Sunday, November 26, 2006

Hawaii Recap

Purdue lost a meaningless game last night at Aloha Stadium to the Warriors of Hawaii 42-35. Stats here and pics here. Early on it appeared as though Purdue would get blown off the island after falling behind 17-0 to end the first half. Purdue stormed back in the second half behind stellar play from Curtis Painter and turnovers forced by the defense. Purdue scored a touchdown on each of their first 5 possessions of the second half and took a 35-27 lead. In the end Purdue couldn't hang on as they couldn't stop Colt Brennan and the explosive Hawaii passing offense when it had to.

Purdue paid a heavy price for making the trip losing starting left tackle Mike Otto and starting right tackle Sean Sester to injury. Hopefully they can recover in time for the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando on Dec. 29.

The game looked a lot like a typical Purdue bowl game. Come out flat and get behind big in the first half, catch fire and take the lead in the second half, then run out of gas in the final minutes. The only things missing to make this a bowl game atmosphere were knowledgeable college football fans (sorry island savages) and a quality opponent (sorry Warriors). The above picture tells you all you need to know about how much this differed from a normal college football game.

The way the Hawaiian announcer, who had a lot of trouble with the English language, kept talking about earning respect you'd think they were playing Ohio State. Someone needs to inform the Hawaii faithful that Purdue didn't sniff the top 25 all season. Aloha Stadium is a helluva home field advantage with shirtless island savages banging drums and screaming nonsense, one can only wonder what would happen if they were forced to leave the islands and come to Ross-Ade. All in all, it was a great comeback effort by the Boilers in overcoming the early deficit and hostile environment.

3 comments:

J Money said...

I'd like to state here that I used the same picture over on our site but hadn't even seen you were using it here! Isn't that just a ridiculous picture? You want your program to be respected? Cut out shit like that.

And you make a huge point in your last paragraph -- what WOULD it be like if they had to come to Ross-Ade and enjoy an Indiana November? We'll never know since Purdue athletic department had the lack of sense to make this a home-and-home the way most other schools do with Hawaii.

Well-played, Morgan Burke, well-played.

Purdue Matt said...

That picture says it all. Hawaii Football is a circus. Something resembling a movie with island savages eating tourists.

Even though the game meant nothing, their players antics and classless fans will annoy me forever. I want revenge! They have NO IDEA what college football is all about.

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