Losing a rivalry game is never easy to live with. It’s a loss players have to live with for a calendar year before getting another shot to get back on the right side of the series. For Indiana quarterback Peyton Ramsey, the last two losses to Purdue have stung.
In both cases, it wasn’t just about losing to a rival, it was letting a chance to reach a bowl game slip through the fingers. And you better believe Ramsey is wanting to get a little revenge on the Boilermakers this year.
No postseason appearance is on the line this season, as Indiana has secured a bowl berth with a 7-4 record and Purdue was eliminated last Saturday in a loss to Wisconsin, falling to 4-7. Still, Ramsey is focusing on getting the Old Oaken Bucket back to Bloomington.
“It hurt last year for sure, just because of everything that was at stake,” Ramsey said, according to Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star. “There was probably a little bit extra added to that game.”
Each of the previous two seasons, both Purdue and Indiana entered the game with a 5-6 record. The winner not only won the Old Oaken Bucket, but earned a trip to the postseason.
The Boilermakers were 2-0 in those games.
Ramsey, as well as the rest of the Hoosiers, are looking to change things a bit this year. And, just so nobody in Bloomington forgets, there’s a constant reminder of just how important this in-state bout is every season.
“It’s posted all over the building: What have you done today to beat Purdue?” Ramsey said.
Purdue and Indiana kick things off at noon ET on Saturday, with the game airing on ESPN2.