Nov. 5, 2011
Final Stats |
Kevin Wilson, head coach
"It was a good performance, but we didn't quite get it done. We needed a better run-defense and the offense left a few things out. We played hard and played well; we just came up short. There's not much more than that."
On Indiana's run defense against quarterback draws:
"They're a good running team. [Ohio State freshman quarterback] Braxton Miller added the big run early, which was very disappointing to us.
"They were very effective in the third quarter. We knew the quarterback draw was going to be the lead play. Even when it's not draws, you have to account for him and that's just smart football. To let him out was disappointing. We worked on it in practice but just didn't get it done."
On Indiana's third-down conversions:
"As poor as we've been, we've been converting and can't be stopped. We could've made the game look more salvageable and that's just disappointing. They're a running football team, and when you get them to third and one, that's where you want it, and to not be able to execute is just disappointing."
On the potential to win the game:
"We thought it was an opportunity. If we had played to our advantages, we could've had a chance. We talked about having some fun, playing hard and not making mistakes. We needed to have balance. We needed to tackle. We needed to have some runs. We needed to kick it cleaner. The missed field goal was disappointing."
On playing Ohio State after OSU's 'emotional' win over Wisconsin:
"I thought by looking at the matchup, if we played like we were capable, then we'd be in the game. I didn't look at their emotion. They're trying to build [momentum] down the stretch, and when you're building down the stretch, you don't think you're likely to compete. I expected them to come out and make a statement as I've seen other teams do lately. I expected they'd come out for a knockout. Watching tape, comparing the way they played and the way we played, if we played up to our capabilities then we'd win."
Kofi Hughes, sophomore wide receiver
On whether he is the team's No. 1 wide receiver;
"I've just been in the right place at the right time. Tre [Roberson] has been doing a great job. I've just been trying to take advantage when the ball comes my way."
On tying the score, 20-20, in the third quarter:
"That was a big positive for us. We don't believe in moral victories but we've been getting up to our potential as a team. The interception was my fault. I ran the wrong route. The rest of the day we played pretty well."
On the team's strong start:
"We came out strong. People said that we were going to be like a bye week for Ohio State this week, which offended us. We didn't like that. We came in with an aggressive attitude and tried to run the ball early."
Tre Roberson, freshman quarterback
On the team's progress:
"We're growing as a team. We're getting better every week. We came here to win, but we're progressing every week."
On the team's offensive productivity:
"We have a lot of confidence offensively. We wanted to pound the ball, pound the ball, then throw the ball today, and try to score some points."
On the leadership of Kofi Hughes:
"He's really stepped up a lot. He continues to work hard and get better every day. He's a great target to have."
Larry Black, junior defensive tackle
On Ohio State's line:
"They have big guys, but we knew we could handle them. We know we have to play our techniques and everything will take care of itself."
On the team's improvement:
"We've definitely taken a step forward, but we need to get across the field on third downs. We were at third and 10 on a lot of occasions, we just have to convert."
Chase Hoobler, freshman linebacker
On the team's performance:
"We need to keep getting better, and that's all there is to it. We have a lot of young guys out there, and sometimes we're not as physical as we should be because we're trying to read the other team so much."
On the importance of offensive play:
"I'd rather play more a proactive than reactive game. If you sit back and run the same thing on offense, the other team can pick you apart. If you throw a couple blitzes in there, they might have to play extra coverage instead of something they'd rather play."