October 29, 2006

Boilermaker Sunday notebook

After expressing staunch support for quarterback Curtis Painter following Purdue's loss to Penn State, Coach Joe Tiller reiterated that message the day after the game.

The 12-0 loss certainly wasn't the QB's finest hour, but Tiller noted that the coaching staff counted seven dropped passes, just a couple of which meant the difference between Painter finishing 22-of-39, like he did, and him completing well over 60 percent of his passes.

The coach also lamented uncharacteristic breakdowns on the interior of Purdue's offensive line and some missed blocking assignments by the running backs.

But with all that said, Tiller did not close the door on the possibility of making a change under center, even if it's just a temporary one.

That would be nothing new for a coach with a long history of pulling his quarterbacks, sometimes just for a series or two.

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