Quotes from Purdue head football coach Darrell Hazell and quarterback Rob Henry after the Boilermakers were dominated 42-7 by Cincinnati:
HAZELL: Obviously a rough start for us. We didn’t execute. A lot of plays where we needed to execute, we had some penalties and turnovers that hurt us and we gave up some big plays. We all know we have things to do, coaches included, to get some of those issues fixed. We understand that there’s a lot of work to be done before our next game and we will go back to work on Sunday after we watch the film.
Q: What was the main issue on offense. You wanted to establish a dominant running game but that never developed:
HAZELL: We had some problems with communication – that’s where it all started, really. I thought we were late getting out of the huddle quite a bit, and that rushes you. You have guys who are moving around and we dropped the ball here and there.
Is this an indication of how much work still needs to be done to improve Purdue’s program?
HAZELL: I don’t think so. I don’t believe so. Sometimes those things kind of snowball. You hit a brick wall and you can’t get it fixed. I think that’s probably a more fair account of where we are right now.
We can turn it around pretty quickly if we can fix some of those problems.
Cincinnati, take nothing away from those guys. I thought they did a great job. I knew they were going to be a great football team coming in.
I’m disappointed with our lack of execution than anything.
The issues on defense?
HAZELL: We missed a couple of tackles and they did a good job hitting us underneath and making the three or four yards that they needed.
How damaging was the late touchdown at the end of the half, answering the score that tied the game?
HAZELL: That was a big one, that was a big swinging point for them. They did a good job at that point in time. We needed to get off the field defensively and hold them, but we gave up a big play in that drive that kind of set that thing up. Sometimes those things happen.
Do you think this is a long-term process to turn it around?
HAZELL: Not at all. I think we have good enough players in our locker room. Obviously, we didn’t play that well in a lot of phases, but there are enough good players in our locker room to get the thing turned around.
Your assessment of Rob’s performance at quarterback?
HAZELL: I’ll have to watch the film, but I thought he missed a couple of guys. He stood in there a couple of times. We’ll watch the film and make an assessment on Rob.
Did you ever consider making a change?
HAZELL: Not at all. I just think there was a lack of execution in our performance today and that’s more where we are. The problem was we didn’t have that many plays, offensive plays. We ran maybe 60 offensive plays total. I think we came out of halftime having run 30 and we were hoping to get 75-80 plays offensively. We had way had way too many three and outs. .
ROB HENRY: “It was mainly myself (for lack of offensive production). I didn’t play anywhere close to the way that I need to play in order for us to be successful. It was a lack of communication, like coach said, and I take full responsibility for that. We just have to prepare harder. It’s on us as players. The coaches are doing a great job with us, and it’s up to us. We’re the ones who go out on the field and perform, and we have to play better.
This offense isn’t easy and we just have to prepare. We have to prepare more, and we have to be ready and we have to be certain with our alignments and assignments.
Any time you play football you want to have fun, but when we have an outcome like we did today, when we play the way we did as an offense, it was frustrating out there.
You try to stay positive and try to play poised, but its difficult when you make some of the throws that I did today.