There’s an old adage, I believe it was from America’s poet laureate Vin Diesel, that goes…oh hell I’ll just let him say it.
I’d love to sit here and type that it’s true and everything is wonderful about Purdue football. But I’m not Hopeful Danny. This football team has serious flaws and they were apparent against an Indiana State team that doesn’t have their number one running back and had just got blown out by Indiana…in football! Purdue did nothing more than survive on Saturday thanks to some terrible offensive line play, some mediocre QB play, and a game saving interception by Ricardo Allen.
The game started off with a bang with Purdue taking the opening kickoff 99 yards on a reverse to Akeem Hunt. It was a brilliant play and while it may have been a little cutesy to bust out during a game against Indiana State it wound up being the difference in the game. After that first :14 of the game though Purdue would go on to score just 13 more points in the final 59:46. That’s not a good sign. How bad was Purdue’s offense on Saturday? They had two series at the 1 yard line of Indiana State and came away with three points. Tell me how how that’s possible for a B1G team to not be able to get 1 freaking yard against and FCS school? I mean honestly! Neither Rob Henry nor Akeem Hunt were able to punch it in from one yard out. That also includes a 4th and 1 when Purdue went for it and failed to convert. It was a terrible example of inept line play that will more than likely plague Purdue all season. If Purdue can’t gain a yard against Indiana State when they desperately need it how will they do it against Notre Dame next week?
I asked this question last week but I’ll ask it again this week. Where in the hell is Dolapo McCarthy? Two weeks in a row this guy hasn’t caught a pass. He was easily Purdue’s top WR last year and many thought he would be the go to guy this year. Hazell seems to sidestep the question when asked about it. After the Cincinnati game Hazell said they just didn’t have enough offensive snaps to get him in. Well that’s obviously a BS answer. He’s your best receiver I don’t care if you only have two snaps you get him in on both of those snaps. Obviously there’s something else going on here. The same question can be asked about Brandon Cottom. Cottom is a big strong powerful running back and would’ve been extremely useful in those short yardage situations. I can’t seem to find a reason for either of these guys not to be out on the field. Whatever is going on behind the scenes needs to get solved quickly so these two guys can get on the field.
- Purdue’s defensive line came up with five sacks. The defense as a whole played pretty well minus some big plays being allowed. Some of that had to do with the loss of Landon Feichter. Poor guy can’t catch a break (literally) he’s got two broken hands and now may have a broken leg if early reports are true. He’s more than likely out for the rest of the season. Purdue will miss his tenacity and sure tackling.
- Cody Webster continues to punt the ball pretty well and make a name for himself.
- Paul Griggs was 2-3 on field goals proving that Purdue will in fact be able to trust their kicker. Well maybe.
- Purdue’s offensive line continues to struggle to find any sort of consistency. Rob Henry spent most of the game on the run. Conveniently he tended to throw the ball better when he was outside of the pocket. Perhaps they should take note of that.
- The linebacking corps continues to give up passes over the middle like a drunk 20 year old at a frat party.
- Rob Henry continues to struggle. He’s of course not the only problem Purdue has right now but his inability to make the correct read is making a huge impact on the Purdue offense.
- The atmosphere at the game was absolutely atrocious. A lot of it has to do with the fact that Purdue decided to move the band from their traditional spot in the north end zone to the westernmost side of the student section. This makes them harder to hear and prompts the fans to basically sit on their hands. It was not good. More on this tomorrow.
- It bears repeating that Purdue had two series on the 1 yard line and came away with 3 points. Purdue ran the ball three times without any timeouts as the clock wound down at the end of the second quarter. They couldn’t get the field goal unit on in time and Purdue failed to score before halftime.
At this point I just don’t know what Purdue can do. The defense looked better than the previous week but we’ve got to remember the competition level. Purdue’s offense however looked nearly as bad. The Purdue offense has scored just two touchdowns this season. In the Cincinnati game they scored on a short field and in the Indiana State game they were only able to score on offensive touchdown. Having Cottom and McCarthy would sure be a huge help. Whatever the hell is going on needs to be fixed and it needs to be fixed soon. Purdue’s got tons of troubles that need solved. If it’s true what they say about the biggest improvements happening between week 1 and week 2 Purdue is in a boatload of trouble. Notre Dame comes to town next week and it could be an incredibly long night for the Boilermaker faithful.