Purdue football loses to Fresno State in Ryan Walters’ head coaching debut

Purdue football loses to Fresno State in Ryan Walters’ head coaching debut

your team today?
You know,
we got a lot to work on.
I thought through the entirety of the game,
they played hard,
played physical.
We just,
we gotta clean up technique.
And we can’t make mistakes in opportune moments.
We have momentum swings during the game.
We gotta play complementary football.
And I gotta be better,
Staffer’s Gout Be Better,
and
put them in positions to be successful.
Just kind of talk a little bit about Hudson Carr,
how you thought he performed.
Yeah,
I thought he played well.
He gave us a chance to win a game.
I wish we would have been a little bit better on third downs.
If I was there,
I’d go back and watch the tape as well.
But we were clean with the football,
I didn’t turn it over.
We made a couple of nice throws there.
So yeah,
we’ll see after we watch the tape.
If friends don’t do anything on offense,
then you didn’t expect it being 11-17 third down tonight.
They ran 82 plays to your six.
Yeah,
this point is not,
I thought we played a little too passive at times.
I thought we were pressing as the game was tight,
pressing to make plays.
And obviously,
going 11-17 on third downs,
it’s hard to play good defense when you extend drives.
And so we gotta come up with a better plan and play with better technique.
And make better plays.
Ryan,
big picture,
it’s a long season,
this is one game.
How do you get better from this?
Because this is really the first time,
as you’ve said all year,
that this group of guys is playing a football game together.
Yeah,
I mean,
that was my message to the guys in locker room.
It was obviously,
this is disappointing.
Nobody wants to start off with a loss.
But we’ve also talked about how adversity is guaranteed,
and
it’s about how we react.
I didn’t expect adversity to hit us in the off game one.
But we will get better from week one to week two.
This team will continue to get better as the season goes.
And we’ll also find out what we’re really good at and
what we need to work on.
We’re not gonna let one game define us.
My confidence is not shaken in this group,
in this staff,
in this locker room.
This is a long season.
And good thing for us,
we got a game in a week.
It seems like this offense is gonna be aggressive.
Fourth and it’s just going for it,
it’s going for it on the one yard line and
not getting it.
That’s probably Grimm’s makeup,
but-
Those were my calls.
We are gonna be aggressive offense,
defense,
and special teams.
We gotta make those half a yard to gain.
We gotta be able to get a half yard.
And then last thing,
Tyrone Tracy,
you said as a weapon.
What did he show you today in the return game,
in the running game?
He did a lot of opportunities,
but he made the most of what he did.
Yeah,
our running backs are talented.
He’s obviously talented with the ball in his hand.
He’s a tough runner,
and he’s fast enough to get you a home run.
So definitely was pleased with his production.
Dylan’s interception in the fourth quarter,
just what’s it say with the read that he was able to make and
him to be able to make that play in his first game?
Yeah,
it was huge.
Gave us an opportunity to go ahead right there.
And he played about how we see him in practice.
So it wasn’t surprising.
There’s a reason why he’s a starter.
There’s a reason why he’s making the plays that he’s making.
It’s cuz he’s not only talented and capable enough to do it,
but
he puts in the work,
and he practices the way he plays.
And other plays in the secondary,
though,
it seems like there were breakdowns at times.
Is that technique or miscommunication?
Just how was Fresno’s receivers able to break free at times?
Yeah,
I thought,
obviously,
I watched the tape,
but just sitting from the side and
knowing what’s called within the framework of the scheme,
there was one touchdown where we had a coverage blast.
We were supposed to have somebody in the half field,
and they weren’t there.
And so,
obviously,
that leads to bad plays.
And I thought we just played on our heels too much and
didn’t play with aggressive technique in our man coverage,
especially in the slot.
So again,
those are all things that we need to work on,
and
we’ll watch down from and get better.
And we’ll improve from week one to week two.
Other questions?
What’s your willingness level right now to use Hudson on designed runs to add an extra
layer to your running game,
or do you just have to keep him out of harm’s way?
Some of our runs are where he’s got the option to pull it,
depending on what the look is from the defense.
We’ll look at the tape and see which ones he should have gave or should have kept.
But you see,
he’s athletic enough to extend plays,
and so
we’ll always be coming up and trying to come up with plans to move the ball
successfully,
and we’ll use everybody to do so.
You went in the game without,
obviously,
Gus Hardwick at center,
and
then in the game,
a lot of shuffling there on the interior of the line.
What was the impact of that?
You know,
obviously,
Gus and Kaltenberger was really our starter at center.
Going in and coming out of fall camp,
but I thought Salsa did a good job,
and when Salsa went down,
I thought JG went in there and did his thing as well.
We’ll look at the tape,
though,
and see what we need to improve,
but
it doesn’t really matter who is available or is not.
We still need to operate and
still need to have successfully put a chance to win a ball game.
We saw a lot from Deion Burks today,
and you called him a freak at Big Ten Media Day.
We were able to see that a little bit on the field.
What do you have to say about him?
Yeah,
I mean,
he’s explosive.
Hopefully,
anytime he touches the ball,
you got a chance to score,
and so
definitely utilized him,
and I was pleased with his production.
We gotta find new ways to continue to give him the football.
Any other questions?
Back to Sam.
Ron,
can you kind of describe the three now at the end of the first half,
the decision there to try to be aggressive in that situation,
and
it leads to them kicking a 52-yard field goal that gave them some momentum going
into the half?
Yeah,
as a staff,
we fumbled that opportunity at halftime.
Anytime you are going into too many in the mode before half,
you either gotta move the chains and try to go score,
or you gotta milk the clock and
not give the opponent another opportunity at going into halftime.
And we failed in that arena.
So that’s on me as the head coach,
and I gotta be better in those situations.
The defense as a whole,
just what needs to be cleaned up,
or
what’s the message to the team after this game?
Yeah,
I felt like when we weren’t aggressive,
and
we weren’t really dialed in and doing our jobs,
and we gave up,
I needed yardage.
And so,
obviously,
we’ll go back and look at the tape and
see where some of the breakdowns were.
But just from my vantage point,
that’s usually what happened.
It was a guy who was misaligned here,
or didn’t make the right read there,
or not just being confident in technique.
So we’ll go back to the drawing board,
if you will,
and
find ways to continue to improve,
and we will.
And this is,
like I said earlier,
this is game one.
From a new staff,
new faces in the building,
new schemes.
Didn’t work out the way we wanted it to work out,
but our confidence is not shaken.
Just for you,
obviously,
your first game as head coach,
what was it like being in
that position on the sideline,
having some of those decisions on your shoulders for the first time?
Yeah,
I felt comfortable with them.
I’ll go back and evaluate myself,
too,
on some of the decisions we made.
I felt comfortable with the decisions to go four on four down when we did.
So yeah,
I will do a self-evaluation as well.
Any more questions for coach?
All right,
thanks,
coach.
We’ll have players in shortly.

 

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