After being in football purgatory for four years with Darrell Hazell at the helm, Purdue finally may be on to something with first-year coach Jeff Brohm.
Brohm is doing so well in Year 1, he’s getting rave reviews from the media after the Boilermakers manhandled Missouri 35-3 on the road.
Purdue up 35-3 at Missouri. Jeff Brohm can really, really coach.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) September 16, 2017
Everybody should hire Jeff Brohm.
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) September 16, 2017
This tweet from Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman encapsulates how quick the turnaround has been under Brohm, who has given Purdue its first winning streak in a long time.
Jeff Brohm is a terrific coach. He's led #Purdue to its first two-game win streak in 5 yrs. Excited to be there when Michigan visits Sat.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) September 17, 2017
Brohm has the Boilermakers at 2-1, but that doesn’t explain how impressive they’ve looked.
Purdue kept reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson in check, as Brohm and the Boilermakers hung close with then-No. 16 Louisville. The Boilermakers led 21-13 in the third quarter before losing 35-28.
The next two games for Brohm were blowouts, but it was Purdue that was dishing out the points instead of taking them.
The Boilermakers offense put up 79 points in Week 2 and Week 3, putting Purdue above .500 for the first time since 2012.
Against Ohio University, Brohm’s offense put up 45 points. That was an impressive showing for a Purdue team with a new offense in place. Dropping 35 on an SEC team while only allowing 3 points is what caught the eye of the media.
The 35-3 win was also the first time Purdue has held an opponent to fewer than 10 points since Eastern Michigan in 2012.
If Brohm can build on the momentum he has in West Lafayette, the question remains: How early is too early to start thinking about bowl games for Purdue?