Purdue welcomes Michigan to Ross-Ade Stadium for homecoming on Saturday. It’ll be a tough challenge, and Purdue coach Jeff Brohm knows he’ll have his hands full with Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines.
“We’re on to the meat of the schedule, and it starts off against a doggone good opponent that is very talented,” Brohm told reporters on Monday. “There’s a lot of speed, and we’ve got our hands full.
“They’re a physical team. They utilize the talent they have and knock you off the ball and knock you back, hand it to some big, athletic runners. That’s what we try to build ourselves on, is stopping the running game. We’ve traditionally been pretty good at that and we’ll have to be really good at it this week.
“We’re probably more aggressive in stopping the run than other defenses in terms of our structure, but it’s worked good. We want to make teams beat us passing the ball. We would prefer Michigan to beat us passing the ball. We want to try to take away the run. It’ll be a little tougher because they’re very tough up front and they’ve got good players. We’ll have to try to still do that and make them throw the ball more than they would like.”
It’ll be a challenge for the Boilermakers, who are 2-1 and coming off an impressive 35-3 win at Missouri. Will they be up to the task in their Big Ten opener?
Brohm on his team’s balance:
“Our balance has definitely helped us. I’m not gonna lie, I’d love to be able to come in here and throw it every play but we’re not ready for that. That’s not our team right now. I think we’re going to continue to get better passing the football and finding some go-to players, but right now to succeed and win we gotta have balance.”
What he said about running the ball to drain the clock in the second half against Missouri:
“It’s not the most fun. It was a little painful over there having to run the ball so much. But as a head coach you have to do what will help you win. Because of that we kept the lead and were in control the whole time.
“We had some moments where it was good, some moments where it was not.”
How important is ball security?
“If we turn it over it’s not going to be a pretty day.”