What else is Danny Hope going to say?
When asked if he was happy that Purdue improved to 4-2, 2-0 in the Big Ten, after a 28-17 victory over Minnesota on Saturday, Hope said he expected his team to be 6-0 and "ranked really high" at this point in the season.
Instead, he has to settle for the Boilermakers being tied atop the conference standings and needing only two more victories to become bowl eligible.
"I'm very excited that we're winning," Hope said. "We still have a lot of work ahead of us, and the games get bigger every weekend. But as of today, we're 2-0 and undefeated in the Big Ten.
"This time last year, we were 1-5. That's a 400 percent increase in wins. ... Huge for our football team. Winning is a lot of fun."
- Several players referenced again how important and well-timed the bye week was this season, giving them a chance to re-focus on fundamentals. Linebacker Dwayne Beckford, who tied for a game-high seven tackles, often was able to make tackles near the line of scrimmage by fitting into the right gap. That's something that didn't always happen early in the season when the young defensive tackles were still figuring out their assignments and executing their responsibilities, Hope said.