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Oct. 5, 2004

Senior flanker Bam Childress
On the loss to Northwestern
“We just have to look at it as a stepping-stone. You have to play hard every down. You can’t go into someone else’s place thinking it is going to be easy.”

On returning home to play in Ohio Stadium this Saturday
“I like playing at home in front of our fans. They are great and we like them being behind us. It’s like they’re the 12th man out there with us.”

On getting back into the Big Ten race
“We still have a chance to win the Big Ten. We just have to take it one game at a time. Everybody has to do their job and just worry about what they can do to help us win.”

On the Wisconsin game Saturday
“It’ll be a dog fight from the first snap to the last, but that’s the way Big Ten football is played. We will be ready and looking forward to it.”

Sophomore defensive lineman Quinn Pitcock
On Wisconsin
“They play with great effort. We are going to get down in the trenches and be ready to play them. Our main goal is to work hard and stop Wisconsin’s run. It will definitely be a challenge, but we are ready.”

On Ohio State’s practice this week
“We have already been told going into practice it is going to be hard and we know they are going to be hard on us all week.”

On the game Saturday
“Everyone knows it is going to be a big game. We all need to start treating every game like it is the national championship game.”

On defensive line
“I don’t think we have played to our expectation level. We have not played to our full potential in any game this season like we play in practice. We are still trying to figure out what sparks us and what it takes for all of us to have a great game.”

Sophomore quarterback Justin Zwick
On Wisconsin
“Wisconsin is a strong, physical team. They are big and they move the ball well. They have a great running game. We just want to go out there this Saturday, have everyone on the same page and play as hard as we can.”

On turnovers
“We are definitely not good enough in that area. But that’s life. I feel bad about putting the team into a situation like that. My job is to put the team into the best situation possible. My focus is to just work hard to improve everyday especially in practice this week.”

On the loss to Northwestern
“It was certainly a wake-up call. We know that we are capable of being better than that. But we have to take it and respond. We came in on Sunday and watched film and we are working hard all week long in practice. We just need to start over and start our winning ways again.”