OSU will be facing a Purdue team that finished 6-6 and fired coach Danny Hope on Nov. 25. Assistant Patrick Higgins will serve as interim coach in the bowl game. The Boilermakers rallied to get bowl eligible, finishing the regular season with three consecutive victories over Iowa, Illinois and Indiana.
The Cowboys have never played in the TicketCity/Heart of Dallas Bowl, a game that was established just two seasons ago. OSU has faced Purdue just once, a 33-20 loss in the 1997 Alamo Bowl.