Oct. 12, 2008
Joe Paterno post-game quotes
On winning by 41: "Well, no offense, but Wisconsin gave us the ball multiple times. Well, I thought we'd win. I didn't think we'd win by 41, but anybody who thought we'd win by 41 hasn't been in the game very long."
On continuing to call aggressive plays late into the game: "You know, I've been in some ball games where it turned around so fast, it'd make your head spin. I thought when we came out in the third quarter we needed to get on the board a couple times. I maybe played the first string a little longer than I should have and given the younger kids a chance, but one big play here, one big play there, and it gets to be a dogfight. "
On this game as a turning point for Penn State: "Back in 2004 or 2005 when we went out to Michigan and we let that one get out of hand, and that team stayed in it that season all together and ended up being third in the country. You know, I was nervous earlier in the week and then as the week went on, I wasn't. I just knew that these guys were ready to play. And if they (Wisconsin) were better than we were, they'd be better than we were. But where we are right now, we've got football to play. You see games like Oklahoma and Texas and I thought Oklahoma was going to kill them. I saw the first quarter, and I was shocked when I heard Texas beat them. So you never know. Too many big teams are equal. It seems now with the talent anybody can just about beat anybody on a certain day. You turn the ball over, and Wisconsin turned the ball over."
Wisconsin Coach Bret Bielema post-game quotes
Opening statement: "Obviously when you get into the coaching profession there will be good days and bad days. Today, our team did some good things at times, but overall, did not do very many positive things, especially in the first half. We didn't have an opportunity to get much going offensively, but I thought our defense battled through and persevered and forced them into some punt situations as well as the field goal. But when we got the short end on the second touchdown and then the punt return really took a lot of momentum out of our guys. When we started the second half and they were able to score on their first drive and it really made it a difficult day from that play forward. We really saw the momentum swing at that point and it was never really going to come back."
On the difficulty of the loss: "They are all tough. Every game in college football is a big game. Obviously, we are a 3-3 football team and everyone is going to make reference to next week being a big game. When we were a 3-2 football game, this was a huge game for us. They all are big games and they are all losses. Every loss hurts; depending on how the game goes down and how you execute in the end, it takes a lot out of you, but as a coach they all hurt."
On the breakdown of the punt return for a touchdown: "I only saw one replay of it and they got leverage out of our left tackle and our left wing and sealed everybody else back inside. They started in the middle and it broke out to our left."
On Dustin Sherer's play tonight: "We went into the game and I had basically told him that he needed to be ready. I think he started off, if I am not mistaken, completing the first three passes. The times that he got in trouble, he really tried to force some things in there and I think that not only did he have to go in there and execute as a quarterback but also deal with the fourth-down situation we were in. He went in there and I really liked the energy he showed in the huddle."