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Kent State 33, Ohio 25

Sept. 29, 2007

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2007 Ohio Football

Postgame Quotes

Ohio vs. Kent State

Sept. 29, 2007


Ohio Head Coach Frank Solich

On the number of penalties during game:

I've never been associated with a game in my career where we've been penalized 16 times. You're not going to get anything done with that. We need to clean up our game in some areas. It's almost unbelievable to me that there were 16 penalties thrown at us.


On the future of the season:

It's not all doom and gloom. We were 2-3 at this time last year, we lost our opening MAC game, then we came back and played pretty good football from that point on. There are a lot of games yet to be played, and this thing is not over in any way shape or form, but we have a lot of work to do.


On switching quarterbacks from Brad Bower to Theo Scott:

It didn't have anything to do with us being critical of Brad and pulling him. It was more a matter of us wanting to give Theo some opportunities. The fact that he (Scott) was able to make some plays now enables us to start feeling comfortable about having two quarterbacks so that we can get things done for us offensively.


On what areas need work:

There was enough of a breakdown by us in all three areas of the game not be positioned where we wanted to be positioned in the fourth quarter. We're not getting it done in the ground game.


Junior Tight End Andrew Mooney

On team's penalties:

Anytime you get penalties like that it is really hard to get the flow of the game going. It is really hard to get things moving and have consistent drives.  You get a big gain then all of a sudden you're back to where you started. Surreal would probably be a really good word to describe it. You reap what you sow. If you do good things then good things will happen.  When you get penalties, bad things are going to happen.


On the team's future this season:

One game in this conference doesn't kill you.  If we lose another one, we might be in some trouble.  We still have one goal and that's to be MAC champs.  We have to work hard to get back where we were and win this year.  We've got all the talent in the world to do that, we just need to put entire games together.


Junior Safety Michael Mitchell

On the penalties:

We're just not playing smart. You can't make those bonehead plays.  It comes down to tackling and just playing assignment football. We've got good athletes on defense but we're not playing assignment football.  We've got to do the right things during the game.  We have to go back to the drawing board and figure things out. 


On 5-foot-5 Eugene Jarvis and finding him in the backfield:

Chris Garrett is a short guy and we find him all the time (in practice).  I don't know what it is, I am as mind boggled as you are.  We have to play fundamental defense.  When we have to get him off the field, we have to get him off the field.  We can't make the penalties.  Our coaches are doing a great job getting us prepared, it's just that we are not playing good. Something has to change.


Senior Running Back Kalvin McRae

On frustration from the game:

I'm not frustrated, to tell you the truth.  I think both quarterbacks and receivers have been doing a great job, but as coach said, we have to be able to run the ball.  I have to continue to be patient and know that my time will come.  I have to continue to play my role in this offense, whether it is catching the ball out of the backfield or picking up blitzes.


Senior Safety Todd Koenig

On Ohio's defense:

We knew they were a great running team coming into the game.  They have the dual threat, the quarterback and the running back; both are real quick guys with great talent.  They weren't confusing us out there; they were just hitting the little open gaps that we couldn't shut.  We knew what they were doing and it wasn't until the second half that we really started playing like we should have been in the first half.  We were a little flat and just were not flying around like we could have been.


On Kent State's offense:

They're talented, but we're talented too.  We should've made a lot of those tackles.  We still need to work on being disciplined and being where we are supposed to be when we are supposed to be there.


Kent State Head Coach Doug Martin

Opening Statement:

We had a lot of leadership from within this week. I really didn't have to do much to get them motivated.  They deserve all of the credit in the world to come out here and play an excellent football team in a great environment.  I was really proud of them.


On game mistakes:

There (were) a lot of penalties in the game, and a lot of back-and-forth.  It's going to be that way when two good teams get on the field against each other.  It went all the way down to the wire.  We made it a little closer than we had to at the end.


On offensive game:

We really put the game in Julian's hands today.  He was checking run, pass at the line of scrimmage.  Ohio runs a lot of man coverage.  What we had seen was that if they weren't blitzing, they were having a hard time stopping the running game.  So we wanted to run the ball when it wasn't a blitz, and we wanted to throw the ball deep against the blitz.  I don't know how many pass interference penalties we got today.  Our philosophy was that we were either going to get a pass interference (call), a catch or an incompletion.


On Eugene Jarvis:

Eugene is a special player.  He has great vision, great speed, and he makes people miss in the hole.  He has everything.  He has a great offensive line in front of him too.  A lot of people have the ability to make people miss in the open field.  He has the ability to make people miss in the hole, up the middle.  That's just something that you can't coach. 


On last few minutes of the game:

Josh Perry had to come out of the game so our backup center Bill Starry went in and Bill was having trouble with snaps all day today. 


On improvements that need to be made:

We're doing some good things defensively, but the area that we (need) to improve is red zone defense.  Just because (the other team) is on your own 20 (yard line), doesn't mean you let them score.  We're still not where we need to be right now.


On Ohio's offense:

We didn't allow McRae to get going.  If McRae gets going, then everything is a lot easier for them.



Kent State Running back Eugene Jarvis

On Quarterback Julian Edelman:

He came out here and played an excellent game.  A lot of people wrote him off because of (last week's) turnovers.  But he came out here, protected the ball and threw really well.


On the impact of the game:

It's big for us.  We come in here and beat the defending Mac East champs.  Now we just gotta look forward.


On last touchdown:

The downfield receivers blocked really well, and that's how we found the right receiver.


Kent State Linebacker Derek Burrell

On defensive performance:

Ohio has a good team, they have a good running back, but we just had to step it up.  We knew they were going to run the ball, so we had to buckle down, stop the run and we came out with the win.


On his interception:

It took me back to my high school days.  I just ran my blocks.  Lainhart, number 31, he was supposed to get it, but it just fell in my hands.  It was on a crossing route, and I just played over top of it.


Kent State Kicker Nate Reed

On his progression as a kicker:

Through camp and through practice, have been fine, but we've just had a tough time translating that onto the field.  The more time we spend on the field, the more natural it comes to us.


On missed field goal:

After shanking that punt, I let that get to me too much.  I should've been more focused on my field goal, but that's easier said than done. 


On his performance:

Jake struggled a little bit for punting.  I was the back up punter last year, and they thought I could step up and fill the shoes. 


On team's performance:

Last year, we were 2 - 10, and (now) we're beyond where we were last year.  (This win) means a lot to us and I hope (that) we can keep it up for the rest of the season.