Motor City Bowl wrap up
DETROIT - What a game. What more can be said?
Both teams had great showings. Purdue showed remarkable resiliance in coming back after it looked like Central Michigan had completely regained all momentum when the Chippewas tied the game, and Central Michigan did the same in making its initial comeback.
Purdue had the weight of the Big Ten on its shoulders. It was one of the few conference teams favored to win in the bowl season, and it would have really set a negative tone for the rest of the Big Ten had it dropped the conference's first bowl game to a MAC team.
But as little-league-baseball-coach as this sounds, neither team truly has anything to be ashamed of. Both teams put on a great show in front of this record-setting crowd.
Now, onto my post-game awards:
Player of the game: Even though Dan LeFevour had a remarkable performance as a dual-threat quarterback, this has to go to Curtis Painter. The senior quarterback went out the best way he could, with a win, and in record-setting fashion for that matter.
Play of the game: This could be so many things, but I'll have to tap my hat at Chris Summers for his special teams heroics. A 40-yard field goal is never a chip shot, and when the game depends on it, it becomes even more difficult. So his game-winner wins the play of the game award.
All in all, a really great night of football. Thanks for reading, and enjoy the rest of bowl season.