In Saturday’s opener for Purdue, Brian Brohm not only had to continue his role of co-offensive coordinator, he was also the acting head coach.

Brohm’s brother, Jeff, is quarantining following a positive COVID-19 test. That left Brian as the leading man and main play-caller against the Hawkeyes Saturday. It marked Brohm’s debut as a head coach and as a play-caller. The day turned into a smashing success as the Boilermakers defeated Iowa 24-20.

Because of Brohm’s success pulling double duty and filling in for Jeff, Athlon Sports honored Brohm and his effort:

With the unique circumstances of Jeff not being there, Brian and company stepped up. Brian’s offense was magnificent as David Bell caught three touchdowns and was named co-Big Ten Offensive player of the week.

Bell helped lead a late comeback. His third touchdown catch came with just minutes remaining and put the Boilermakers ahead for good, 24-20.

Brohm also oversaw a Purdue defense that held Iowa’s offense in check for most of Saturday’s win.

Brian’s stint as acting head coach looks to be coming to an end as Jeff is expected to return on Wednesday. While Jeff’s younger brother might have enjoyed filling in, I’m sure everyone in West Lafayette is happy to see Purdue return to full strength.