Purdue beat Tennessee in historic 93-point game at the Music City Bowl

The Boilermakers scored a field goal in overtime to defeat the Vols and cap off their best season since 2003.

NASHVILLE – Purdue arrived at Music City Bowl with few available hands and hit, especially at wide receiver position.

However, the Boilermakers they go home as winners after an exciting match that went into overtime.

Mitchell Fineran kicked a 39-yard field goal in overtime and Purdue finished their best season since 2003 by overcoming a 14-point deficit by beating Tennessee, 48-45 this Thursday in a Music City Bowl that broke records.

Aidan O’Connell of Purdue he threw for 534 yards and five touchdowns with three interceptions, but couldn’t account for the last five minutes of regulation time in which the teams combined to score four touchdowns, two each.

“That’s why you love the game, that’s why it brings you back,” O’Connell stated. “Nobody knows what is going to happen. It is not a movie or a television show where the actors try again. It seems like the world is watching and anything could happen.”

Purdue (9-4) equaled the second-most wins in program history and is just the 12th team in the 134 years of the Boilermakers to win nine games. They also won their fifth away game, something they had not accomplished since 1943.

Tennessee (7-6) missed the opportunity to make Josh Heupel the first head coach of the Volunteers to cap off their debut season with a bowl victory since Bill Battle won the 1971 Sugar Bowl. Vols they also snapped a four-game bowl win streak with a loss that leaves the Southeastern Conference 1-5 this bowl season.

The teams combined for 1,293 yards of total offense, the second-highest amount in bowl history, behind only Baylor and Washington’s 1,397 yards in the 2011 Alamo Bowl. Tennessee it became the 10th team in bowl history to make 100 or more plays, and the 185 combined plays are the seventh most.

The 93 points scored are a record in the 23-year history of the Music City Bowl.