This is a first for the seniors on Purdue’s roster. Making a postseason appearance and playing after November is a new venture for the Boilermakers team.

Purdue earned a bid to the Foster Farms Bowl after finishing the 2017 season with a  6-6 record, the first time it has earned a postseason appearance since the 2012 season. That, itself, is a pretty incredible accomplishment after winning just nine games over the last four years.

But linebacker Danny Ezechukwu says that simply clinching a bowl berth isn’t good enough. Winning that game is at the front of his mind.

Ezechukwu was asked about Purdue’s bowl game and what it meant for him and fellow senior linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley. Bentley was unable to play in the Boilers’ final game against Indiana and wanted a crack at the field one final time.

“I told (Ja’Whaun) before the (Indiana) game started, ‘We’re gonna play one more,'” Ezechukwu said. “We felt like that wasn’t going to be our last game…We can get a little sentimental next game after we win.”

A win would push the Boilermakers to 7-6 and would be the first winning season for the program since 2011, when it also finished 7-6.

The Boilermakers will take on Arizona, which finished the year 7-5. Below is the full video of Ezechukwu talking about Purdue’s bowl game.