Before getting to Tim Brewster, who would have thought I would type this after Robert Marve tore his ACL on Sept. 25?
Purdue is 2-0 and tied for the Big Ten lead after a 28-17 victory.
The Boilers have turned around their season following a bye week and claimed back-to-back victories in Big Ten play. Quarterback Rob Henry continued to impress, rushing for three touchdowns and looking a lot more polished in the pass game. Running back Dan Dierking had another big day, eclipsing 100 rush yards. Purdue's defense also continues to make strides, shutting out Minnesota for a half and keeping the Gophers out of the end zone for three quarters. Danny Hope's team might get a reality check next week in Columbus, but life is good right now.
The Gophers had to abandon their run game in the second half, and quarterback Adam Weber made some good throws but just wasn't efficient enough.
So what's next for Tim Brewster? His team didn't quit today, but falling behind 21-0 can't help his chances with school officials, who are pondering whether to make a coaching change with six games left. Brewster told ESPN before the game that a report that he'd be let go with a loss to Purdue wasn't accurate, but the vultures clearly are circling.
It's amazing to think that two years ago, Minnesota was on its way to a 7-1 start and a No. 17 national ranking. But very little has gone right for Brewster since that point, as he has gone 7-18.
We now wait and see if Minnesota makes a decision now or waits a little longer.