Danny Ezechukwu chatted with me about how Purdue rallied after some adversity, why the team was insistent the game against Indiana wouldn’t be there last game and how much he had fun being part of Purdue’s nasty defense this season.
Taking over a football program that finished the previous season by losing their last seven games isn’t an easy task.
Coaching a team like Purdue that plays in a stacked Big Ten Conference makes things even trickier.
A lot of teams would fold when they endure adversity like Purdue faced when they blew late leads in games to Rutgers and Nebraska, but instead, this Boilermaker football team learned from those mistakes and now find themselves eligible to play in a bowl game.
Coach Brohm reflected on the struggles that helped this team forge their identiy, being pleasently surprised Purdue is going to a Bowl game this seaosn, the veteran leadership that helped this team thrive and what winning the Old Oaken Bucket means.
Today’s game between Purdue and Indiana had a lot riding on the outcome. Win and you secure the Old Oaken Bucket and a bowl bid. Lose and your season ends with a bitter taste in your mouth.
After Purdue’s dramatic win, I talked with Coach Brohm, Markell Jones, Danny Ezechuwku and Da’Wun Hunte about the big win.
I’ve also included some footage I shot pre-game with fans of both teams.
After Purdue’s big win against Illinois, Coach Brohm talked with the media about the loss of David Blaugh and how the defense really stepped up.
I also got some video with Ja’Whaun Bentley and Jacob Thieneman talking about how Purdue’s defense impacted the game.