Boilermakers look to apply bye week fixes in Big Ten opener vs. Gophers

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Purdue coach Jeff Brohm got back to basics during last week’s bye.
He worked on technique. He rested players who needed to get healthy. And he reiterated the need to play more physical.
The messages were short, sweet and simple, and Brohm will find out Saturday if his points made an impact when the Boilermakers host Minnesota in the teams’ Big Ten opener.
“It was more physical. It was in full pads. We got a lot of good contact work,” Brohm said, referring to last week’s practices. “I think both sides of the ball need to get better at being more physical and trying to dominate the line of scrimmage and trying to win football games in that manner before we get into all the cute stuff we like to run. I think we did see some improvement.”
The Boilermakers (1-2) need wins after a fourth-quarter collapse led to an inexplicable season-opening loss at Nevada. Two weeks ago, without starting quarterback Elijah Sindelar, Purdue lost at home to TCU.
It remains unclear whether Sindelar, who has thrown fo

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