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Associated Press
Purdue and coach Joe Tiller saw a 17-point lead evaporate during a defeat against Oregon in two overtime periods Saturday.

Boilers' offense must improve

A loss is never good, especially when it should have been a victory.

Purdue saw its 17-point lead slip away in a 32-26, two-overtime loss to No. 16 Oregon on Saturday.

Maybe it’s what the Boilermakers need to finally develop a killer instinct.

Running back Kory Sheets called the loss “ridiculous.” He swears Purdue will be a different team from here on out.

For that to happen, the onus is on the offense. In the first two weeks, that unit has been incapable of sustaining drives.

Purdue seemed at its best – or at least exciting – against Oregon when it mixed up play calling.

Let quarterback Curtis Painter run the option where he seemingly always makes the right decisions. Let converted running back Justin Siller line up more at quarterback and use his running ability to offer a different approach.

Purdue also needs to give Sheets 25-plus carries per game. Maybe less load on Painter’s arm will mean more production.