Poised for Purdue?

While the Gophers defense struggles, it certainly isn't going to get any help with the quality of their offensive opponent this week. Purdue has put up some impressive numbers during their nonconference schedule.

The Boilermakers haven't faced a legitimate defense yet, but it's difficult not to be impressed with the numbers Purdue's offense has produced through the first three games.

Entering its Big Ten opener at Minnesota, Purdue is averaging more than 530 yards and nearly 50 points per game after facing off against Toledo, Eastern Illinois and Central Michigan.

Given the current state of the Gophers' defense — it's ranked 116th in the country, allowing 556.3 yards per game — those averages might not come down much this week.

"We're moving the ball. A lot of guys are showing what they can do," receiver Dorien Bryant said. "A lot of guys have been able to showcase their talents. It's real exciting. We've got different guys who can pop up on any play, any game, any time."

Offense has never been much of a problem for the Boilers. Stopping opponents is usually where things get tricky. Thus far, Purdue is holding opponents to a little more than 17 points per game, but they have yet to see some of the high-powered offenses looming in the coming weeks.

"I'm pleased with our improvement from where we were last year," cornerback Terrell Vinson said.

Last year, the Boilers were 104th in the country, allowing over 241 yards per game. This year that number is down to 224 yards, good for seventh in the Big Ten and 62nd in the country.

NOTES

  • QB Curtis Painter has 13 touchdown passes through three games. He has yet to throw an interception.

  • Purdue's defense stopped Central Michigan last week four times on fourth-down plays in Purdue territory.


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