He said it: Purdue football coach Darrell Hazell after Saturday’s 56-36 loss to Indiana

Purdue Head Coach Darrell Hazell after losing the Old Oaken Bucket Game and finishing 1-11 and 0-8 in the Big Ten during his first season coaching the Boilermakers:

HAZELL: “Obviously they made plays against us on third down and we couldn’t get off the field. Anytime you are scoring as much as they were offensively, it puts a lot of pressure on offense to go out and have to respond and answer those scores. We have a chance to make a few plays when the ball was in the air and we didn’t make those plays, which was disappointing. I thought at the end of the game, our team continued to fight. They never gave up when they had a chance to give up. They never gave up. But you need to make those plays in order to be in the football game. We got ourselves in a big hole at halftime and we weren’t able to fight back.”

On rebuilding the program:
HAZELL:
“You have to do it right away. We’ll give them a little time off, but then you have to get back in the weight room and start working out. Making sure we’re doing the right things daily. You have to get players in here that can make plays.”

On quarterback Danny’s (Etling) performance:
HAZELL:
“I think you’re seeing a guy who is going to be a spectacular player. I really believe that. I’m not just saying that. You are seeing the poise that he is starting to play with. He is starting to throw the ball with some accuracy. There were some plays where he probably should have thrown the ball away but that is a young quarterback.”

On his evaluation of the program:
HAZELL:
“It’s a day-to-day decision where we are trying to get better at every singe opportunity we can. Obviously we are not where we want to be record wise, but we’ll make strides.”

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