Jordan Westerkamp hauled in four receptions for the Huskers against the Buckeyes.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Postgame Quotes

By NU Athletic Communications

Mike Riley, Nebraska Head Coach

On the game

“It looked very strange to me. I didn’t feel like we played very loose. I thought we were tight early but the fact of the matter is that we really couldn’t do a lot offensively and we couldn’t get them off the field defensively.”

On the message at half time

“The message wasn’t so much a change of plans but a change of how we were playing and the fundamental parts of the football that were lacking including the tackling, the position on the blocks and the blocking. We needed to get back to being able to play football and run a play whether it was offense, defense or special teams.”

Jordan Westerkamp, Nebraska wide receiver

On his take about how the game went

“This was obviously a tough loss. We’ll learn from it and we’ll get better.”

On Armstrong’s injury and return

“At first I didn’t know what was wrong. I saw that he wasn’t moving anything and its always worse when you see they aren’t moving anything. But it was great to have him come back to the game, walking around and seeing him be vocal. It was good for us to see and hopefully he’ll be healthy going forward.”

Nathan Gerry, Nebraska safety

Thoughts on the game tonight

“Just bad football on our part. Especially early on, we gave a really good football team some opportunities. When you are playing a good football team, you can’t do that. They took advantage of our mistakes.”

How was it playing against J.T. Barrett

“I thought he was poised. He’s a bigtime quarterback, he made plays. Their offense runs through him. When he has a good day, the offense has a good day. He had some time back there on the passes and we couldn’t stop the run either, so they just started to take advantage of it.”

How was Ohio State so effective tonight

“They didn’t really do that much different than anybody else we have played. They just have some talented athletes over there. We just didn’t come to play football today.”

How do you move on from this game

“Just got to put it behind us. We talked about it in the locker room. We have to use this game as a tool for the next ones and build off of it. You can’t do anything about it now, but the only thing we can do from here is learn. That’s what we’ll do tomorrow.”

Curtis Samuel, Ohio State running back

On tonight’s offense

“We played a good game today, everything was clicking. We didn’t really do anything different; it’s about execution.  In previous weeks we didn’t execute at the highest-level whereas today we did.”

On the offensive passing game

“If they don’t play our offense it allows us to throw the ball deep. We take what we get because once we get the ball in a players hands we can go 10, 20, 30 yards down the field.”

Jamarco Jones, Ohio State offensive lineman

On tonight’s game

“We had a good game plan. We were able to execute, and it was a good feeling to go out there and play so well especially against a top ten opponent. It’s a ton of fun to go and let loose and play with your teammates.”

On Ohio State’s first night game of the season

“Getting back home in front our crowd, our fans were electric tonight, they all came out, its what we expected from them, we were able to feed off them early.”

J.T. Barrett, Ohio State quarterback

On tonight’s keys to success

“Good execution, but the main thing was the offensive line.  I was able to distribute the ball and when the offensive line plays like that, it’s easy to win games.  This week, Coach Beck was great at preparing me.”

Tim Beck, Ohio State’s quarterback coach

On J.T. Barrett’s play tonight

“All the great ones miss some, you have to keep trying and keep swinging. [J.T.] came out the second half and hit it so I think he was good.”

On the significance of coaching against his former team

“It was special for me… being there as long as I was, it was a great place. The people were good to me.”

Sam Hubbard, Ohio State defensive end

On what made the team so successful today

“We had a great week of practice. We had our best week of practice and our best week of coaching. It showed on the field today, the focus we had as a team and the attitude we had as a team preparing for a big game. College football is there for the taking and we really had to step up tonight and make a statement.”

On Ohio State’s first touchdown of the game

“That was a great start to the game. I don’t think we could ask for a better start defensively. Our leader on defense, Raekwon [McMillan], made a play and we rallied around it.”

Ed Warinner, Ohio State offensive coordinator

On what the expectation of today’s game was

“You never see that coming. You’re playing a really good team, well coached, highly rated. We knew we had good offensive pieces. We had put together good games earlier in the year and it was time to put another one together. We did tonight. Our players came around.”

Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State cornerback

On Ohio State’s pick six defensive record

“A defensive score gives momentum to the offense and that’s what we try to do every time. If we get our hands on the ball we try to score so we can put points up on the board.”


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