No. 3/2 Ohio State (2-0) 42, San Diego State (0-2) 7
Ohio Stadium - Columbus, Ohio
Sept. 7, 2013
OHIO STATE POSTGAME QUOTES
Dontre Wilson, freshman running back
On Ohio State's overall play
"I think we were closer to a complete game. The defense stepped up tremendously. We shut them out most of the game. We played a great game."
On scoring his first career touchdown and moving on from his fumble last week
"When I saw the endzone I had to get there. I think about it [fumbling last week] all the time. I wish I had that play back, but you have to move on and keep playing. I'm way faster than a lot of people. Now, I have to go out and prove it."
Ryan Shazier, junior linebacker
On teammates Bradley Roby and Christian Bryant returning to game action
"I feel like it was noticeable because it seemed like they didn't want to throw the ball in their direction. Having guys like Christian [Bryant] and Bradley [Roby] back is like a security blanket. We know exactly what they can do and that they're going to do it."
On the aggressiveness of the Ohio State defense
"I felt aggressive last week because I trust all the guys on our defense. I can be the same, aggressive player regardless of who is playing behind me. It's frustrating we didn't get the shutout today. Every defense wants to hold the other team to zero points, but we did what we had to do."
Curtis Grant, junior linebacker
On improving from last week
"This whole week we've just been working on eliminating the little mistakes which turn into big mistakes. We came out and had a great practice this week."
On being a member of the Buckeye defense
"I'm not comfortable at all. Playing in this defense you can't be comfortable. I want to get better. It comes along with playing alongside these guys. I have to be better."
Corey Brown, senior wide receiver
On his acrobatic catch
"Coach [Urban] Meyer and Coach [Tom] Herman did a good job of play calling. The offensive line held their blocks and Kenny Guiton threw a nice ball."
On confidence level with Kenny Guiton
"He is one of the leaders of our team. Everyone on the team knows what we are getting when he comes into the game, a lot of confidence and a lot of swagger. When Kenny is out there, nobody is worried at all."
Andrew Norwell, senior offensive lineman
On the sense of urgency when Braxton Miller got hurt
"I do not really think about that kind of stuff. I protect Kenny the same way I protect Braxton. Our mentality is to just move on to the next play."
On Corey Linsley's play
"He played really well. The coaches called him out for his play. He played a lot and did a good job today."
Michael Bennett, junior defensive lineman
On his progression as a player
"I try to never be content. I am always trying to become a better player. There is still a lot of stuff I need to get better at."
Kenny Guiton, senior quarterback
On his play
"I just do my best to let my voice be heard and impact this team in a positive way."
"I take pride in the fact the offense almost does not skip a beat when I come into the game. I just do my best to be a leader in that way. I let the team know everything is going to be okay."
On playing a complete game
"I started out really strong. We got on the scoreboard right away and that was positive for the team. I think I could have played a lot better in the second half, but that is just what I'll have to take away from this game and improve on."
SAN DIEGO STATE POSTGAME QUOTES
Rocky Long, San Diego State head coach
On the team's performance
"I thought in the second half the offense showed improvement. I thought they were absolutely horrible in the first half. I thought the defense didn't play very well, but they were fighting."
On Buckeye quarterback Kenny Guiton
"He's as good of a backup quarterback as there is in the country. I don't know how they decide which one starts to be honest with you. I think both of them are very good players. When one goes down, I don't think they lose anything."
On playing top collegiate programs
"You have to be a good enough football team that you can compete and obviously we're not a very good football team right now. We have some pretty good players. They're not playing very well and we aren't coaching them very well."
Colin Lockett, senior wide receiver
On Ohio State's performance today
"They're a good football team, but they didn't do anything spectacular. They lace up their cleats the same way we do, they just came ready to play and we didn't. The scoreboard shows."
On playing a high level of competition
"This type of experience is where you figure out what type of player and what type of team you are on a big stage like this. We want to play the best team in the country every single Saturday to show what we have as a team. You should be excited to wake up in the morning and put on your pads to compete with the best in the nation."
Quinn Kaehler, junior quarterback
On developing a rhythm with the offense
"It took a couple drives to get the nerves out. Obviously I was excited to get in the game, but I really felt comfortable after two or three series. I wasn't expecting to go, but I'm ready each week if my number is called."
Nat Berhe, senior defensive back
On the Aztec's defensive performance in the second half
"In the second half, Coach Long told us it was seven to seven at the end of the game. We scored one touchdown and they scored one touchdown. The scheme was perfect, but it's on the players. We have to come ready to work. "