Oct. 27, 2012
PENN STATE POSTGAME DEFENSIVE PLAYER QUOTES
Penn State vs. Ohio State
October 27, 2012
#12 Stephon Morris
Q: A lot of people were saying this was a huge game going into this week. How do you not let it be a letdown?
A: It's not a letdown. We have a lot of sane leaders on this team, and we just want to keep moving forward. We have a good record still, 5-3, so that's pretty good. We still have the same goal to win our division. So it's not a letdown. We can't let it affect the rest of our season.
Q: What is it like to be a player on the defense when you constantly have to worry about what a player like Miller will do?
A: It's just kind of like, he's a dual threat. You got to worry about the pass; you got to worry about the run obviously. It's definitely hard. You got to make sure you detain. It's hard to prepare for something like that. Malik (Golden) did a really good job [on the scout team]. We got the real thing today. Braxton Miller-he's a good player.
Q: There were a ton of recruits here today. If you were a 17-year-old, would you want to come here?
A: I would definitely. If I could do it all over again, I definitely would come here. I think the recruits should for the fact that O'Brien is such a great coach, the chemistry that we have with our coaches and our team. But, right now we have great support from the stadium, but if I had to do it all over again, I'd definitely come here.
#40 Glenn Carson
Sr./Sr. Defensive Tackle
Q: Was tonight's game a case of being too emotionally charged?
A: No, I don't think so. I think our team plays well under hot-pressured situations. I think most of the guys there have played in big games before, so I definitely don't think it's a negative effect. I think it's always positive having the student body into the game.
Q: Could you sum up the third quarter defensively?
A: I think it was some scheme stuff and some big plays that Ohio State got on us. The difference was there was one guy here, one guy there. It was really a team thing where we weren't all on the same page in the third quarter.
Q: Can you describe the locker room afterwards?
A: Everyone is a little heartbroken right now, but we have a bunch of warriors on our team. We have a lot of guys that have been through a lot. There is no doubt we will bounce back from this. Once Sunday and Monday hit and put this Ohio State film behind us, it's back to work and everyone's going to rebound in a positive way.
#42 Michael Mauti
Q: It was such a field position game in the first half. It looked like you were getting close to a pick-six or a turnover. Did you feel like a big play was going to come?
A: Yeah, when we get the opportunities to make big plays, we have to make them and execute. Turnovers are the difference between winning and losing games. We had a couple of opportunities for interceptions. We didn't get many turnovers tonight, so that's something that we have to work on.
Q: You guys have been on such a high the last five weeks. Is it deflating to have a game like this?
A: We were ready to play and Ohio State came out ready to play too and we had to match that. In big games it comes down to executing, when your number is called. We had some opportunities to make some big plays. When it's time for the defense to get off the field, we need to get off the field and make a play.
Q: You guys have been playing against running quarterbacks for most of the year. What made Braxton Miller so different than the ones you've had success against?
A: We knew the scheme going in and it comes down to our defense executing and filling our gaps. It's really not what they're doing, it's what we're doing and what we need to do better.
#47 Mike Hull
Q. What happened that second half? It was just tough to get off the field it seemed.
A. Yeah, they were doing a lot of good things with their quarterback. We were messing up assignments a little bit and let them get outside. I think there were a lot of good calls, we just needed to execute and capitalize on the opportunities.
Q. Take us through that blocked punt.
A. Yeah, we just had an overload on the left side and I came free from the wall in the back, went to the right and I just went right between them. It was pretty awesome blocking the punt. As soon as you break free, your heart starts pumping and you just want to help out your team.
Q. Had you guys worked on that fake punt? Was it something you had planned? Were you open for it? Was that pass to you or Derek (Day)?
A. Yeah we worked on that fake punt, we just didn't execute. Yeah, I was open for it. It was supposed to go to whoever is open but he threw that one to D-Day (Derek Day). In practice it usually went to D-Day but we split it up and went to whoever was open.
#33 Michael Yancich
Q: How big of a boost was the blocked punt?
A: They say that special teams can make some of the most explosive plays in a game. I think it really boosted us and got the crowd into it. It got our offense going, and it got our defense going as well.
Q: What did it mean for you to score a touchdown and to do it in front of 107,000 people?
A: Well, first off, I never thought it would happen. But, it was a truly tremendous feeling. Words can't describe what was going through my mind and my body as I was getting up.
Q: What did you think of special teams today?
A: There is a lot we have to improve on. Everybody made mistakes, but that's how it goes. It's one team.
#4 Adrian Amos
Q: How much did the penalties hurt today and did it hurt the momentum?
A: Yeah it hurts a lot. They occurred a lot. One time we stopped them and then we had a holding penalty and lost it right back. The penalties just hurt us a lot. It was very back and forth between both teams.
Q: Were you guys tired at all in the second half after being on the field so much?
A: I can't speak for us as a whole, but I didn't feel like we were tired. We just didn't execute as well, and the penalties hurt us a lot.
Q: How did you guys hurt yourselves during the game, and what were some missed opportunities?
A: Just getting every tackle and making the tackle when we need it. The penalties hurt us, too. I think we had about three face mask penalties. It was just a lot that allowed their drives alive a lot longer than they should have.
#90 Sean Stanley
Sr./Sr., Defensive End
Q: On that zone read, how tough is that to keep a team like Ohio State?
A: It was about everyone doing their assignment and I think we did a pretty good job. It was just about getting them down and it was tough tonight.
Q: Can you just take us through the third quarter with what happened and how it got away from you guys?
A: It was just Braxton (Miller) and how he was able to make all the right plays and made the right zone reads. It was just his ability to scramble when he needed to and make a big play.
Q: Did you feel like you guys maybe over pursued too much and try to do too much once you fell behind in the second half?
A: Maybe, we were focusing too hard on trying to get the ball and strip it from them but I think we did all the right things.
Q: What was it like in the locker room after a game like this?
A: It was tough but we're ready to bounce back next week and now our goal is 9-3.
#6 Gerald Hodges
Q: How good was Braxton (Miller) tonight?
A: He is a great athlete. He has been doing that all year, and he made plays tonight.
Q: You guys made some uncharacteristic plays tonight, were you guys too jacked up from the crowd?
A: No, I don't think we were too jacked up. We just didn't execute what we wanted to execute and that's when mistakes happen. We just need to go back to practice on Monday and regroup, look at the mistakes and fix them.
Q: Did they wear you guys down in the second half?
A: I don't think they wore us down. They had a nice no-huddle offense, and they were executing and we weren't.