Penn State vs Indiana Post Game Quotes
Oct. 5, 2013
Penn State vs Indiana Post Game Quotes Indiana Coach Kevin Wilson: Oct. 5, 2013
Opening Statement: "I'm proud of our guys and I'm happy for them. I'm happy for the people who stuck with us and for us to get a good win. We played really good in a lot of phases. We didn't start great on offense and didn't particularly run the ball well, but once things started to get in rhythm and we got our passing game set up, we played well.
"Defensively it was pretty competitive. PSU made some plays on us, but for the most part we made them work for everything they got. Our kicking was solid as well. We had some good preparation coming in and I was excited to see if our guys would go out and play hard. They made me proud just by the way they played and attacked today."
On Indiana's first ever win against Penn State in football:
"I have a lot of respect for Coach O'Brian and what he's done with their program. That team is still very talented, even though they've had some issues with depth. He's done a great job leading and managing that team and it's a very prideful group. We knew coming in that defensively they were not going to give you much. They make you earn what you get.
"Offensively they've always thrown the ball well. I really enjoy watching their offense and how they attack and what coach does with his players. We have got to win games like this and we are a good enough team to do that. We didn't play perfect, but we did play good. Next weekend we will have another opportunity to go do something that's never been done before because this team has never beaten the team that we are about to go play. We don't try to get wrapped up in it. I think our guys are best if we just keep things simple and work day-by-day, going over what we need to do short term and not look at the big picture. That being said, we have to win games like this. We are trying to build a program that is competitive in this league. Penn State is one of the dominant programs in the Big Ten and they are one of the standards you want to set your team to, so it was nice to go toe-to-toe with them today and come away with the win."
On the defense only giving up 70 rushing yards: "I think we were a lot better in our communication. The way we practiced and the way we prepared, we wanted to give our kids the chance to line up and be cleaner and more fundamentally sound. We played a lot better team defense with the linemen being where they were supposed to and the linebackers and safeties fitting appropriately. They played very hard and very clean compared to the past."
Indiana Players Postgame Quotes October 5, 2013
#9 - Greg Heban, Safety Talk about the significance of this win over Penn State? "Coach talked to us this week and the bye week about, even though we have never beaten Penn State in IU history, we can't hype up this game any more than it needs to be. After the game we were really excited about the win, but we weren't super shocked about it. We knew we were a good team. We knew they were a good team. I think we came out with the edge today."
Talk about the big plays the defense made today? "It all started with our D-line. They did a great job getting pressure on their O-line. They dominated the line of scrimmage, which was one of the key points we focused on this week. The linebackers plugged up the holes and fit the gaps. We kind of shut down their run game early and they resorted to their passing game."
#3 - Cody Latimer, Wide Receiver
Talk about the significance of this win? "It was great. We knew coming in that we had lost 16 straight games to Penn State. As a team, we wanted to go out there and win. But more importantly, we wanted to get our first Big Ten win."
How have you liked playing special teams? "It's fun, but it's tiring going back and forth and back and forth. It's great to know that I can make plays for my team on special teams."
#7 - Nate Sudfeld, Quarterback
Talk about your touchdown pass to Kofi? "It was supposed to be a quick pass to the left but the linebacker got in the way of the throw. So I started to scramble. The O-line had a great pocket. I had all day to throw. Kofi and I kind just have a thing. We have a good feel for each other. He just took off to the back of the end zone and I just gave it up to him. He went out and made a great play."
Penn State Head Coach Bill O'Brien Postgame Quotes Oct. 5, 2013
On when PSU felt the game slipping away: "When it got to 35-17, I felt like we were in trouble there, but we kept playing. It starts with me. I have to do a much better job of coaching; putting these guys in better positions to make plays on both sides of the ball and on special teams. We have a bunch of resilient kids in that room. We didn't play well, didn't coach well, and we have a long way to go. But we'll get back to work on Monday."
On offensive running attack: "I think we have to scheme up some better runs. We need to be more diverse in the running game and it starts with coaching. It starts with me. I have to do a better job there. Have to figure it out and look at the tape tonight, tomorrow and figure out what we can do better as a coaching staff and put these guys in better positions to run the ball, to pass the ball, to run routes, to make plays on defense, and do all those things. It starts with me."
On what went wrong with field goal kicking: "One was a bad snap and one was a low kick. One they called timeout then we called timeout and probably Sam [Ficken] got a little bit out of his rhythm. Again, we can coach it better, figure it out better for the kids and put them in better position to be able to make those kicks."
Thought process on going for it on 4th-and-2 on their own 33-yard line: "I felt like we needed a touchdown. We had to try to make something happen. I was trying to manufacture a little bit of momentum there and it didn't work out. But again, we need to go back and figure it out and try to coach these guys better. Like I said from day one, it starts with me. I'm the head football coach. I know I can do a better job. We'll try to do that starting tomorrow."
"Us against the world mentality" gone from last year?:
"I don't think it's gone. I think when you look at this football team, we have 61 kids on scholarship and 40 walk-ons, can't go to a bowl, can't play for championships. Not an excuse, but we have a lot of resilient kids here. They show up to practice every day, they practice hard. I think that reserve is still there. We lost to a team that played very well today. We didn't coach well. Our kids, because of that, didn't play very well. I think there's a lot of resilient kids on this team. There's still a hard-working attitude here at Penn State. I don't think in any stretch of anybody's imagination that this is a normal Penn State team. Sixty-one kids on scholarship and 40 walk-ons. But you know what? These kids are practicing hard. We have to coach them better. We have to put them in better positions. We have good players. And that's what we're going to try to do starting tomorrow."
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