Postgame Transcript From Ohio State vs. Penn State
Nov. 19, 2011
An Interview With:
COACH FICKELL: Obviously it started off again down 10 0. Not the way we had planned it. We have to do a better job out the gate. I think that's where it really ended up putting us in a little bit of a bind. Obviously two turnovers to one turnover, it's always a determining factor in a game like this.
And when you don't come out on top of the turnover margin you don't have a great chance of winning. Especially if you don't win the explosive gains.
All in all, obviously to fall 10 0 again like we've done I think in the last three games, you know, not that you didn't see a fight from the guys and they battled, that's just not good enough.
We've got to do better.
THE MODERATOR: Questions.
Q. Just how difficult was the tail end of this week just preparing hearing all the rumors going around about the job situation and all that stuff, was it a distraction to you or your team or your coaches or anything?
And that's the way we've gone about it. And I can't speak for everybody. But you know that's what we preach to them. That's what we try to tell them, try to focus on the things they can control and let those other things take care of themselves.
Q. Coming out of the half, what was the plan offensively? You guys had some points obviously at the break but were unable to get some things. But you had some turnovers. The wildcat thing, you had the turnover there with the exchange. What was the plan coming out in the second half offensively, and how did you feel like it was executed?
They had some momentum. Our offense did in the first half. And we gotta do a better job both sides of the ball getting the ball back and especially when they're playing well. So that's why it's a team sport.
Q. The goal line stand you made, shame to waste that as you look ahead, I know this is Penn State, but what would a win next week salvage considering all the stuff this team has gone through?
And they obviously are down and feel bad, and the key is how do you get back up, how do you step up and realize and understand that this is something that you'll remember forever the, this next week. So that's what we've got to make sure we focus on and make sure they stay focused on.
Q. The goal line stand, did you think that would propel you?
Q. To have three straight weeks of the 10 0 start, do you feel like something has been taken out of the guy over the course of the season just with everything that's happened the way it's unfolded, that maybe they don't quite have the energy you're looking for?
But we know we've got to do a much better job. We have to come out. We finally won the coin toss. Didn't do a good job stopping and getting our offense positioned to have the ball. But those kinds of things we can't look around to try and look for excuses.
Q. In hindsight, easy to second guess these things, but the hand off from Hall to Herron, was that something you second guessed?
Q. Posey was back. Did you guys try to throw more to get him involved early on?
Q. Posey was back today. How big was it to try to get him involved early on?
So I think we had an idea that to be able to move it around and get it to him a few more times. But when you get down 10 and some of the situations we are in and the running game is working, you don't have to change you don't want to change a ton.
Q. What's your thought on the wildcat, because Miller's back there making plays, too; he gets less touches that way?
Obviously you see that it worked very well for them. And we didn't do a great job at stopping that. So that's one of those situations that you gotta you have a bunch of those guys back there you think can handle the football, Jordan and Boom and Carlos Hyde, and you find ways to get the ball in their hands. And that was one of the ideas for us.
Q. Obviously Mike had some problems with the snaps, and some of that exchange, some of that on Braxton, I'm sure as well J.B. with the false start as well. What was going on with the communication up front where you had some lapses there?
Q. How much did their wildcat surprise you guys? Tom Bradley said he thought it catch you off guard, how much they used it, and them using it in general?
Just we gotta do a better job at stopping it. And some different plays out of it, but it's just part of fundamentals and playing what you see. You got a good idea what's going on, we've got to do a better job.
Q. ESPN.com had a report today that OSU has talked to Urban Meyer. I'm wondering, what's your personal sense about your job situation?