In freshman quarterback Danny Etling's first career start, Purdue fell to Nebraska soundly 44-7. Boilermaker head coach Darrell Hazell talked to reporters following the game:
On his overall impressions of the game:
“Obviously a disappointing day. I thought we would execute a little bit better offensively. Thought we played solidly early on defense, but we can't keep putting them out there with three-and-outs, three-and-outs. We have to play better at every position.
"Our execution needs to be a whole lot better than what it is. I thought we would perform a little bit better than we did today. That's a good football team, but I think we have to do a much better job. We're not good enough of a football team right now to overcome some of our self-inflictions. That's where we are right now, that's the reality of it. We have to stop our own self-inflictions.”
On the freshmen players earning permanent spots in the lineup:
“We got to look at the film tomorrow and see where we are again personnel wise and scheme wise, all those things. The game goes by and a lot of those things are happening and you don't want to make an assessment right now until you see the film and see what you need to fix.”
On the struggles on third downs defensively and offensively:
“Third down was critical for us today. They made some huge third downs against us, which obviously kept the momentum for them, hurt the momentum for us. We have to be able to get off the field defensively, and we have to be able to commit offensively. That's crushing us right now. Besides turnovers, that's probably our biggest Achilles heel.”
On freshman receiver DeAngelo Yancey's emergence:
“I think he's going to be an exceptional player, I really do, when it's all said and done. He's got talent, he's big, he's quick, he's got speed, soft hands, he's starting to develop chemistry with Danny.
"So, it is a bright spot for us, but we have to get better in a lot of other areas.”
On whether he is worried about his team’s morale:
“No. We’ll round the troops and circle the wagons when we get back in here on Sunday and get back to work on Tuesday after our day off Monday. We aren’t in a great spot right now. We don’t feel good about it nor should we but only two ways to can go, and I know our football team and they’ll work to get out of this hole. They have to keep clawing and scratching and fighting to work to get better.”