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Following a meltdown loss in their opening game last week, the Purdue football team returned home to Ross-Ade Stadium Saturday and registered not just a win, but the highest reported attendance for an opening game since 2008.

Just more than 50,000 people saw the Boilers beat Vanderbilt 42-24, though the game still left unanswered questions for Coach Jeff Brohm's team, primarily in the rushing game.

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Tyler Trent, a Purdue University student who died from a rare form of bone cancer in January, will be honored with a memorial at Ross-Ade Stadium. Trent became known nationally for his devotion to the Boilermakers football team.  

Purdue President Mitch Daniels says the current student entrance to Ross-Ade, where Trent was first discovered camping out before a game by Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm, will become known as the Tyler Trent Memorial Gate.

“And to build an arch over it, which will honor his memory forever,” Daniels says.

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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.

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Purdue head football coach Jeff Brohm has decided to stay in West Lafayette. Brohm, who'd been rumored as the top pick to fill the coaching vacancy at his alma mater, the University of Louisville, quashed those stories Wednesday by announcing he'd remain at the helm of Purdue's program. Brohm's teams have reached a bowl game each of his first two seasons, but he's still just 13-and-12 as the Boilermakers' coach.

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While he was governor, Mitch Daniels talked a lot about reversing Indiana’s worrying “brain drain” trend. A dismal number of Hoosiers complete college, and many who do venture outside the state to make their way in the world. But now Purdue’s President has a plan for “brain gain.” We ask him about it on this month’s edition of WBAA’s Monthly Conversation with Mitch Daniels.

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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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Just how badly has the 2018 season started for the Purdue football team?

In their first three games, the Boilermakers have been outscored by a total of eight points.  They're 0-3.

The last two of those losses have come on field goals tried in the final five or fewer seconds of the 4th quarter.

And even Northwestern found a way to add insult to Purdue's season Saturday. Two weeks after a season-opening win over the Boilermakers, the Wildcats became the first Big Ten Conference team since 1894 to lose to Akron.

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The same guy who threw a bowl game-saving touchdown on the final drive of last season started the 2018 season opener for the Purdue football team. But he was not the guy who finished the game for the Boilermakers.

Elijah Sindelar threw three first half interceptions, two on head-shaking mental mistakes, Northwestern talled 21 points off of those turnovers, and the Boilermakers couldn't recover as a rare season-opening Big Ten game went to the Wildcats 31-27 Thursday night at Ross-Ade Stadium.

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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.

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