Boilermakers are Talk of College Football
Sept. 18, 2017


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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue football is on fire, and the Boilermakers are on the verge of boiling over.

Under first-year head coach mastermind and motivator Jeff Brohm, the Boilermakers have recaptured the interest of the Purdue campus and Greater Lafayette area. They are the talk of the country.

Coming off a convincing 35-3 win at Missouri, the Boilermakers (2-1) play host to eighth-ranked Michigan (3-0) on Saturday for Homecoming at Ross-Ade Stadium. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. ET.

Fewer than 9,000 tickets remain, and Purdue Athletics officials believe a sellout is entirely possible. The capacity of Ross-Ade is 57,236.

"Our guys are feeling it right now," Brohm said. "They've worked hard. They put in the time. But they've played hard and done the small things to this point.

"Every week, it's about trying to raise your level of play. If you played good the week before, that's great. But now you've set the bar a little bit higher. You have to go out and try to improve upon that. For three weeks, the effort we want to see, the desire, the competitive spirit, we've won that battle. That's the most important thing."

More from the Missouri game:

* The 32-point victory was Purdue's most resounding on the road since a 47-13 win at Central Florida on Sept. 4, 1999.
* The Boilermakers boast 10 road wins by 30-plus points in the last 50 seasons and 26 in school history. Six of them came before 1900.
* The three points surrendered by the Boilermakers were the fewest since a 59-0 win over Southeast Missouri on Sept. 17, 2011; the fewest to an FBS opponent since a 37-3 win over Illinois on Nov. 12, 2005; and the fewest on the road since a 48-3 win at Illinois on Oct. 25, 1997.
* Purdue dominated the time of possession against Missouri - 43:43 to 16:17. Out of 13 possessions, the defense forced four three-and-outs and had two interceptions. The Tigers' longest drive lasted merely 1:51.

The Boilermakers scored 107 points in their first three games under Brohm. That total ranks as the fourth-most by a Purdue team under a first-year coach. The top three: 180 points in 1893 (David Balliet), 134 points in 1891 (Knowlton Ames) and 109 points in 2009 (Danny Hope).

The Wolverines opened the season with a 33-17 victory over No. 17 Florida. They are coming off a 29-13 win over Air Force at home in which sophomore kicker Quinn Nordin tied the school record with five field goals: 35, 26, 49, 29 and 36 yards. He hit field goals of 50 and 55 yards against Florida and is 11 of 13 for the season.

Also against Air Force, freshman wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones had a 79-yard punt return for a touchdown.


 

 

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