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Purdue QB Elijah Sindelar Played Nearly 2 Months On Torn ACL

A general view of play between the Central Michigan Chippewas and the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium.

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - SEPTEMBER 20: A general view of play between the Central Michigan Chippewas and the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on September 20, 2008 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Elijah Sindelar led Purdue to a big bowl win on Wednesday night. After the game, head coach Jeff Brohm revealed that he did it on a torn ACL.

Unbeknownst to the public, Elijah Sindelar tore his ACL on November 11, during Purdue's 23-13 loss to Northwestern.

For most players, that would means a nearly-year long recovery. Sindelar went 3-1, including that Northwestern loss, with wins at Iowa, over Indiana, and on Wednesday, against Arizona in the Foster Farms Bowl. Last night he played perhaps his best game of the season, completing 33-of-53 throws for 396 yards and four touchdowns.

After the game, Brohm revealed Sindelar's injury. From the Journal & Courier:

Following Wednesday night’s thrilling 38-35 victory – where Sindelar threw the game-winning touchdown to Anthony Mahoungou with 1:44 to play to claim the Foster Farms Bowl – coach Jeff Brohm said the team’s starting quarterback suffered a torn ACL at Northwestern. Sindelar also tore the ACL in his left during high school.

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"It’s truly amazing,” Brohm said, standing outside the Boilermakers’ jubilant locker room following the come-from-behind victory inside Levi's Stadium. “For a college player to do that and play at that level, it’s more than impressive.”

Now, Sindelar is set to undergo surgery to repair the injury in the next few days, after leading the Boilermakers to their first bowl win since 2011. Hopefully, he can get ready in time for the 2018 season.

[Journal & Courier]