Brohm Hopes For Rebound In Purdue's Inaugural Meeting With Rutgers.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm admits that their game against Wisconsin was not one of their better games offensively. That's attested in a 17-9 loss to the Badgers in Madison over the weekend.
It was Elijah Sindelar that got the start and and has played the bulk of the minutes at quarterback this season, in an on going competition between he and junior veteran David Blough. With the season halfway over, Brohm continues to stay split on one quarterback or the other.
"I think we would like for one to take this thing over," Brohm says of the quarterback situation. "But right now, Elijah has played the bulk. I think he's done a decent job, in my opinion. David is still going to be in the mix."
Blough saw reps but did not attempt a pass in the Boilermaker's loss to Wisconsin as Sindelar went 13-of-29 for 155 yards and an interception.
Purdue has three wins countered by three losses at the midway point of the season and head right back out on the road this week to face Rutgers in New Jersey. It's the first ever meeting between the two programs. Since joining the Big Ten in 2014, the Scarlet Knights have faced every Big Ten school, with exception to Purdue and Northwestern.
"They've played some good football at times this year, without question," Brohm says giving respect to the Scarlet Knights. "They're going to try to take away the run. Even when they play a two safety look, they're going to press on the outside. I'm sure they're going to want to press even more now."
There is also a bit of a history between Jeff Brohm and the Scarlet Knights. Having been a quarterbacks coach at his alma mater, the University of Louisville, in 2006 when they were still a part of the old Big East Conference, the Cardinals fell to Rutgers, likely costing them a chance at the national championship that year.
"I still have nightmares about it. It did cost us that opportunity," Brohm reflects on the game. "The noise affected us in the second half. Really the 12th man, in my opinion, helped them come back and win the football game."
As he prepares for his personal rematch with Rutgers, another noticeable trait about this Purdue Boilermakers football program is the changed perception of the team. The Boilers had all of three wins last year, less in some years prior to that. Though he says he tries not to look at such things, Brohm feels fans are noticing a change in effort and passion by his players.
"I do think people recognize our guys are playing hard. We've had a chance to win every game. Now, we need to continue to get better, and we've got to find ways to win. I think the last half of the season is just as important as the first half."
In Brohm's return to New Jersey the Boilers and the Scarlet Knights kickoff at 12:00pm EDT on Saturday.
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