Elijah Sindelar undoubtedly earned his offensive MVP honors.
According to Purdue coach Jeff Brohm, the Boilermakers' quarterback played Wednesday's Foster Farms Bowl with a torn ACL in his left knee and still managed to lead his team to a 38-35 victory over Arizona.
"For somebody to play almost four games with that, three and a half, that's amazing," Brohm said, via ESPN. "I couldn't be A, prouder of his performance but to perform with that serious of an injury? How many people can do that? It's less than 1 percent."
Brohm initially wanted to sideline Sindelar after he was injured in a loss to Northwestern on Nov. 11, but the sophomore insisted on playing through the injury and even convinced his coach to give him a chance.
"My first thing was no," Brohm said. "There's no way he should play. I think he's had his knee operated on more than a few times. I thought if he can wear that brace and keep it stable and if he feels like he can go, we can give it a try. I was very leery at first, but Elijah wanted to do it. We went through our trainers and doctor. He was able to pull it off."
The Boilermakers rallied behind Sindelar, who tossed a 38-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Anthony Mahoungou after the Wildcats scored a touchdown with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.