Nov. 21, 2009
Recap | Final Stats
Indiana Head Coach Bill Lynch
Nov. 21, 2009
Indiana vs. Purdue
"It was a tough football game from our standpoint. Two things stand out in my mind. Throughout the season I think these guys really battled and kept fighting and I think they did the same thing tonight, all the way until the last play of the game. What was uncharacteristic is what I think was the difference in the game, turnovers and the kicking game. Where we have been really good in turnover margin plus-eight or nine coming into it, were minus-three tonight.
"Purdue, give them credit, especially in the first half they took advantage of the turnovers. The kicking game where I think we have been solid all year, we missed a couple of field goals. Those are things that are on us. When you make those kinds of mistakes, those are on us. I thought that was uncharacteristic. I do think that our guys battled hard and our staff had a good plan on both sides of the ball. I thought we made some pretty good adjustments at halftime. You've got to give Purdue credit, they are a good football team and they took advantage of opportunities, particularly in the first half and they made the plays in the kicking game. It was one of those games, but a tough loss for our guys."
On when there will be a Bucket Game with both teams looking at going to bowls:
"I don't think we are that far off. They have some outstanding football players in their program and some good young guys too. I know we do. We are losing a really good group of seniors that played their last game tonight. All for different reasons is why I say they are such a good group of seniors. I feel like they are special all in their own way, but I also know what we are building here in terms of the type of kids we have in the program, the work ethic, accountability, all those things that good football programs have.
"I also know the young kids we have that we have redshirted over the last couple of years. One of the things that we have made a commitment to doing is we wouldn't play a kid unless he was going to be a starter. The last two years we have played four kids. We have played (Tandon) Doss, (Demarlo) Belcher, (Justin) Pagan, who now have finished their second year as starters and we have played Adam Replogle
this year, who obviously started all year.
"I think we are going to develop them. We are going to have a great offseason. We have got some really good football players back and the number one thing our seniors leave them is they taught them what it takes in the offseason to become a better football team. I know we are headed in the right direction and I have a lot of respect for what Purdue is doing."
On how he measures progress this season:
"That's tough. I know we made great progress. I know how competitive we were. It's not always in comparing scores. Sometimes you can compare scores and it holds up. I think just the way we competed week in and week out against everyone we played. We had one game where, looking back at it there were some other factors, but we did not compete at Virginia. Other than that I really think we competed. As a coach one of the top things you want is to make sure your guys give the other team their best shot - that doesn't mean you are going to play great all the time, but you want the other team to walk off the field and feel like your guys played and competed and I thought our guys did that. I measure that as progress.
"On the outside all you see is what is played on Saturday and the final score and that's obviously is what we are judged on. If you're asking me about making progress, it's what I see every day in the halls of this complex, in terms of work ethic and accountability, and leadership and all those things that you get tired of hearing me talk about, but those are the things that you build a program on. I know we are headed in the right direction."
Purdue Head Coach Danny Hope
On ending the season on a positive note:
"It was huge for us. We really didn't have any other option for us to feel like we wanted to as a football team. We wanted to come back here and make sure the Bucket was on the bus with us. We've had a heck of a year and we have done a lot of great things as a football team, but if we would have pulled out of here without a win the season would not have been the same. We are able to leave here with our heads held high and know that we took some good steps forward. A win today allows us to finish in the upper half of the league and we would like to finish at the very top of the league. So this is a good sign of progress and development of our team and our program."
On this being a special season:
"It certainly was. We stuck together through some tough times. We are a football team that, in a lot of ways, defied a lot of odds. We started out 1-5 and we ended 4-2. We beat the top-ranked team that is going to the Rose Bowl. We won up at Michigan for the first time in almost half a century. We won against Illinois and down here against our arch-rival. They (Indiana) is a good football team and they played their hearts out and I give coach Lynch and his staff credit. We knew it was going to be a tough game coming in and that they would not quit. So this is huge for our team and our program in so many ways."
On getting the early turnover and turning it into seven points:
"It was nice to be getting some turnovers instead of giving them away. We knew that was going to be the difference maker the second half of the season. It was our Achilles heel in the first half and is why we are not going to one of the top bowls in the country right now. We worked hard on it in practice and there were some lessons well learned from it. So to be on the receiving end of the turnovers was huge for our team and the outcome in this game.
On quarterback Joey Elliot:
"You would have had to be around last Spring to see and appreciate the "magnitude of the undertaking" if you will. He is a great football player and a great teammate and we were so lucky to have him on our football team this year. There are lots of great quarterbacks out there, and they have been lots of great quarterbacks at Purdue, but Joey is the perfect quarterback for this football team this season."
Indiana Player Quotes
On the ability to run the football:
"The ability to run the football comes down to execution. I think we really did execute well. We were able to open up some seams by pushing people passed and cutting other people off which allowed him (Darius Willis) to do what he does best, which is run. The big thing for Darius is that he knows how to fight for those extra couple of yards. I think that is what will carry him and make him one of those great backs that we have in the future. He also has quickness; he also has great lateral movement so he will be just fine next year. He has always been a guy that pushes himself on the line for the team. He has been through a lot of injuries because he is always fighting for that extra yard."
How the team will fare next year, losing many key seniors:
"The thing about this season is that we basically have been trying to put this team back on the right path after really being in shambles last year. We wanted to make sure everyone knew how relentless and tough we were, and how we were willing to fight to the very end. We don't want to continue where we left off. We want them to exceed that to make sure they are even better than we were."
On the emotion in the locker room:
"I think everyone is just thinking about the seniors. The things they have done in the offseason for this team. They changed where are program is going. We have had a lot of close losses that we should have pulled out. I think if we ended up pulling those out, everybody would be like this is a great senior class so I hope nobody overlooks their impact."
How tough is it to take off that jersey:
"It's pretty tough. Just knowing that that was the last time I will ever play here at Memorial Stadium, it's very tough. The whole game I just came out there to give it my best and leave it all out there on the field."
On the emotions for playing Purdue:
"Definitely the fans were great, the students were great. I cannot thank them enough. It was a great atmosphere. Purdue just being a rival, playing for the Oak Oaken Bucket, it was a special moment even though it didn't go our way."
On the future of the program and the seniors:
"I think it all started last winter when we said that the character of this team has got to be much better. The team is in good hands. The young talent on this team will definitely carry the team to great heights. There's no doubt in mind that they're going to be a great team next year. I hope next year is just the opposite of this year where some of the things do go our way. I think Coach Lynch is a great coach; he has a great coaching staff. The talent is great and they have great leaders left behind, so I have no doubt in my mind they are going to be a great team."
On finishing his career:
"Honestly it is just starting to hit me a little bit. I think it definitely will hit me a lot more tomorrow at the banquet where we will say our final goodbyes to some of the guys. I had a great time here at IU and I wouldn't give it back for the world. The coaching staff has been great to us and the players have really bonded over the time we have been here. I enjoyed my time here."
The emotions of the kickoff return for a TD:
"That was tough because we came out the second half with a totally different mindset and we were ready to go. It was tough giving up a touchdown so quickly when we were trying to come back. We still went out there and we still fought hard."