Sept. 15, 2012
Eastern Michigan at Purdue
Sept. 15, 2012 - Ross-Ade Stadium
Purdue head coach Danny Hope
On the offense's big plays in today's game
"We have a lot of team speed. We try to get the ball into our fastest player's hands that way we are able to manufacture big plays. (Sophomore Running Back) Akeem Hunt got the ball and was big for us today. We recruit class sprinters, that's the way we set up our team."
On the defense three interceptions
"Last year we struggled with getting turnovers. We have to tighten on offense and not commit turnovers. Turnovers can come back and haunt you in big games. The defensive front allows us and the backs to make big plays and go after the ball."
On the team's plan heading into the bye week
"We are going to adjust our bye week plan from last year's plan. We are going to flip what we did from last year, we will take days off early in the week. We are going to look at (today's) film tomorrow and the staff will start looking at Marshall. The team will take off Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and a week from today we will start practicing for Marshall. This is a tired football time. They have very long days that they put in. Purdue is a good school, they don't just give you grades here. They have very long days and long hours. When I arrive in the morning there are players here, and when I leave in the evening there are players here. The players put in 14, 16, 18 hour days. This is a tired football team and they need the time off."
Purdue Player Postgame Quotes
Akeem Hunt, Sophomore, Running Back
On his big day, scoring two touchdowns
"I felt pretty good on my performance today. I could've done a little bit better on a couple of movements. We all came together and had a great game today."
On the offense's success in the game
"I attribute that to the coaching staff and the offensive line. They (coaching staff) do a great job of teaching us what to do to get past the line and after that it's on us."
Brandon Cottom, Sophomore, Running Back
On his 87-yard touchdown run
"I just saw a hole open up and the linebacker slide down and I got him to miss. I didn't feel like they could catch me, but I was running as fast as I could."
On the offense's success running the ball
"The offensive line had a great day and we got some big blocks on the outside. All the running backs did a good job in the open field. It was a collective effort by the team."
Ryan Russell, Sophomore, Defensive End
On the defense's performance today
"We played good. There were a few missed assignments, but we rallied around each other and that was big. We did a great job on third down and that was big."
On the defense's success so far this season
"We feel like the defense is a strength for this team, and we want to be the best defense in the conference, so we'll continue to play to that standard."
Caleb TerBush, Senior, Quarterback
On the offense's performance in the game
"We started off kind of slow. We weren't clicking and there were some communication errors, but as the game went along we started to pick it up a little bit. We put up 54 points, so we definitely improved as the game went along."
On the offense's elevation in play
"The running game. The offensive line was great today. Everybody saw Akeem Hunt take off a couple of times and Brandon (Cottom) take off a couple of times. Our running definitely gave us a big step forward. The thing we really need to improve on is the passing game."
Eastern Michigan head coach Ron English
On Purdue's long drives and pin at 1...
"We had them at 13 (points), and they got out at the corner. That hurt us, but they have the speed which exposed us. We did have some speed but we needed to finish the tackle."
On Purdue's big plays...
"They had five in the first half. Our guys came out to play. I thought they did well except with tackles."
On the team's performance...
"Our focus is where it needs to be. We need to get better. We need to find the right guys for the right positions and put those players there."
On Eastern Michigan's nice drives but lack in points...
"Purdue's defensive front was tough. We didn't have enough points off drives and those extra points such as the missed field goal were mistakes."
On Purdue's performance...
"They have a group of extremely talented guys. I have coached against them before and that is the most talented Purdue team I have coached against."
On adversity and success for Eastern Michigan...
"If we knew that, we wouldn't be in this position. It wasn't that our guys weren't emotionally ready for this game - they were. They were ready physically too I thought, and I thought they did well at times. We only had three turnovers, which is an improvement, but we have more to do."