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Latest Little Caesars Pizza Bowl News

Dienhart: Little Caesars Bowl Reaction

Purdue got the Big Ten off to a good start in the conference’s first of a record 10 bowl games, holding off Western Michigan 37-32 in the Little Caesars Bowl on Tuesday. The win marked Purdue’s first bowl win under Danny Hope and its first since winning the 2007 Motor City Bowl. See what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart learned from the Little Caesars Bowl and check out our entire bowl schedule. Final: Purdue 37, Western Michigan 32 AP RECAP My pick: Purdue 31, Western Michigan 29 WHAT I LEARNED 1. Purdue didn’t miss RB Ralph Bolden. The team’s leading

Photos: 2011 Little Caesars Bowl

We’re collecting the best photos from all of the Big Ten’s record 10 bowl games this season. See our photo gallery from Purdue’s win over Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Bowl in this post. All pictures are courtesy of US Presswire.

Purdue's Danny Hope

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. Read the full AP recap, see the box score, check out our photo gallery, get Tom Dienhart’s reaction and view our bowl schedule. Check out our

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. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart breaks down the game, gives his keys and offers his prediction for this bowl game. He’ll be doing this for all ten Big Ten bowl games and we’ll roll out the previews in the coming days. See it all in this post. Also, view our entire 2011-12 bowl schedule for

Purdue extends Hope's contract by 2 years

Purdue announced that coach Danny Hope has been given a two-year contract extension, pushing his deal through Dec. 31, 2016. Hope’s deal had three years remaining on it. ‘Returning to postseason play is something we thought would happen last year, but the unbelievable and unprecedented number of injuries set us back,” Purdue A.D. Morgan Burke said in a release. ‘The 2011 team fought its way back to the bowl scene by winning two of its final three games.” The extension isn’t a shock, as Burke publicly supported Hope earlier this month and indicated he was inclined to add years to

Nebraska's Bo Pelini

Dienhart: Nebraska looks to name new assistant

With Carl Pelini off to replace Howard Schnellenberger as Florida Atlantic coach, Nebraska will need a new defensive coordinator. Pelini, the brother of Husker head coach Bo, won’t coach with the 9-3 Cornhuskers in the Capital One Bowl against South Carolina Former Arizona head coach Mike Stoops has been mentioned as a possible replacement. Stoops, who also has been mentioned as a possible member of Urban Meyer’s new Ohio State staff, and Cornhusker head coach Bo Pelini grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, and attended Cardinal Mooney High School. Nebraska beat Stoops’ Arizona team in the 2009 Holiday Bowl, 33-0. But

Dienhart: Ranking the Bowls, from 1-35

The Poulan-Weedeater Bowl is long gone, unfortunately. But there is no shortage of bowl action. To get you ready for a holiday feast of 35 bowls, following is a ranking of the bowls from best to worst. With so many postseason games, you have to choose wisely with time at a minimum during this busy time of year. 1. All State BCS Title Game, Jan. 9: LSU vs. Alabama. It’s time to stop the criticism and embrace this for what it is—a matchup between the two best teams in America. And that’s exactly what the BCS formula is supposed to

Michigan's Brady Hoke

Dienhart: Quick Look at Big Ten Bowl Matchups

The Big Ten is bursting with bowl teams, as a record 10 schools are headed to the postseason. The Big Ten has two teams in the BCS for the seventh season in a row. And its 10 bowl eligible teams are the most since 2007. The conference will be looking for a better performance this year. Last season, the Big Ten started 2-0 in the postseason—then went 0-5 on New Year’s Day before Ohio State beat Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl, a victory that later was erased by OSU as part of NCAA sanctions. View the entire 2011-12 bowl schedule