Brohm criticizes Purdue, prone to penalties after Syracuse disaster

Purdue coach Jeff Brohm has seen enough.

He wants everyone on the Boilermakers program to stop fighting with referees and opposing players, starting with himself.

After apologizing to his players on Sunday for the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he scored in the final minute of Saturday’s shock defeat at Syracuse, Brohm went public with his criticism on Monday during his weekly news conference.

“We can no longer take 15-yard penalties, myself included, including side and field warnings,” he said.

On Saturday, tight end Payne Durham caught a touchdown pass to give the Boilermakers the lead with 51 seconds left. The fifth-year veteran then received a 15-yard penalty when a shoving and shouting match broke out after the extra point attempt. Brohm said he asked the referee for an explanation and was called out for another unsportsmanlike conduct that forced Purdue (1-2, 0-1 Big Ten) to kick from his own 10-yard line.

Syracuse then benefited from a good field position and two defensive penalties – a hold call near midfield and a pass interference call that set the winning score.

“Mine at the end was stupid,” Durham said after 50 yards on penalties in the final minute led to a 32-29 loss. “It’s something I shouldn’t do. One guy was trying to get retaliation from me, and it worked. I said something to him and the referee threw a flag.”

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