Purdue holds off W. Michigan, 37-32

(AP) Purdue recovered two onside kicks and Raheem Mostert returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown before halftime to give Purdue a big lead, and the Boilermakers held on to beat Western Michigan 37-32 Tuesday night in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. The Broncos had the ball with a chance to go ahead, but their comeback hopes ended when quarterback Alex Carder fumbled for his fifth turnover with just under 2 minutes left.

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Nine Big Ten products make NFL Pro Bowl

Nine Big Ten products were named to the NFL Pro Bowl on Tuesday, highlighted by quarterbacks Tom Brady (Michigan) and Drew Brees (Purdue). Brees, of course, broke Dan Marino’s 27-year-old record for passing yards in a season Monday night (read more about the record!). The other former Big Ten players joining the QB’s include: T Joe Thomas (Wisconsin), T Jake Long (Michigan), C Nick Mangold (Ohio State), G Marshal Yanda (Iowa), LB Tamba Hali (Penn State), G Carl Nicks (Nebraska) and DB Charles Woodson (Michigan). See the Pro Bowl rosters.

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Week 16 Big Ten NFL Stats

Week 16 of the NFL season is in the books, and Big Ten products compiled impressive numbers. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars perform. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus links to their NFL.com highlights. See Brent’s Week 16 winners in this post.

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Brees breaks NFL passing record

As a quarterback at Purdue, Drew Brees became the Boilermakers’ and the Big Ten Conference career leader in passing attempts (1,678), passing completions (1,026), passing yards (11,792), passing touchdowns (90) and total offense (12,692). On Monday night Brees added another record to his impressive resume: He broke Dan Marino’s 27-year-old single-season passing yard mark.

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Little Caesars Bowl Preview: Purdue vs. WMU

Purdue is headed to a bowl for the first time since the 2007 season, and just like that year it will be playing in Detroit. Danny Hope and the Boilermakers take on Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Bowl at 4:30 p.m. ET Dec. 27.

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