After Saturday’s dismal performance in a 23-13 loss to Michigan St in East Lansing, Purdue has a lot to clean up if they want a shot of making it two wins in a row against Iowa Saturday afternoon at Ross-Ade Stadium. In his worse game of the season, David Blough threw three interceptions along with the Spartans doing a great job in bottling up DJ Knox.
During his weekly press conference, Boilermaker head coach Jeff Brohm commented on both the game in East Lansing and about the upcoming game Saturday against the Hawkeyes, “We all have to do a better job, I included, and a lot of the small things all added up during the game.”
— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) October 27, 2018
Some of the things that didn’t work that has been working during the four-game winning streak were that a lot of the running game was set up by the pass. It was something the Boilermakers could not get going despite the injury bug hitting the Spartans. They were able to shut down Purdue’s receiving corps and forceD Blough into a lot of overthrows or short throws including the aforementioned three picks from Blough.
Another issue that plagued Purdue was a lack of a pass rush which gave Michigan St. quarterback Rocky Lombardi, who played for the injured Brian Lewerke and had a great day dictating the flow of the game whether it was through the air or when he had to run.
For Purdue to get back to having success, especially with Iowa, they need to get pressure on him to force him into throwing before he is ready and not give him time to scramble as well. Like Purdue, they have tight ends that quarterback Nate Stanley likes to target. Another thing they need to do is get the running game going again as it had been huge for the Boilermakers when they were on their four-game winning streak.