(Eds: With AP Photos.) By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer Purdue coach Darrell Hazell is trying to motivate his team with some tough love.
On the one hand, he's asking players to calm down and relax. On the other, he isn't happy with the way the Boilermakers have blocked or tackled.
Anxious fans are worried the season is heading south and some are calling for a quarterback change. Hazell's critiques are getting increasingly sharper and the frustration is showing.
''I felt honestly we took a little bit of a step back this past Saturday,'' Hazell said Tuesday. ''It's a process. We're going to continue to work hard through the process. That's the only way you get out of where we are right now.''
The reeling Boilermakers desperately need something to go right.
So far, nothing really has.
They followed a blowout loss at Cincinnati with a narrow victory against an Indiana State team missing its top player. Then came an inspiring game against Notre Dame that still resulted in a loss, ...