WHAT WE THOUGHT THENIn 2004 and 2005, the Boilers' first loss sparked some ugly losing streaks that ruined very promising seasons. After this schelacking, it appeared that Tiller and Co. were headed down that same slippery slope as this marked their second loss in a row. The way that Purdue gave up 286 yards on the ground to an offensive line that went through 3 centers in the first half was alarming to say the least.
WHAT WE KNOW NOW
This was one of many valleys during an up and down year. This was true for Curtis Painter and the team as a whole. Both the Purdue offense and defense would bounce back in a big way the following week against Northwestern winning 31-10 in dominating fashion. The finish to Drew Tate's career has been a major disappointment. Tate burst onto the scene as a sophomore in 2004 leading Iowa to a 10-2 record and a dramatic last second comeback victory over LSU in the Capital One Bowl. Tate made First Team All Big-Ten that year. Since then, he has regressed and Iowa has gone 7-5 and 6-6 in his final two seasons.
WHAT WE KNEW ALL ALONG