CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Darrell Hazell didn't come to Purdue for this. That must be understood. He was hired to a restore a program and Saturday's 42-7 loss to Cincinnati was nothing like what the final product will be.
Let's repeat that -- nothing like what it will be.
"We didn't execute phases we needed to execute," Hazell said. "We had some penalties and turnovers that hurt us. We gave up some big plays.
"There's a lot of work to be done."
Is there ever.
The Boilers struggled to get anything going and got outscored 35-0 in the final 31 minutes.
"Take nothing away from Cincinnati," Hazell said. "They did a great job. They're a great team. But I'm more disappointed in our lack of execution."
Turnovers, a point of emphasis for Hazell -- as in, don't commit them -- were a big problem. Purdue had four and the Bearcats took full advantage
Quarteback Rob Henry struggled against an aggressive defense that, in the second half, had little to worry about from the Boiler running game. He finished 18-for-35 for 161 yards and two interceptions, with the second interception returned 41 yards for a touchdown..
Purdue managed just 65 rushing yards.
"We didn't execute," Hazell said. "We had way too many three-and-outs."
Purdue did force three turnovers, but all that did was keep a blowout defeat from being worse.
"We had our questions answered in a lot of places," Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville said.
Bearcats quarterback Munchie Legaux was 13-for-20 for 145 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Overall Cincinnati rushed for 221 yards, passed for 204.
The most impressive Boiler was punter Cody Webster. He had a 56.3-yard average on three punts, including a 73 yarder that led to Purdue's only touchdown.
Early on, Cincinnati pressured Henry into an interception, but Purdue got the ball right back when nose guard Ryan Isaac intercepted a tipped pass. The Boilers drove to the Bearcats' 5-yard line before getting pushed back far enough for kicker Paul Griggs to miss a 39-yard field goal.
Cincinnati then drove 78 yards in 14 plays- the final 10 on a Legaux run – for a 7-0 lead.
The Boilers continued to struggle until Webster unleashed his 73-yard punt. The Bearcats fumbled it and long snapper Jesse Schmitt recovered at the Cincinnati 11-yard line. Two plays later, Henry ran it in off a read-option play for a 7-7 tie.
Purdue needed to follow with a defensive stop. Instead, the Bearcats drove 75 yards in seven plays, the last 15 coming from a pass from Legaux to tight end Blake Annen. That made it 14-7 at halftime.
The third quarter was a disaster. Henry threw a pick-6. Cincinnati tailback Ralph David Abernathy scored on 3-yard run.
The score was 28-7.
The fourth quarter remained, but on this hot and steamy day, it didn't matter.
The Boilers were finished..