Post Game Quotes

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Oct. 24, 2009

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Head Coach Joe Paterno
On the game...
"We played a good football team that is getting better all the time. I thought we'd be in a tough game. I thought [Daryll] Clark played a great game. In all fairness I don't think Daryll's received the credit he should have, because he's really played great football. People have been critical of him, but people didn't catch the ball. Overall, I think everybody just made up their mind that we were going to show people we were a pretty good football team, and they came out here and played well."

On past games in Michigan Stadium...
"That record's a little misleading because we haven't played them twice in a row. The way the schedule is, we play them one year and then don't play them the next. I've had some good memories here, obviously 2005 was a tough game for us, but we told our kids not to worry about the past. Nothing we can do about that; we just got to play our game." On wide receiver Graham Zug ... "He is a very steady football player. He's a very smart kid. He came here as a walk-on. He's from a Penn State family as most of you probably know. He's steady, he's smart, and he's tough. He isn't one you put a clock on and he lights it up, but he knows how to read routes. He has really good hands, and he's a good competitor."

Michigan Head Coach Rich Rodriguez
On the game...
"We obviously did not play well in any phase. It's disappointing. It starts with us as coaches. I told the team I thought we had prepared well, but maybe we didn't. As coaches, we have got to try and do a little bit more to get our guys into some situations where we can have some success. We had some turnovers that killed us. [Penn State] is a good football team, but it's very disappointing to have such a great crowd and a great opportunity and obviously not play very good football."

On the offensive struggles...
"It was a lack of execution. When we execute, we can move the ball When we don't, we don't have a chance. There are a lot of things. Maybe make a play call or two better as coaches. Don't drop the ball. We had a few drops that we hadn't dropped all year. You know, we just weren't sharp at all. It was disappointing because we felt good really throughout the whole game. We had a pretty good idea what they were going to be in defensively, in particular. And that was the most frustrating part."

On Penn State controlling the game's tempo...
"That was my biggest fear, that they were going to have extended drives, and that they were going to stay ahead of the chains, so to speak, and get positive yards on first down. They hit some play-action passes. We were aggressive coming in defensively. I told our guys to do that and maybe we shouldn't have been as aggressive. Even when we were in zone, we couldn't get much pressure with a four-man rush, so we were scrambling to do some things to get them off rhythm. It just never happened."

On Brandon Graham's defensive performance...
"Brandon Graham is an outstanding football player. He's a great leader on this team. I think he shows up in every game and makes big plays. Unfortunately, we didn't do enough to help him in that regard."




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