Nov. 17, 2006
Head Coach Frank Solich Quotes
On the one game at a time approach:
"That kind of approach takes you farther than any other approach. You can start to set goals down the road and you can do a lot of things to set yourself up to be successful, but unless you are really working hard week after week and are focused on the game at hand then no matter who you are playing your chances of winning and getting on a roll are not very good. That is the approach we will always take, and we have Miami coming up. They had a big win last night on the road, and we are going to have to work hard to get that one done."
On the win tonight:
"I feel great about it. I am very proud of our players and coaching staff. I think that everybody in the program has done a great job. You do not win with any kind of consistency unless everybody is carrying a load, from the scout team to coaches to the other guys on the field. They have earned it."
On the first drive of the 3rd quarter:
"It was great. That was the key because they are an explosive football team, and it is obvious they can throw the ball very well and score on you quickly. When you force them to score three times to take the lead, you got them where you want them only if you are able to control the ball some. Being able to do that in the third quarter was a real key to our success."
On Kalvin McRae's 100-yard game:
"It's obvious he has been the main cog in what we're doing offensively in terms of our running game. We have other people who have stepped up of course, and Austen (Everson) himself has made some big plays in the running game for us. He (McRae) started cramping up a bit towards the end of the game, but he still goes back on the field and still is able to get yards after contact. Runs that are generally three or four-yard runs, he gets six, seven or eight-yard runs and keeps drives alive like we do. I think our offensive line gets a lot of credit too because we are out a few guys there, and we don't have a lot of guys to substitute. I think Keven (Lightner) does a great job preparing those guys for us to be able to control the ball against a good defensive team."
On the turn around of the Ohio football program:
"There are a lot of things that go into it. We are fortunate in that I was able to bring a very good staff here. We have nine guys on that staff that are not only good X's and O's guys, but they are great recruiters, they develop great relationships with players and they have a great work ethic. If you don't have that working for you, I don't care how good of players you have, you are going to struggle. I think our staff has done a great job, and we had athletes here. We were able to have two really good recruiting classes and start to gather some depth. We have had a fair number of injuries, we had a lot of guys limping off the field today, but that is the way it is when you get to the end of a 12-game schedule, you are going to have some of that. If you don't have any depth to put quality kids on the field then you are not going to be able to succeed very long, and so we were able to build some depth which helped us greatly in a lot of different directions. We got a lot of good support from day one from our President, and I think Kirby's a great young AD. I think he is as good as it gets, and we have a lot of good things in place."
Ohio Player Quotes
Senior linebacker Tyler Russ:
"We played well today. It's just exciting for this program. You know, being here for five years, words can't describe what we've gone through. Coach Solich came to this program to do what we're doing right now. We're just excited to keep the ball rolling."
"We're just proud to be part of this university and be in the situation we're in."
Junior running back Kalvin McRae:
"It was great for the students to be involved and excited about the program. Just to get something for the university and the town to be excited about, it felt great. This is my first real title since I started playing so it feels good."
"The fumbles - the first one was a good hit and the second one just kind of slid through. Of course we want to limit those mistakes, but as a running back you have to forget about it and go on to the next play. I think I did a great job of that, and I just focused on the rest of the game."
"We came in with the mentality just to prepare for every game. The coaches will prepare a great game plan for Miami, and it's on us to go out and execute. We want to keep what we have going. Miami is a good team, and we know the task at hand. We just have to stay focused and get it done."
Senior linebacker Matt Muncy:
"Words can't describe what it feels like. I don't even know what to think right now. It definitely hasn't sunk in yet. We knew that Akron would give us a great battle. It was a tough game, and I even thought it was going to come down to the wire even more then it did. We're definitely excited. We accomplished one thing, but we also want to win the MAC overall and whatever bowl game we go to too."
Akron Head Coach J.D. Brookhart
On the first drive:
"Well, I don't think it was disheartening. We had to alter the game plan a little bit and try to get some quick scores."
On the Ohio fumble that was upheld and then overturned:
"They just said that they told them what the decision was ad must've told them wrong because they buzzed them again. I don't know."
On the Ohio running game:
"They did some new things. They got the quarterback a little more involved with some different schemes that made it tough. He had to become a big factor. They were running the zone with the quarterback behind it, and you have gap issues that you have to get corrected. It can still get you a little bit. It's hard.
On the Akron passing game:
"When we had time to throw, we missed some balls, obviously. We dropped a couple of big ones, and those change games. Those change games."