Two Minute Drill - Illinois Post-game
By Rob Ogden
CHAMPGAIGN, Ill. - Ohio State set a school record with their 65th touchdown of the season and tied the school's all-time winning streak at 22 games with a 60-35 win over Illinois on Saturday.
After the game, coach Urban Meyer and a few players spoke to the media. Here are the highlights.
Urban Meyer Updates
* Meyer opened his press conference by saying that he was a big fan of Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase. Scheelhaase produced 334 yards of offense total offense.
* Meyer said he needs to learn to "shut his mouth" when he's asked about the national picture and keep his team focused on each individual game.
* He said he doesn't think his team was completely focused on the game at hand.
* He said Carlos Hyde missed the first two plays for academic reasons. He added that it was a small issue, and that it's resolved now. "I have no problem with Carlos," he said.
* Meyer said the weather produced an environment that wasn't conducive for throwing the football.
* He said Jack Mewhort suffered a hyper-extended knee during practice Wednesday and did not practice Thursday. He said the Mewhort did practice Friday.
* He said "it's devastating" when Mewhort isn't in there. He called Mewhort the team's best offensive player.
* He said playing without two starting linebackers kept the Buckeyes out of some situational pressures that they wanted to use.
* Meyer confirmed that linebacker Joshua Perry did not travel with the team because he slipped on ice and hit his head during the week.
* Meyer said they went to the run so much because they were struggling to throw the ball.
Braxton Miller Updates
* Miller said the high winds made it difficult at times to throw the ball.
* He said he didn't think that offense played its best game, despite scoring 60 points.
* Miller said it's an honor to play for a team that is able to break so many school records.
* He said he fell awkwardly on his left hip/lower back and that's why he momentarily left the game.
Ryan Shazier Updates
* Shazier said the Illinois' punt return for a touchdown was a big momentum changer.
* He said it was weird playing without Curtis Grant and Perry, but added that they do enough rotating in practice that he's comfortable with anybody out there.
* Shazier said he realizes he could have probably recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown if he had not already run off the field in celebration. "Oh well, at least we got the safety," he said.
* Shazier agreed that the team wasn't focused enough on the game at hand. He said that everyone started to focus more on the national picture during the bye week.
* He said Scheelhaase is frustrating to play against because of the way he can make plays with both his feet and his arm.
* He said he isn't satisfied with the way the defense played. "35 points is way too many," he said.
Carlos Hyde Updates
* Hyde said the team hit a wall at some point in the second quarter when their offense stopped producing. "We can't do that," he said.
* Hyde said the offense didn't maintain enough energy throughout the entire game. He said the way they dominated the fourth quarter is how they should have played all game.
* He said he's not pleased with the way the offense played despite putting up 60 points.
* Hyde said they can't focus on their opponent, they have to focus instead just on themselves.
Donate by Check :
1380 King Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43212
Help us bring you more Buckeye coverage. Donate to the-Ozone.
Click here to email this the-Ozone feature to a friend...or even a foe.
(c) 2010 The O-Zone, O-Zone Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, rebroadcast,rewritten, or redistributed.