Postgame Quotes

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Oct. 26, 2008

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Joe Paterno, Penn State head coach
On overall game
"I'm happy for the kids. They worked hard tonight against a good football team. We changed a couple things at halftime and came out with a lot of confidence. They kept their poise and that one turnover was the ball game because nobody had good field position until that play."

On Ohio State's performance
"Ohio State played a great defensive ball game. Their cornerback (Malcolm Jenkins) is one of the best we've faced this year. I thought Pryor played a heck of a ball game and our guys faced adversity tonight against a tough football team."

On quarterback Pat Devlin coming off the bench
"I think Pat is a heck of a quarterback and we have two or maybe three guys I think are good. He had a lot of confidence and did everything you wanted him to do at the end of the game. He is a good football player."

On Penn State's upcoming bye week
"This week will definitely be a big help for our team. We are tired after three tough games, two being away in tough enthusiastic crowds. There is a lot of emotional strain along with the physical. This week off will be good for us."

Jay Paterno, Penn State quarterbacks coach
On Ohio State's defense
"They're a good defensive football team. They hustled for the ball and didn't give up big plays."

Kevin Kelly, senior place kicker
On missed field goal attempt
"It was great for me to get back out there and make the next kick. It was a great feeling knowing that even though I missed the kick the coaches still came back to me."

On the Penn State offense
"The offense did a great job of getting me into position. They did what they needed to do."

On the locker room atmosphere after the game
"It was crazy. The guys were going crazy. We're ready to get some rest now."

Pat Devlin, sophomore quarterback
On the mental aspect of the game
"Mentally, this is what we practiced everyday. Surprisingly, I didn't have butterflies. I was confident in our offensive line. This is what you prepare for, you don't remember the fear."

On replacing Daryll Clark and on the touchdown he scored
"It's tough, because Daryll did a great job. There were definitely a lot of bodies on top of me in that end zone."

Stephfon Green, freshman running back
On the game
"Winning this game was a relief. Ohio State is one of the better teams we have played this year and we played our hearts out tonight."

Graham Zug, sophomore wide receiver
On feelings coming into the game:
"We knew it was going to be a tough game tonight. We knew not many points would be scored. Winning by such a small margin makes it that much more exciting."

On end of the game:
"I was just happy and excited. It felt nice to come out of here with a win tonight."

Gerald Cadogen, senior offensive tackle
On ranking and being undefeated
"We are taking it one week at a time. We get better every week. The Big Ten championship is in sight but can be lost easily. We need to correct this week's mistakes"

On the team adapting to other playing styles
"We need to harp on the little things. If we fix our little mistakes the big things will fall into place. This is how we are able to change to other team's styles."

On critics coming into game
"We heard all week that we were an average offensive line and that this group had never won in the `Shoe. We didn't let us bother us; it motivated us to work all week and we executed today."

OHIO STATE COACH JIM TRESSEL:
"That was a hard fought football game. Awful proud of the way our kids played. They played as hard as they could and screamed and yelled on the sidelines as hard as they could and our crowd was doing all they could. And a ball game like that, it's the slimmest of margins. And tip your cap to Penn State. They came in and played extremely hard and didn't make a whole bunch of mistakes and they came away with a hard fought win and our guys will keep working."

"I guess unfortunately, heading into an open week, which after you don't get done what you'd like to get done, you'd sure like to get on that field again, but our guys will get back to work when the time is right and they're a good bunch."

REPORTER: Jim, it seemed like you had a difficult time establishing any kind of a rhythm with your running game.

COACH TRESSEL:
"I think there's no question. Penn State did a nice job of moving and attacking the line of scrimmage and we did not run the ball nearly as well as we needed to, to score a lot more points than we did."

REPORTER: Can you talk about Terrelle's fumble? It looked like a quarterback sneak, he was trying to bounce it out to the right and make a play out of it, what did you see on that play?

COACH TRESSEL:
"From where I stood, I think he saw a couple gaps or penetration, perhaps, I don't know for sure, and tried to slide outside and I think the helmet hit the ball or something hit the ball or whatever and it was unfortunate."

REPORTER: Can you talk about the defensive effort, what you were hoping to do against Daryll Clark and that offense?

COACH TRESSEL:
"I thought our defensive guys played extremely hard and they played attacking style and they were hitting people out there and I don't know what exactly happened to Daryll, I don't know if he got banged, but our defense kept playing. There was a moment there where it was nothing but a field goals game and it was because of the hard play of our defense and the hard play of their defense, and usually in those kind of battles, the tide turns on the smallest things, but our defense kept playing and playing and playing."

REPORTER: You talked about your third straight outright Big Ten title, looks like the chances of that are pretty slim now. What do you still have to play for this year?

COACH TRESSEL:
"I think the first thing you always play for is to become the best you can become. And obviously there are some things that are attainable at the beginning of every year. You always want to be the Big Ten champions. You always want to earn the opportunity to become the National Champions, and it just so happened that this year, there was an opportunity from an outright standpoint, but this year's not over and there's three more football games for a lot of people, four for some, and so the bottom line, though, is that you keep working to become the best you can be and we always say you get as your works deserve."

REPORTER: Coach, could you assess Terrelle's play tonight, just overall?

COACH TRESSEL:
"I thought Terrelle did some good things. He was under a little bit of duress. They did a good job with their upfield pass pressure. I thought he hung in there and stood in there and did some good things. I'm sure as he watches the film, he'll look at some things that he wishes he could have over as will every position that was out there playing, but I think he competed and he wants to do anything he can do for this football team and I thought he worked at it hard."

REPORTER: After you guys take the 6-3 lead, do you sort of have the feeling the way the game is going, if you can grind out the clock a little bit, hold on to the ball, do you like your chances with the way your defense had played to that point?

COACH TRESSEL:
"When you're playing in a battle like this and your defense is playing the way it was, field position is huge, and A. J. Trapasso did a tremendous job on some of his punts and Aaron Pettrey's kickoffs and the kickoff coverage was good and all the things that contribute to a good field position game, and when we were ahead 6-3, we were moving down trying to get a touchdown, we weren't just moving down trying to change the field, but you can't score enough points, but with the way our defense was playing, we could have kept them on the long field. I had a lot of confidence in the D."

REPORTER: Terrelle seemed like he was really taking this very hard after the game and I know earlier in the week James talked about this being "his team," in some regard, what do you do this week to try and bring him back from this and just the way this turned out for him tonight?

COACH TRESSEL:
"Well, every experience you have is one that you can really grow from. My experience in life is that the hardest ones are the ones I've grown the most from. So it's a tough loss and I'm sure that he'll grow from it and I'm sure that we'll grow from it and I'm sure that he'll keep working to get better and I think all of us will keep working to get better. So that's all you can do."

 

 

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