They did it for Tyler Trent, but even the loyal Purdue fan could not have imagined such a dominant effort by the Boilermakers.
“Ohio’s State such a great football team,” Trent said on ESPN about a possible Buckeyes comeback. “They’ll always have a chance.”
But they didn’t come back and Purdue, with a 49-20 upset of the No. 2 team in the country, made Trent’s dream come true.
Saturday’s game wasn’t memorable just for the upset. It was also a game in honor of Trent, a Purdue student who has been diagnosed with bone cancer.
He had previously been diagnosed when he was 15 years old, before he was a Purdue student. Trent battled it once, but it returned after a brief remission two years ago.
The diagnosis this third time was terminal and Trent was unable to return to school.
update: I'm sad to say I will not be making it back to #Purdue. 💔 My health has taken a turn for the worse and the level of care I now need is too great. While I may not know how many days I have left, I'm trusting the one who does! #onlythestrong #boilerforlife #godsgotthis
— Tyler Trent (@theTylerTrent) September 29, 2018
The ultimate sports fan
His time as a Purdue student on campus may have been limited, but Trent made the most of it as one of the school’s most loyal sports fan.
There were campouts.
— Tyler Trent (@theTylerTrent) September 23, 2017
And support from the volleyball team who wore “TylerStrong” warmups before a game, according to the Journal and Courier.
That was followed by his game day experience on Saturday, complete with sideline seats, a walk onto the field and a win by his team.
— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) October 20, 2018
And of course, after the game, Trent could be found in the locker room celebrating with his team.
That winning locker room feeling… 🙌
— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) October 21, 2018
Boilermaker for life
Boilermakers from far and wide were supporting Trent. The fans at the game had a chant planned just for him. The Purdue Athletics department called for the chant earlier this week and the student section delivered.
CANCER SUCKS. #Purdue student section replacing the traditional IU sucks chant at kickoff with cancer sucks in honor of @theTylerTrent and others like him battling the disease. Pretty cool. #TylerStrong pic.twitter.com/D4GT5t0xLA
— Taylor Tannebaum (@TaylorTannebaum) October 20, 2018
They love him more than they hate rival IU, replacing their chant with a “Cancer Sucks” chant. He even received heartwarming messages from one of Purdue’s most famous alums:
Your school loves you too, @theTylerTrent We all feel your strength and are inspired by your will. You are special, and you make us all better. We are with you. Boilermaker4Life
— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) October 20, 2018
— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) October 21, 2018
As long as this win over No. 2 Ohio State will be remembered, Trent will be remembered as well. Boilermakers wouldn’t have it any other way.
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