Two-Minute Drill: Inside Ohio State’s Postgame
By Brandon Castel
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The Buckeyes are 9-0.
They can’t go to a bowl game or play for the Big Ten championship in year one under Urban Meyer, but that doesn’t take away from the fact they are still undefeated following a 35-23 win at Penn State Saturday.
Here’s a rundown of what Meyer and a number of Ohio State players – including quarterback Braxton Miller – had to say after a convincing victory in Beaver Stadium.
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* Braxton Miller looked his normal self and said his neck feels good after the game.
* TE Jake Stoneburner said Braxton looked a little timid early on, which is natural after last week, but then he settled down.
* Meyer said Braxton had that competitive look in his eyes. Same look he had vs. Nebraska.
* Braxton said Carlos Hyde was cracking on him for his ugly slides.
* Braxton said the coaches talked to him about sliding more this week. He saw on film how he was taking hits standing up.
* Braxton said he needs to practice his sliding this week and then laughed. Said he feels good physically, though.
Shazier’s Big Night
* Meyer said Shazier was out of control early in the year...best two games the last two weeks.
* Asked about Shazier's pick-6 to start the second half, Stoneburner immediately said, “Game over.”
* Stoneburner said Shazier's touchdown sparked their offense and they knew they could finish out the game and the D would do their part.
* Shazier said he played with a heavy heart tonight. His friend died over the summer, but he wanted to honor him.
* Shazier said his friend never got to play football because of Muscular Dystrophy, but he was always out there with them in spirit. Felt him tonight.
* Shazier said it felt so good to cross the goal line with the ball because he had dropped a bunch of picks this year.
* Meyer said the Ohio State offensive line took over the game.
* Meyer said the defense started out great. Offense started a little slow because they were playing conservative. With D playing well, didn't want to "do anything stupid."
* Stoneburner and Braxton basically drew up his TD because they saw there was no deep help and his guy was playing man under.
* Stoneburner kept looking back to make sure no one was going to catch him. Coaches were joking they didn't know he could run that fast.
* Stoneburner said he wasn't playing well up until Nebraska game really. Meyer sat down with him and told him to stop thinking and play fast.
* Stoneburner said after the holding call against the D on 4th down, they came out and ran uptempo, no huddle. Could tell PSU was tired.
* Meyer said his team is exposed in the punt right now but they're going to enjoy 9-0.
* Meyer said they pressured more and played more man coverage than they have all year.
* DE Nathan Williams said the defense always feels like the game is on its shoulders, but especially this week. Said he and John Simon had a really good rhythm going tonight. Both guys were getting in the backfield.
* Williams said he thought the early sack rattled Matt McGloin and the PSU O-line. They were in their heads.
* Williams said he felt the defense missed him at Indiana, so he was happy to be back out there the last 2 weeks.
* Williams said he didn't feel all that comfortable at Sam LB last week, but much better this week. Spent a lot of time learning.
* Williams said Luke Fickell did a great job teaching him, but also Mike Vrabel, who played DE/LB in the NFL. Said he needed to learn it for NFL anyway.
* Williams said he was sick to his stomach about giving up that last TD, but felt good about overall performance.
* Shazier was mad at himself for giving up that last TD. He was supposed to go with his man and he didn't.
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