Postgame Quotes

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Sept. 1, 2012

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Eastern Kentucky at Purdue
Sept. 1, 2012 - Ross-Ade Stadium
Postgame Quotes

Purdue head coach Danny Hope

On Purdue's defensive performance in today's game...

"This was huge for our confidence. We have a chance to be very good on defense; the potential is there. These were great trial runs for the defense. We had to react to sudden changes. The defense held Eastern Kentucky University scoreless in the second half. Sudden changes will happen in the future and we will be ready."

On senior quarterback Caleb TerBush's suspension for today's game...

"We need to be a disciplined football team. He broke team rules and that's team rules. This team is going to be disciplined and it will make us champs in 2012."

On redshirt senior quarterback Robert Marve's performance...

"He really competed today. Winning means a lot to him. He was an accurate passer. The Colonels came out and did different things; they played pretty well. He needs to be more of a disciplined player and more disciplined in the pocket. We are fortunate he was ready to go."

On playing his alma mater Eastern Kentucky University...

"I love Eastern Kentucky University. I know the kids that play there; I know people there. This game was about the Boilermakers. It was important for Rob Henry to be out there. I love the Colonels. But this game was about the Boilers."

Purdue Players

Kawann Short, senior, defensive tackle

On the defense's performance in the game...

"I thought we did a great job, but there's always room for improvement. As far as giving up points, that's on the defense to fix that."

On the touchdown drive by Eastern Kentucky...

"It was just a couple of big plays. They've got a lot of big receivers that are a lot taller than some of our corners. So as a defense we've just got to do a better job of communicating and helping those guys out."

On his knack for blocking kicks...

"The guys beside me really help me out by getting a push, whether it's Bruce [Gaston], Brandon [Taylor], or Ryan [Isaac]. Once we get the push, I basically just get my jump and try to knock it down."

Landon Feichter, sophomore, safety

On his first career touchdown...

"It felt great. I couldn't have done it without the defense. I was in pretty good position and J.J. [Josh Johnson] tipped the ball and it just fell right into my hands. After that, I pretty much just blacked out. It was such a surreal feeling."

On the defense's performance...

"I thought we played pretty well. The scoreboard doesn't lie. There are definitely some things we need to correct on Monday and get the kinks out. I think we'll be able to do that this week and get ready for Notre Dame."

On what the defense needs to improve on...

"The mental aspect of the game, especially pre-snap. We're making a lot of pre-snap mental errors, but other than that we're doing a good job of flying to the ball and making plays."

Rob Henry, junior, quarterback

On returning to the field after missing last season with an injury...

"It felt great. It had been almost 20 months since I had been on the field, so it felt pretty good to be back out there. I was a little rusty at first, but on that last drive I got into a bit of a rhythm and kind of felt like my old self again."

On when he knew that he was going to get a significant amount of playing time...

"I didn't know. Coach Nord had told me I would be getting some reps, but I didn't know how many or what I was going to be doing. I still don't know going forward into next week."

On the five turnovers Purdue had as a team...

"They were just stupid mistakes. We'll shore them up. You know, I had two myself. The fumble, like I said, I hadn't been hit in 20 months. I should've known he would be there. The pick I had was just a stupid mistake. We'll shore that up going forward.

Robert Marve, senior, quarterback

On the offense's performance...

"I thought it was a pretty good game. We had a few too many turnovers, but I think it was just the first game jitters. We played together as a team, which is our strength."

On the offense's five turnovers...

"We just have to focus. Like I said, I think it was the first game jitters, but we've got to understand that the ball is the program."

Eastern Kentucky head coach Dean Hood

On the frustrations on the number of turnovers the team had during the game...

"That was a big thing for us. I really thought we would do better than that. I felt really good about our team and I still do. But when we get in the red zone we need to learn to convert and score."

On the Purdue quarterbacks, especially with Caleb TerBush being absent from today's game...

"Purdue has adversities it faced last year that will now be an advantage for them this year. They suffered from numerous quarterback injuries but now they have a plentiful amount of them to help the team."

On his decision to start Jared McClain at quarterback over returning starter T.J. Pryor...

"Pryor's hamstring is doing better, but McClain looked good at practice this week and had more reps under his belt over Pryor. His movements showed he had this game."

On the final score after Purdue pulled away in the second half...

"We didn't come here to have it come close. We came to win a game. There were big plays where we shot ourselves in the foot. We were in the game at 20-6 but we didn't score any points after that."

On quarterback T.J. Pryor's health status...

"Pryor will be fine next week. We thought he would be fine this week but McClain had too many reps over Pryor and was good looking to play today."

Eastern Kentucky Players

Brooklyn Fox, redshirt senior, defensive back

On not converting turnovers to points...

"It was frustrating having long drives with nothing to show (for them). We had things to show with our defense as well. We came up short today, but we'll bounce back next week."

On playing against a no-huddle offense...

"It wasn't a factor for us. We practiced all week for it. We expected it."

Matt Denham, redshirt senior, running back

On not converting turnovers to points...

"With nine turnovers in a game, you have to capitalize. We had the defense on the field a lot, and they got tired. The offense got frustrated when (Purdue's) defense knew what to do."

On Purdue's defense...

"(Kawann Short) was a monster. We didn't have an answer for him."

On the second quarter being a turning point...

"Things didn't really go our way in the second quarter. They started going Purdue's way, and we couldn't capitalize against them. It was frustrating keeping the defense on the field."

Patrick Ford, redshirt senior, offensive line

On playing against Purdue...

"We just had to stand up to them as best we could. We've played some of these games before. This is a great environment to play in. We have to watch tape and improve for next week."

Jared McClain, sophomore, quarterback

On taking hard hits...

"Yeah, I took some hard hits. Purdue had a great defense. Coach Hope coached them up well. We'll look at film and get back at it."

On not converting turnovers to points...

"That's something we'll work on and get better next week."