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.

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Despite freezing tempratures and brisk winds, hundreds of members of the Purdue University community gathered outside Hovde Hall Wednesday night to pay tribute to Tyler Trent, a Purdue student who passed away from a rare form of bone cancer on January 1. He was just 20 years old.

"Tyler Trent became a symbol and insparation to eveyone in the Purdue family, and to millions elsewhere," Purdue President Mitch Daniels told the crowd.

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Before another season of Big Ten Basketball could continue in West Lafayette, the crowd at Mackey Arena Thursday paid tribute to Tyler Trent, a former Purdue student turned national sensation, who died earlier in the week from a rare form of bone cancer. A moment of silence was held prior to the start.

Once the game started there was not a quiet moment for the rest of the night. Both teams shot well, but Iowa allowing Purdue 13 points off turnovers in the first half helped the Boilermakers jump out to a 17-point halftime lead that they'd never fully relinquish.

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In their last home game of the calendar year, the Purdue men's basketball team hosted the Belmont Bruins, who sat at 9-1 overall and at the top of the Ohio Valley Conference.

A 14-3 run early in the first half opened up a lead for Purdue and they never looked back on their way to a 73-62 victory.

Belmont had major struggles in the first half putting the ball into the basket, shooting just 30-percent from the field. But the Bruins put together a 17-2 run late in the second half, using full court pressure which forced several turnovers and closing the deficit.

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Though two teams were selected to play in this year's Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee, for all intents and purposes, the Auburn Tigers were the only team to show up. 

From the opening drive where Auburn quarterback Jerrett Stidham completed a 66-yard pass for a touchdown, it was clear that Purdue was in for a long game.

Stidham carved up the Boilermaker secondary for five touchdowns and 373 yards -- and that was in just a single half of play. But that one half was an offensive outpouring college bowl games have never seen before.

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. 

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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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