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.