So looking back with the knowledge that Drew Brees is a Super Bowl MVP, does it make that 2000 loss to Purdue a little easier to accept? No, of course not, but knowing just how good Brees is do you chalk that loss up to the Michigan offense or defense?
Michigan offense: in the first half Michigan raced to a 28-10 lead but only scored a field goal in the second half before losing 32-31. That offense was stacked with Drew Henson, Anthony Thomas, BJ Askew, Marquise Walker, David Terrell, Steve Hutchinson, Jeff Backus, Jonathan Goodwin, Mo Williams, Ronald Bellamy and Bennie Joppru.
Michigan defense: adjustments? We don't need to stinkin' adjustments! History has shown the defense wasn't nearly as talented as the offense: the d-line had bupkis, while the back 7 featured Victor Hobson, Larry Foote and Jeremy LeSueur.
In retrospect I think you can say the defense acquitted itself much better than the offense. The defense just wasn't nearly as good which was made painfully apparent in THE HORROR (The Prequel) when it gave up 54 points to Northwestern. With that being the case giving up 32 to Purdue was a reasonable outcome for that undermanned unit. Brees was after all the Big Ten player of the year, Maxwell Award winner, and a Heisman finalist. And future Super Bowl winning QB and MVP of the game.
That offense on the other hand should have been able to put up much more than a mere field goal in the second half. Doing so would have allowed the team to run away and hide by outscoring the Boilermakers. A win in West Lafayette and the team would have eventually wrapped up an undisputed Big Ten championship.