Purdue didn't look like a team that had an extra week to prepare for Notre Dame.
The Boilermakers, who were coming off a bye, were undisciplined, unproductive on offense and ended up getting blown out 38-10 in front of 61,555 at Ross-Ade Stadium.
"We didn't play well and we didn't have good luck," Hope said. "We didn't match up. We're potentially a better football team than that and we didn't play very good, obviously. Things didn't go our way."
Purdue's struggles started on the first play.
Caleb TerBush has his first pass intercepted by Notre Dame cornerback Gary Gray at the Boilers' 48. Gray returned the ball to the 35.
Two plays later Irish quarterback Tommy Rees found receiver Michael Floyd for a 35-yard TD toss and the rout was on as Notre Dame (3-2) took a 14-0 lead after one quarter, a 21-3 lead at halftime and a 35-3 into the final quarter.
Even though it was a rough night for Purdue (2-2), Hope said he still believes the Boilermakers can be a good team as they get ready to start Big Ten play next week with a home game against Minnesota.
"I'm looking at the other teams in the conference, and I think we can match up from a talent standpoint with most of the teams on our schedule, and I still think we can have a good season and compete and have a good team and do very well," Hope said. "I don't think tonight is a very good indication of what we're all about as a football team. I'm very disappointed in our play. … It's going to get better, I assure you that. It's going to get a lot better. I believe that we have good people and we have good talent. We obviously haven't put it together yet."