Sept. 1, 2012
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No. 18 Ohio State (1-0) 56, Miami (0-1) 10
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Sept. 1, 2012
OHIO STATE POSTGAME PLAYER QUOTES
Carlos Hyde, junior running back
On the Ohio State offense
"Our offense is built to keep scoring. That's Coach Meyer's standard and to have fun."
On the first quarter
"We came out slow, but once we got on a roll we got going. This game was big and we came out prepared. It was exciting once we started to put it all together."
On his running game
"I definitely want 100 yards in a game. I realize if I would've broken one more tackle I could have maybe reached it. It's something I can work towards this season."
Bradley Roby, sophomore defensive back
On special teams
"Coach Meyer has instilled in us the importance of special teams. Many teams don't focus on it as much, but it has been a priority for us."
On the fumble recovery
"I rushed the punter, heard the crowd and figured something had happened. I saw the ball and just went for it. I felt the ball and muscled it away from the others. I don't know if it was my teammates or not, but I just wanted the ball."
Travis Howard, senior defensive back
On the game
"We just have today to celebrate. Coach Meyer wants us to celebrate it, of course, but we have to get back to work. The first quarter we couldn't get anything going, but we were able to regroup and get ready for the next quarter."
On his interception and the play of Miami quarterback Zac Dysert
"It was a great play. I wish I would have taken it in the end zone. He (Zac Dysert) is a great quarterback though. I guarantee he'll be in the National Football League one day. He has the arm strength and athleticism to make the big play."
Etienne Sabino, senior linebacker
On playing Miami
"It was exciting to get back out there. We've been through camp and a long offseason, so it was nice to get out there and play someone else. We cannot start slow like that again, but we got the win and in the end that's all that matters."
On Miami's running game
"It was our number one goal to completely stop the run. If they did try to run we wanted to close it up immediately."
Ryan Shazier, sophomore LB
On overall opinion about the game
"I think we did really well even though we started slow on offense and defense, we made our adjustments and really improved from the second quarter on."
On how he played in today's game
"I felt like I played well, but I can do a lot better, there are little things I can work on like my coverage, but I feel I had a decent game and I will continue to get better."
On how training camp prepared the team for the regular season
"We went through one of the hardest training camps in the nation and when we transfer that to the field we can really be great."
Zach Boren senior FB
On scoring a touchdown in today's game
"It was nice to be in the end zone. I haven't had a touchdown since my freshman year so it was cool to score again, but I really just want to do anything I can to help this team win, whether it means run the ball, block, or catch a pass."
On coach Meyer's general attitude during the game
"Coach Meyer actually stayed really calm, but you could tell he was trying to get us to go. He was calling different formations trying to get us in a rhythm to break through that defense."
Devin Smith, sophomore wide receiver
On his reception in the second quarter
"It was definitely my best all time catch. I've had some catches at practice but nothing like this one."
On the rest of the season
"We're just going to keep working hard. For me, I plan on working hard with Braxton [Miller] and Coach to continue to get better."
On Braxton Miller
"The biggest part of his performance today was his leadership."
MIAMI POSTGAME QUOTES
Don Treadwell, Miami head coach
On the dropped passes
"You may have to ask our players about it. It will be interesting to find out if it was the environment, being humid and hot, or if it was just about the first game of the season."
On Miami senior quarterback Zac Dysert
"He's got some great internal qualities and intangibles. He's one of those quarterbacks. He's got a great demeanor. He seems comfortable and has more latitude."
On Ohio State
"They're a very good team and there are a lot of good teams in the Big Ten. They have a lot of depth, and that's what you're trying to build in a program. They're a very good team and you saw a lot of that out on the field today."
Zac Dysert, senior quarterback
On playing Ohio State
"It is just something we have to learn from. The offensive line did a great job today and really stepped up. Hats off to Ohio State. Today they were the better team."
On Miami's first quarter
"We should have scored more and earlier, but unfortunately it just didn't happen."
Jaytee Swanson, senior linebacker
On the atmosphere and conditions of the game
"I don't really think it was the weather, the conditions or the crowd size. It just did not happen for us today. We have all played in big game atmospheres before."
On Ohio State sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller
"He is a really good athlete. He is a great runner, a great thrower and a good leader. He had great plays and cuts, which are to be expected from a great quarterback. And while we respect him, we have to do our job and try to stop him."