ESPN's Chris Fowler has called a plethora of all-time classics. But just one game stands out among the rest. It was one special October night at Ross-Ade Stadium in 2018.
Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit were in town to call a Purdue home game against the Buckeyes of Ohio State. The stadium was joined by a special guest that night: Tyler Trent.
Trent, a well-known Purdue fan, died from a rare form of bone cancer in 2019. Before his passing, though, he was able to attend the Boilermakers' upset of a very good Ohio State team.
Fowler can't help but get emotional thinking about that special night.
"There's one other game Ryen, which was a regular season game which hardcores will remember: It's the Tyler Trent game at Purdue when Purdue upsets Ohio State. Buckeyes were a huge favorite. We were very dialed in on Tyler's story. Both Kirk (Herbstreit) and I knew him, knew his family, and man, I get emotional thinking about it.
"He shows up there at the game somehow. He was extremely - he was suffering big time. But they got him into the car, they got him to the press box. And he had the one wish, as he was fighting cancer and it was to see Purdue upset Ohio State - and for him to be there to see it. And it was just a magical night. Ohio State was much better, but Purdue couldn't lose. Rondale Moore was making plays, there were a lot of great touchdown calls there... I get very emotional thinking about that game because cancer has touched so many of our lives, mine included."
Here's a look at that special night when Tyler Trent came to town to watch his Boilermakers upset Ohio State.
An incredibly memorable night.
Unfortunately, Tyler Trent passed away at the beginning of 2019. However, his impact on the Purdue community will not soon be forgotten.