Postgame Quotes

Oct. 8, 2011

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Purdue vs. Minnesota Postgame Quotes
Oct. 8, 2011

Purdue Coach Danny Hope

On Purdue's 24-0 first quarter lead:
"I thought we played with a lot of energy and enthusiasm today. We dressed all 96 guys today and I think everybody on the sideline was really into it. There was just a lot of energy from our football team today."

On Ricardo Allen's 37-yard interception return for a touchdown:
"Ricardo always plays hard and does his absolute best. Every once in a while you have to have a bad day to really appreciate the great ones. I thought he showed a lot of resilience today. That was big for him and big for our football team."

On game planning for two different Minnesota quarterbacks:
"We thought we had a plan that would allows us to defend Minnesota regardless of the quarterback. When [Minnesota quarterback] Marqueis Gray is in the game he, obviously, brings a different element. He's more of a rusher and can do things with his feet. [Freshman Minnesota quarterback Max Shortell] is more of a passer. Each quarterback has a couple different nuances but I was really pleased with how we defended them."

On whether or not the margin of victory means anything:
"I don't know if it does or not. I'm glad we won. I'm proud we won. I thought we grew and developed as a team today. We really played with extended energy today. We wanted to be more violent and physical as a team. The guys really gave their all today."

Purdue Players

Ricardo Allen, sophomore cornerback
On his interception return for a touchdown:
"The quarterback rolled out and the D-line did a good job of making him throw a poor pass. He forced it in there and I got and just went with it."

On tying Rod Woodson and Mike Rose for the Purdue career intercept return record:
"It's a great accomplishment. The credit goes out to Gary Emanuel and the rest of the defensive coaching staff. It's great to be linked with a Purdue legend."

Ryan Russell, redshirt-freshman defensive end
On his two fumble recoveries:

"I was pursuing the ball, trying to defend and make the tackle. The ball came out and I knew I had to go get it."

On tying a Purdue record with the two fumble recoveries:
"I didn't know that; that's cool, that's great. The credit goes out to my team for forcing the fumbles. I tried my best to recover them."

On the success of the defense:
"I was excited that my teammates and I performed how we practiced. It was encouraging that we played so well."

Caleb TerBush, junior quarterback
On Purdue's high number of long drives and his increasing confidence:

"I have felt more comfortable with every game. The offensive line has helped me a lot, which has helped take the pressure off me."

On Big Ten play being a new season:
"We do look at the Big Ten season as a whole new season. We had a chip on our shoulders after last week's loss. I think we corrected our mistakes and learned some valuable lessons."

On the importance of the solid play of the defense:
"They were huge for our momentum. As an offense, we just needed to make sure we capitalized on that momentum and put points on the board."

Minnesota Head Coach Jerry Kill

On performance of quarterback MarQueis Gray: "It's a situation where he had stopped taking reps over the last week and a half; we had nursed him along to get him where he's at. We needed some kind of spark because we had nothing go right in the first quarter. I thought he did some good things and ran the team efficiently. We've got to find a way to help our quarterbacks out; we are just a very young football team."

On the early hole from Purdue's 24-point first quarter: "The first quarter was just one of those things where it just hits you in the mouth. We just seemed like we weren't able to fight back after their big play (Allen's interception return). The backbreaker was fumbling the football multiple times. We certainly compliment Purdue for their aggressiveness to cause those things, but we just can't make mistakes like that."

On preparing for Purdue's multiple running backs and quarterbacks: "It's a tough preparation, there's no question about that. They're a well-coached football team. There were times where we did a nice job defending them. You can't ask your defense to be out there on a hot day like today all the time. We didn't control the ball enough on the offensive side to help the defense out."

Minnesota Players

MarQueis Gray, junior quarterback
On Ricardo Allen's interception return for a touchdown:

"Our coaches had been stressing all week that that their corner had great speed. Unfortunately, I just held on to the ball too long."

On his position change from wide receiver last season to quarterback this year:
"Last year I wasn't forced to be a leader. This year I'm happy to be forced into this role. Especially this week, I just wanted to make sure the guys knew I was here to play. Being at quarterback, I go out there work hard and have fun, no matter what the score. I feel good. This loss hurt us a little bit but we as a team are getting better." As an Indianapolis native, on his opportunity to play close to home in front of his family:
"They told me they were coming so I got them the tickets, and I haven't seen them in a while so I was really looking forward to this game."

Marcus Jones, freshman wide receiver
On the play of the offense today:

"There was a lot of frustration; it was very tough. We had to fight really hard and never got the job done. I had to learn from my mistake."

On his kick return for a touchdown:
"At halftime we kind of figured out the kicker, and I just followed my blocks and ran right through. I had a lot of confidence and I believed in myself and my blockers."

On when he knew he had enough open field for a chance to score on his kickoff return:
"Their kickoff team came out hard. I knew they were trying to squeeze me into the middle. So I caught the ball and I realized the middle was wide open. I just ran as fast as I could, and then I bounced it to the outside and the kicker couldn't get me."

Mike Rallis, junior linebacker
On how Minnesota's youthful defense keeps fighting:

"I thought the effort was better today. That's how were always trying to be, playing hard for 60 minutes, regardless of what it says on the score board. We just need to put ourselves in a better situation earlier in the game."

On the experience the young guys are getting this year:
"Myself personally, and the team as a whole, we need all the experience and reps that we can get to get better as a team. We have to continue to put in the work in practice, and the bye week will give us a chance to regroup."

On how Minnesota's additional pressure didn't change the outcome of the game:
"There were a number of things that went wrong that we need to fix. But I think the D-line got after it today. We always want to put pressure on the quarterback and the other stuff will come."




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