WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue quarterback Elijah Sindelar stands on the practice field, reading the defense as he always does.
Only this time, he's not behind center, not chatting with...
No jail time for man who threatened coach’s high school
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man won't serve any jail time after he tweeted threats against the high school attended by Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm, who turned down the head coach position at the University of Louisville.
News outlets report 29-year-old Thor Wiljanen admitted to third-degree terroristic threatening Thursday. He had been arrested in November and originally charged with felony terroristic threatening.
Purdue fan who inspired amid cancer fight laid to rest
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of dignitaries, sports figures and other people on Tuesday attended the funeral for Purdue University superfan and cancer activist Tyler Trent.
The Latest: Dignitaries, sports figures attend Trent funeral
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the funeral service for Purdue University superfan and cancer activist Tyler Trent (all times local):
Hundreds of dignitaries, sports figures and other people have attended the funeral for Purdue University superfan and cancer activist Tyler Trent.
Purdue, Auburn meet for 1st time in Music City Bowl
Music City Bowl: Purdue (6-6) vs. Auburn (7-5) at Nashville, Tennessee, Friday, 1:30 p.m. EST (ESPN)
Line: Auburn by 3 1/2
Series Record: First meeting.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Purdue can win a second straight bowl game and finish with a winning record under coach Jeff Brohm. Auburn can notch a bowl victory for the Southeastern Conference, even if it's not the bowl the Tigers expected after playing for — and losing — the SEC title a year ago. Auburn has lost its last two bowl games.
AP source: Louisville tabs Satterfield to be football coach
Louisville has tabbed Appalachian State's Scott Satterfield to be the Cardinals' next football coach.
A person with knowledge of the situation says the school has reached an agreement with Satterfield. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because neither the school nor Satterfield had publicly announced the decision. Louisville has scheduled a Tuesday afternoon news conference with a "special announcement" about the program.
Auburn matches up with Purdue in Music City Bowl
Auburn (7-5, Southeastern Conference) vs. Purdue (6-6, Big Ten), Dec. 28, 1:30 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee
Auburn: LB Deshaun Davis, 107 tackles, 14 tackles for loss.
Purdue: WR Rondale Moore, 103 catches for 1,164 yards and 12 touchdowns plus 18 carries for 203 yards and 1 touchdown.
Auburn: The Tigers were ranked as high as seventh early in the year but had a disappointing season that included a 3-5 conference record.
Attorney: Police charge man with threatening school
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky lawyer says police have arrested his client and charged him with tweeting threats about the high school attended by Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm, who turned down the head coach position at the University of Louisville.
Brohm turns down Louisville job, will stay at Purdue
Jeff Brohm thought long and hard about returning home to rebuild his alma mater's football team.
Turns out, the timing was off. Besides, he was happy building Purdue's program.
One day after reportedly meeting with Louisville officials in central Indiana, Brohm informed Boilermakers athletic director Mike Bobinski he was turning down the Cardinals job so he could stay in West Lafayette.
Western Kentucky hires Tyson Helton as head football coach
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Western Kentucky knew who it wanted as the Hilltoppers' next football coach, and Tyson Helton was eager to rejoin the program he knows so very well.
Both hope it makes for a good fit.
The school announced on Tuesday it had hired the former Tennessee offensive coordinator, who returns to the program where he led one of the nation's top offenses in 2014 and '15.
Boilermakers earn Bucket, bowl bid with 28-21 win at Indiana
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — David Blough and Rondale Moore executed Jeff Brohm's game plan perfectly Saturday.
Now after extending Purdue's season by another month, the dynamic duo must wait to see if they'll get another chance to work with their innovative head coach.
Purdue, Indiana put postseason hopes on line in Bucket game
Tom Allen and Jeff Brohm understand the short-term stakes of Saturday's Old Oaken Bucket game..
The winner plays another game this season while the loser starts offseason work — just like last year. Just like it seems every year.
"It's looking like every year, it's always going to come down to this game, unless someone is having an outstanding year," Brohm said Monday. "I know both teams are trying to get to that level."
Indiana, Purdue seek finishing touch with bowl bid on line
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — All season, Indiana coach Tom Allen told his players they needed to find a finishing touch.
He pointed to the handful of close calls in 2017, each a potential win that could have made the Hoosiers bowl-eligible. Instead, their offseason began shortly after Thanksgiving and now the Hoosiers find themselves facing the exact same predicament as last year: Beat Purdue on Saturday or the season is over early — again.
Boilermakers, Badgers hope to rebound following losses
Purdue coach Jeff Brohm has marveled at David Blough's resilience.
During his first two seasons in West Lafayette, Brohm watched his quarterback rebound from frustrating performances, demoralizing injuries and the loss of his starting job. Blough's steady demeanor and inspirational words found a perfect home in the Boilermakers' locker room, serving as a model of how leaders respond to adversity.
Louisville interim coach says last 2 games not ‘about me’
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville interim football coach Lorenzo Ward said he is focused solely on salvaging the Cardinals' final two games rather than whether he will have the job permanently.
It's unclear who will be Louisville's next head coach, whether it's Ward or possibly Purdue's Jeff Brohm, a former Cardinals quarterback who has been mentioned as a possible candidate.
Gashed by long gains, Minnesota D seeks rebound vs. Purdue
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Favorable field position has meant little for Minnesota this season, as huge gains against the Gophers have piled up as if opponents are playing a video game.
This will be an especially difficult week for the defense to try to stem this tide of long touchdowns, with Purdue's offense possessing as much quick-strike ability as any team in the Big Ten.
Purdue, Indiana chase postseason plans during final stretch
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Jeff Brohm turned around Purdue's season with a style change.
After starting 0-3, Purdue finds itself one win from becoming bowl eligible, one game behind Northwestern in the Big Ten West Division and perhaps one week away from knowing whether a division crown remains a possibility.
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Purdue returns to cleanup mode after winning streak ends
Purdue had all the answers for four glorious weeks.
Quarterback David Blough played impeccably, the defense proved it could go toe to toe against some of the nation's top teams and everybody made an impact in the Boilermakers' success.
It all went wrong last weekend against Michigan State, forcing coach Jeff Brohm to go back on cleanup duty. The Spartans held the ball more than 38 minutes, preventing the Boilermakers from getting into any kind of offensive rhythm.
Surging Purdue has Michigan State up next
Last season, Iowa beat Ohio State 55-24 and then promptly lost its next two games.
That's what Purdue and coach Jeff Brohm would like to avoid.
Purdue’s perseverance on full display as wins pile up
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Six weeks ago, the notion of Purdue fans swarming the field seemed about as far-fetched as beating Ohio State.
After losing to Eastern Michigan on a last-second field goal, the season appeared lost, their bowl hopes shattered and the troubling turnovers, mounting mistakes and persistent penalties continued to pile up. Then the Boilermakers dug down, fought back and turned things around.
Purdue is just one-half game out of the Big Ten West lead.
No. 2 Ohio State stumbles at Purdue, gets blown out 49-20
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Jeff Brohm decided to go for it against No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday.
The Buckeyes buckled under the pressure.
D.J. Knox ran for 128 yards and three touchdowns, David Blough threw for three more scores and the Boilermakers held Ohio State's vaunted passing game in check most of the night as they pulled away for a 49-20 upset to shake up the College Football Playoff chase.
No. 2 Buckeyes still seeking improvement on trip to Purdue
Jeff Brohm sees all sorts of challenges in No. 2 Ohio State.
Purdue's coach knows the Buckeyes are big and strong, capable of scoring dozens of points and of making life miserable for opponents.
Urban Meyer views his team quite differently. No, he won't quibble with the impressive wins or the undefeated record but he knows Ohio State still needs to improve.
No. 2 Ohio State ties to stay unbeaten at Purdue
No. 2 Ohio State (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) at Purdue (3-3, 2-1), 7:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Line: Ohio State by 13½.
Series record: Ohio State leads 40-14-2.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
The Buckeyes are the Big Ten's last remaining unbeaten team and need a win to stay atop the Big Ten East and in the hunt for a playoff spot. Purdue has won three straight including an upset of then No. 23 Boston College, and a win Saturday would give second-year coach Jeff Brohm the biggest of his tenure.
Blough’s resurgence has Purdue in position to make a charge
Purdue quarterback David Blough never lost his faith.
While being whisked away in an ambulance with a gruesome ankle injury last November, he kept telling himself he'd make it back. When Blough did limited work at spring practice, he insisted his quick recovery would help him reclaim the starting job. And when he was eventually beaten out by Elijah Sindelar in August, he kept preparing for his next big chance.
The Boilermakers' fifth-year senior has become the team's inspirational role model.
Boilermakers hoping to maintain momentum following bye week
The Purdue Boilermakers finally look like the team Jeff Brohm envisioned.
They're improving on defense, making big plays on offense and are chalking up wins. After a slow, mistake-prone start to his second season in West Lafayette, Brohm suddenly has the Boilermakers back on track and ready to jump into the Big Ten's West Division race.
Relieved Boilermakers ready to go with Blough at quarterback
David Blough waited his turn at Purdue.
Now, he's re-entrenched himself as the No. 1 quarterback.
Two days after Purdue's first win of the season, coach Jeff Brohm broke away from his typical early week silence and told reporters Blough would start Saturday at Nebraska regardless of whether Elijah Sindelar plays.
Moore, Purdue hand No. 23 Boston College 1st loss, 30-13
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue coach Jeff Brohm wants losing to hurt his players so much it makes them angry.
After three straight close losses to start the season, the Boilermakers let off some steam on No. 23 Boston College.
Rondale Moore caught two touchdown passes and Purdue had four interceptions, beating the Eagles 30-13 on Saturday.
Winless Purdue trying to dig out of problematic start
The problems continue to pile up for Purdue.
After losing twice at least in part because of late personal foul calls, the Boilermakers blew another chance Saturday when a late touchdown was overturned by replay review and the defense couldn't get a stop on the ensuing drive. The status of quarterback Elijah Sindelar remains in doubt because of an undisclosed injury, and now Purdue must try to dig itself out of the program's worst start since 1996 as it faces its first ranked opponent this season.
Boilermakers trying to jump back on right track vs. Missouri
Purdue coach Jeff Brohm spent this week making corrections and rebuilding his team's confidence.
He's about to find out if it solves the Boilermakers ills.
After losing each of the past two weeks, they are suddenly trying to get their season back on track against SEC East team Missouri on Saturday.
Purdue’s penalties prompt Brohm to adopt new punishments
Purdue coach Jeff Brohm has seen enough silly penalties to last him the entire season.
Now, after watching flags cost the Boilermakers potential wins in each of their first two games, he is imposing new punishments.
Purdue seeking stronger defensive effort against E. Michigan
Purdue coach Jeff Brohm thought his defense looked every bit as bad on tape as it did in person last week.
It gave up 31 points, more than 400 total yards, forced no turnovers and struggled to get off the field. When the Boilermakers did get a crucial third-down stop with 2:31 to go, Lorenzo Neal was called for a personal foul and Northwestern ran out the clock to seal its win.
Brohm didn't like the results or the effort. So this week he issued a challenge.
Boilermakers may have found receiving answer in Moore
Rondale Moore needed one half to show what a big deal the speedy little receiver could be for Purdue.
Now the true freshman from southern Indiana, who starred at coach Jeff Brohm's high school alma mater in Louisville, needs to prove his record-breaking debut was no fluke.
Purdue keeping QB choice under wraps before Northwestern
Purdue coach Jeff Brohm made his quarterback decision clear weeks ago.
Those who know won't talk, and those who talk say they don't really know who Brohm intends to start in Thursday night's season opener at home against Northwestern.
Brohm wants to keep everyone, especially the Wildcats, guessing.
Purdue seeking bigger, better results in Brohm’s 2nd act
Jeff Brohm set a high bar with his opening act at Purdue.
He ended the Boilermakers' bowl drought, recaptured the Old Oaken Bucket and the program's sudden revival helped produce the highest average attendance gain in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Now, after receiving a two-year contract extension and a pay raise, the second-year coach is ready for an encore performance.
Purdue QBs resume battle after returning from injuries
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — David Blough and Elijah Sindelar are already locked in.
With offseason workouts over and their banged-up bodies finally healthy, they're eager to start Round 2 of Purdue's quarterback battle.
Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm gets 2-year extension
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm has received a two-year contract extension through 2024.
The school's board of trustees approved the deal Thursday.
Brohm was hired in December 2016 and turned the program around in his first season. The Boilermakers went 7-6, won the Old Oaken Bucket for the first time in five years and won the Foster Farms Bowl.
Brohm helps Boilermakers complete remarkable turnaround
Jeff Brohm turned around Purdue's football program in one year.
He created excitement about what had been a stagnant program, made games entertaining again and watched ticket sales surge. More wins and a bowl bid certainly helped, too.
If the Boilermakers keep it up, there's no telling how far he might take his team in the Big Ten's weaker division. And he's already off to a promising start.
Purdue caps Brohm’s 1st year with 38-35 bowl win vs. Arizona
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — When Elijah Sindelar took the field for Purdue's late comeback attempt in a bowl game he thought back on a failed opportunity in a similar situation in the season opener.
The difference from that interception he threw against Louisville to a bowl-game winning touchdown against Arizona sums up the progress the Boilermakers made in their first season under coach Jeff Brohm.
A: Two things about Purdue you might not know: athletic director Mike Bobinski is the man who hired Sean Miller to be Xavier’s head basketball coach in 2004. Two, he authored a contract that gives Jeff Brohm a $112,500 bonus for winning six games and going to a bowl game.
Really? You get a six-figure bonus for going 6-6 in college football? Talk about excess.
Dear Mr. Football: What is college football’s 2017 equivalent of the Stoops brothers?
A: Purdue has three Brohm brothers on its football staff, including head coach Jeff Brohm and his younger brother, Brian, who is the Boilermakers’ co-offensive coordinator.
Their older brother, Greg Brohm, is Purdue’s chief of staff for football.
Purdue seeks bowl win over Arizona to cap Brohm’s 1st season
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Purdue's first bowl win in six years would give the Boilermakers a winning record and a perfect capper to coach Jeff Brohm's first season.
Brohm helped engineer an impressive turnaround at Purdue, taking a team that won just nine games combined in the previous four seasons all the way to the Foster Farms Bowl on Wednesday night against Arizona.
Camp Randall Stadium
Record: 6-0, 3-0 Big Ten
The Jonathan Taylor-for-Heisman talk has begun, but the Badgers freshman tailback is plugging his ears and ignoring it. Meanwhile, Jeff Brohm has Purdue on the road back to respectability. The Boilermakers already have matched their win total from 2016 and enter a game against UW with a winning record for only the second time since 2006.
Foster Farms Bowl Matchup
Foster Farms Bowl
Arizona (7-5, Pac-12) vs. Purdue (6-6, Big Ten), Dec. 27, 8:30 p.m. EST (FOX).
LOCATION: Santa Clara, California
Arizona: Sophomore QB Khalil Tate rushed for 1,353 yards and 12 TDs and passed for 1,289 yards and nine TDs with eight picks.
Purdue: QB Elijah Sindelar threw for 1,703 yards and 14 TDs with six interceptions.
As he approached his first season as Purdue football coach, Jeff Brohm set big goals.
He wanted his senior Boilermakers to go out as winners, to recover the Old Oaken Bucket and earn a trip to a bowl game.
On Saturday, Purdue can accomplish those missions.
The Boilers are looking to tie a bow on Brohm's successful first year in West Lafayette, where he's turned Purdue from Big Ten cellar dwellers into a team on the rise.
Purdue nears bowl eligibility after bad start, Hoosiers next
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue coach Jeff Brohm knows this script — and he is hoping the ending is the same.
In 2014, his first season as Western Kentucky's head coach, the Hilltoppers were 3-5 before winning their final four games to qualify for the Bahamas Bowl, where they completed an 8-5 season with a 49-48 victory against Western Michigan.
Purdue beats Iowa 24-15 for 1st Big 10 road win
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — First-year coach Jeff Brohm has Purdue's rebuild ahead of schedule.
With a win next week against Indiana, with the Old Oaken Bucket at stake, the Boilermakers will be bowling for the first time since the 2012 season.
Sophomore Elijah Sindelar threw for 229 yards and a career-high three touchdown passes with a stiff wind at his back and Purdue beat Iowa 24-15 on Saturday to move within a game of bowl eligibility.
Boilermakers still seeking bowl eligibility
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue's postseason margin for error now is paper thin.
After Northwestern defeated the Boilermakers 23-13 over the weekend, Purdue is 4-6 (2-5 Big Ten) and must win Saturday at Iowa and at home on Nov, 25 against Indiana to qualify for a bowl game for the first time since 2012.
Right leg injury sidelines Purdue QB David Blough for season
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue junior quarterback David Blough is out for the rest of the season following a severe injury to his right leg during a win against Illinois over the weekend.
Blough suffered a dislocated ankle, a small break in the fibula and ligament damage with 12:27 remaining in Saturday's 29-10 victory. Coach Jeff Brohm said Blough will have surgery on Tuesday and will be out six to nine months.
Purdue defense stifles Illinois
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Sometimes, college football victories have a bittersweet angle.
Such is the case for Purdue after snapping a three-game losing streak Saturday with a 29-10 victory against Illinois in Ross-Ade Stadium.
Junior quarterback David Blough, who led the Big Ten in passing in 2016 and was 16 of 24 for 194 yards against the Illini, suffered a severe and likely season-ending leg injury with 12:27 remaining when tackled by free safety Stanley Green inside the Illinois 5-yard line.