Oct. 13, 2012
Wisconsin at Purdue
Oct. 13, 2012 - Ross-Ade Stadium
Purdue head coach Danny Hope
On Wisconsin's rushing attack
"We had poor play across the line of scrimmage and poor tackling. We had a plan to load the box up and it was a good plan. Wisconsin has a strong rushing attack and we had guys in place to make plays we have a physical defense. We didn't play well defensively. They were able to control the line of scrimmage. We didn't tackle well and they were able to rush for a ton of yards."
On Purdue's execution in today's game
"The result was from our team not being fundamental. We tried to tackle but we were diving at ankles. We weren't able to wrap guys up and were diving at ankles too much. We needed to cover in the back half of the defense and cover them better. We weren't able to stop their play action attack and they had guys wide open. That kind of thing is inexcusable If you load the box up you have to be able to cover up in the back half of the defense."
On Purdue's defensive lines performance
"I am disappointed. We came into the game with a bunch of guys banged up. Through the course of the game some guys got nicked up. We didn't know where Bruce Gaston was going to be at. Jalani Phillips didn't practice all week and we didn't know where he was going to be at. This year we have been able to use many different guys and keep them fresh. They were big strong and physical and we were not big, strong and physical. We have numbers to rotate the guys enough but there are guys that need to perform better to increase the level of play."
Purdue Player Postgame Quotes
Akeem Shavers, senior, running back
On the offense's performance
"We just came off to a slow start. That was it."
On the lack of success in the running game the past two games
"We've just got to come out and start running it better. We have to have balance on offense. We can't have success if it's 70-30."
Ryan Russell, junior, defensive end
On the defense's performance
"We just didn't come out there and play hard enough. We had some missed assignments and missed tackles out there. There's some stuff we need to look at and get better at before next week."
On how they turn the run defense around heading into the Ohio State game
"We've got to get back to the basics. We missed a lot of tackles out there and a lot of missed gap assignments. We've got to go back to day one, come downhill, and get our feet set and make tackles."
Antavian Edison, senior, wide receiver
On the offense's performance
"We came out to a fast start, but we've got to get better throughout the game. We can't have the 3 and outs and we need to get better. We've got to go back to the drawing board for Ohio State next week."
On how they turn it around heading into the Ohio State game
"For one, we've got to forget about this one, forget about the last two weeks. Our coaches are going to find us a way to get it turned around and we will get it turned around going forward."
Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema
On the opening 50 seconds of the game
"I told our guys that it's not what happens during the game, it's how you react to what happens that counts and the defense reacted."
On the game overall
"I'm excited about our team and felt a mojo in the fourth quarter. I didn't like how the game started, but Jacob Pederson, Montee (Ball) and Derek Watt all played well during the game."
On Wisconsin's field goal attempts
"There were tough playing conditions that affected him and affected everyone."
On the remainder of the season
"The only way you get to be where you want to be is one game at a time. Only way to move forward is take it one week at a time."
Wisconsin Player Postgame Quotes
Jacob Pedersen, redshirt junior, tight end
On mission going into game
"I was not playing up to expectations before, and I was trying to get my confidence back. It took a lot of practice and repetition to play to my potential. We weren't seeing results in the beginning, but this was the best game of my career. I loved how everyone was having fun."
On Montee Ball's game
"I thought he had the best game of his career. I loved seeing him have a smile on his face."
On his own 10-yard run
"Yeah, I was most proud of this play. We put it into practice this week. This was my first carry since high school- it was fun. Coach asked me about doing it early in the week, and I told him that if he called it, I'd run it."
Brian Wozniak, redshirt junior, tight end
On the overall play
"We had the best time playing today. We took all the bits and pieces we've been working on, and we were able to combine them into this game; it was great."
Montee Ball, senior, running back
On the overall play
"This was the game we were looking for. We practiced really well coming into this game, and we've been getting better and better. This was a great win in the Leaders Division. We just need to keep carrying this momentum from day to day."
On how the game affected his psyche
"I needed this. I wasn't doing too well earlier on in the season, and things weren't really going my way. I just have to keep practicing and practicing. I'm just playing for my teammates now. I'm becoming the player they were looking for."