Purdue Football: Flashback Friday

Purdue Boilermakers head coach Jeff Brohm yells at a player in the first quarter of a game against the Ohio Bobcats at Ross-Ade Stadium on September 8, 2017 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Jeff Brohm Effect

Good morning Purdue fans. Today is hopefully a little better than the previous couple of days. This week Purdue was more than likely a topic of discussion. If true, it was because of 1 of 2 situations. One very disappointing and the other not expected at all, but very exciting. Both of which have to do with the Jeff Brohm Effect. Lets take a look at last Saturday.

Review

Purdue scored 12 points and had 25 fist downs in a game where they had 474 total yards, while only allowing 217 yards and 8 first downs. The Boilermakers simply couldn’t convert on 3rd and 4th downs or put points on the board, resulting in a 14-12 loss. The Boilermakers lack of talent in the receiving room showed as there were several dropped passes. The run game had some success, but as we all know Brohm likes to air it out. He explained after the the game that his team took “2 steps back” as well as calling out his playmakers. The Purdue defense is playing at a very high level. When will the offense step up?

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Preview

Purdue is coming off of the most disappointing loss in recent years. The Boilers have lost a lot of games, so how is this different? Losing at Rutgers is not acceptable for a team competing in the Big Ten West division. It’s not acceptable for any team that wants to be relevant in power 5 conferences. At the end of my last article I asked the question of whether or not the Boilermakers are ready to be 9.5 point favorites, and you know the answer to that question. Can Brohm stick with his offensive game plan or will he have to change things up to be successful in year one?

Flashback

In week 9 of last year, the Boilermakers met their match against Penn State. The Nittany Lions broke a 7 road game losing streak in West Lafayette. This matchup was no contest as Penn State won 62-24. They also broke the record for most points scored in Ross-Ade since Ohio State put up 56 in 2013. The Boilermakers once again struggled to maintain the opposing offense. This was sort of a fire starter for Penn State as they scored at least 38 points in the rest of the games, ultimately losing to USC in the Rose Bowl. As for Purdue they couldn’t stop the bleeding on defense.

The Now

Wait, Purdue defense couldn’t keep them in games? Yes, odd to say since their are several familiar faces on this years defense. This defense is playing at an all time high, keeping Purdue in several games this year. Defense? Isn’t that what George Karlaftis plays? Yes, that exciting news I was talking about! Karlaftis is a 2019 4 star Defensive End who plays right in the Boilermakers back yard at West Lafayette. What is so special about a 4 star committing to Purdue?

George Karlaftis looks on while warming up for a Friday night matchup. (Photo courtesy of 247sports.com)

Karlaftis had offers from Alabama, Louisville, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, etc. You get the point. This is big time news for Purdue and Nick Holt’s rising defense. This just goes on to show what kind of effect Jeff Brohm and his staff are having. The Boilermakers are once again favorites this week as they play Nebraska at home. The lights will be on as it is a 7:30pm start time. Will the light show appear after a win? Or is the offense incapable of putting points on the board for another week?