1967 Rose Bowl
(Purdue 14 - USC 13)
Purdue capped its first nine-win season with a hard-fought 14-13 victory over USC. A pair of touchdowns by fullback Perry Williams and a last-second interception of an attempted two-point conversion by defensive back George Catavolos secured the victory for the Boilermakers. Purdue finished the season 9-2 and tied for 1st place in the Big Ten.
1978 Peach Bowl
(Purdue 41 - Georgia Tech 21)
Quarterback Mark Herrmann threw for two touchdowns and rushed for one more in a convincing 41-21 victory over Georgia Tech. Purdue's defense forced two first-half turnovers en route to a 34-7 halftime lead. The Boilermakers finished the season with a 9-2-1 overall record and 3rd-place finish in the Big Ten.
1979 Bluebonnet Bowl
(Purdue 27 - Tennessee 22)
A last-minute 38-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mark Herrmann to tight end Dave Young gave the Boilermakers their third consecutive bowl victory in dramatic fashion. Purdue led 21-0 in the third quarter but fell behind 22-21, setting up the late-game heroics. The victory gave the Boilermakers their only 10-win season with a 10-2 record and a 2nd-place finish in the Big Ten.
1980 Liberty Bowl
(Purdue 28 - Missouri 25)
Purdue maintained its perfect bowl record with an upset victory over Missouri. Quarterback Mark Herrmann enjoyed a four-touchdown pass performance and won bowl offensive MVP honors for the third consecutive year. The Boilermakers held off a fourth-quarter Missouri rally to finish the season 9-3 and tied for 2nd place in the Big Ten.
1984 Peach Bowl
(Virginia 27 - Purdue 24)
Purdue held a 24-14 halftime lead, but Virginia scored the only points of the second half on a touchdown and two field goals to pull out the win. Quarterback Jim Everett passed for 253 yards and three touchdowns, but Purdue gained just 75 yards rushing and committed four turnovers in its first bowl loss. The Boilermakers finished the season 7-5 and tied for 2nd place in the Big Ten.
1997 Alamo Bowl
(Purdue 33 - Oklahoma State 20)
Quarterback Billy Dicken passed for 325 yards and Purdue scored three third-quarter touchdowns on the way to a 33-20 win over Oklahoma State. Dicken connected with wide receiver Chris Daniels for a 69-yard touchdown pass to give the Boilermakers a 30-13 lead. Purdue had 454 total yards while holding the Cowboys to 368 and forcing four turnovers. Purdue finished the season 9-3 and tied for 2nd place in the Big Ten.
1998 Alamo Bowl
(Purdue 37 - Kansas State 34)
Purdue drove 80 yards in 54 seconds to upset fourth-ranked Kansas State, 37-34, and capture its second straight Alamo Bowl championship. Quarterback Drew Brees connected with wide receiver Isaac Jones on a 24-yard pass with 30 seconds left for the winning touchdown. Brees threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns. Jones caught 11 passes for 98 yards. Purdue's defense recorded five sacks, and free safety Billy Gustin tied the Alamo Bowl record with two interceptions. Purdue finished the season 9-4 and tied for 4th place in the Big Ten.
2000 Outback Bowl
(Georgia 28 - Purdue 25, OT)
Georgia overcame a 25-0 deficit to defeat the Boilermakers in overtime, 28-25. Purdue scored on four of its first five possessions but couldn't hold off the Bulldogs' comeback. Georgia scored the tying touchdown with 1:19 left in the game on an 8-yard pass that was deflected by two Purdue defenders. Kicker Travis Dorsch missed a 43-yard field goal on the Boilermakers' first overtime possession, and Georgia answered with a 21-yard field goal to win the game. Purdue finished the season 7-5 and tied for 6th place in the Big Ten.
2001 Rose Bowl
(Washington 34 - Purdue 24)
Purdue's fourth-quarter comeback came up short as the Boilermakers fell to No. 4 Washington. Trailing 34-17 midway through the fourth quarter, the Boilermakers scored on a 42-yard dash by running back Sedrick Brown with 6:37 remaining. Less than two minutes later, Purdue was in scoring position again, but kicker Travis Dorsch's 42-yard field goal attempt hooked left. Washington took over and ran out the clock. Drew Brees threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns. The Boilermakers finished the season 8-4 and tied for 1st place in the Big Ten.
2001 Sun Bowl
(Washington State 33 - Purdue 27)
In another near miss, the Boilermakers mounted an impressive comeback that fell just short in a 33-27 loss to 13th-ranked Washington State. Trailing 33-20, Purdue scored with 1:53 left and recovered the ensuing onside kick at its own 49-yard line. But the potential game-winning drive stalled at the Washington State 22. Quarterback Kyle Orton completed 38 of 74 passes for 419 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions. The 74 attempts remain the most in NCAA bowl history. Purdue finished the season 6-6 and tied for 4th place in the Big Ten.
2002 Sun Bowl
(Purdue 34 - Washington 24)
The Boilermakers overcame a 17-0 deficit in the first quarter (in which they were held without a first down and to minus eight yards total offense) by scoring 34 unanswered points to beat Washington, 34-24, in a rematch of the 2000 Rose Bowl. After Joey Harris put Purdue ahead 24-17 courtesy of a 10-yard scoring run, Gilbert Gardner put the game away when he forced a fumble and returned it 19 yards for a touchdown. Kyle Orton completed 25 of 37 passes for 283 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions en route to being named the game's Most Valuable Player. Purdue finished the season 7-6 and tied for 5th place in the Big Ten.
2004 Capital One Bowl
(Georgia 34 - Purdue 27, OT)
In a rematch of the 2000 Outback Bowl, Purdue and Georgia reversed roles. This time, it was the Bulldogs who raced out to a big first-half lead, 24-0. But the Boilermakers stormed back with a 17-point fourth quarter, tying the game at 27 on a 44-yard field goal by Ben Jones with just 49 seconds remaining in regulation after Shaun Phillips forced a fumble that Niko Koutouvides recovered as Georgia was attempting to run out the clock. The Bulldogs scored first in overtime, however, and the Boilermakers were unable to answer with a score of their own. Kyle Orton suffered a dislocated thumb on his non-throwing hand and a sprained toe, but still completed 20 of 34 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for two scores. Purdue finished the season 9-4 and tied for 2nd place in the Big Ten.
2004 Sun Bowl
(Arizona State 27 - Purdue 23)
In a season full of gut-wrenching losses, the Boilermakers suffered another in the Sun Bowl, falling 27-23 to 21st-ranked Arizona State. Purdue took the lead 23-20 with 1:14 remaining on a 6-yard pass from Kyle Orton to Charles Davis, but the Sun Devils took the ensuing kickoff and marched 80 yards in four plays to score with game-winning touchdown with 43 seconds left. Purdue finished the season with five losses by a total of 14 points.
2006 Champs Sports Bowl
(Maryland 24 - Purdue 7)
In its return to postseason play, Purdue could not get on track offensively, dropping a 24-7 decision to Maryland. Maryland opened a 21-0 second-quarter lead before the Boilermakers scored their lone touchdown on a 12-yard pass from Curtis Painter to Greg Orton with 30 seconds to go before halftime. The Purdue defense limited the Terrapins to merely a third-quarter field goal the rest of the way. Painter completed 23 of 36 passes for 264 yards. He finished the season with 3,985 passing yards to break former Purdue All-American Drew Brees' Big Ten record of 3,983 yards, although Painter benefitted from playing one additional game.
2007 Motor City Bowl
(Purdue 51 - Central Michigan 48)
Chris Summers kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired to give Purdue an exhilarating 51-48 victory over Central Michigan. The Boilermakers rolled to a 34-13 halftime advantage before the Chippewas mounted a remarkable comeback that saw the game tied at 41 and 48. Curtis Painter set school records with 546 passing yards and 540 yards of total offense. The teams combined for 1,022 yards of total offense (Purdue 587 and Central Michigan 435).
2011 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
(Purdue 37 - Western Michigan 32)
Thanks to excellent defense and special teams play, the Boilermakers overcame an early turnover and powered to a 37-32 win over Western Michigan in a wild one. Purdue recovered two onside kicks and Raheem Mostert returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. Western Michigan had the ball and a chance to win the game in the last two minutes, but their 7th turnover of the day — including two interceptions and a forced fumble by team co-captain Gerald Gooden — dashed the Broncos’ chances and gave Purdue the victory and seventh win of the season.