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Sept. 1, 2017

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Opening Statement…
“We will take 1-0 on the road, and a Big Ten victory. Much compliments and respect to our opponent, like we always have against Indiana. The 3rd quarter was obviously the change in the game. J.T. (Barrett) still miss fired on some deep ball, but the crossing routes were working big for us. Our defense was exposed big time in the first half, our pass defense was awful. It was not complicated, they were just picking on the corners. The corners have got to step up, and see what’s coming in nine days against Oklahoma. If we don’t get that right, that’s a problem. We just have to get some things fixed, but game one and two you identify the problems, fix them, and get going.”

On the overall team play of Ohio State…
“I think it was a good first game. Obviously we made such an emphasis on deep balls, and I am somewhat disappointed because they bobbled it a little bit. That’s why you go to work, give them the day off tomorrow, and go back to work on Saturday. The effort is there, our receivers played their tails off. We just have to execute. I thought they blocked the perimeter. I thought they did an excellent job when they turned and got body on body. Johnnie Dixon’s and Parris’ (Campbell) downfield blocks were great. We will get better on the deep ball, everything else was outstanding.”

On Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins…
“I wasn’t surprised at all. I kind of tempered my emotions with you guys early on, because we have seen that since spring practice. He has had a hell of a camp. Mike Webber could have went tonight, he’s about 80%, and he was on call. We get Mike back next week, and that is going to be a nice one-two punch. J.K. has even more in the tank, I don’t think he had a big hit today. His long was only 35 yards, and he has breakaway speed. He was close a few times.”

On the play of the Ohio State cornerbacks late in the game…
“I will have to see the videotape, obviously they must have played better. I was so much involved with the offense and I kept looking up saying, ‘What the heck is going on here.’ I saw back shoulder fades and fades, and then they just seemed to play much better.”