On Saturday, the Purdue Boilermakers, who are playing Northwestern, will be wearing a uniform that is a throwback to 2000 and the 20th anniversary of the Purdue team that made it to the Rose Bowl, according to Saturdaytradition.com
Perhaps the most famous member of the Purdue team that year was current New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. In its fourth year under head coach Joe Tiller and led by Brees, Purdue captured the Big Ten crown that year for the first time since 1967, according to saturdaytradition.com, a website covering Big Ten football with news and analysis on all 14 Big Ten schools.
The key wins for the Boilermakers that year came on the road against Michigan and Northwestern along with a big home win against Ohio State. Despite two conference losses, Purdue won the tiebreaker and earned the berth in the Rose Bowl.
The Boilermakers ultimately lost that New Year’s Day to Washington Huskies in the bowl, but are fondly remembered by the Purdue fan base.
With this being the 20th anniversary, it’s a perfect chance to honor this 2000 team.
It also may have fans wondering if this Purdue crew, off to a 2-0 start, could be the first team to win a Big Ten crown since that 2000 squad.