Presser Highlights: Jeff Brohm Previews Matchup With Ohio State, Discussing Dwayne Haskins' Ability As Well As What Makes Ohio State Elite

By David Wertheim on October 15, 2018 at 3:17 pm
Purdue coach Jeff Brohm
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Ohio State goes on the road to Purdue this weekend, where they will face a resurgent Boilermakers team in a primetime matchup. 

The last matchup between the schools did not go so well for Purdue, with Ohio State routing the Boilermakers 56-0 back in 2013. This is the largest blowout in the history of the rivalry between the two schools, which goes back to 1919.

It's a big matchup for both teams, as Ohio State looks to hold a perfect record heading into the bye week, and Purdue looks for its first signature win under second-year head coach Jeff Brohm.

Brohm took to the podium to discuss the upcoming matchup with the Buckeyes. Here are the highlights.

Ohio State is Elite

"I think when you look at the college landscape, there's two teams that stand out as being elite, and that's Alabama and Ohio State, and rightfully so. They have got great players, great talent, they are extremely well-coached, and they know what they are doing.

The thing that really impressed me the most about them is they have had a couple games that have been a little bit close, and these guys just know how to win. They have a lot of history and tradition and it's going to be a very tough match up.

So our guys just got to have a good week of practice, prepare ourselves as best we can, have great attitude and come game day, cut it loose and let the pieces fall where they may. It's an exciting time for our team to play this opponent. I know our fans are excited and we're looking forward to this game on our home turf."

On Dwayne Haskins

"He's a very efficient quarterback who throws the ball well and he likes to throw the ball. While he's a good athlete and can run, he likes to throw the ball. Gets the ball out of his hands quickly.

I think they do a great job on offense of spreading the field and give him numerous chances to get it out quick where he feels comfortable and he's not taking a lot of hits and he's not standing there too long; and then they will take their shots and mix those in.

I think he feels comfortable in their system and he's got great weapons around him. But he is an accurate passer. I think when you watch him, he can make all the throws and he does a great job with it."

On Ohio State's Offense

"You have a quarterback that really likes to throw the football, even though he's a good athlete. Good offensive line. They don't run it as much as you would probably think but they would like to but they have been very effective throwing the ball and they have got weapons. The quarterback has been airing it out and they have been very effective doing it.

This will be a great challenge for our defense because this is a powerful team that really likes to throw the football as much as we do, if not more. They have been successful at it, and we'll see how we can find ways to get to the quarterback, disrupt his timing a little bit, bring a little pressure to make him feel uncomfortable and see if we can create some turnovers.

One of the keys to the game is creating stops, creating turnovers and not turning the ball over ourselves and hopefully that will help us stay in the game for as long as we can."

Ohio State and Purdue kick off Saturday at 7:30 on ABC.

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