The amount of hype coming in to this season for Purdue was at an all time high. Head coach Danny Hope said it was his most talented group yet and gave real reason to believe the Boilermakers would be contenders in the Big Ten this season. It’s easy to say Purdue is failing to live up to those expectations for more then one reason.
On Saturday, the reason was because of Denard Robinson.
Robinson tore apart the Boiler’s defense, rushing for 235 yards on 24 carries. He didn’t even need to run for a touchdown in Michigan’s 44-13 win. Big Blue outgained Purdue 409-213 and had no problem shutting down the opposing quarterback(s).
Purdue used both Caleb TerBush and Robert Marve but neither could generate any positive offense. TerBush was far from spectacular only completing 15 passes for 105 yards and one interception. Marve later came in to try and provide a spark but failed to do so. Marve is also playing with a torn ACL that he injured a few games back.
Hope and his team are in gut-check time position sitting at 3-2 and 0-1 in the Big Ten. They haven’t found a quarterback that can give them a chance to win and their running game has been completely non-existent.
It’s hard to see a team with so much talent not be able to put it together on the field. Maybe this is the sign of things to come though. There could be some changes in West Lafayette.
Hope may be lost.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.