Two Minute Drill - Michigan Post-game
By Rob Ogden
Ohio State defeated Michigan 42-41 in dramatic fashion Saturday in Ann Arbor. With the win, the Buckeyes moved to 12-0 on the season, and extended their winning streak to a school-record 24 games. After the game, coach Urban Meyer and select players spoke to the media. Here are the highlights.
Urban Meyer Updates
* Meyer called the game an "instant classic." He said there's no doubt that the two wins over Michigan mean more than the 24-game winning streak.
* Meyer said they called the timeout prior to the two-point try to give the defense a quick breather. "We were blown out," he said.
* He said he would have gone for two if he was on the Michigan sideline. "Go win it right there," he said.
* Meyer said he was "real disappointed" when Carlos Hyde fumbled late in the second half to set up Michigan's tying score. He said he had warned Hyde that he was being too loose with the ball.
* He said he wasn't confident in Ohio State's ability to throw the ball Saturday. Said Michigan's secondary did a great job.
* Meyer said if there was a draft, he would take Carlos Hyde over any other running back in college football, but also said the running game starts with the offensive line.
* Meyer said he was disappointed with the second-quarter brawl, and added that he doesn't know where it came from.
* He said he doesn't expect any players to receiver any further suspensions.
* Meyer said they weren't getting the pressure up front that they normally get. He said Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner played an excellent game.
* Meyer said he thought about taking a knee to milk some clock when the Buckeyes had second-and-goal from the 1-yard-line with little more than two minutes remaining. He said he was very close to doing it.
* When asked about Marcus Hall flipping off the Michigan crowd, Meyer responded with one word: "Disappointed."
Tyvis Powell Updates
* Powell said they watched film all week on the play that Michigan ran on the two-point try.
* He said defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs told him what the play would be during the timeout. Powell identified the play as "angle right triple-stack."
* He said they knew Michigan would attempt one of two plays, the other being a speed option with Gardner.
* Powell said he was kind of shocked that they actually guessed the exact play and that the ball came right to him.
* He said Christian Bryant and Ryan Shazier gave half-time speeches to the defense after the lackluster first-half performance.
Ryan Shazier Updates
* Shazier said they were a little too hyped and emotional to start the game. He added that they were doing too much talking and not enough playing.
* Shazier said the defense started to settle down towards the end of the first half.
* He said the defense is pretty disappointed in its performance because they know they're better than they played Saturday.
* Shazier said the fight was unacceptable, but added that he wasn't surprised that it happened.
* He said that Michigan looked like a completely different team on Saturday than the one they watched on film. But he added that they expected that.
Carlos Hyde Updates
* Hyde said Ohio State's offense would have scored in overtime had it gotten to that point.
* He gave the credit for his successful day to the offensive line and said he has the best line in the country.
* Hyde said after Marcus Hall was ejected, he gave the offensive line a pep talk. "I told them 'Let's go. Let's pick it up,'" he said.
Jeff Heuerman Updates
* Heuerman said they knew it was going to be a tough game coming in. "It's a war every time we play this team," he said.
* He said he was a little nervous on the sideline when Michigan was attempting to take the lead on the two-point try, but added that deep down, he had confidence that the defense would stop them.
* Heuerman said they didn't play their style of football during the first half. He said they were doing too much jawing. "We got back to our kind of football and we smashed it down their mouths," he said.
Pat Elflein Updates
* Elflein said he wasn't nervous when he was thrown into the game following Hall's ejection.
* He said the preparation that they do every day in practice prepared him to play.
* Elflein said senior center Corey Linsley gave him some words of encouragement when he entered the game to help him focus.
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