Dogs In A Pile Posted October 16, 2022 Share Posted October 16, 2022 The game unfolded a lot like I thought it would with a couple of surprises although the outcome was closer than I thought it might be. First, while I expected Palmer to get open a few times I didn't envision our deep game and long plays to be anywhere near as dominate as it was. Palmer should get B1G offensive player of the week. The lack of a running game wasn't a surprise since Purdue's run defense was ranked only few yards behind Rutgers which thoroughly stuffed us. Purdue did the same. Purdue's short to intermediate passing game was their strength coming in an we didn't have an answer to it. O'Connell, as advertised, was able to deliver the ball quickly and accurately to his receivers. But the surprise was how consistently they were able to pick up good gains on the ground since their running game was ranked #103, averaging 119 yards/gm coming in. Our defense, facing a decent team after two games of playing bad teams showed again how utterly incapable they are of stopping any team with a pulse. Pleasant surprise of the game - Tommy Hill on KO returns. We had better KO returns than I can remember for a long time and it looked like he was just a step away from breaking a couple all the way. Illinois, who also has a bye week and looking to be the best team in the West is going to be a monumental challenge. Quote Link to comment
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