Ohio State vs. Penn State - Post-Game Quotes

Oct. 26, 2013

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C.J. Barnett, senior safety
On the BCS rankings
"We don't worry about it. Honestly, we just focus on the task at hand and next week that will be Purdue. All the other stuff will take care of itself at the end of the season."

Corey Brown, senior defensive back
On his interception during Penn State's opening drive
"I just saw the quarterback staring him down. He threw the ball and I was just in the right position to make the play. I knew it was a big play for our defense and our team."

On the importance of the win
"You could say it's a statement game in a way. We wanted to come out and stop their offense. Our coaches did a great job of putting us in the right formations in coverage. I give them all the credit."

Dontre Wilson, freshman running back
On earning increased playing time
"As I continue to progress in practice I am beginning to see more playing time because I am working towards it. I've started to block a lot better."

On working for a big play
"I am close to my breakout big play, but I haven't gotten it yet. Everyone will know when I get it."

On statement win tonight
"This was a really big game for us. For us to win a game against Penn State, who just beat Michigan, is big. We really needed this dominating win."

Tommy Shutt, sophomore defensive lineman
On difference of defense
"We attacked this game a lot differently tonight. The linebackers were physical as well. We all need to keep progressing like this."

On staying healthy
"We all want to stay healthy and make sure we all are doing well. We all can play and make plays. Everyone knows they can be called on at any time."


Bill O'Brien, Penn State head coach
On quarterback Christian Hackenberg's performance
"He's a tough kid. He didn't feel good about throwing but he said he wanted to keep going. However, I thought it was in the best interest of the team to put in [Tyler] Ferguson."

On the loss
"I take full responsibility for this loss. We didn't prepare them enough as a coaching staff and we did not play well enough. We have great kids and they never quit and we'll put this one behind us, learn from it and get ready for Illinois."

On Ohio State
"They're a good football team. No doubt about it. Ohio State has good speed, good athletes and coached better than us. [Quarterback Braxton] Miller causes trouble when you let him get on the perimeter of the defense."

Jordan Lucas, sophomore cornerback
On recovering from today's loss
"Any loss is tough and losing like this to Ohio State definitely hits hard. We look at the tape, we go over our mistakes and we try to fix it for the next weekend so we don't let something like this happen again. After Sunday, we're past Ohio State."

On the offense's performance
"It's a team sport. You have to play complimentary football. We have to play any situation we are put in."

On recovering after an interception
"It does something to the team, but we don't think about it. We don't hang our heads down. We have to go out there and stop them."