Nov. 22, 2011
Final Stats |
Ohio Head Coach Frank Solich
On the Senior Day win over Miami
It was certainly a hard-fought contest. Give Miami a lot of credit: they’ve had some setbacks this season but they played very hard and they played very well at times. On our side of it, I thought our guys did a great job of getting better as the game went on. The second half was better than the first half on really all three phases of the game: offense, defense and special teams. That enabled us to get some field position and get some points on the board to try and separate ourselves a bit from them.
They’re a tough team. If you’re 14 points up on a quarterback like Zac (Dysert), that’s not much. He can come back and get you any time. They came out with a no-back offense for a good share of the game and obviously that’s very difficult. I thought we played it fairly safe for a share of the game but as we blitzed a little more down the stretch there seemed to be an effectiveness to it.
On the careers of the seniors
I do know that the senior group was really well-respected by our team for their abilities on the field and in the classroom. Their leadership ability too. I think everybody wanted them to go out with a win on the last regular-season game. They’re a special group in that they led this program through some tough times and got it turned around to where there’s some consistency here. Primarily, you don’t do that without a good group of upperclassmen and great leadership. I appreciate what they’ve been all about.
On beating Miami for the sixth year in a row
It feels pretty good. I’ve never lost to Miami and I didn’t plan on losing to them in my last game here. It feels great. Not really all that much to say: just that it really feels awesome
On Miami’s quick offensive start to the game
We knew they were going to come in and try to air it out as much as they can. We have a pretty good run defense and knew we weren’t going to let them run the ball. I think it did catch us off guard a little bit but we adjusted well and did what we needed to do.
On turning the offense around in the second half
We just came out really slow and sloppy in the first half and put in some things at halftime that we thought would get them off guard. They were blitzing a lot in the first half which was kind of throwing us off but we made some adjustments and came out to put some points on the board.
On picking up a rivalry game win on Senior Night
There was (a little bit of pressure). You want to do it for them (the seniors). I’ve been with them for three years now and they’ve taught me so much. To do it for them means a lot.
On how he broke free of the defender on his touchdown catch
I think they bit down on Jordan (Thompson). We’ve been repping that all week in practice and I think our defense bit on it just like they did. The corner moved outside and I was running the post, so it just worked out perfectly.
On how it feels to beat Miami one more time
Oh it’s amazing. I was in tears out there just listening to the band perform “Alma Mater Ohio” one last time and the fact that we just went out like that as seniors. Last time out at Peden Stadium and leaving our mark with a game like that is just a great feeling and I couldn’t ask for more.
Miami Head Coach Don Treadwell
On the loss to Ohio
It was certainly a well-fought battle between two good teams. There was a lot of effort from both sides and I think our guys were certainly prepared. I think they now appreciate the significance of this game. We give a lot of credit to Ohio. They made a lot of plays down the stretch there when they had to, and again you go down the field on your first drive and come away with no points: that becomes huge as the game progresses.
On not being able to contain Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton
You have to give credit to him because he made plays. Their time of possession was huge in terms of momentum. They’ve got a tremendous quarterback and he is a great leader. He got out of the pocket a couple times when we had everything covered downfield and he made plays with his legs and his arms. You just have to give credit to a guy at those times. We had chances but we didn’t capitalize.
On the play of quarterback Zac Dysert
We have put a lot on his shoulders as our quarterback and certainly he was able to respond. But again, you learn as you go forward and there are certainly things he’ll have to look back on critique. That’s what the offseason is for, but we can’t thank our seniors enough. They have demonstrated great leadership amidst the adversity we’ve been through and we still have a springboard for what we want to do in the future. We’re very proud of our seniors because of that.