Sept. 29, 2012
Marshall at Purdue
Sept. 29, 2012 - Ross-Ade Stadium
Purdue head coach Danny Hope
On the team's defensive performance
"It's a hard game to assess with a team like that, we will have to look at the film and see how we did. Whenever you get two pick sixes that is huge for the team, but it's hard for the defense because it puts them right back on the field. Marshall had 53 plays in the first half and that's a lot of plays. We had to rotate our guys, the team played well."
On redshirt senior Caleb TerBush's performance
"Caleb played well in the first half. He is a big, mature, physical player. He runs north well, he is not the most fleet of foot but he is bigger and has size. There aren't many quarterbacks his size. He threw (the ball) well. If the quarterback plays well it helps the football team. There is still room for improvement."
On junior cornerback Ricardo Allen's performance
"He is a great competitor and I like the way he played. (Rakeem Cato) throws it well and Ricardo was still able to play well. He's a competitive player and plays with emotion; he is a very spirited player. He set a school record with (his interception touchdown return). This was big for him and he will continue."
On senior defensive tackle Kawann Short's performance
"We had to rotate so many guys and he was able to play his hardest. If we hadn't rotated so many guys he might not have been able to play so well. He played well and hats off to him."
Purdue Player Postgame Quotes
Caleb TerBush, senior, quarterback
On how Purdue played as an offense
"The place where we laid ourselves short was at the start of the second half. We wanted to get off to a little bit faster of a start. We let them kind of get back into the game, but that's the thing that we'll be working on the most this week."
On matching Marshall's offense
"We knew coming in that we were going to have to put up some points. The offensive line was doing a great job of blocking up front and the receivers were doing a good job of catching the ball and getting up field. Gary (Bush) had a couple of big plays today with the touchdowns and Antavian (Edison) did a nice job as well today. We know we can score points, we've just got to execute."
Ricardo Allen, junior, cornerback
On the defense's performance
"Even though it was a really good offense, I thought we played kind of down today. The only thing you can't take back is a loss, and we don't have that today. So we'll get working on some things this week and come back next week as a better team."
On breaking the Purdue record for interceptions returned for a touchdown
"It's an unbelievable honor, but it all goes to my team. I couldn't do anything without my team. It all starts with the pressure from the defensive line and the linebackers and they did a great job of that today."
Josh Johnson, senior, cornerback
On the defense's performance
"I thought we played well. There's some things we need to tighten up on, but they're an explosive offense. Their receivers run their routes to perfection and their quarterback was getting rid of the ball just before our line could get there. But for the most part, I thought we did a good job of holding them down and making some plays."
On how the defense was able to create turnovers
"We knew that all we needed to do was rattle him one time, and we could keep him rattled. A lot of their routes are all about timing and we started timing them ourselves and were able to jump a few of them."
Marshall head coach Doc Holliday
On Purdue's Kawann Short...
"Short is a big, physical player. He runs well and plays well too."
On the momentum of the game...
"We have a conference game next week and this was a good start into it. We have got to move on from this game and watch film, fix mistakes and continue to improve."
Rakeem Cato, sophomore, quarterback
On teammate's abilities...
"Everyone knows football, and that's what football is period. The momentum gets to you, and you just play."
On locker room talk to lead into second half...
"We just need to keep fighting. You can't look at the scoreboard. You have to just keep fighting."
On playing Purdue's top defense...
"We wanted a W. Even though we lost, we can only go up from here. We didn't win, so the stats don't matter to us. We just need to keep looking forward."
Marques Aiken, redshirt junior, defensive lineman
On the second half shutdown...
"We challenged ourselves at the half and wanted to make a statement. The score showed you can't let a team like that get to you. All we can do is show up at practice this week and work hard and come back next week."
On Purdue's defense...
"We won some, but they won some as well. We made some errors, but we got some balls and executed them."
On upcoming conference play...
"We found out a lot about our team this game... a lot. We could have easily given up after that deficit at the half. We silenced the crowd at times and made the impact we needed."
Harold `Gator' Hoskins, junior, tight end
On big plays on a big stage...
"We made too many mistakes. Our defense fell apart in the first half, but we were able to come back together in the second half and make the plays we needed."
On Cato's interceptions...
"We had a couple of bad plays today, but we were able to bounce back in the second half. That gave us a chance to get back in it and win the game, but we didn't capitalize."