Purdue accepts Sun Bowl bid

Updated: November 23, 2004, 3:38 PM ET
Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue accepted a bid to the Sun Bowl on Tuesday, the third time in four years the Boilermakers will play in the New Year's Eve game.

Purdue (7-4, 4-4 Big Ten) will likely face either No. 18 Arizona State (8-2) or Oregon State (6-5) in the game in El Paso, Texas. The Boilermakers have gone to a bowl game in each of coach Joe Tiller's eight seasons.

Purdue began the season 5-0 and got as high as No. 5 in the AP poll before losing four straight games by a total of 10 points.

In their two previous trips to the Sun Bowl, the Boilermakers lost 33-27 to Washington State in 2001 and beat Washington 34-24 in 2002.

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