5 Things We Learned from Boilermakers Loss to Gophers

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Oct 10, 2015; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Purdue Boilermakers quarterback David Blough (11) tries to escape from Minnesota Golden Gophers linebacker Yoshoub Timms (52) at Ross Ade Stadium. Minnesota defeats Purdue 41-13. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Another week, and another embarrassing loss for the Purdue Boilermakers. These are the five things we learned from their recent 41-13 loss to the Minnesota Gophers.

After a three-point loss to then No. 2 Michigan State, it felt like the Purdue Boilermakers were ready to take the next step forward, but against the Minnesota Gophers they took a few steps back and they haven’t stopped.

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A game in which we should have seen a natural growth in David Blough and Markell Jones, only ended with questions about the future of this team and coaching staff.

1. Purdue is unlikely to win again this season

After the loss to Bowling Green it felt like this team would end up finishing 1-11 for the second time under head coach Darrell Hazell. A feeling of hope arose from the Michigan State game, but after the beat down by Minnesota, all feelings of hope have gone. There are six games left, all conference games, and Purdue has won only one conference game since 2013, when Hazell took over. Out of the six, only Nebraska sports an under-500 record, so I don’t see a victory in the near future for the Boilermakers.

2. David Blough not yet the best option at quarterback

It’s hard to say that Blough isn’t the best option right now, but it’s impossible to say who is at this point. Austin Appleby is hurt and hasn’t really show much competence behind center, and the other two quarterbacks are both freshmen with no experience. So Blough it is, yet outside of the Bowling Green game he’s not shown anything that would lead us to believe he’s the best option at quarterback.

68-for-127, 694 yards, four touchdowns, and five interceptions; that’s Blough’s stat line through his first three starts, including 21-of-49 for 207 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions against Minnesota. Each game he’s decreased in completion percentage and quarterback rating. You can’t blame everything on Blough, but we should be seeing a more consistent or growing performance instead of a fast decline.

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