“No air conditioning in this locker room.”
[Ed. A- This presser took place in the back corner of a room adjacent to the sweltering visitor’s locker room]
Was that done on purpose or—
[Smirks] “There just wasn’t.”
How’s Wilton [Speight] doing?
“I think it’s—I don’t think it’s anything structural. I think it’s soft tissue. We’ll find out more.”
“Yeah, he’s just working through something. Yeah.”
Can you tell us where?
“Nah, nah. I’ll let you know when I have more information.”
Wilton going down was unfortunate but then John O’Korn came in. This was the biggest crowd Purdue’s had in over a decade. Hostile environment with a lot of pressure in his face today, he made a lot of third-down conversions, throws on the money. What did you think about his performance physically and mentally today?
“I thought John was really playing great. He was seeing things really good right from the time that he came into the ballgame. Ran the offense well. Made big plays. Throw that he hit Gentry on the seam route down the middle, that was a big-time throw. And he had others. I thought he played great. I’m really proud of him. Proud of the whole team. As you say, when you go beat another man, gotta do that in a football game. Then you’ve got to go against the crowd, as you mentioned, and you’ve got to beat the elements. Nothing can make you feel more like a man than that, all three of those things.”
[After THE JUMP: halftime adjustments, O’Korn’s day, and what Harbaugh learned about his team in the crucible of Ross-Ade]