Nov. 24, 2012
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Indiana at Purdue
Nov. 24, 2012 - Ross-Ade Stadium
Purdue head coach Danny Hope
On turnaround at halftime after trailing
"I didn't feel like they did anything defensively to stop our offense. We had some dropped balls and a touchdown called back so they didn't do anything to slow down our offense. We knew if our defense kept getting after it we could minimize their production offensively. Everyone just went out and gave a great effort and had a lot of fun out there in the second half."
On how Coach Hope views the season
"We made great progress as a program in every phase. We started off very strong, but then had some setbacks toward the middle of the year. Overall we finished the season very strong. Not many teams in the country can bounce back from 3-6. Most people in our shoes don't make it in the end, but we did."
On being placed on the players' shoulders
"That was really a special moment and I've never had that happen to me before. We are a very close football team and there was a point in the season, up to about 20 minutes ago, that all we had was ourselves in the locker room. We did a great job of locking arms and believing in each other on the football team. Beating Indiana is huge and going to a bowl is huge and winning the bucket is huge, but we won today for ourselves. I'm very proud of winning the bucket. It belongs in West Lafayette, and I think they should put our zip code on it because it belongs here. "
Purdue Player Quotes
Crosby Wright, senior, tight end
On the offense's performance
"Obviously we were pretty efficient today in the second half. I feel like we finally went out there and executed the way we should. IU's defense, you know they're really not a bad squad. They've got some talented guys up front, but we finally kind of put it all together."
On his feelings of winning the Old Oaken Bucket and advancing to the postseason
"I don't know how to describe it. It's tremendous. It's incredible. It's the best feeling of my life. Me and my fellow seniors, we've got one final game to play as Purdue Boilermakers."
Akeem Shavers, senior, running back
On his three touchdowns in the game
"It felt great, but I couldn't have done it without the line, the receivers and the quarterbacks. It was a big team effort and my success came from everyone around me."
On being bowl eligible
"It's what we've been working for all year. We had that rough spot in the middle of the season and we felt if we got back to being bowl eligible it was still a successful season."
Kawann Short, senior, defensive tackle
On the defense's performance
"We felt we came out a little sluggish, but we picked it up and picked it up when we needed it. We kept getting the ball back to the offense and they kept scoring."
On winning the Old Oaken Bucket
"It always feels good. Winning the Old Oaken Bucket, whether we were bowl eligible or not, is a tradition that we need to keep and it needs to stay in West Lafayette. The bowl game tops it all off and is the icing on the cake."
Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson
On the game overall
"It was disappointing to lose the rival and bucket game of the season. This was a tremendous day for Purdue and they played a great second half, but we didn't make tackles. We played a solid game and the guys played good, but when you turn the ball four times you're not going to win the game. It's sad for the seniors, but we hope to go into the off season and work on the guys coming back."
On turnovers during the game
"We can make better play calls, and I'm just as much a part of that as Cam."
"We had strong momentum throughout the first half, but when they make good plays it makes it difficult to keep it up. We lost the momentum at the start of the third quarter and it was hard to come back."
On priorities for the off season
"We have 19 guys on offense coming back and only five will be seniors. They have time to grow because they're young and have potential to grow. These last three games have been disappointing, but with the next young players they can make great strides and become the strong leaders that we need. We need to recruit and work on player development because our guys are not physically strong enough to where they need to be."
Indiana Player Postgame Quotes
Stephen Houston, redshirt junior, running back
On the momentum of the game...
"Purdue took the momentum of the second half and we didn't manage it well. We started to move too fast and didn't play sound. When we got in our rhythm, we tied it up, but then we got out of rhythm and the game got away from us."
On the tempo of the game...
"We practiced fast but then we wouldn't play like how we practiced. We got ahead of ourselves. That is the main focus of our offseason that we'll fix."
On getting the ball...
"I had the hot hand today. My coaches got me the ball. I had faith in the o-line and my coaches just kept feeding it to me."
Cameron Coffman, sophomore, quarterback
Reflecting on the game...
"It's disappointing. We didn't win as much as we would have liked, but we learned a lot. We have a lot of potential. We'll relay this into the offseason and come out next season."
On his three interceptions...
"It was disappointing. We can't win football games when we're turning the ball over in the second half."
On the tempo of the game...
"There were a few different crazy plays. There was some back and forth, but then it got out of hand. Momentum is a big thing in college football. It was a fun game, but it didn't end like we wanted it to. We're going to work on what didn't go as planned during the offseason and come back next season.
Greg Heban, redshirt junior, defensive back
On the tempo of the game...
"When it came down to it, we had it at 35-35. We thought we had the momentum. We talked about finishing games at practice, but we couldn't finish it like we wanted to today."