Husker DC Bill Busch says Purdue is a ‘ridiculously gifted football team’

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Nebraska’s defense will face one of its biggest challenges so far this season on Saturday against Purdue.

Defensive coordinator Bill Busch spoke about what the Huskers can expect from the Boilermakers during a Wednesday press conference.

“A huge game for us on Saturday against a, you know, ridiculously gifted football team,” he said.

The Huskers are currently tied in the Big Ten West division with Purdue and Illinois.

A win over Purdue could prove vital for a team who hasn’t been to a conference championship since 2012.

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Busch went on to discuss the Boilermakers’ head coach, Jeff Brohm, who he said ‘does a magnificent job with how he schemes things up.’

The Boilermakers currently sit with a 4-2 record, those losses coming from No. 11 Penn State and No. 18 Syracuse.

They’re averaging 32.5 points per game and have secured wins over Big Ten opponents Minnesota and Maryland.

“They’re as talented as a group as that we’ve seen all year, skill-wise and especially at the quarterback spot,” Busch added.

Nebraska’s defense will have their work cut out for them in West Lafayette, Indiana.

But that defense has been strong in its last two showings against Indiana and Rutgers, as they shut out both opponents in the second half.

Those shutouts helped the Huskers win back-to-back conference games, which the team hasn’t accomplished since 2018.

And Busch said that part of the team’s success has come from the players’ attitudes.

“Kids have just been bought into what we’re doing when we can communicate very well on the sideline, you know, you don’t all of a sudden just create great attitude players,” he said.  “We have great attitude players they were already here.”

Busch also praised the Huskers for making adjustments during the Rutgers game, which saw Nebraska down by 13 at the half.

“I mean, that’s just a bunch of guys being real dudes and stepping up and playing hard, big eyes, big chests, bright-eyed and that’s all on them,” he said.

And the compliments didn’t end there.  Busch said he was so proud of the team and that it’s been fun to get to coach the players.

“Nebraska should be proud of them for just the way they carry themselves,” he said.

Nebraska will face Purdue at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.  The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

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