Boilermakers Set for Second Half
Oct. 17, 2017

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - At the halfway point of the season, Purdue head football coach Jeff Brohm continues to applaud his team's work ethic.

"I think we're 6-for-6 on effort," Brohm said. "I think we're playing hard, we're competing to win. That's the main thing I'm concerned about. Wins and losses happen. While you want to work hard to win, if your guys are giving forth great effort, that's a huge plus."

The Boilermakers are 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten Conference heading into Saturday's first-ever meeting against Rutgers in Piscataway, New Jersey. Kickoff is noon ET, and the game will be televised by BTN.

Three of Purdue's games thus far have come against nationally ranked teams: No. 16 Louisville, No. 8 Michigan and No. 7 Wisconsin.

"I do like the way we've competed against some very good football teams," Brohm said. "It's encouraging that we had chances in each one of those games to win. Now we've got to study and find out ways to win in those games. That's something that everyone has to do, including myself. We're going to work hard to do it. As we talked with the team and the coaches really, the rest of the season has to be about everybody digging deeper and grinding and finding a way to win, period."

Furthermore, the Boilermakers have returned to their rightful place in the college football discus-sion.

"I try not to look too much what others are looking at, but, yeah, we want that (positive) percep-tion to be out there," Brohm said. "We want to be a competitive team that plays hard, that gives everything we have, that expects to win and has confidence when we take the field, that finds a way to win. It's important that we do that every week. That's what people want to see. That's what football is all about."

Purdue returns to Ross-Ade Stadium to play host to Nebraska on Oct. 28. That game will get underway at 7:30 p.m.



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