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Nov. 15, 2003

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Senior tight end Ben Hartsock
On playing in overtime
“Everyone kept a positive outlook and was calm and collected. The reason why things go our way is because we have the ability to stay calm and focus on what we have to do.”

On playing Michigan next week
“We were in a similar situation last season. We are going to prepare all week for this game. It will be a great game and everyone is excited.”

On his final game in Ohio Stadium
“I really did not want to leave. I just stood on the field and absorbed the atmosphere in the stadium. It was amazing how 105,000 people waited until the game was over and sang `Carmen Ohio’ with the team. I am proud to be a part of this university, this tradition and this team.”

Freshman spilt end Santonio Holmes
On his impression of the game
“They came prepared and motivated. They played us hard the entire game. It was nothing short of a battle. We made a few mistakes but we kept moving on and playing our game. I think the difference is that we were able to make plays when we had to.”

On the seniors’ final game
“We entered the game with motivation to play hard for our seniors. We wanted them to have a great good-bye at Ohio Stadium and I think they made some great memories today.”

Sophomore free safety Nate Salley
On Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton
“He is an extremely tough player. Every time he went down he got right back up and led his offense down the field. He is definitely a true leader. “

Purdue head coach Joe Tiller
On his general thoughts of the game
“They have a heck of a team. It was a good game. We have a tough team and we were ready to play. We had our chances. It was a game of field position and turnovers and we didn’t win either one of them. I thought it would be a defensive struggle and a low scoring game.”

On Ohio State’s defensive coverage
“They did a good job of covering downfield. We don’t have a lot of speedsters. We do more with schemes than with just speed.”

On the play of Purdue’s defense
“They played hard. Outside of that one long pass they played like we thought they would. Ohio State scored on defense and outside of that we held them to three field goals.”

On Ohio State’s blocked field goal attempt at the end of regulation
“It was a big play.”

Purdue wide receiver Taylor Stubblefield
“We fought hard. The loss to Michigan was tough, but to lose this one after we had battled and battled is even tougher. To lose a game like this is tougher than getting whipped. We don’t take a moral victory from this. It’s about winning or losing.”

Sophomore kicker Ben Jones
On reaction to missing overtime field goal
“It is always disappointing not to be able to come through for the team. I just slipped a little on the first field goal, but both misses are on me. There was nothing wrong with the snaps on either of the field goals (attempts). On the last field goal the snap was good, the hold was good, I just pulled it to the left.”

On rebounding from the missed overtime field goal
“I just have to practice and work hard and try to get better everyday. This kick will not stick with me because it is just another game that I would have played and learned from.”

Senior linebacker Niko Koutouvides
On Purdue’s defense
“The defense held the best they could and came to do what they had to do. Our offense put points on the board, but Ohio State is a great team. They are a championship team and we needed to find a way to win because we were in the middle of a three-way tie in the Big Ten.”

On Purdue’s momentum
“A couple of big things did go our way, especially the block at the end. Our defense just fed off each other and we had an opportunity to stop them. Our block at the end was huge and I think our defense left it all on the field and we played our best. We had a chance to tie the game, but we just missed the field goal. Our kicker has had a great year and has had some big kicks. Unfortunately we fell to the No. 4 team in the country and that’s how it goes.”

Junior quarterback Kyle Orton
On how tough the loss was
“Throughout the game we had chances to make plays and pull away, but we just didn’t do it. This loss is definitely hard to swallow because the Big Ten championship was on the line. We had a chance to make the field goal and tie the game, but we didn’t succeed. We should have scored the touchdown though. We now have to get ready for Indiana.”

On Orton’s fumble
“The fumble was my fault. There was no bad snap on the play. I just dropped the ball. I think Kelly ran into me and the ball got hit and I dropped it.”

On scoring drive that tied the game
“Our offense was clicking on that drive. Our receivers made big plays and we had a great chance to win the football game, but we didn’t do it. Ohio State’s defensive backs were good covering our players, but our receivers were able to get open.”