No. 1/1 Ohio State (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) 38, No. 19/RV Wisconsin (6-3, 3-3 Big Ten) 17
Ohio Stadium
Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 3, 2007
Attendance: 105,449

Ohio State Postgame Player Quotes

Brian Hartline sophomore wide receiver
On trailing 17-10
“Kirk (Barton) gave us a talk. He is a senior and a real leader on this team. He told us this was the time to step up.”

On playing Wisconsin
“Teams that have lost a game can sometimes have an advantage. They know that feeling of a loss and they don’t want to repeat it. If you’re a team that has not lost you can’t get comfortable or someone will beat you.”

Doug Worthington, sophomore defensive lineman
On the game
“We had prepared hard all week. We knew that pressure was going to be a key today and we did our best to get in and disrupt their offense.”

Malcolm Jenkins, junior defensive back
On the game
“It was a big win in a big game. We came into the game undefeated making it the biggest game on our schedule. Since we got the win next week will be even bigger.”

Todd Boeckman, senior quarterback
On the nature of college football
“One play can define a season, so you just have to keep fighting and play your best. When we got down in the third quarter, our whole offense looked at each other and we made some plays. We got the job done today.”

On the one-handed touchdown catch by junior Brian Robiskie
“He made the catch and I give him a lot of credit. I thought he would sit on the route more than he did and I ended up throwing the pass behind him. He’s a great player and he made a great play.”

Malcolm Jenkins, junior defensive back
On the play of the defense
“We did a lot of things right, but too many times we let them off the hook and kept them on the field. We have to get rid of those mistakes and start looking to get better for Illinois.”

Steve Rehring, junior offensive tackle
On the emergence of Chris “Beanie” Wells
“Beanie’s been very good since he’s been here. He got into a zone and you could see it in his face. He just needs one run to get going.”

Brian Hartline, sophomore wide receiver
On the running game
“If you win the running game, most of the time you’re going to win the game.”

On Todd Boeckman’s running ability
“They started going to man coverage, so Todd making those runs was key.”

Donald Washington, sophomore defensive back
On falling behind in the third quarter
“They were executing and we weren’t. We weren’t executing our assignments defensively and they made some big plays. As long as there is time on the clock, I know we have a chance. We easily could have folded, but we stuck together and made things happen.”

On the third-quarter fumble recovery
“Any time you can cause a turnover, it gets the crowd into the game. When you get that kind of field position, it makes it that much easier for the offense to score.”

Larry Grant, senior linebacker
On the offense
“Our offense helped us out a lot. They controlled the ball and the clock.”

On nearing the end of his Ohio State career
“It hasn’t really hit me that it’s coming close to the end. We’ve talked a little bit about how we only have a few games left and we still have a lot to improve on.”

Wisconsin Postgame Coach and Player Quotes

Bret Bielema, Wisconsin head coach
On the game
“We barked at our guys all week to go into today’s game with an attitude to win. We practiced and prepared to not be intimidated by the atmosphere of this place. Our team played well overall but it was not enough. It was a tough game and Ohio State persevered.”

On the fake run that failed and its effect on the team
“It had a big effect on us. I wish we would have done that on the play before. It wasn’t the game ender for us but it did place a big damper on our team.”

On Ohio State’s running game in the second half
“We played very well against them in the first. In the second, however, we missed a lot of key tackles. OSU executed the running game really well and a lot of the cutbacks hurt us in the end.”

Tyler Donovan, senior quarterback
On his feelings postgame
“It’s never good to lose. The guys just need to keep their heads up. We have a big game against Michigan next week. That is a big time football game and we need to keep our heads up.”

On the Ohio State defense
“There is definitely a reason why they are No. 1. They have speed, strength everything. They are a very good football team.”

Travis Beckum, junior tight end
On the team’s performance
“Our team plays good with good teams. We are lucky to have the opportunity to play Ohio State and Michigan back-to-back. We have a lot of guys upset and just need to carry that to our next game.”

On Ohio State
“They are a good football team, but I want to give credit to our players. We are a good team, too. They did a good job today and put points up in the second half.”

Jake Bscherer, sophomore right tackle
On Ohio State
“Ohio State disguises its blitzes compared to other teams. The biggest factor is they disguise well.”

On playing the No. 1 team in the country
“The big thing is to prepare well. I could have played better I just need to prepare like I will play every play. It showed today you never know.”