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Oct. 17, 2009

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Purdue Head Coach Danny Hope
Opening statement...
"I've been real proud of this team all season. They've come out every game swinging hard. We talked all week long about it, and believed we could do it. We just had to cut down on turnovers and do some small things better. We've stuck together all year long. We played hard and got it done today."

On the magnitude of Saturday's win...
"It's just like all the other big wins in this program's history. All of the students come to Purdue for experiences like that. This is why our student-athletes come here, for days like today."

On the team's effort against Ohio State...
"It was a great team victory. This is one of the greatest group of guys I've ever been around."

On the performance of sophomore kicker Carson Wiggs...
"He's a great weapon. Sometimes you have to make decisions based on where the ball's placed and what the wind is, but he can nail them from anywhere. He's one of the premier special teams players in the country."

On stopping Ohio State's running attack...
"That was one of our keys to victory. We wanted to stop the run and force them into some third-and-long situations. At this point in his career, (Terrelle) Pryor struggles in those situations. He's a great athlete and a great runner, but we knew we'd have the edge in third-and-long."

On the play of junior defensive end Ryan Kerrigan...
"He's outstanding. He's the total package. He's big, good-looking, strong, fast and smart. He's Superman for us sometimes. He's an exceptional person, and we're lucky to have him here."

On using Al-Terek McBurse to return kicks against Ohio State...
"He's a heck of a player. Jaycen Taylor has been banged up, and we made the decision on Sunday or Monday to take his redshirt off, and we feel like he's going to help us win some games."

On what the win over Ohio State means to the team's fans and the university community...
"It was great. I love our fans. After a couple losses, you have to deal with some of the less-desirables, but it was nice. I received some emails and phone calls from people who could tell how hard we were trying. It was great for our student body. They're a great group, and they help fire us up. They're close to our football program, and all of our athletic teams."

Ohio State Head Coach Jim Tressel
Opening statement...
"You have to take your hat off to Purdue. They won the turnover margin, they did a nice a job on special teams and they did what they needed to do. For us, the true test of a team is how they handle difficult situations, and we're in that right now."

On Ohio State's five turnovers on Saturday...
"Any time you give them field position, especially with their kicker, you give them scoring opportunities and you can't expect to win."

On the play of sophomore quarterback Terrelle Pryor...
"I didn't think he was rattled, and I didn't consider sitting him. We just weren't executing, and at the beginning of the game, we weren't protecting the quarterback."

On kicking a field early in the fourth quarter instead of going for the touchdown from near the goal line...
"We talked about going for it, but we decided that the percentages favored a field goal. There was plenty of time left, and we wanted points."

On the performance of Purdue quarterback Joey Elliott...
"I like the way he got rid of the ball, and he had great protection. That's how he was able to find open receivers."

On the impact of Saturday's loss on Ohio State's chances to win the Big Ten...
"We're still in it, but there's very little margin for error. We need to worry about getting better every day, and not worry about the next five games as a whole."

Purdue Players
Senior quarterback Joey Elliott
On snapping a 19-game losing streak against ranked teams...
"This win was huge. Our senior class stuck with it, and I love every single one of them. We knew we were going to have a big win this year, and this created a memory we'll have for the rest of our lives."

On the play of junior defensive end Ryan Kerrigan...
"He shows up every play, sticks his hand in the dirt and gives a 110 percent. Last year, he had a field day on Ohio State, and he did it again today."

On the play of junior wide receiver Keith Smith...
"We made history today with him getting his fourth-straight 100-yard game. He was sick part of the week, but all of his hard work in the offseason and his work ethic paid off in the end."

Junior wide receiver Keith Smith
On his fourth-consecutive game with 100 receiving yards...
"I knew they were going to do some things to try to limit my catches, but we had a great game plan that worked all day long."

On defeating the seventh-ranked team in the nation...
"You can't ask for anything else. Our defense, special teams and offense all played great. We limited our mistakes, and we showed that when we can do that, we have a great football team. It's the best feeling I've ever had after a win."

Senior wide receiver Aaron Valentin
On setting a career high in receptions...
"I followed the game plan and ran the routes I was supposed to. I just tried to make something happen when I got the ball, and it worked well for us."

On defeating a ranked team for the first time in 20 tries...
"It's unbelievable. It seems like we've had the worst luck this season. It feels great to finally get over the hump, especially by beating a great team like Ohio State."

Junior defensive end Ryan Kerrigan
On his performance in the first half of Saturday's game...
"We called some defenses that put me in the right position. We ran a lot of blitzes, and were able to get to (Terrelle) Pryor often."

On the play f the Purdue defense against Ohio State...
"It was a great team effort. We finally put it all together. The offense did a great job of controlling the clock and keeping us fresh on defense."

Senior cornerback Brandon King
On his two interceptions against Ohio State...
"We came out and finally played as a team. I was fortunate enough to step up and make some big plays for us. It seems like we've struggled and haven't been able to put it all together since the first week. We finally played like we knew we could, and this is what happens."

On defeating seventh-ranked Ohio State...
"It's an unbelievable feeling. Like Coach Hope has said, this team is different. We never gave up, we kept our heads up and played hard. It's just a great feeling."

Ohio State Players
Junior running back Brandon Saine
On Ohio State's offensive struggles against Purdue... "Purdue played great defense. My hat goes off to them. They had a game plan, and they executed it to perfection."

On the pace of play picking up in the fourth quarter...
"It was something we had to do. It was all-or-nothing. We had to score, or we lose the game."

On Ohio State's mentality after the loss...
"We have to realize there's still a lot more games to play. We're only halfway through the season. We have to get back to practice and focus on our next game."

Sophomore quarterback Terrelle Pryo
r On constantly facing pressure on Saturday...
"We didn't have as much intensity in the first half. We tried not to get too frustrated, just keep fighting and trying. Purdue's defense did a great job, and I have to give them credit."

On Purdue's defensive pressure...
"They brought pressure from a whole different level. It was nothing like I saw on film. They just kept jumping the line. That pressure was totally unexpected, and I couldn't quite get a handle on them."