El Paso, Texas (December 3, 2002) — Purdue University accepted an invitation today to compete in the 2002 Wells Fargo Sun Bowl. The Boilermakers, who finished the season 6-6 (4-4, Big Ten), will face a to-be-determined Pac-10 team in the 69th Annual Wells Fargo Sun Bowl Tuesday, Dec. 31.
“Purdue University created a tremendous amount of excitement in El Paso last year, and we don’t expect anything different this year,” said John Folmer, Sun Bowl Football Committee Chairman. “Head coach Joe Tiller brings an exciting brand of high-scoring football that will match up perfectly with anyone from the Pac-10. We hope that anyone who missed out on the opportunity to join Purdue at the Sun Bowl last year will be sure to make the trip to El Paso this year.”
The 2002 Wells Fargo Sun Bowl will mark Purdue’s sixth bowl trip in six years under head coach Joe Tiller. The Boilermakers are first in the Big Ten and seventh in the country in total offense (456.6 ypg). Purdue will be making its second Sun Bowl appearance. The Boilermakers lost to Washington State 33-27 in last year’s game.
In last year’s game, Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton set Sun Bowl individual records for pass attempts (74), completions (38) and most net yards passing (419). All three records (75 pass attempts as a team) are also Sun Bowl team records. Orton and wide receiver Taylor Stubblefield hooked up for the second-longest non-scoring pass play in Sun Bowl history (65 yards). Stubblefield set a Sun Bowl record for most receiving yards (196) and tied the record for most touchdown passes caught (2). Purdue wide receiver John Standeford and tight end Tim Stratton both set the Sun Bowl record for most passes caught (12).
Kickoff is at 12:15 p.m. (MST). CBS Sports will broadcast the game for the 35th consecutive year.
Ticket prices are $12, $18, $25, $35, $45 and $55. Tickets can be purchased at the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416 or 800-915-BOWL), online at www.sunbowl.org or at local TicketMaster outlets.
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