Preparing for Auburn in Music City Bowl, Boilermakers find 'extra motivation'

Trent family attends Music City Bowl
Purdue Prepares for Bowl Game
Winning for Tyler Trent

​WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WTHR) - Of course, the regular season is over for the Purdue Boilermakers, but they have a huge game on the road in Nashville next week, the Music City Bowl.

They'll take on Auburn, and they're taking some extra motivation with them.

Going through their workouts, the Boilers have an extra bounce in their step. It's all about Purdue superfan Tyler Trent, the Carmel Purdue student who captured the nation's attention during his battle with cancer.

"Tyler exemplifies everything that a Boilermaker is, that one should strive to be," said Purdue quarterback David Blough. "He has really unified our entire community, so becoming friends with him and his family, close friends, I've gotten to see the inspiration that he truly is, how he lives, how he acts, and really how his whole family has handled a tough situation. They've given God the glory for it all, and it's been really special to be a part of."

Tyler predicted Purdue's big upset over Ohio State, one of the top sports stories of the year. And now, he's at it again. He met Monday with the players at his Carmel home.

"He called us out. He said now that he's got us all here, he said 'I need a win' and I said 'okay, we got you,'" said linebacker Marcus Bailey.

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UPDATE: Photos added December 26 show Tyler Trent and his family en route to the Music City Bowl aboard Colts owner Jim Irsay's private jet. (Photos: Tony Trent.)