OhioBobcats.com Feature Writer
A snapshot of Purdue, which plays Ohio at 8 p.m. ET Friday in West Lafayette, Ind.
Last season: Finished 3-9 (7th place in the BIG 10 West)
Coach: Jeff Brohm (first season at Purdue, 0-1)
Series: Purdue holds a 7-0 series lead, the last meeting on Sept. 17, 1988, which the Boilermakers won 33-10.
Player to watch: Redshirt freshman wide receiver Jackson Anthrop. The wide out had seven receptions for 82 yards and two touchdowns against Louisville.
Welcome to the new Purdue
A new head coach, new lights and the first Friday night game ever played at Ross-Ade stadium. That's what awaits Ohio in West Lafayette, Ind. and there's a lot of buzz surrounding the home opener.
Purdue spent roughly 5.6 million this past offseason on installing the first ever light system at Ross-Ade, the project was finished two weeks ago. While installing installing the lights, the Boilermakers hired Jeff Brohm as their new head coach in hopes of putting them back in the BIG 10 race.
Brohm comes from Western Kentucky, where he went 30-10 and won two Conference USA championship. Known for his high-speed offense, the Hilltoppers offense broke more than 75 school records under Brohm's leadership.
Brohm led the Boilermakers to the brink of a week one upset against Louisville and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, falling 35-28.
"We had a lot of mistakes on both sides of the ball," Brohm said in his weekly press conference. "Actually, a lot more on defense than I thought. But the effort was tremendous and the will to want to win overcame a lot of the mistakes we had and kept us in the game, and unfortunately we turned it over too much in the second half to win."
Purdue had three turnovers in the second half.
The game was supposed to set the tone for the Brohm era at Purdue, in a sense it did. It was the most points the Boilermakers had scored against a ranked opponent since 2014 against Michigan State.
Just like Ohio, Purdue will utilize two quarterbacks this week against the Bobcats.
David Blough and Elijah Sindelar both saw time against Louisville, as the two combined for 293 passing yards and four touchdowns, but Brohm isn't convinced yet that one is better than the other as Sindelar threw an interception and Blough threw two.
"Both of them did some very good things," Brohm said. "I was encouraged at some of their abilities to lead the offense and direct the team and to get us in the end zone, and David actually was playing very well. Just, you know, had some turnovers that hurt us, as you guys know, and he knows that. And Elijah did some good things. He's got a big arm. But I was encouraged and I think we can build upon both those guys and I anticipate them both playing."
In his weekly press conference, Brohm stated that it will be a challenge for his football team to play harder than Ohio because the Bobcats strength is to play hard and that's why they are a, "very, very talented team."
The Bobcats, Brohm said, will spread out Purdue and that is how they'll attack.
"We have to get better this week at that," Brohm said. "This team (Ohio) will spread you out and try to attack you that way. They are going to run the football. They are going to run the football; we have to take away the run as much as we can.