Nov. 8, 2008
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Indiana Postgame Quotes
Nov. 8, 2008
Indiana vs. Wisconsin
Head Coach Bill Lynch
"I think the turning point of the game was when it was 21-20 and we recover a fumble. Our quarterback, who is playing awfully well, runs the ball gets hit and loses the ball. He gets hit we lost our quarterback and the ball. They got it back to midfield and jumped up. I can't tell you how proud I am of some of those kids out there and how beat up they are and some of the kids that played. Mitchell Evans wasn't going to play the football game and for him to go out and do what he did is unbelievable. We have guys up and down that offensive line and we lost two more today. I know what the score is, but I know what the guys in that locker room have gone through."
On Wisconsin running the ball:
"We knew they were a good offensive football team and were going to run the ball well and they certainly did. We lost some guys on that side (of the ball) and we lost one on Wednesday, a pretty good football player that is pretty involved in the run. We have one of them playing with a banged up shoulder now and we lost another one as we went through the game. They are awfully good and you can't let a team run the football on you like that. I'll give them credit they are a pretty good football team."
On Kellen Lewis:
"We didn't expect him to be able to play today. He kind of went through the week but he wasn't anywhere, as of yesterday, near where he was a week ago so he showed some courage too and he tried and he re-tweaked (his ankle), but you know what if you can't move it's tough against a good football team like that."
On Chappell's run play where he got hurt:
"We tried to win the football game and it was 21-20 and our kids were battling. That play was there he ran for 10 or 12 yards. You can play not to win. We didn't come here to play not to win, you can say look at the scoreboard, but I know what our attitude was going into it and what our approach was."
Wisconsin Head Coach Bret Bielema
"Today we felt that during the course of the week, based off of what we've seen on film, we should be able to get in here and run the football; that was planned coming in. Defensively, we kind of didn't know exactly what we were going to get due to the injury situation and the quarterbacks that they've kind of rotated through there. Then obviously after the injury to their quarterback, didn't really know even coming out at the half what we were going to quite get. But I thought our defensive kids really stayed in tune with what they were trying to do.
"On the one drive where they did score, and I believe we had four missed tackles on that drive. Then everything else after that, once we started tackling the ball, didn't have any issues. Obviously you know, we got critical, critical turnovers and special teams, the kickoff return and then David with the punt return, those things and it was a very tight ball game and they end up getting you. But I really like the way our kids prepared all week. It just goes to show that we've got great kids with a great attitude, great mentality to get a road win like this."
On running around the outside:
"Obviously you guys have seen it. We've been able to execute it but really just thought at times what we've been able to see, being able to get on the perimeters outside of tackles and then we're actually sealing out on their contained player and getting it up inside. Sometimes they tried to knife in, that's when I believe, the big one went around, all the way around the edge because they tried to shorten our leverage but I thought those plays highlight David's speed. There's a couple guys that did a good job of blocking down the field today, which is why I think some of those big runs happened."
On the running game being effective:
"I think the game plan definitely was, even going back to Sunday when we first initially talked just being able to keep the chains moving by running, trying to eat up the clock. Their offense you know has been very potent, in certain situations they really get on a roll. Their game last week they had over a thousand yards in that game from an offensive standpoint. Sometimes our best defense is our offense on the field."