An 'embarrassed' Purdue gets ready for Badgers
- Associated Press
- October 10, 2012 - 7:09 AM
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue's disastrous performance against Michigan is in the past, but not forgotten.
Coach Danny Hope said Tuesday that his team was embarrassed by Saturday's 44-13 home loss, but he would be surprised if the Boilermakers didn't bounce back this week in a homecoming game against Wisconsin.
"I would be disappointed if we were so weak minded that we would let a loss linger and affect the potential of the outcome of our team in the season," he said. "So I believe that we have weathered the storm."
The Boilermakers had become a trendy pick to win the Leaders Division and possibly go to the Rose Bowl before falling apart against Michigan. Denard Robinson ran for 235 yards for the Wolverines, who jumped out to a 28-3 lead in the first half.
"There was a lot to be learned from the game this past weekend and a lot to be learned from the videotape," Hope said. "So we spent a lot of time with our players looking at their play so that we can improve and play better. There were a lot of plays throughout the course of the game this past Saturday, that we were really, really close to playing good defense, but close doesn't count."
He said the effort was there against Michigan, but the execution was lacking.
Hope said Caleb TerBush remains Purdue's starting quarterback, despite his occasional struggles. Robert Marve, the No. 2 quarterback, responded well in his first action since re-injuring his left ACL against Notre Dame a month ago. Hope said he will feel more comfortable playing Marve this week.
"He looks fine," Hope said. "So I feel a lot more confident about his safety, if you will, putting him in the game. Watching him play the other day, he ran and avoided the rush some and played hard and put some pressure on the knee and came through just fine. So I think he's much more ready and much further along now than I thought he was going into the week last week or even going into the ball game on Saturday. Very pleased with Robert Marve."
Hope said he wouldn't restrict Marve's playing time.
"I think as long as his knee holds up he can play as much as he can, as long as he can stand up," he said.
Hope said he understands why fans want to see the exciting Marve instead of TerBush, who is considered more of a game manager.
"Well I understand people, OK," he said. "But that helps me understand why they would want Robert Marve out there. Obviously he has a fantastic arm and has some big play potential, and those are the things that stick out in your mind as a natural response."
Regardless of the quarterback, a performance like last week's will leave the Boilermakers with an 0-2 Big Ten record heading into a matchup with Ohio State
"We have to play better, that's for sure," Hope said. "We have to play better as a football team and we're capable of doing so, but we're excited about the opportunity this weekend and that's where our focus is at."
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