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NOTEBOOK Hurricane to have lingering impact on ACC schedules While safety concerns at Atlantic Coast Conference schools are being addressed ahead of Hurricane Florence, the storm’s significant impact on this week’s schedule will have a lingering effect on scheduling obstacles, monetary implications and bowl considerations once it passes. The list of canceled games includes No. 13 Virginia Tech’s home game against East Carolina, No. 14 West Virginia’s trip to North Carolina State and No. 18 Central Florida’s game at North Carolina. Virginia has moved its Saturday home game against Ohio to Nashville, Tenn., with the storm forecast to come ashore along the coastline late Thursday or early Friday, bringing strong winds and heavy rain throughout the region. Second-ranked Clemson’s game against Georgia Southern on Saturday in Death Valley is on, but the school announced Wednesday that it was moving up the start time from 3:30 p.m. to noon because of the storm. Wake Forest and Boston College will try to beat the hurricane by playing two hours earlier on Thursday. The schools with called off games left open the possibility of trying to reschedule them for later in the season, but there’s no guarantee that will work. “What’s led up to this point has been the health and safety considerations, not just for the teams but the fans and the state and the region,” said Michael Lipitz, North Carolina State’s deputy athletic director for internal operations. “That just becomes the overriding consideration to get to this point, and so we’ll deal with it. We’ll deal with what’s next. We’ll figure it out.” There certainly aren’t many easy options for rescheduling games. The best chance would come if the teams share an off week, but that’s not an option here. There’s also the weekend of Dec. 1, after the scheduled completion of the regular season, though that could conflict with conference championship games. There’s the possibility of scheduling a different opponent that might also be looking to replace its own weatherimpacted date, such as Nebraska and Iowa State — both of which lost Week 1 home games due to severe weather. Meanwhile, Kilton Anderson threw three first-half touchdown passes to help Coastal Carolina beat Campbell 58-21 on Wednesday in Buies Creek, N.C. The game was rescheduled from Saturday because of the hurricane. Associated Press

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dysfunctional head-coaching search in the offseason. Purdue fans exhaled in relief when Brohm stayed with the Boilermakers — in April he agreed to a two-year contract extension that’s good through 2024 — but the loss Saturday was the kind that can undo a year’s worth of progress over three hours. The upset improved Eastern Michigan’s record against Power 5 conference teams to 2-59. Ouch. Even worse, the 20-19 decision prompted this comment from Eastern Michigan coach Chris Creighton on Tuesday’s Mid-American Conference coaches’ call: “I don’t mean any disrespect, but this is what I honestly believe. It is going to be more of a difficult challenge for us this week than last week was.” The Eagles play Buffalo on Saturday. The Buffalo Bulls, not the Bills. Double ouch. Purdue, 0-2 for the first time since 1996, can end the streak Saturday when Missouri (2-0) visits Ross-Ade Stadium for a rematch of last year’s 35-3 Boilermakers blowout in Columbia. Before he can shift focus to coach Barry Odom’s Tigers, Brohm has been consumed with his team’s penalty problems. In their 31-27 loss to Northwestern, the Boilermakers wasted a breakout performance from freshman receiver Rondale Moore when an after-the-whistle takedown by defensive lineman Lorenzo Neal on third down extended Northwestern’s final drive to ice the win. For the game, Brohm’s team was flagged nine times for 95 yards. Against Eastern Michigan, Purdue drew seven penalties for 85 yards, including another third-down defensive personal foul that gave the underdogs new life on the game-winning drive. Earlier, on Purdue’s go-ahead touchdown, running back D.J. Knox was penalized for excessive celebration. Convinced his offense was out of range for a 2-point conversion after the penalty, Brohm settled for the kick and a meaningless two-point lead. Eastern Michigan’s field goal in the final seconds was the difference. On Monday, Brohm called the debacle “an embarrassing loss” and promised consequences for future transgressions. Purdue is a Big Ten-worst minus-4 in turnover margin. Only 10 teams in the country have more penalty yards than Purdue’s 180. “We’re going to make sure from here

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Purdue coach Jeff Brohm is spending the week focusing on reducing his team’s penalties, which have amounted to 180 yards, among the most in the country thus far. POST-DISPATCH SEC POWER POLL 1. Alabama 8. Kentucky 2. Georgia 9. South Carolina 3. Auburn 10. Vanderbilt 4. Louisiana State 11. Ole Miss 5. Mississippi State 12. Florida 6. Texas A&M 13. Tennessee 7. Missouri 14. Arkansas

on out everyone is held accountable every step they make, 24 hours a day, on the practice field,” he said. “And what they may think is something small has been costing us. And really, they’re silly, silly mistakes that there’s no use for them. … There has to be consequences for their actions. And if guys are getting 15-yard penalties, they’re out the game. If we see something close to that, that’s not a penalty, they’re coming out of the game. We have to do it in practice, address it in practice and make sure that they’re training themselves every day to understand you can’t be silly, I guess is a nice way of putting it. “When good things happen, we need to celebrate with our guys only and get back to the next play.” “We’ve got a lot of growing up to do,” he added. As Odom pointed out this week, a play here or there and Purdue could be 2-0 and cruising into Saturday’s rematch as the team with momentum. Plus, there’s no shortage of firepower in Brohm’s offense. Brohm hasn’t settled on a permanent quarterback between David Blough and Elijah Sindelar, but the Boilermakers lead the nation in rushing yards per carry (8.1) and produced two 100-yard rushers Saturday, Knox and Markell Jones. Moore, a 5-foot-9 freshman, is Purdue’s triple threat as a receiver, rusher and kickoff return specialist. Odom said the slot receiver’s game footage “looks like it’s in fast forward.” “Wherever he is on the field we better know about it because he can go from anywhere,” Odom said. “They do a lot of things, being able to get a right call depending on what you’re showing defensively. Their two tailbacks, I’m overly impressed with the way they run. They run

SATURDAY’S GAMES 11 a.m.

UTEP at Tennessee, SEC Net.

11 a.m.

Murray State at Kentucky, SEC Net. alt.

1:30 p.m. Vanderbilt at Notre Dame, KSDK (5) 2:30 p.m. LSU at Auburn, KMOV (4) 3 p.m.

Colorado St. at Florida, SEC Net.

3 p.m.

North Texas at Arkansas, SEC Net. alt.

6 p.m.

Alabama at Ole Miss, ESPN

6:15 p.m. Middle Tenn. at Georgia, ESPN2 6:30 p.m. La.-Monroe at Texas A&M, SEC Net. 6:30 p.m. Louisiana at Mississippi St., SEC Net. alt. 6:30 p.m. Missouri at Purdue, BTN Canceled, hurricane: Marshall at So. Carolina

STANDINGS Conf.

All games

East

W

L

W

L

PF

Georgia

1

0

2

0

86

17

Kentucky

1

0

2

0

62

36 27

PA

Missouri

0

0

2

0

91

Vanderbilt

0

0

2

0

76

17

Florida

0

1

1

1

69

33

South Carolina

0

1

1

1

66

56

Tennessee

0

0

1

1

73

43

West

W

L

W

L

PF

PA

Alabama

0

0

2

0

108

21

Auburn

0

0

2

0

84

25

LSU

0

0

2

0

64

17

Mississippi St.

0

0

2

0

94

16

Mississippi

0

0

2

0

123

68

Arkansas

0

0

1

1

82

54

Texas A&M

0

0

1

1

85

35

between the tackles. They get on the perimeter. They run tough. They seem to get better as the game goes on. They’ve got skill. They’ve got guys we recruited at the receiver position that are playing for them now and starting. Their quarterbacks are talented enough, savvy enough to make a lot of throws. “They represent a lot of challenges for us.” Dave Matter @dave_matter on Twitter dmatter@post-dispatch.com

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