Purdue quarterback Elijah Sindelar had a game Wednesday night he likely won’t forget. Sindelar threw for 396 yards and 4 touchdowns — including the game-winner — as the Boilermakers edged Arizona 38-35 in the Foster Farms Bowl.
And he did that without one of his ACLs at full strength.
In fact, Sindelar played Purdue’s final four games with a torn ACL. And on Friday he had surgery to repair the ligament in his knee less than 48 hours after Purdue’s bowl victory. The Purdue Specialists Twitter account posted a photo of Sindelar in his hospital bed.
Purdue QB Elijah Sindelar undergoes ACL surgery
Coach Brohm: Let's take a knee.
Elijah: My knee doesn't work, Coach.
Coach: Oh, that's fine. We'll give it to @blockknox1 then.
— Purdue Specialists (@PUspecialists) December 29, 2017
Sindelar finished off the 2017 season with 2,099 yards, 18 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He was the Boilermakers’ primary quarterback after David Blough got hurt against Illinois on Nov. 4.
“For somebody to play almost four games with that, three and a half, that’s amazing,” Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said of Sindelar following the bowl win. “I couldn’t be prouder of his performance, but to perform with that serious of an injury? How many people can do that? Less than 1 percent.”