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In his words: Purdue coach 'feels good' about first Boiler win

Hazell opens Ross-Ade career with victory

Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 6:57 pm

WEST LAFAYETTE - Purdue football coach Darrell Hazell spoke with the media following his team's 20-14 victory over Indiana State on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Here were his thoughts:

On his overall impressions from the game:

“Well, we are 1-0 in The Furnace. It was not the cleanest game that we would like to play. There were breakdowns on both sides of the ball. I thought the defense played exceptionally well, other than the 4th and 10 situation. I thought they played hard and obviously we are not very efficient on offense just yet. We need to make major strides this week. Our special teams were solid; punted the ball well, we covered the punts well and reversed for a touchdown. Obviously, we would like to play a lot better than we did, but I told our guys in the locker room anytime you can get a win, you better feel good about it.”

On improvements from week one:

“Thought we ran the ball a little bit better than we did the first week. Even though we still had some issues with the calls, we had a lot less than we did the first week. We did make some improvements there. Obviously we need to keep making improvements there.”

On potentially taking a safety when Purdue faced 4th down from their own 5-yardline with less than a minute to go:

“I did think about it but it wasn't (that serious). We've done such a good job with our tight punt all practice, all fall practice, I felt pretty confident with our guys being able to kick it out of there. A little bit if a stiff wind and we didn't get a roll, but that's okay, the defense played well after that.”

On defensive back Landon Feichter's injury (a Bishop Dwenger graduate) and its potential impact:

“Well, you know, you get thin with your depth but Anthony Brown has stepped in and done a good job for us at safety … we'll figure it out, that's part of the game and keep going forward when you lose guys.”

On playing Notre Dame in a primetime game next week:

“I’m excited about the game and our guys should be excited about the game. It’s a heck of a challenge for our football team, and I know we’ll be up for the challenge. Come out and play as hard as we can and try and get the victory. The things we can control, all the mistakes

we’ve had, we have to control those, and if we do we’ll have a better chance of being successful. But I’m excited about the challenge of Notre Dame coming in here on primetime TV playing the Boilermakers.”