 41-10.

The Boilermaker offense came in averaging almost 500 yards of offense per game, but were held to 211 yards in total. David Blough had a head-shaking performance, throwing for only 142 yards on the day and a single touchdown.

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For a third time this season, a top-25 team traveled to West Lafayette to play football against the Purdue Boilermakers. And for a third time the visitors lost.

Number 19 Iowa was the latest to fall victim to this trend, though the Hawkeyes used a fourth quarter comeback to scare the home team before falling 38-36. The last time Purdue beat three ranked teams in one season was 2002.

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They say you are only as good as your last game. And if that were the case, many people would have assumed that Purdue would have been the favorite in Saturday's football matchup against Michigan State.

However, the team that thrashed then#2 Ohio State last week was a far cry from the team that took the field in East Lansing. Instead, the Boilermakers looked more like the team that started the year with three straight losses, and never led in a 23-13 letdown.

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On a crisp autumn night 60,000 freezing college football fans piled into Ross-Ade Stadium. 

Some were expecting a blowout.

A hopeful few wanted at least a shootout.

And on a brisk night, the shock of the temperature getting as low as 38 degrees (with a wind chill registering even lower thanks to 18 mile per hour winds) was little compared to the shock of the Purdue Boilermakers coming up with a 49-20 victory over one of the best teams in the nation. 

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The Purdue Boilermakers traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska Saturday to try to double their win total on the year. Their opponent, Nebraska, had not won a game since they beat the Boilermakers 25-24 last year.

The Cornhuskers did themselves no favors trying to secure their first win on the season. They are one of the most penalized teams in the country, averaging 10 a game. On this day they had 11 for 136 yards, many coming on crucial plays -- plays that ultimately made the difference in a 42-28 Purdue victory.