Oct. 20, 2007
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Penn State at Indiana
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007
Indiana Head Coach Bill Lynch
"What a great ballgame. Our kids really battled hard. At halftime, they were a little down, but they fought back and played hard. Our offense made enough plays against a great defense. It's one of those defenses that when you get ready for the game, you don't see a lot of holes in it, so you know you're going to have to kind of nickel and dime them and hope you make some plays as you go along. I thought our kids did. Obviously, (James) Hardy had a great day. He gets better and better every week.
"The difference in the game was the turnovers. You just can't turn the football over a lot. In a close game like that, whether it gives up points or changes field position, that really hurt us.
"I thought the crowd was great today. I don't know how many were there, but you could really feel them in the second half. I think they gave our football team some great energy. I would like to thank them and hopefully they enjoyed watching our football team. They are a resilient group. You can get them down, but you can't knock them out, and we'll be back next week and get ready for Wisconsin."
On how mental miscues and fumbles effected the game:
"Well, it's just turnovers. You're going to have them and in a football game against Penn State, both teams played very hard so there are going to be some mistakes. The turnovers, some of them were forced and some of them weren't. Turnovers in a close football game generally are the difference in who wins or loses. Our turnovers hurt us."
On the play of Kellen Lewis:
"He played a great football game too. He made a lot of great plays against a great defense, and he got knocked around some. With that type of defense, it's hard to throw things down the field because it's hard to protect for a long time. They have a good pass rush. They have good blitzers. We knew that going into the game. He's only a sophomore and he's made a lot of really great football plays for us. He'll get nothing but better."
On Indiana's defense in the second half:
"I thought they did a great job. [Penn State] had two pretty good drives at the end of the first half and were kind of having their way a little bit, but they bounced back. That's all you can ask. We challenged them at halftime and they responded. For the defense to bow up and force field goals, that was a really great effort by a lot of kids."
Junior Running Back Marcus Thigpen
On how IU is going to rebound next week against Wisconsin
"We are just going to do the same things that we have been doing, just taking it one day at a time starting tomorrow. They are a good team so we've got to prepare harder."
Junior Wide Receiver James Hardy
On breaking the school record for touchdowns:
"It is an honor for me to be categorized with Jade Butcher and a record that has been held for almost 40 years. It's just a wonderful moment for myself and the Indiana program. After the first time I scored, he (Jade) came over and congratulated me and for me that's a beautiful thing."
On today's game:
"You have ups and downs, we went through ours today. We had a lot of turnovers but we also had a lot of good things. I think this program, after the loss we had last week, we found our football team this week and we just came up five points short. Now we've got to go in this week and we are never going to quit and get ready for Wisconsin."
Sophomore Quarterback Kellen Lewis
On his turnovers during the game:
"It was mental mistakes, definitely on the second fumble. I was trying to throw the ball to the wrong side in the first place and I didn't do a good job of covering the ball up after I made the mistake."
On today's game:
"It was definitely disappointing because we came into this week knowing we could play with them. We knew if we had a lot of turnovers that we would lose the game, which is something that we did in the two games we lost before this. We had turnovers and made a lot of mental mistakes and we did exactly the same thing today and got the same result. We just have to focus and realize that when we make mistakes they will capitalize on them."
Penn State Head Coach Joe Paterno
"Really it is a shame because they gave us the game. We didn't take advantage of it with just field goals. I told the coach, `You've got a good football team there. You've just got to keep the ball off the ground."
On how his defense played against Kellen Lewis:
"You make plays. You try to stay solid and try to stay in front of him and not give up the big gainer. You know, try to play a good solid football game, and most of the time we did. Most of the time, we looked pretty good. I just felt offensively we wasted too many opportunities."
On feeling fortunate about winning the game:
"I feel fortunate every time we win, particularly today when Indiana played hard and played well. How many did we have three, four fumble recoveries? When you have four fumble recoveries you have got to feel like your fortunate. But our kids had something to do with it too. They made plays. When we had to make that drive, the last drive we made, they went down the field and picked up first downs."
On winning against a winning team on the road:
"I think if you're going to be a good football team you've got to beat teams with winning records. You can't just beat teams with four or five losses. I think we're getting a little better. Like I said, I think our defense played well and we didn't capitalize on some things, going for field goals."