Danny Hope was "relatively pleased" with his offensive line, which featured three new full-time starters, in a 23-12 loss at Notre Dame to open the season.
That was the group that was under some of the most pressure -- and perhaps the biggest concern of the offense -- heading into the season.
Purdue opted to often have quarterback Robert Marve run bootlegs, moving him out of the pocket to alleviate some pressure up front. So it was tough to tell just how well the group did up front.
There were certain points when the pocket broke down and Marve was forced to scramble, but there also seemed to be times when Marve simply held the ball too long and had to scramble.
"They did good," Marve said of the line. "We threw a lot at them. We threw a lot of boots in there. That (3-4) front they run, too, you have to see where the linebackers come from. But played well.
"You know how offensive line goes, normally it takes two or three games for them to really bond together. Thought it was a good first game."
Hope said he was "tickled to death" with what he saw from Peters Drey, who hadn't played center until training camp, and converted defensive tackle Nick Mondek, the starter at right tackle.
Drey didn't have a botched snap, and he played every down on offense.
"For the most part, I was pleased with the overall offensive line," Hope said. "It was a position that was supposed to be a total rebuilding job and a position that a lot of people thought would be very poor for us. I thought they did an admirable job in the first game."