(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer One win has kept hope alive at Purdue.
Two more and the Boilermakers could go down as the nation's most improbable bowl-eligible team, with a roster of players and coaches who have routinely defied the odds.
''We're in a playoff situation,'' said sixth-year quarterback Robert Marve, who is playing with a torn ACL in his left knee. ''It just kind of hit me today, we can't lose a game right now.''
Actually, under new NCAA rules, if there aren't enough bowl-eligible teams to fill all the slots, the Boilermakers could still make it in at 5-7. But why try for the long shot when Purdue can still take care of things itself?
The Boilermakers understand what they're up against.
A year ago, they needed to win two of their last three regular-season games to snap a three-year bowl drought. They did.
Now if they can win these next two and finish the regular season on a three-game winning streak, they would likely make it bac...