I don’t even know what to say about this game. I want to compare it to Purdue’s loss to Michigan State since that was also a road game after a win over a ranked team. But I don’t know if tonight’s game even compares to that.
Purdue entered this game double-digit favorites. Minnesota gave up over 40 points per game in conference play, fired their defensive coordinator, and yet Purdue couldn’t even get to double digits until garbage time. Purdue was out played and out coached today, and it was clearly Purdue’s worse game since Brohm began coaching at Purdue last season.
Obviously, you have to give credit to Minnesota. Their defense certainly played better and inspired without their defensive coordinator, and their offense did not take their foot off the pedal until the game was put away. This was a game that was sharpied as a loss for them, but they played their hearts out while Purdue thought about make snow angles on the field.
At this point, I can’t say much any more. This was just an overall bad loss. Purdue just has to regroup and get ready for Wisconsin. While the Badgers have been weakened, as we learned against Michigan State and Minnesota, you can’t take any team lightly. The players and coaches need to be much better next Saturday. We can’t go back into the Bucket Game as a “win or go home” situation again.