Jeff Brohm hates the #2. That’s the only explanation I can find for the defeats of Ohio State in 2018 and the stunning upset in Iowa City today. Both teams were ranked #2 at the time. It was the first time Purdue had gone on the road and defeated the #2 team in the nation since 1974.
I did not believe this could happen. I had no faith that Purdue would be able to win this game. I’m not too proud to admit that I was wrong. In the past three games we’ve seen Purdue score only 13 points per game. Today though, Purdue put 24 points on the board against a very stout Iowa defense that thrived on taking the ball away. Purdue committed just one turnover and it was a hustle play that would’ve resulted in a TD had Sheffeld held onto the ball for roughly 1 more second. Ultimately it led to a fumble that turned into a touchdown with one of the most hated rules in all of college football.
Purdue played three quarterbacks in this game with a game plan that I can only say was exquisite. Using every player on the team was what Purdue needed to do in order to kick this offense into drive. Whatever Jeff Brohm does against Iowa (he’s now 4-1 at Purdue against them) he should figure out how to transfer it over to other teams.
On defense Purdue played out of their minds. They finished the game with four turnovers, all interceptions. Those three defensive coordinators really earned their keep today. Iowa was off balance all game and especially so in the second half where at one point in the fourth quarter they had only managed to gain 15 yards the entire half. It was a masterpiece. This is a game a team can really build on.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that David Bell played one of the best games I can recall a Purdue receiver ever playing. It’s right up there with Rondale Moore against Ohio State and Selwyn Lymon against Notre Dame. The young man was always open and always got extra yards. It was a masterpiece.
Purdue now sits at 4-2 on the season and is riding high. There will be much more on this game throughout the evening and the next week.