The Turnaround Story of College Football
Nov. 21, 2017

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Your Guide To 2017 Purdue Football

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The transformation of Purdue football began in December of 2016 with the hiring of Jeff Brohm as head coach. It was universally regarded as the top hire in the country.

The so-called experts predicted no more than three wins for the 2017 Boilermakers, knowing Brohm had his work cut out to restore the program to prominence.

On the strength of three fundamental concepts - playing harder, tougher and smarter than the opposition - the Boilermakers have won five games - their most since the 2012 season. From 2013 to 2016, Purdue won a total of nine games.

The Boilermakers are tied for third place in the Big Ten Conference West Division (with Iowa and Nebraska). Since the advent of division play in 2011, Purdue's best finish is third in the Leaders Division that inaugural season. The Boilermakers finished seventh each of the last three seasons.

Purdue's six losses are by an average of 7.7 points, including one by one point and one by two points.

Purdue has won two games in November (29-10 over Illinois for the Cannon trophy and 24-15 at Iowa), its first victories in the month since 2012. Brohm has a record of 18-2 in games he has coached on or after October 29.

The Boilermakers' two non-conference wins came against Ohio and Missouri, who have a combined 14-8 record and are both bowl eligible.

Purdue's average home attendance increase of 12,589 per game is far and away the greatest in the country. The Boilermakers played in front of their first sellout crowd since the 2008 season.

Purdue fans are the ninth-happiest in the country - second in the Big Ten - according to the ESPN Fan Index Meter. They were No. 108 in August.

Brohm is the obvious choice for Big Ten Coach of the Year and a bona fide candidate for national honors.

A year ago, the Boilermakers allowed a school-record average 38.2 points per game. In a remarkable transformation, that figure has improved to 18.9 points per game this season - the greatest improvement in the country. In Big Ten games, the makeover is even more staggering: 42.6 to 18.6 points per game (+24.0).

Purdue ranks fourth in the Big Ten in overall scoring defense and third in conference games only.

Purdue's passing touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio last season was 1:1 (25-25). This year, it is greater than 2:1 (21-10).

Last season, Purdue was 128th in the country in turnover margin, while this season the Boilermakers rank 44th - an improvement of 84 spots.



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