A Runaway Train


The Purdue Boilermakers were 14-point underdogs on Saturday. Among them, individual stories hitched together one-by-one, like a runaway train of underdogs on track for one of the greatest sports stories of the year. It wasn’t just a win over the No. 2 team in the country, but a Boilermaker blowout (49-20) with a lot of emotion.


David Blough (quarterback)

A senior who lost his starting job, twice. He threw for 378 yards and three touchdowns.

Markus Bailey (linebacker)

A Columbus native who didn’t get an offer from Ohio State. He had 15 tackles and a pick-six in the 4th quarter.

D.J. Knox (running back)

A guy who only had three other offers coming out of high school, and none from a Power 5 conference. He ran for 170 yards and three touchdowns.

Jeff Brohm (head coach)

An assistant coach for 12 seasons before landing his first head coaching job at Western Kentucky in 2014. He inherited a Purdue program in 2017 that was 9-39 in its previous four seasons.

And of course…

Tyler Trent (Purdue student)

The Boilermakers’ superfan in a battle with bone cancer. Trent predicted the win and made the miracle trip to Ross-Ade Stadium. Purdue nation was all aboard the Trent train for Saturday’s game. Sports are special. A storyline right out of a movie...

Watch: Tom Rinaldi’s Tyler Trent feature on College Gameday

Justin Tangoctober2018