Quotes - No. 4 Ohio State vs. Iowa

Oct. 19, 2013

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Evan Spencer, junior wide receiver
On the slow start to the game
"When we got the ball it might have looked slow, but we scored the first two times we had possession and were moving the ball well. I think it was more Iowa starting fast, not us starting slow."

On blocking as a wide receiver
"It's just as big as anything else we do. It's in the job description. We love doing it and we love helping the team any way we can. When it springs big plays like a touchdown, it's even better."

Carlos Hyde, senior running back
On his acrobatic touchdown run
"It was a basic sweep play. Braxton read it right, gave it to me and I followed my blocks. I thought the safety had me, but I managed to stay up. When I saw Philly Brown with the block, I got excited and knew I had it."

On Braxton Miller's scrambling ability
"When he's running, I'm always expecting a big play. He can make something out of nothing. He is a playmaker."

Curtis Grant, junior linebacker
On if he had doubts about playing today after the death of his father
"I knew I was going to play -- my dad would have wanted me to. I went out there and did my best for him."

On the defensive struggles in the first half
"We have to start fast. The defense is at our best when we start fast, and we feed off their momentum. We didn't do that today and we didn't put it all together until the second half - that can't happen."

Ryan Shazier, junior linebacker
On Ohio State's defensive play in the first half and the adjustments made at halftime
"That's not the type of defense we want to play. That's not the type of defense we're known for. We're known as a defense that shuts down the run and makes people adjust to what we're doing. At the half, some players and coaches just basically said, `we need to get it together.'"

Jeff Heuerman, junior tight end
On Ohio State's offense
"You know, we didn't punt the ball once. We spent more time on punting during the week than anything else. I was ragging on Coach a little about that. We had a complete game. Iowa did a good job at the beginning of keeping us off the field, but I think that was a big part of their game plan."

On Iowa
"A lot of respect to Iowa because they were a great team. That's a tough defense, but we came out and executed really well. Our coaches gave us a great game plan."

Joshua Perry, sophomore linebacker
On Ohio State's struggles defending on third down
"We pride ourselves on being really good on third down, but we weren't there today. That's going to be one of those things we're going to go back and see what things we need to correct. We'll make those corrections, so next week we don't make the same errors."

On defensive adjustments at halftime
"We wanted to get back to what we're known for doing. We want to get three and outs, get stops on third downs and ultimately get our offense the ball because we know our team is really good. Just going in at halftime we needed to get that chip on our shoulder."


Kirk Ferentz, Iowa head coach
On the Hawkeye mentality moving forward
"You don't get prizes for playing a good first half. You have to play the full 60 minutes. I think we realize it's a matter of what do we have to do to be in a better situation the next time we get this chance."

On containing Braxton Miller in the pocket
"[Miller] is a dangerous player throwing the football and running it. The play to the right of our bench was déjà vu all over again to 2010. It came at a real critical situation and a little bit different field position, but there aren't a lot of players that can make that kind of play."

On Rudock's performance vs. the Buckeyes
"However many years I have had coaching, I can never remember coming [to Ohio Stadium] against a weak opponent. This is one of the tougher environments in football, and we put a lot of pressure on our quarterback. I thought he was very poised out there and he continues to grow each week."

Jake Rudock, sophomore quarterback
On the momentum swing following Duzey's 85-yd touchdown
"It was a momentum swing, but then again I'm not a big momentum guy because each play is so different. [Duzey] made a great play, and our offensive line did a good job."

On the Hawkeye offense in the first half
"We had good tempo on the offense. The line did a great job and gave us time to get the ball out. The running backs saw their holes and we wanted to continue that, but unfortunately, we didn't get it done."

Mark Weisman, junior running back
On evaluating Iowa's performance vs. Ohio State
"It was a good game. We played tough out there. We battled out there and made improvements. Obviously we are never satisfied without a win."

On how the Hawkeyes can improve
"We have to finish earlier drives in the half so we don't have to be forced into passing mode in the second half."