November 20, 2016

Ohio State Football Postgame Quotes

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Nov. 20, 2016

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Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer

Opening statement…
I’d like to thank our Buckeye fans, also a lot of respect for the team we just played. Tough day at the office right there, so we’ll take the win against a team that we know very well, on the road in November. 10-1 and get ready for our rivalry week.

On his expectations for the end of the game…
When I woke up, actually on Wednesday when I started hearing about the weather, we are a balanced football team and when we’re not balanced, it’s tough. They had the same problem, we threw a couple and the ball was bouncing and so it was just real difficult to execute in the throw game, had a couple of drops. So it’s officially rivalry week, our eyes are forward, let’s go.

On Michigan State’s two-point conversion attempt…
They were controlling the line of scrimmage, once again that was a tough drive for us because that usually doesn’t happen to us and they’re a good team, a really good back, number three (LJ Scott), Ohio guy. I talked to him after the game, he’s a hell of a player. I was somewhat surprised but I’ve been in that situation before, when you have all sorts of momentum, go swing and try to have a knock-out punch.

On the overall play of both lines…
We had a couple of penalties, we ran for two guys over 100 yards, in a situation where they knew we were running because you couldn’t really throw much, I don’t think we played great but I don’t think it was awful. Defensive line, I’d have to watch a videotape, I don’t watch much of that, but I know we had a couple of big hits and we take away those big hits but they had some big hits against us.

On Michigan State’s play getting to where it needs to be…
I don’t think they’re far, just got a lot of respect. I’ve been in the fox hole against those guys and I know their coaching staff very well and I have great respect for them. I think they’re tough, I think they shot everything they had at us today and they played very hard, but I don’t expect anything different.

On the play of Mike Weber
He’s over 1,000 yards as a freshman, which is a great accomplishment for him. With three new starters on the offensive line as well, and very pleased. We had fumbles and two big plays in the first half and that’s not us, it can’t be us. We’ll lose next week if we play like that so I talked to him, like we all do, and say the play is behind you type of ball, chin-chin-chin ball we call it, let’s go.

On balanced play going into next week…
It’ll be tough to win if we’re not. I don’t know the weather forecast yet but we have to be balanced.

On the comparison of play calling from last year’s game versus Michigan State …
Much better, we actually had a weather plan. Once again, I had two players rush for over 100 yards against a defense that says we know you’re running, that’s tough. We wanted to throw it, I wanted to, there’s a couple of plays that were right on the tip of my tongue, but then you start watching the clock, if a ball is tipped you lose that game. So I wish we would not have punted out of the end-zone at the end and tried to drop them back in there, that was one of the disappointing things. I thought we did fine, I don’t think it’s a losing game, a high execution because on both ends of the ball, offense and defense, it’s hard to run the ball when they know it’s coming.

On the talk surrounding the rest of the season…
Well they don’t want to hear it from us but they don’t live in a cocoon either, so they hear it from the media, ESPN, and all that. I’m glad we’re here. I don’t know if I’ll talk to it there, I didn’t talk about it here, we enjoyed a win. We’re going to go home, enjoy the win and wait for assignment tomorrow and I’ll probably address it at some point.

Ohio State defensive end Tyquan Lewis
On the mindset of the players going into the last MSU drive…
End the game. Just end the game, get it over with. Have to get back up, so get off the field and end the game. Get the ball back to the offense, take a knee and get up.

On if they play like they did on Saturday that they might not win next weekend…
That’s very true. Come out next week playing kind of flat, giving up some runs like that. You obviously won’t win like that. I give credit to Michigan State; that’s a very, very good team, very physical team. You just have to correct the little things.

On if they were playing out of character today…
It was just missed tackles. Have to capitalize on those plays, on those short yardage plays, you have to capitalize on those. The Big Ten has a lot of physical ball carriers, and they’re going to fight for those extra yards.

On if Michigan State looked on film like they did today…
Like I said, I give credit to them. You know, you have teams that come out and they show a completely different thing on film than what you’re playing – their game plan is for you. Your game plan probably changed a little bit, but they came out and, it was better than advertised. You just have to play healthy to our standards.

On if they were looking ahead to next week…
No, not really. We just play one week at a time, one game at a time. That’s the main mindset, mentality of the team, one week at a time, one practice at a time. Come out, everything is just one play at a time. Take it step by step.

Ohio State defensive end Jalyn Holmes

On coming back into the game after the injury…
I had to get back in the game and play as a part of my teammates, seeing my teammates going as hard as they can, offense and defense. I just knew I had to get back there and do my job as hard as I can luckily, they made the play.

On the game plan against LJ Scott
We just, basically just wrap up. Play our big defense, stick to the basics and tackle them when we had the opportunity. He’s a great player, and he made some plays but we stuck to the game plan.

On how the game will help them prepare for next week…
I knew Michigan State was going to come and play good, because they’re a great football team. Their record maybe don’t show it now, but they are a great football team, they play hard and got tough guys on their team. I feel like them and a team up north, they have a similar offense, not the similar plan style, but it’s good that we get to see that now so we can prepare for next week.

on what happened when he went down…
It was my leg, it went numb for a little bit, then a lot of pain, but I’m good. Mamma raised a fighter.

On MSU’s trick plays…
I knew they were going to mix it up a little bit, they’re going to try something to get us off our feet, but we just stick to our base defense and we just held it down.

On how quickly their minds will turn to what’s going on next week
I’m going to enjoy this right now but then Sunday morning, it’s just back to the drawing board. We will see them when we see them.

Ohio State Junior Linebacker Chris Worley

On the key to stopping LJ Scott

A lot of things, and not getting him before he got to the defensive edge. You can’t play defense that way. We knew it was going to be a dog fight.

On whether he or Malik Hooker made the interception during the 2-point conversion…

Did you see it? I had it. He’s just selfish. I kept it. I was just spying on the quarterback. I saw it in his eyes that he didn’t really want to run the ball. I just zoned off a little bit and played the passing play.

On whether they’ve moved on to next week…

It is rivalry week, but we are going to enjoy this. Take nothing away from them. That’s a College Football Playoff team right there and we knew it was going to be a dog fight. Coming around this time of the year, November, wins are hard to come by so we’ll take any win any way we can. We watched them on film all week and they didn’t look like a 3-7 team, at least offensively.

On the surprise of Michigan State going for two…

I wasn’t surprised at all. As soon as they scored I saw coach on the sideline screaming, `they’re going for two, they’re going for two.’ The biggest thing I try to do is force me and the rest of the defense is to just relax. So when it came down to it we made the play.

On the defense’s feeling before Michigan State’s final, failed drive…

As soon as it was 4 minutes left and we had the 17 to 16 lead, we knew that they were going to have another opportunity to score the ball. So at that point, the game is in our hands, we were just ready to let the dogs eat and go win the game.

On his defensive opportunities…

Not how I want it to be honestly. Sometimes I feel like they don’t come my way enough. Coach tells me to stay patient and it’s a good thing they’re not coming to your side of the field as much as you want them to. When the time comes, I have to make the play. That’s the difference between last week and this week. I dropped the interception and I was down on myself a little bit. Every day after practice I caught probably 100 plus balls this past week, knowing that opportunities are not easy to come by and I just want to capitalize on it.

On LJ Scott’s running in Michigan State’s final scoring drive…

First few plays, a number of plays, we didn’t have the right personnel in the game. They were doing something and it wasn’t right for the situation and then we got to the goal line and we just couldn’t stop them, simple as that. It all came down to the two-point play and that’s what this is all about.

Ohio State Junior Cornerback Gareon Conley

On the meaning of the game ball he is holding…

Oh, it means the world to me. Every game I take advantage of and every chance I get to go out there with my teammates, I take advantage of and it’s just an honor to get this ball.

On his interception…

Yeah, it was just zone coverage. I watched the quarterback and made a play.

On why he brought the game ball to the press conference…

It feels good to get the win. To get any win is hard. In college football, it’s hard to get W’s and to put in all the hard work we do during the offseason and the regular season, and in camp, I want to keep it close to me.

On how it feels to seal the game with his interception…

It feels great. Like I said, it’s an honor to play as a Buckeye. I want to thank God, first of all, and thank my teammates. Without the rush I wouldn’t have gotten the pick. We all come together as one and play hard.

On why the defense has been playing so well…

The whole defense is special. We all play for each other and that’s the key. We all play for each other. We can all trust each other to do our jobs and that’s why we play so good.

On the feeling of the win…

It means everything to come in here and beat these guys and to win in a hostile environment. Everybody plays their hardest against us so we knew it was going to be a challenge just to get the win.

On the surprise of a close game…

I expect a tough game always. Everybody that plays against us always plays their hardest.