Purdue saw its 2022 campaign open with a 35-31 loss to Penn State at Ross-Ade Stadium on Sept. 3. Despite seeing a slim 3-0 1st quarter lead turn into a 21-10 halftime deficit, the Boilermakers went up 24-21 after 3 quarters and led 31-28 with 8-and-a-half-minutes remaining but ultimately fell sort.

After Thursday’s practice, head coach Jeff Brohm highlighted several areas of improvement for the Boilermakers headed into Saturday’s contest against Indiana State. While the FCS Sycamores provide the perfect chance for Purdue to get into the win column, Brohm expressed hope that his team would correct the miscues that contributed to the loss to Penn State.

“I do think we had a rough start to the week. A lot of guys weren’t real happy with the outcome. And that’s good. We want that,” he said, according to Rivals.com. “I think we’ve gotten better as the week’s gone on. Our guys understand college football, you got to show up every week ready to play.”

What, exactly, is he looking for in the way of improvement?

“Tackling is always important. The few that you miss are going to be the ones that people remember. So, we’ve got to swarm to the ball. We’ve got to use our arms and wrap up and take to the ground and everybody’s got to finish through the whistle,” he said. “I think on offense, clean up penalties, just some silly things, missing alignments and things like that, we’ve got to get better at.”

Purdue and Indiana State kick off at 4 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.