He said it: Purdue football coach Darrell Hazell after 20-16 loss to Illinois

Purdue coach Darrell Hazell after the Boilermakers 20-16 loss to Illinois Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium:

Opening statement:
“I thought after the first couple of series our defense settled in and got them stopped. Obviously we needed to make more plays offensively the last two quarters to keep our defense off the field and put some points on the board. We didn’t make enough plays obviously. We missed a field goal; that was a big momentum play right at the end of the half.

“We’ve got to make some more plays offensively. That’s the only way you are going to win football games — you’ve got to make more plays.”

On Purdue’s defensive effort:
“I thought they played extremely well. Against a team that is averaging 32.2 points game, I thought they did an amazing job, especially in the second half. What they did is play well.”

On a third-down call on Purdue’s final drive in which Dan Monteroso was supposed to throw-back to quarterback Danny Etling, but instead took a 1-yard loss:
“There was a guy standing in the lane. We had a throw-back call to the quarterback, and the backside edge was standing in the middle of the lane, so he didn’t throw it. It was a good decision by Monteroso to not throw that ball. If the guy had closed, he would have walked down the sideline.”

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About Randy Beard

Randy Beard has been at the Courier & Press since 2007 and became the sports editor in 2012. He has previously been a sports editor at the Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail and the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat. He began his professional sports journalist career in 1976 and has spent his career primarily covering college sports in the ACC, SEC and Big Ten. He's also covered the NFL, the original North American Soccer League and professional tennis and golf. He's covered two Super Bowls, three college football national championship games, dozens of NCAA basketball tournament games, an Olympics, a World Cup and once hung out with soccer legend George Best for two days and sat in a golf cart with Jan Stephenson.

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