Q. Did you think that Purdue's defensive line was as good as they were today? Was the expectation for them to be as big of a challenge as they were today?
They gave us a tough game. Hats off to them. They gave us some challenges all day with different looks. They played very hard.
We definitely expected them to come out and play like that.
Q. Was there any reaction from the offense when Tommy came out for that last drive?
Q. Did you hear the crowd booing Tommy?
Q. Was it obvious right from the outset that they were going to stack the line of scrimmage and make you play a different game from what you did last week?
First snap they come out seven man front. Immediately we're into that that kind of mindset. We prepared for that all week.
Q. Can you emphasize the importance of the third down conversions, keeping the offense out on the field.
Q. Last week the attention to detail, no penalties. What would you attribute the penalties to today?
Q. Anything you can point to?
Q. How would you evaluate Everett's poise, just how he held is together today?
When his number was called, he did a great job.
Q. Did Tommy say anything about the boos or anything like that? Was that talked about?
Q. Obviously a lot of injuries today. What do you do or say on the sideline as guys are dropping to make sure people are rallied up?
Q. Everett moved around in the pocket, does that make things easier or more difficult for you?
Q. Would you mind sharing what Tommy's reaction was after the game?
Q. Coach Kelly reiterated definitively that Everett is the starter. Is that an important statement for him to make so there's no distractions going into next week?
Q. Starting 2 0, just talk about how exciting that is after not doing it last year.
Q. Manti, can you just talk a little bit about the defense, your resolve after you have all these guys getting injured. Lot of new faces. Talk about holding it together.
Losing Kap and Slaughter early in the game was a big loss for our team. But the guys who backed them up really came in and did a great job for us and helped us come out with a victory today.
Q. (No microphone.)
It was no surprise to us that he could drive down the field, put us in a situation to win the game. Just goes to show, you know, the work that he put in, just his poise, just preparing himself in any way he could help us to continue.
Q. (No microphone.)
It shows his maturity. It shows his confidence. He's going to continue to get better, especially with his performance today in kicking that game winning field goal. He's going to get that much better and build upon his performance today.
Q. Manti, did you hear the crowd boo when Tommy came into the game? Were you surprised by that?
I think he got a lot of respect today in the way that he was the general out there. He stayed focused at the task at hand. He did a really good job.
COACH Brian Kelly
Exciting ballgame. Obviously anytime you come back and show the resolve that our team did, you can imagine, it was a pretty excited locker room.
Our players, first of all, recognized the opponent that we had today was outstanding. My hat goes off to Purdue, the way they competed today. They got a darn good football team.
As it relates to our team, really thought our defense played well today. I think they limited Purdue to just over a hundred yards in the second half. Obviously the turnover in a short field changed the complexion a bit.
But we're playing the kind of defense necessary to win each and every week.
Offensively, you know, we're evolving. We knew we were going to be challenged to throw the football today, and we were. Again, I think Purdue did a great job of changing things up and giving us multiple looks.
The story for me as the head coach is our mantra: next man in. We had seven guys go down today. Our key players. We had two captains go down. A leader in the secondary in Jamoris Slaughter. Our guys kept fighting. The next guy came in and battled.
As you know, the story finishes with Tommy Rees coming in for Golson and leading us on a two minute drive to win the game.
I'm good to go. A good day for Notre Dame football.
Q. Was it a conscious decision to bring in Tommy? Was Golson hurt on his last play?
Q. The decision to have Kyle kick, big field goal at the end.
Q. Almost seemed like more than seven people. Any of those injuries long term that you know of?
Q. You were hoping the crowd would get a little more into it today, make it tougher on opposing teams. We heard them boo your next man in at quarterback. Is that irritating for a head coach to hear that?
We're so focused on the game, calling the game, our fans can do what they want to do. We have great fans. Our students were great the other night at the pep rally. I think we had 15,000. I love our guys, how they represent us.
Q. Can't be easy for any quarterback to kind of just come in two minutes, game's on your shoulders. What does it say about Tommy, his ability to jump in at the end?
He's working the whole game, talking to Everett about different looks, different coverages. He's the consummate teammate. That's why those guys in the locker room are pretty happy.
Q. Hoping you would talk a little bit about the defense. They seemed to come up with the big stops.
Again, a lot of guys played. Got a lot of experience. They'll continue to get better.
Q. Can you give us the specific injuries or areas of injuries for Kapron, Jamoris, Tyler.
Q. Brian, after the performance last week of George Atkinson, he didn't get a whole lot of touches today. Was that by design?
So we had to manage it by throwing the football. Again, George, very gifted, but Theo is a little bit better at that receiver position, that slot position. He got a little bit more work than George today because of the way they decided to play the game.
Q. You also moved Dan Fox to outside linebacker. When was that decision made?
Q. You were just talking about Everett needing to throw it a lot. How do you feel he handled being in that situation, where the game was on his arm?
We've got great film. Unfortunately, I couldn't do a great job with him this week because they had a new defensive coordinator. We had no real film last week on their performance. We were looking at Kansas State film from 2008. It wasn't really the same.
He'll get a better look. He'll have a lot more familiarity with the kind of looks that he saw today as we move into Michigan State.
Q. You talked earlier in the week not really a separation between the number two. When did you decide that Tommy was your number two?
Q. You didn't necessarily know until fourth quarter of this game?
Q. They kind of pride themselves on their defensive backs. You had a lot of big plays on third downs throwing the football. What did you see that you thought you could take advantage of Johnson and Ricardo?
It became that kind of game. Those guys are an on island. If we put the ball in a good position, we were going to come up with some plays.
Q. Looked like Golson had some success moving around. Talk about how that helps your offense.
Again, get ready for it. We're going to have some growing pains. But we won today. He was our starter. He's 2 0. He's 1 0 in terms of playing a Big Ten opponent that was pretty darn good. So that's a good start for him.
Q. On a side note, a lot more penalties today.
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Q. How does Purdue having to play two, maybe three quarterbacks affect the way you prepare defensively for a game like this?
Marve was as elusive as TerBush today keeping plays alive. It really didn't change much of our game plan. We knew what we were going to get with all three.
Q. Brian, it looked like you in the second half were making more changes from the sidelines after the offense was at the line. Is that something you anticipated needing to do coming in?
My point is, we couldn't use all of our personnel groupings, so we kept the same groups out there and it was easier for us to make some calls from the sideline.
Q. I was wondering if Everett pleaded his case at all to get in in the fourth quarter? Do you worry about a guy's confidence state?
Here is what I want. I want a guy that's upset he wasn't in the game, but he's not selfish. He understands that we support whoever goes in the game. Just like Tommy and Andrew supported Everett, it's his turn now to support his teammates. That's the way we roll. If you don't support each other, then you won't be part of what we do. That's what we expect from him and that's what we got.
Q. Looked like you had a conversation with Bennett at the end of the game. What did you tell him?
Here is a young guy who hasn't been in that situation. He's been coached to do it. He got away from himself a little bit. He's got to get down. That's silly. He knows that.
COACH DANNY HOPE
Q. Just assess your team's play today.
Really encouraged about our effort, encouraged about the way we came to play. I thought that our defense rallied several times. Our offense was three and out more times than we'd like in the second half. I think our defense continued to show up and give us a chance to win.
Throughout the course of the game, when we had to, our offense got it done and got us in position to win the game. Disappointed with the loss. We didn't do a very good job defending their roll out protection. I thought that serviced them well.
They have a young quarterback. He did a heck of a job. He'll be a star in the future. Their roll out protected their ability to move the football some today.
We manufactured a stupid interception. That was careless. That impacted the ballgame some. They hit a big pass down the field on us. That impacted the ballgame some.
Even with all that, I thought our team rose to the occasion and fought really hard. I thought we showed great promise as a football team and I think we're going to do very well this season.
Q. Were you expecting Notre Dame to come out and throw as much as they had, especially early in the game?
They threw it more times consecutively in a row than I anticipated. But I thought they would come out and try to manufacture the passing game early to try to loosen us up some.
They had some good running plays, but I thought our defensive front shut down their run game for the most part today. I think out of necessity they had to try to throw it today.
Q. Danny, you didn't have Ricardo on the field for the last drive. Was he injured or just on the sideline?
Q. Performance deal?
Q. Danny, the rotating quarterbacks worked reasonably well today. Do you want to get to a point in the season where you can commit to one guy or the other or are you satisfied with doing it this way?
I thought the classic example today was when Robert Marve went down and TerBush came back in the game and put us in position to potentially go into overtime.
We're going to play the guys to help us win. If it's one, that's fine, if it's two, that's fine, if it's three, that's fine, if it's four... We'll do whatever it takes for us to win.
Q. Danny, you score right at the end of the first half. The third quarter seemed a little sluggish. You spent a lot of time trying to prepare for that in camp. What did you see out of your team that led to some of that in that third quarter?
They're a good football team with a lot of good players. We're in their place. That's a challenge regardless what quarter it is.
Q. Any update on Robert Marve?
Q. Danny, your field position was huge today to help you quite a bit. Webster's punting was excellent. McCartney stepped up and made the field goal. Talk about the play of your special teams today, including Mostert's return.
Cody Webster has a very, very strong leg. He led the nation in punting for seven or eight games last season. I'm not surprised to see him punt really well today. Sam has done very well throughout the course of camp. We didn't ask him to kick any record field goals, but the ones we asked him to kick, he was exact on.
I didn't see anything happen today in special teams that we haven't been geared for or made a commitment to. We go into every ballgame with the commitment and belief that special teams is going to be our edge.
Q. I know you're familiar with Tommy Rees. Can you talk about your impression of him today when he came in on the last drive?
I was kind of excited about the idea of maybe having a rookie quarterback in there on the last drive. I thought that may have given us an opportunity to get after him some and get ourselves in position to win. I thought it was a good coaching decision.
Tommy Rees is a good player, heck of a quarterback, too. We didn't play as well as we needed to there on the final drive. Hats off to Notre Dame. They played better than we did right there at the end of the ballgame.
Q. Danny, since Robert led you that touchdown drive right before half, did you consider with him to start the second half? Why the decision to go baseball to Caleb?
Again, coming out of camp, Caleb was number one and had really managed the offense very well. It was tied up, so we wanted to start off, you know, successful in the second half. It was a decision that we made. I don't think that should be a surprise to anyone. I thought they both did some good things today. We have two really good senior veteran quarterbacks, and they both play well when called upon.
Q. Danny, Notre Dame's last drive, there was a play that looked like the play clock might have been at zero. Did you notice that at all?
Our coaches were talking about that time had expired, but the officials said they disagreed.
Q. Coach, you called a timeout right before the extra point. Did you consider going for 2? What went into that timeout?
Last year we were in a similar situation against Ohio State. We lined up and blocked their extra point and it went into overtime. I wanted to make sure that everyone had a chance to catch their breath, remind them about having proper splits. I didn't want Notre Dame to come off the edge of a short corner if the linemen didn't get the proper splits. I wanted to remind them how important this extra point was and have the chance to make sure we had the best protection we could across the front because we were fixing to go into overtime.
Q. Danny, you touched briefly about the play of your front. I think they rushed 36 times for 52 yards, five sacks, Short had a couple. Those guys played a significant amount of downs. Really did a nice job. Talk about how well they played.
We have a chance to do the same with our defensive front. Keep guys fresh, rotate them throughout the course of the game. If we didn't have as many, then we wouldn't be as good. But we have half a dozen really good defensive linemen. That's the strength of our football team. We knew that going into the season.
Q. Danny, the drops, especially the ones by the tight ends in the first half, then Ross had one as well. Is that something you've seen in practice? Reason why it happened today?
Q. Josh Johnson, nine tackles, got the fumble at the end. Tough assignment. Seemed like Eifert was down the middle of the field. Was Josh assigned to him? Did he have an up and down day?
Josh defended some passes against him, as well. We certainly knew he was a great player and we knew he was going to make some plays today.
PURDUE PLAYER QUOTES
Robert Marve - 6th Yr Sr. - Quarterback
On the game in general... "We needed a couple more plays today. It was encouraging the way we played and hopefully we can pull that game out later on in the season."
On his left knee injury... "I get an MRI tomorrow to find out. I just pray and hope for the best. I had fun playing today so hopefully it'll be strong. "
On the third quarter... "I was just staying ready for the coaches. Our rotations are really different. I know you guys like to have clear-cut, but its kind of free styled a little bit. It went the way it went. I knew I was going to have another chance at it."
On what today's game taught him about his team... "Nothing I didn't know already. I knew we were hard fighters. I knew it was going to be a close game coming in to it. You've got Notre Dame backed up with a minute 30 or two minutes, it's a game you've got to come out with."
Ryan Russell - So. - Defensive End
On the game in general... "It's a heartbreaker, but there are definitely a lot of encouragements here as well. We're going to watch the film tomorrow, get the good out of it, get the bad out of it, correct it, and be a better team next week."
On what the game says about the team... "We've definitely improved as a road team all the way from last season. The defense in general, we've got to keep moving forward and keep making improvements. We have a bigger front. We're well coached. I definitely owe all our props to our coaches in the back half covering and doing what they do. It's a completely different defense as far as discipline goes. "
On how Tommy Rees being quarterback changed the game in the second half... "Coming into the game we thought we were going to see both quarterbacks anyways. We kind of knew that was going to come - especially in the two-minute drill like that."
Ricardo Allen - Jr. - Cornerback
On his injury... "I tweaked my ankle a little bit. It's nothing too much. I could've went back and played, but it was the coaches decision to take me out."
On how he felt not being able to play during the remainder of the game... "It was heartbreaking because I felt like if I was out there I could've made some plays. We have more games. We have Big Ten games and even though this game is important, it's not that important."
On the message this game sends to The Big Ten... "We sent a big message - don't come to sleep on us because at any moment in time we will come and make a play."
Antavian Edison - Jr. - Wide Receiver
On the emotions felt when coming to play at ND... "It's very tough but we knew we had a tough task ahead of us coming up here to Notre Dame. The crowd is into it and they're a very good ball club. It's very tough."
On his 4th quarter touchdown... "My teammates held me up and those are my brothers. We got it done though, but we just didn't get the victory."
On ND scoring in the final drive... "Even after they got to the field goal we never gave up hope. I feel like me as well as my team, we felt like we still could get it done. We never give up until the last second ticks."
On the first touchdown and whether it was an easy play... "It's football. It's never really easy, but I guess that one was a given."
Kawann Short - Sr. - Defensive Tackle
On the ND offense... "We were prepared for both, the run and the pass. We knew the guys were pretty good at passing and the running game we knew we had to stop it. We felt as the defensive line, we needed to stop the run and make sure they pass the ball."
On ND's final drive... "We knew they were a pretty good team and we knew they weren't going to lay up. As far as the defense goes, we knew we had to stay true. Communication was probably the mishap of it."
On how ND's late possible timeout in the 4th quarter affected the team... "We really just had to execute what we needed to and we shouldn't let that affect us."
On Tommy Reese playing in the final quarter... "We weren't surprised, we thought they were going to use him earlier in the game to complete passes. He's a better passer than Golson and we thought if the defensive line could stop the run he'd come in early."
Caleb TerBush - Sr. - Quarterback
On Purdue's late drive... "The offense threw the ball down the field pretty well the whole drive. We had a penalty that set us back a little bit but we got half of it on the 3rd down and the rest of it on the 4th down so Coach Nord called the right play and it worked for us."
On Marve's injury... "I was just letting him know that we're in this together. That's something we reiterated ever since camp started. We're going to be there for one another. We're doing this together. We're all in it as one and to win games. Unfortunately we came in at the other end of the stick today, but I told him whatever he needs we're there for him and we're praying for him."
On ND taking control in the 3rd quarter... "We just didn't take advantage of some things that we could have. Plays didn't work. They adjusted after half time and there were some things that we weren't too sure about, but we got it fixed later in the game. Unfortunately, we weren't able to pull it out."
On the 2nd interception after halftime...
"I want to say I really got rushed to try and throw it away. Honestly, it just kind of went low on me and they picked it off. The guy made a play and we had to move on from there."