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Jeff Brohm Says The Boilers' Ground Game is Key From Here On Out

The Boilermakers hots Minnesota at Ross-Ade Saturday, in their first game since the passing of former head coach Joe Tiller

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Purdue Boilermakers are back at it again this weekend after taking the previous week off. The Boilers will host the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette.

Head Coach Jeff Brohm says the Minnesota is a "ball control" team, which will give his defense all they can handle this weekend. He says as far as his offense is concerned, he is not seeing the progress he would like in developing the Boiler's passing game.

Brohm has been trading off snaps since the beginning of the season between junior veteran David Blough and sophomore greenhorn Elijah Sindelar at quarterback. Though he says both have shown promise, the Boilers will likely have to rely more on their ground game.

"We're gonna have to run the football," Brohm added. "I don't think we can rely on our passing game at this point to win us football games. We have to have balance and we have to be smart with it."

This means that a majority of the calls will go to the Boilers' young running back in Tario Fuller, who is sixth in the Big Ten right now in rushing having done so 43 times for 261 yards and two touchdowns.

This game will also be Purdue's first since the unfortunate passing of former Boilermaker head coach Joe Tiller. Tiller, who lead Purdue to a Big Ten Championship in 2001 before a subsequent loss to Washington State in the Rose Bowl that same year, died in Buffalo, Wyoming Saturday. Purdue's all-time winningest football coach was 74-years-old.

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