September 25, 2022

Postgame Quotes vs. Wisconsin

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Ohio State 52, Wisconsin 21
September 24, 2022
Ohio Stadium — 105,473

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day

On the crowd at Ohio Stadium…
“I just want to start off again by thanking the unbelievable crowd. From the jump: the skull session, the walk, the beginning of the game, all the way to the end. There was a lot of people that hung around at the end of that game and we don’t take that for granted. So, we really appreciate Buckeye Nation and the people that were here tonight.”

On the defensive secondary…
“Jyaire and JK have been practicing. We told them right before the game that everybody on the team believes in them and we do. They had no fear, and they went out there and played, and they did a really good job. I don’t know what the film’s going to show, but I know they competed. I thought Tim Walton did a really good job getting them ready. I’m proud of those guys to be able to win a conference game with them in there.”

On the running game with Treveyon Henderson and Miyan Williams…
“I think it’s just the mentality of we know how long the season’s going to be. When you have two guys that you can go back and forth, back and forth, who are unselfish, who understand what it means to be a team, that’s the key. If it starts to become ‘What are my carries? What are my touchdowns? What are my runs?’, then it doesn’t work. Treveyon and Miyan both have been excellent. Treveyon’s energy before the game was off the chart; you could just feel it. I felt it in warmups, I felt it in the locker room, I felt it coming out of the locker room, and then he ran that way. He just ran hard, he ran physical, he ran with energy, and so did Miyan. Miyan ran hard. Hats’s off to the offensive line and tight ends; I thought they really moved the line of scrimmage today against a good defense.”

On the team’s physicality and moving forward…
“I think you can see what this team is made of. I think we’ve shown in the first four games what we can do, what we’re capable of. The big challenge in college football, is you have to bring it every week and that’s the competitive standard we’ve been talking about. Every single week you have to bring it. As good as this feels and as much as we want to celebrate this, we can’t spend too much time patting ourselves on the back after this thing, which is hard because it’s one heck of a win for us. To play like we did tonight, it was a lot of work, I’m very proud of our team; I’m proud of our players, proud of the way the defense came in and some of the guys stepped up. We saw a lot of good to go around in this game, but the tough thing is you don’t have too much time to talk about that; you have to be on to the next team. We’ll try to enjoy this the best we can tonight and a little bit tomorrow.”

Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud

 On his play this season…
“It’s not really my place to judge. Of course I’m going to listen to the coaches and Coach Day. Their feedback is what matters. If we’re winning, I don’t really care [about my individual play]. I don’t think it’s just me – it’s the offensive line and receivers too. I’m blessed to be in this position.”

 On the Buckeyes’ execution in the first quarter…
“Everything starts in practice; we practice so hard on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. That’s definitely where it starts, but to make sure everything goes well – the coaches did a great job of play calling. After that, it’s our job to execute. I tried to get everybody to calm down and just try to have fun.” 

On Cade Stover…
“Cade is definitely a Swiss army knife – he can run, he can block as well. He can really do anything. It’s amazing to see his work pay off. He’s one of the first people who took me under his wing when I first got to school and he’s an even better person than a football player.”

Ohio State tight end Cade Stover

On his first (and second) career touchdowns…
“I’m super excited to be part of something special like this, and those balls haven’t gone my way so I was happy. There are a lot of things that went into that – a lot of long nights going into something so small, so special for me. I’m just really happy to help the team.”

On his relationship with Coach Day…
“That’s special, I mean, he’s one of the main reasons why I stuck around this place as long as I did. That’s a special dude. That’s someone I’d lay my neck on the line for any day.”

On the win over Wisconsin…
“It’s another step in the right direction for us. [Wisconsin is] a prideful, tough program. That’s what they’re known for. For us to do that out there and really to force our will on those guys like that, we’re stepping in the right direction every single week – every single day. So I’m really excited.”

On his bond with C.J. Stroud…
“To be able to play with that guy, that makes things a lot easier for everybody. We come from different sides of the world, but we have the same mindset on everything. And that’s a tough kid. That’s a dude that 20 years from now, if he needs something, the phone is getting picked up and I’m going to get it done, whatever he needs. That’s just kind of the bond we’ve created here.”

Ohio State linebacker Tommy Eichenberg

On his play…
“I just go out there and play. I believe in myself. I just try to get better every day. Coach always puts us in great positions to succeed, but I just try to get better every day.”

On the cornerbacks tonight…
“We trust Jyaire Brown and JK Johnson. They did a great job. Going forward, we need to do our jobs, no matter who’s back there. We are confident in those guys – we are confident in anyone we put out there.”

On Wisconsin’s running back Braylon Allen…
“He runs hard behind a great O-line . We did a great job trying to get him down the first time. It was a challenge trying to tackle him, but sometimes you just need to tackle him.”

On Ohio State’s offense…
“[The offense’s play] just makes us play with confidence. We focus on getting the ball back to the offense. The offense helps the defense, and the defense helps the offense.”

On Big Ten competition…
“Wisconsin is a good team. The entire Big Ten is good. Different teams play well in different areas.”

Wisconsin Head Coach Paul Chryst  

On Wisconsin’s play… 
“We got beat and we didn’t really get off to a good start and take the first drive down, and then we were just off. I thought there was an opportunity for us, but we didn’t respond on the field where we had to. At other times, it was hard getting things going offensively, and we had a couple of penalties that set us back. We have to be better; to give yourself a chance to win games, you have to play good football, and we did not.”

On Wisconsin player production… 
“I feel good with this group about their response. What’s great about this game is there is no hiding, and you have to play. We play the game, but it’s a team sport. You have to be together, and I do feel that we’ve got that.”

On his message to his team…
“My message to our team is, yeah, we don’t want to be where we’re at right now, but we’ve got an opportunity to go forward. I care about our fans, but what I care most about is our team, and I feel good about the group of guys that I get to be around and coach. I appreciate and learn about the staff that I get to work with. I get people not being happy with where we’re at right now; they’re no more disappointed than I think anyone in the program is. We bounce back from this stuff. You want to have a team that people are proud of, but our biggest concern is getting our guys to play good football.”