Postgame Quotes: Michigan 27, Purdue 16

Nov. 13, 2010

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Michigan Head Coach Rich Rodriguez
On overall performance
... "We had a bunch of errors offensively: poor plays, penalties, turnovers. If you look at the end result, it's a win on the road. We're proud. It's a team win, and the offense at least came together at the end when we had the touchdown."

On the impact of the weather and Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan ... "The whole [Purdue] defense was disruptive. The weather conditions made it difficult for both teams to hold onto the ball. It looked like our guys were grasping or drying their hands the whole time. We haven't had a game like this all year with wet grass and wet balls. We have a lot to learn from this. Purdue has some good players. Kerrigan's a great player, and we had a hard time with containing him."

On Michigan's opening fumble-returned touchdown ... "That was the first one all year. Of course we gave one back up, but that was a huge lift. I think it gave our players a lot of confidence. I think they played the whole game with a lot of confidence."

On Michigan's game plan ... "Denard wanted to run the ball. He was running really sharp, but he let a few ones slip. I don't know if the ball was really slick. As far as execution is concerned, we know we can play better. They still competed. Denard and the offensive line competed, but you have to give Purdue some credit."

U-M Redshirt Sophomore Safety Jordan Kovacs
On the weather conditions ... "As a defense, we love to play in these kinds of conditions. I don't know if the offense loves it, but we sure do."

On the impact of the defensive touchdown ... "That was a big play for us. Anytime your defense can score a touchdown you have a very good chance of winning."

U-M Redshirt Sophomore Wide Receiver Roy Roundtree
On the play of the offense ... "We didn't play our best today. We just need to stay focused and execute better on the offensive end. Hats off to our defense, they played great today."

On his touchdown catch ... "It was a read route and luckily I got open. Denard did a great job of finding me and he made a great throw."

On the weather conditions ... "I have never played in a game like this. I thought every time we went out on offense it was going to rain. Thankfully our defense stepped up today and we got the win."

U-M Redshirt Sophomore Linebacker Kenny Demens
On the weather conditions ... "Oh my God, I love it. We all love it. It's fun to get out there and get dirty, to play hard and come downhill. It's really fun."

On the impact of Michigan's early defensive touchdown ... "It changes the game. Not just for the defense but the offense also."

On the defense's ability to pick up the offensive struggles ... "It was a good feeling. In the locker room after the game, the offense was patting us on our backs. We've been in a slump and the offense has picked us up, so it's about time that we helped them."

U-M Senior Cornerback James Rogers
On the defense's strong play today ... "It feels good. Compared to last week, we came out with a lot of enthusiasm. We just needed to go out and play and have fun."

On the numerous turnovers in the game ... "Whenever sudden change happens, we need to be prepared to take the field. It worked out well for us today and we were able to get off the field."

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