Getting back on the winning track.
That’s the goal for Purdue (1-2 overall; 0-1 Big Ten) when they take on Florida Atlantic (2-2; 1-0 C-USA) on Saturday at 7:30 pm ET for Homecoming.
“We know quite a bit about Florida Atlantic football and really Florida football in general,” Jeff Brohm said. “Everyone has ability, everyone has talent.
“When I coached there, you didn’t have to leave Florida State to recruit. We never did, because you have enough players there. That’s what you know you’re going to be up against, they’re skilled players who can run, catch, shoot, tackle and have speed. We’ll have to rise to the challenge.”
The Boilermakers are coming off a disappointing 32-29 loss at Syracuse that saw Purdue allow the game-winning TD pass with seven seconds left in the game. This came after the Boilermakers allowed Penn State to score the winning TD with 57 seconds left in a 35–31 season-opening loss at Ross-Ade Stadium.
“Well, we have to learn how to finish games, we have to learn how to do a lot of little things right,” said Brohm. “We made a lot of mistakes in the last game that were costly. And it’s unfortunate because when your team fights back and shows fight, they find a way to take the lead in the fourth quarter of two games that we lost and then kind of just let it be us.” exhaust”.
Penalties were a problem in both losses. Purdue was called nine times for 92 yards against Penn State and 13 times for 110 yards against Syracuse, as the Boilermakers collapsed late committing six penalties in the final 51 seconds of the game after Purdue took a 29-25 lead.
“It’s disappointing,” said Brohm. “It hurts, it itches, it’s like being punched in the stomach. But that’s football. You have to learn from it. I think we’ve addressed it as much as possible. Now, you don’t know what to overdo.” I just have to play football again because we still have to play better football.”
The status of several key players who missed last week’s game remains murky. Wide receiver Broc Thompson (knee) and running back King Doerue (calf), among others, will be decisions at game time when the Boilermakers take on a Florida Atlantic team that has athletic ability. Also of note: Charlie Jones will return punts after being relieved of those duties after getting hit last week at Syracuse. Brohm hopes his team is ready for FAU.
“This is a good football team,” said Brohm. “He’s got skill, he’s got talent. They play a lot of good football teams and we’re going to have to play really well and do those things and make those corrections from the last game in order to win.”