Purdue, Hope must run the table to make bowl game

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Purdue is running out of time to save its season.

The Boilermakers have lost their first five Big Ten games and need to win out to become bowl-eligible. Purdue (3-6, 0-5) travels to Iowa on Saturday with its season on the line.

The Boilermakers said they were fired up after the previous week's 44-28 loss at Minnesota and expected a better performance last Saturday against Penn State.

Purdue grabbed an early lead against the Nittany Lions before falling apart and losing 34-9.

The Boilermakers went 3-1 in nonconference play, including a close loss to Notre Dame, but they have been outscored 189-86 in league games. Hope said the message to his players is that he still believes in them, but they need to get it together.

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