Big Ten Championship Game Post Game Quotes
Dec. 8, 2013
An interview with: COACH URBAN MEYER, BRAXTON MILLER and RYAN SHAZIER
THE MODERATOR: We'll ask Coach Meyer to make an opening statement.
COACH MEYER: Well, just went around the room and told the players I love them. I don't like to use the word 'proud', but I am proud of them.
They fought against a very good team. Dug ourselves a hole. Went 17 0, came back, tried to seize momentum in the third quarter after halftime, then let it get away from us.
We got to do things a little bit better. I don't want to take anything away from our opponent. That's a heck of a team, man. Good players, good scheme.
But love my guys. I love these players. You got any Ryan Shaziers and (Braxton) Millers, I'll take them. Send them to me.
THE MODERATOR: We'll take questions.
Q. Talk about the devastating nature of this loss, Urban. How do you put it in perspective?
I don't know. You know, it's going to haunt all of us I imagine for a little while, but that's part of the game.
Q. Can you take us through I think it was fourth and two, you called a timeout, some of the options you talked about, and why you went with the play call you did.
That's why. It was a chance to go try to win the game.
Q. Coach, your team finished one of 10 on third down today. Talk about what Michigan State was able to do to cause that inefficiency today.
Off the top of my head, I can't. We just didn't play very well on third downs.
Q. After your start there, what adjustments did you make to be able to get back into a groove and take the lead?
We also did a nice job making some adjustments by alignments with receivers to give us advantages in the run game. That was coming out the other end pretty good.
The best thing was our defense really played well for about three or four series there. We were able to take the lead. Then we lost it.
Q. The pass defense kind of came up again. How much did it hurt having (Bradley) Roby out for eight or 10 plays there?
Obviously, take a great player off the field, that's an issue.
Q. You took the lead. But the pass defense kind of came to the fore. What are your thoughts right now?
COACH MEYER: Disappointed with our pass defense. We have to get this fixed. We're going to get back to work.
Q. You said probably two or three times how much you love these guys. Could you explain why that is.
It's an uncommon commitment to a common goal is the best way to explain the feelings this team have for each other, the coaches have for these players. Once again, it's an uncommon commitment these guys made starting a year and a half ago with new coaching staff coming in here. They didn't know us from Adam when we came in. They jumped right in.
These two guys are perfect examples of guys jumping right in, bought everything we sold. They know we care about them, care about our staff, care about each other. That's what I mean by that.
Q. I know you wanted to get the ball in Braxton's hands as much as you could. In a perfect world, would you like to have had more touches for Carlos (Hyde)?
Q. Braxton, what started opening up in the running game after the cool start?
Q. Coach, after you got 24 17 up, they pretty much shut you down. Any change to the way you approached offense at that point with the lead as opposed to what you did to rally to get ahead?
Off the top of my head, no.
Q. Ryan, you got in there, got that partial block off the punt. Did you feel the momentum shift there?
Q. Urban, when you've gone two years, go undefeated, looking at the chance to play for a national championship, you have a chance if you win a game, you don't get it, does it make the loss that much harder to know you worked for something, had that opportunity, now it doesn't materialize?
I imagine there's a chance we'll get invited to a great bowl game. If we do, they're going to get a very good Buckeye football team that's going to stick together and try to win a game.
If you're asking me to measure the levels of hurt, I'm not sure I can do that.
Q. Coach, would you elaborate on the decision not to play Marcus Hall in the game?
I just feel it wasn't right to play him.
Q. You said yesterday that you wouldn't start Hall. When did you make the decision he wouldn't play?
Q. You were on this incredible streak this 24 game run. Now to have sort of lost the game, what does it do for you guys? Where do you go from here as players?
Ryan Shazier: Just like Braxton said. We went through some adversity. We got to stick together as a team, try to win this next game.
We got to come out, start working for this next one.
THE MODERATOR: Thank you very much.