Postgame Transcript From Ohio State vs. Nebraska
Oct. 7, 2012
An Interview with: BRAXTON MILLER
THE MODERATOR: Questions for Braxton Miller.
Q. Braxton, congratulations. A lot of people talk about a new era of offensive football here tonight. What clicked?
Q. Braxton, seemed like once you decided to run, the avalanche started. Why did it take you so long to get going as a runner there in the second quarter when you had the 72 yarder? Just talk about that and how it ignites things.
Q. You were able to score 63 points against a Big Ten defense. What does that say about where this offense is right now?
Q. As far as learning the offense, where would you say you are right now? I know this is the first year offense, looks explosive, but are you still learning offense? What would you say?
Q. First quarter you guys had 17 yards of offense. You end up with close to 500. What happens between the first quarter and the second quarter? And then once it gets rolling like this, was this the most extended period of this offense being what it is capable of?
So I'll say we've got a lot more to do.
Q. How was Coach Meyer after putting up 63?
Q. When Coach Meyer got here, is this sort of maybe what you thought the potential was for this offense? Did you think games like this were possible with his offense?
Q. Biggest crowd in the history of the stadium tonight. I just wonder what playing in this atmosphere was like. Obviously it was different. Can you describe how different it was and what it was like to perform in that atmosphere?
Q. The second interception by Bradley Robey, you guys were struggling. Before going into the second quarter, how much did that really ignite the offense, get you guys going?
Q. After getting injured last year in this game, was that a lot of motivation to get out there and score a lot of points and have a game like you had tonight?
Q. What part of the offense were you most impressed with? You can certainly spread the glory here. Was it Hyde, the tight ends, Philly Brown, yourself? What do you give the credit? Besides the O line.
Q. Has it sunk in? You guys are 6 0, now chance to go 7 0. How good does it feel? What's the feeling, I guess, down in the room right now?
An Interview with: COACH URBAN MEYER
THE MODERATOR: Coach, an opening statement and then questions.
COACH MEYER: I want to give a lot of thanks to our crowd, the Buckeye Walk, the skull session. That was one of the great evenings in Columbus, in Ohio State. But I really appreciate that.
I never want to let that go without telling the fans that. That was tremendous. Also, our student body and the quick cals, it's really cool to watch guys really buy in, not only your team, but the fans.
That was from the bottom of my heart, I want to make sure everybody knows that. I know it's not a great story, but it's a great story. That was a good thing for Ohio State.
Give credit where credit is due. I thought the first quarter was a trainwreck for our offense, but it was because they're playing very good defense.
And they weren't doing a lot different. They came out and hit us in the mouth. We had to get going, but our offensive line eventually took over that game. And we have two good runners right now. We have a quarterback obviously that's kind of ridiculous running the ball, and then Carlos Hyde is a guy that is starting to earn a lot of respect, other than that darn fumble. But he's running hard. And then Rod Smith came in and pounded it, too.
So you can see what we are. We're kind of a pound ya offense right now. I don't mind that. I've not had a lot of those. But that's a pound ya offense.
And we still need to do some other things, but we also opportunity on the couple I think we had two touchdown passes, right? Just one touchdown pass, but another one down to the end zone.
Defense can get better. Created some turnovers, but can get better. Pleased with their effort, but we all know we can't give up those kind of yards and those kinds of points and win the game. They fed off each other. And this team is buying in, and they're doing a good job.
Q. Coach, you said this could be heck of a football team by the end of the year. Did the offense show up a little early? Because a lot of people say a new era of offensive football has arrived at Ohio State.
Q. Coach, Braxton Miller said you weren't even sure at the end how many points you guys have scored. Did you just lose track?
Q. Is this when you got when you started evaluating the talent, did you think this kind of this would come did you think this offense would be here this season with the guys you had?
And they are they're the ones that have really developed. I mean, like really developed. And even early in the season I didn't feel it. I didn't feel us change the line of scrimmage against those early teams. I'm starting to feel us change the line of scrimmage. We know how fragile it is. Have a bloody nose tomorrow and it's not a very good offensive line.
We don't have a lot of depth, but Coach Warner and those guys have something going now. They're changing the line of scrimmage against some very good defensive lines. The last two we played, those are very good defensive lines.
Q. Talk about No. 1, Robey's pick six, which kept you all in the game. That was odd there.
Q. Did you see a difference, though? Obviously first quarter, like you said, was a trainwreck, and then suddenly Braxton went 72 yards. Is that the ignition point?
That was the plan, and the plan was not working in the first quarter. And I think Braxton obviously changed the game.
Q. If you guys are ahead of schedule now, what does that mean for the future, especially on offense for this team?
So I'm very pleased with where we're at, but I've also been doing this long enough to realize you have a bad week, you have a bad night tonight, you have a bad something, I don't want to be the downer, but we're not there. We have a long way to go.
And the good thing is these guys know it and they're anxious to get into work tomorrow. To a man, they said that tonight. They can't wait to get to work tomorrow.
Q. You just touched on Carlos and you referenced the offensive line playing better. How much of it, though, these yards after contact the way that Carlos is battling through, it's him making some plays for you?
So that's a big guy like that, you get him started, it's hard to bring down. And he has to get started. He wasn't getting started in the first quarter. That offensive line did it in the second quarter, third and fourth.
Q. You've been known to call say that's my guy, guys graduate through your program, did you get any new guys tonight?
To see what they did tonight and see their reaction in there and know what they've gone through, that's a great question but there's more than just one.
Q. You said in the lead up to this you wanted this place to be an inferno, those were iconic helmets hooking up, that was a pretty special night. Did you enjoy it? Did it live up to what you hoped it would?
THE MODERATOR: Coach, thank you very much.
An Interview with: RYAN SHAZIER
Q. I saw you a few times early in the game, lost Etienne, didn't look like you were getting hurt. What kind of got you guys going on defense, and how are you?
Q. Just quickly on Martinez, three turnovers, three picks to you all. What did you see in in fact, Bradley mentioned earlier this week he saw some routes he might be able to jump and get an interception. Obviously he had a couple tonight. In your study of Martinez, did you see opportunities to make some big plays in the game?
So it was really that's what we took advantage of today.
Q. Ryan, that was a wild game. You were in the middle of it. What was the moment when you felt like you all finally gained control?
Q. Robey's game tonight, just assess it. How big was he for you guys? How much did he really get you guys going?
His play today was amazing. We just really needed that, and that really helped a lot.
Q. We had the opportunity to speak to your father. He flew in from Florida. How was that knowing that he was in the stands and your family was in the stands to your approach to the game?
Q. You were the last undefeated team in the Big Ten. Tomorrow you'll probably be in the Top Ten Associated Press Poll, et cetera. Are you sort of surprised at this point, or where does this team go from here, do you think?
Q. Wanted to ask about the defensive line. You have a front row seat to how well they're playing. Are you impressed by the way the guys getting blocks and making plays throughout the game?
So I feel it's amazing having guys like that in front of us and beating up blocks and making great plays.
THE MODERATOR: Thank you.