Purdue vs. SEMO - Quotes

Sept. 17, 2011

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Purdue Head Coach Danny Hope

On Purdue's quick start to the game:
"We came out and played like I thought we should against this opponent. I think we only punted once. I was very pleased with our play. We had two goals coming into this game. One was to win and the other was to get better. It was a pretty simple assignment and I thought we did it."

On Purdue's 393 rushing yards:
"We've got some pretty good running backs. I thought [junior running back] Akeem [Hunt] was good today. He's a physical back and has some great speed. [Junior running back] Ralph [Bolden] is outstanding. And then I liked what we saw out of our young running backs. I thought they were excellent. When we put them in there at the end, our offense marched right down the field."

On the play of quarterbacks Robert Marve and Caleb TerBush:
"TerBush is our starter. Robert Marve is very good. We've got two very talented quarterbacks and that's excellent for this football team. Both of those guys are good enough to win us some football games."

On what he takes away from this game:
"I thought we showed up and played very hard. We came out early and established the run and pass. I think we improved as a team today. I know Southeast Missouri isn't as good as Rice or Middle Tennessee but that's who was on the schedule today. We really zeroed in on what we do well defensively. We got a lot out of today's game."

SEMO Head Coach Tony Samuel

On today's snowball loss:
"They are a Big Ten team; they have a nice team that is taller than ours. They are a tough team that has a great tempo with the offense. The tempo was a factor early; they have a thick, strong team."

On Purdue's offensive diversity:
"They played very well; they do a good job of spreading out the offense and making the defense spread as well. They ran a lot of hitches and slants. They can run the ball real well too; they have two or three real good running backs. They have a good offense and they did a good job."

On team's offensive struggles:
"We did play Purdue which factored; they are a Big Ten team. They have 85 scholarships and we have 63, this is a money game. We were unable to generate any offense. It will be important to get it going with conference play coming up. We will need to bounce back and get ready for conference."

On lineup changes:
"There were different reasons for it; we used four or five new starters. We wanted to play everyone today and some guys needed to get a chance to start. We had four, five, six guys that we wanted to get a start."

Purdue Players

Caleb TerBush, junior quarterback
On his efficiency, particularly in the first half:
"It was not just me, the whole offense was very efficient. We ironed out a lot of the wrinkles from the first few games and it definitely paid dividends for us."

On the great play of the Purdue defense:
"It seemed like as soon as we came off the field, we were going right back on. Our defense held them a number of times, which gave us an opportunity to put points on the board. We have a lot of people that contributed today, which will help us as we get further into the season."

Ralph Bolden, junior running back
On scoring his first touchdown since 2009:
"It was a great feeling. It's difficult to describe. It is something I've been aiming for all season and wanting for along time."

On Purdue's excellence running the ball:
"Our offensive line was able to overpower them. Our running backs had great vision to see the holes that were available."

On the victory providing momentum going forward:
"It was a great win. It builds confidence. Now we can go into the bye week working hard and as an offense knowing we can move the ball and do some things right."

Chris Carlino, senior linebacker
On his performance as a member of the starting lineup:
"My number was called for first-team defense today. I always try to be prepared and ready, and just fly around and make plays."

On the defense's first shutout since 2004:
"It's huge for the defense. No matter who you play, getting a shutout is a big deal. We still have some things to work on, but it's a confidence builder."

On the victory providing momentum going forward:
"We've just got to ride the momentum, get healthy, practice well and get ready for Notre Dame."

SEMO Players

Matt Scheible, senior quarterback
On the play of the Purdue defense:
"Their linebackers were really big and very experienced. Also the secondary played well. The defense worked well together."

On SEMO's inability to move the ball offensively:
"We just didn't execute. We got to a couple third downs where we were a yard away from a first down and we didn't get it. And it's just a snowball effect with mistakes."

On the play of Purdue overall:
"They played well. They managed the game with the run game they had going and their quick pace. They have a pretty strong defense. I wish the best for them for the rest of the season."

Spencer Davis, redshirt-freshman wide receiver
On being behind early after Purdue's fast start:
"Purdue is a good team. We did our part but we have to put it past us now. We made lots of little mistakes. I think as a team we played well, but there's only so much we can do."

On the play of the Purdue defense: "Their corners play aggressive, real aggressive."

On having already played the toughest games on SEMO's schedule:
"We are looking forward to conference play. That's the main thing we're looking forward to now. The past two teams were good teams, but it is just work we have to do now. Now we have to put those two games past us."

Bryan Blanfort, senior strong safety
On how SEMO matched up with Purdue:
"We played a pretty good team, I just feel like we were outmatched. Purdue did a good job of taking advantage of that. We just have to give a little more effort."

On SEMO's inability to slow down the Purdue offense:
"I think we got tired as a defense. That should not be our excuse since we've been training since January. That should be something that is nonexistent right now."




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