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