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Post Purdue Immediate Thoughts

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Well, it wasn't the prettiest win, but I'll take it. Any win on the road in the Big Ten is a good win. Here are some of my immediate thoughts.

  • We did what we had to do today. It may actually pay off down the road to be in a game like this. It was tight down to the wire and Purdue battled all the way to the end. There was no coasting through the fourth quarter on this one.
  • Evan Royster. He's awesome. 141 yards on 18 carries. He really needs to get more credit and mention along with the other great backs in the league.
  • Daryll Clark was meh. His stats looked great (18-of-26, 220 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT), but he made some bad decisions and some questionable throws. He needs to remember Deon Butler is not 7-foot-6 and can only reach so far while keeping his feet in bounds.
  • Good God the turf at Ross-Ade Stadium is horrible. Huge chunks were coming up when guys went to cut. Royster, Green, and Williams were slipping all over the place.
  • And what's up with the equipment managers? Why didn't we have better shoes on? Doesn't the team do a walkthrough before the game to catch this kind of stuff? Somebody dropped the ball there and needs to get their ass chewed out.
  • And while we're on the pregame routine, something has to change when we go on the road. Once again the team came out flat and used the first two possessions as a practice run. Move the wake up call up a half hour. Make everyone take cold showers. Serve pancakes instead of eggs and bacon. Do something because our pregame routine needs to be shaken up to avoid these flat starts.
  • The defensive line was amazing. Sheets struggled to find room to run all day. And they got good pressure on the quarterbacks.
  • Wasn't Curtis Painter at the top of Mel Kipers list of best quarterbacks before the season? He unceremoniously got yanked in the fourth quarter. His backup, Joey Elliot, drove Purdue down the field for their only score.
  • I thought we would be conservative on offense, but not that conservative. Purdue stacked the box and we kept running up the middle on short yardage situations every. single. time. Thankfully, Purdue was weak enough they couldn't stop it every time. Wisconsin, Ohio State, and even Michigan will kill us if we do that against them. I'm hoping we were just doing some film room trickeration to lull the big boys into falling asleep on 3rd and 1 against us.
  • The defense was great. They held Purdue, which is a very good offensive team, to 241 yards of total offense, 16 first downs, and only six points. We're half way through the season now. There are no more questions about this defense. What you see is what you get, and I'm pleased with what I see.
  • Drew Astorino is getting better every week.

That's all for now. We'll have grades up later. The open thread is bogging down, so please use this thread to discuss the rest of the games today.