“A lot of things have to happen, but we have to be strong. They’ve been very good at it and they’ve scored way too many points on us in the past. “
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Boilermakers host Minnesota on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium
Mike Carmin, Lafayette Journal & Courrier
LAFAYETTE WEST – Follow-up to Purdue’s defense after four games and before Saturday’s game against Minnesota at Ross-Ade Stadium:
ONE TO TAKE AWAY
Two years ago, Tanner Morgan was brilliant against the Boilermakers.
The talented quarterback was almost perfect. How about an incomplete passage. That was it. Morgan completed a great ten record 21 of 22 passes for 396 yards and four touchdowns as the Golden Gophers claimed a victory at Ross-Ade Stadium.
Morgan returns to the scene of his career best performance, but he will face a different defense compared to two years ago, and even last season. Or, at least, Purdue coach Jeff Brohm hopes so.
“I hope we would be much better equipped to handle it,” Brohm said. “We were terrible against them in attack. Two years ago their quarterback came here and you would have thought he was Joe Montana. It wasn’t a good defense, that’s a nice way to put it.
Even last season, Morgan posted solid numbers in the 34-31 victory at Minneapolis, averaging 12 yards per attempt.
“Last year we played better against the run, but we let them run inside the fade roads all day against us because we weren’t covering it schematically the way we needed to. cover it up, ”Brohm said.
But that didn’t last for a game or two that the Boilermakers struggled to defend.
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Minnesota have scored at least 30 points in the last three meetings and in seven of the last eight. The only time the Gophers didn’t score at least 30 was in 2017, a Purdue victory in Brohm’s first season.
Morgan struggled after posting a 5-of-13 performance for 59 yards in last week’s loss to Bowling Green, where the Gophers scored 10 points. Minnesota have lost talented receivers to the NFL in recent years, perhaps a reason for lack of production in the passing game, but they missed main target Chris Autman-Bell, who played two games.
Minnesota is also relying on its running game, which is averaging 209 yards per game, behind Trey Potts, who rushed for at least 121 yards in the last three. Potts replaced Mohamed Ibrahim, injured in the first game against Ohio State.
Minnesota coach PJ Fleck will stay with Morgan, telling Pioneer Press “that a game doesn’t destroy what’s done. This has always been my position on the staff. You choose your staff for a reason, and again, any job, everything is always evaluated.
Purdue kept Illinois out of the end zone last week – the first time the program has not yielded a touchdown to a Big Ten team since 2007 – and should be better prepared for the Gophers’ RPO offense.
“A lot of things have to happen, but we have to be strong,” Brohm said. “They’ve been very good at it and they’ve scored way too many points on us in the past.”
Yards per set: The Boilermakers allow 4.65 to 5.56 in four games last season.
FIRST PRACTICE: A promising season with high expectations underway
Tackle the loss: Purdue has 16 in his last two games.
Take away food : None in the last two games and really only one this season. The Boilermakers had an interception at the end of the game against UConn when he was 49-0.
On the ground: The Illini generated 175 rushing yards, including 152 from Josh McCray last week.
► Can Purdue keep the Gophers under 30 points?
► Will defensive tackle Branson Deen play?
► Is the run defense ready to handle Minnesota’s main offensive line?
The Gophers are bringing a different kind of attacking offense to Ross-Ade Stadium this week compared to Illinois. This means Boilermakers need to stay on top of their game from a defensive standpoint and continue to make necessary plays while their offense searches for a spark. The defense has done just about everything right this season when it comes to key saves, the third down conversion and increasing the pressure in the backfield. The only items missing are bags and turnovers. But the Boilermakers generated enough pressure to affect the quarterback with precipitation and hits, still beneficial overall. The good news is that Purdue didn’t need turnovers to be successful on defense for four games, but at some point he’ll have to force the takeaways to put his offense in a better position to score.
Mike Carmine covers Purdue Sports for the Journal & Courier. Email [email protected] and follow on Twitter and Instagram @carmin_jc
Minnesota (2-2, 0-1) at Purdue (3-1, 1-0)
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