If you thought that game winning TD pass from quarterback Elijah Sindelar to Anthony Mahoungou, to give Purdue a last minute 38-35 win over Arizona, during the Foster Farms Bowl on Wednesday night was incredible… you’re wrong.
It was unbelievable. Mostly because Sindelar did it with a torn ACL.
Yup and it turns out Sindelar—who went 33-for-53 for 396-yards and threw four touchdowns on his way to earning the offensive MVP—played the entire game—and the three before that—with that torn ACL in his left knee.
"For somebody to play almost four games with that, three and a half, that's amazing," head coach Jeff Brohm said. "I couldn't be prouder of his performance.”
When he first found out about the injury, Brohm planned to sit Sindelar, but the QB persuaded him to let him try to play.
"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."
Hey, why get it fixed considering that after he was injured in a loss to Northwestern on Nov. 11—which dropped the team to 4-6—Sindelar went on to lead the Boilermakers to wins over Iowa and Indiana to qualify for a bowl.
After that, I’m not sure if he should have his ACL repaired or bronzed.