Ohio Sports – Ohio State Football Postgame Quotes

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Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio – Attendance: 107,145


 Darron Lee, sophomore linebacker

On his interception return for a TD

“I really just read it and knew we needed something. I just tried to make something happen.”

 On the mentality of the defense

“When the offense needs a minute to find their rhythm we know we have to go out there and do our job, have fun and stop them.”

 On the mindset in the locker room

“We’re happy to win, but we’re not blaring music down there right now. As a team, we want to be going on all cylinders so we just have to get things corrected and be better next week.”

 Vonn Bell, junior safety

On the play of the secondary

“I think we’re playing phenomenal. We’re playing at a high level so hats off to those guys. We’re not giving up anything deep and we’re being disciplined which allows us to make plays down the field.”

 Taylor Decker, junior offensive lineman

On the offensive line’s potential

“It is very frustrating because I know we’re capable of executing much better. Our offense is being held back by us but at this time last year we weren’t playing at that level. Year-to-year we keep getting better and I have all the confidence in the world in our line.”

 Sam Hubbard, freshman defensive end

On his sack on NIU quarterback Drew Hare

“We feel like we have an obligation and we put the team on our back. That play we made, that was something else.”

 On how tough it was to beat Northern Illinois

“They have a good team. They have Big Ten-level talent. They proved that today.”

 Tyquan Lewis, sophomore defensive line

On limiting NIU’s passing yards

“We focused on the run. We transitioned very well, and it’s something that we worked on all week.”

 On NIU’s play

“It was a very impressive game. They’re very good at what they do. The zone reads and the crunch plays – they’re good at what they do.”

 Eli Apple, sophomore cornerback

On what the secondary unit did well against NIU

“My goal and the whole secondary’s goal of course is to limit their passing yards. I’m glad we did that.”

 On what Northern Illinois did well today

“They were really physical and running the ball. They had a great offensive line. It was pushing us back a little bit so you have to give credit to them. They’re a great team all-around.”


 Rod Carey, Northern Illinois head coach

On the offensive plan

“We wanted to run our offense, which we did for the most part. We tried to make people defend the field vertically and horizontally and I think for the most part we accomplished that as far as x and o’s wise. Execution wise, no we didn’t do that enough. “

 On Shawan Lurry’s performance

“Shawan will tell you he had a great game individually but I don’t think there is one of us up here that is happy. I bet if you ask any of these guys up here they’d rather play terrible and get a win than play awful and get a loss.”

 On Ohio State’s front seven

“That was a huge challenge. They’re as good as advertised, the front four is for sure. 97 [Joey Bosa] is a difference maker, there’s no doubt.”  

 Drew Hare, junior quarterback

On defensive coverage preventing big plays

“We got what we expected coverage-wise. They’re a solid defense. They’ve got athletes everywhere and their front seven is probably as good as anybody’s in the nation. Like I said, they made plays.”

 On having a chance in the fourth quarter

“We preach all week, every week having the ball in the fourth quarter with a chance. That’s as good of a football team as we’ll play. To have that chance at the end, we just didn’t make plays when we needed to and they did.”

 Sean Folliard, junior linebacker

On taking any moral victories in today’s game

“I think the great defenses learn from their mistakes. We’re not happy with where we’re at right now. We’re going to get back in the film room and we’re going to learn from our mistakes. We’re going to grow as a defense and keep getting better week in and week out.”