Oct. 21, 2006
Joe Tiller, Head Coach
...on lost opportunities.
"We weren't settled at quarterback in the first half. We weren't setting our feet, receivers weren't coming back to the ball; I think we saw the results of (Selwyn) Lymon missing as much practice as he did. He didn't come back to the ball and on wide open throws he waited for the ball to come to him; that's what happens with young players and you can't get upset with a player who's only played six college games. When you play a good team, you have to maximize opportunities, and they are a good football team. You always tend to look inward and after you do, you find out there were some plays to be made and some that were not to be made because they had it covered. Obviously, they're a good football team. So I think it's a combination of them being a good football team and we needed to be perfect, and we were not."
...on Wisconsin quarterback John Stocco.
"I talked to Coach Bielema before the game and he was telling me about Stocco's development. I said, `Hey, this is the year of the senior quarterback in the league.' He was talking about how much better Stocco's decision-making has been. I was thinking, `You're not telling me anything I haven't seen on tape.' I think they did a really good job with their offense and kept it difficult to rush them. If you look at what they did over the course of the year, it's difficult; we did get after them at times, we had some pressure at times, but you need it all the time and you can't really blitz. In terms of opening up a seam inside for the run, you have to have a great game out of your front guys; we had our moments."
...on the Purdue defensive line.
"We didn't play that much more man (defense) than we had. We did some things up front that we felt we had to do because we did not match up with them. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to look at the fronts and say, `Hey, we're not going to match up with these guys.' You're going to have to put your guys on the move. You've got to try to do some things with numbers, but you have to watch that you're not really vulnerable behind you. We faced a good quarterback in Stocco, and that's the problem."