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Postgame Quotes: Wisconsin vs. Ohio State


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Postgame Quotes
Wisconsin vs. Ohio State
Nov. 17, 2012
Camp Randall Stadium - Madison, Wis.

Senior RB Montee Ball
On rebounding from such an emotional loss:
“It comes down to the leaders. The coaches can only say so much, so it comes down to the leaders telling everybody, ‘hey, we still have a lot in front of us. We didn’t play as well as we should have this season, but we still have a lot in front of us, in the postseason’.”

On his approach going into next week’s game against Penn State:
“Whatever coach Bielema decides to do, whatever coach Canada decides to do, we’re behind him. I’m pretty sure that they’re not going to hold anybody back, especially after losing this game. You want to finish the regular season strong, and we’re going to make sure that we do that.”

On coming out of the tunnel at Camp Randall for the last time:
“It was special. That’s all I can say. It was a special time, seeing the fans jumping up and down and screaming, and seeing the people who made me and the people who brought me to where I’m at now right in front of me.”

On what the offensive line and James White told him after the game:
“They just told me, ‘good game, keep your head up, we all tried, and no matter what we’re behind you’. It meant a lot to me.”

On whether he expected to have this successful of a career four years ago:
“Not at all. I figured I’d play well, because I would try to work the hardest, be the hardest worker, but I never knew I’d do this.”

Senior QB Curt Phillips:
On the game-tying play at the end of regulation:
“That’s exactly how we practice it every week. I think everybody did a great job of staying composed and trusting the plan. I think we ran the same play three or four times before, and it worked for us.”

On the drive in overtime:
“It was extremely disappointing. There was no doubt in my mind that we were going to score there; it was the same as a two-minute drive. I thought we left some plays on the field that we definitely should have made.”

Junior TE Jacob Pedersen
On his game-tying touchdown catch in the waning seconds of regulation:
“Coaches called my number. I had the mike linebacker working on me, I came out of it and Curt Phillips made a good throw. He put it low, where no one else could get it; he fit it in a tight window. That comes down to making plays, and that’s how you win games. Unfortunately, regulation ended well but we have to be able to finish all the way. We have to finish. We have to make plays throughout the entire game. We had a lot of great drives that would stall out right near the red zone. We have to be able to finish and get points on those drives.”

On the play of the Wisconsin defense:
“Give credit to our defense. They played a great game and were stopping the Buckeyes all day. We have to be able to help them out and put points on the board and make life easier for them.”

Junior RB James White
On Wisconsin not being able to convert in OT when needed:
“It’s pretty frustrating. We played well on offense, we played well on defense, but we didn’t make enough plays to win. It especially sucks to lose in OT and at home, we usually don’t lose at home.”

On if he thinks the team showed balance on the offense today:
“Probably at the beginning we weren’t throwing the ball as well as we needed to, but that happens. You have to be able to move on and go on to the next play and convert.”

On why the running game wasn’t as successful today:
“It’s just a better defense. We didn’t struggle, we still had good runs and people were blocking well. We just didn’t make enough plays to win the game.”

Sophomore FB Derek Watt
On the game:
“This is a tough one. We knew we could have won that game. We just missed opportunities. We moved the ball pretty well on offense, and the defense got quick stops. We just have to make a few more plays.”

On losing consecutive home games in OT:
“We just have to close out. We’ve got to make more plays than the other team, and it’s just turned out where we haven’t been the team to make the most plays.”

On going to the Big Ten championship game:
“We know we’re going to the Big Ten championship game but we’re not satisfied. We’re trying to still make it a 10-win season and trying to close out, and win these next games.”

On Curt Phillips leading the Badgers in the last few plays to tie the game:
“We have all the faith in the world in Curt and he’s done some great things. We’re going to lean on him to carry us again in the next couple of games and finish out the season.”

Senior DL Brendan Kelly
On the loss to Ohio State:
“Yeah, you know, it’s pretty disappointing. But obviously you can’t dwell on the past and what the negatives are. You have to look at the positives. I think overall, our team grew a lot today. I think we did a lot of good things—both offensively and defensively. And hopefully we’re able to bounce back and take it to Penn State.

On containing OSU QB Braxton Miller:
“All game we had done a good job of stopping Braxton Miller, I think as far as running went. At third downs, especially, we put a little more speed in the game and moved some defensive ends to defensive tackles, so it definitely gave us an advantage to have that on the field. But in the fourth quarter, with that hurry up tempo they were doing, it definitely hurt us.”

On mood in the locker room after the game:
“One of the hardest things is just seeing the looks on the seniors’ faces. As far as I’ve been here, we haven’t lost a Senior Day game and it’s definitely hard to see those guys.”

On not winning the Leaders Division:
“Yeah, it’s hard. And as a player, you have to get over it as fast as you can and move on. Obviously we don’t want to sit here all week and dwell on the past, but it’s definitely something we’re going to get over and move on to Penn State.”

Junior WR Jared Abbrederis
On the offense’s performance:
“Our team fought well. We had some drives where we were able to drive down the field. Some we didn’t capitalize on, others we did. They played a great game and we had some great drives. We just weren’t able to capitalize on all of our opportunities.”

On QB Curt Phillips:
“He’s done a really good job just being confident and being a leader on the offense for us. We all kind of have rallied around him the last two games and just try to do everything we can to make it easier on him. But he’s done a great job for us.”

On Phillips commanding the huddle in the fourth quarter:
“He was good. We all kind of had confidence. We knew we could move the ball. We did all game, we just weren’t able to capitalize. But we had confidence in each other and our teammates. And we wanted to go out there and get it for our seniors, but it didn’t roll our way at the end of the game. Hats off to Ohio State, they played a great game.”

Junior C Travis Frederick:
On how long it will take to get over the loss:
“This is definitely a hard one to take, for a couple different reasons. Certainly it was a close game, hard-fought. I think the team did a tremendous job—offense, defense—of not getting down, of never worrying, continuing to push forward and really do well towards the end of the game. I’ve got to give credit to our defense, they played tremendous. But for us, it definitely hurts, and it hurts because we couldn’t give the seniors a win in their last home game. Luckily for us, the seniors have three more games with us, so we’ve got a little bit of time to hopefully turn it around for them. But it definitely hurts.”

On the lessons learned from two overtime losses at home:
“You’ve got to learn from every mistake that you make, every loss that you have. The mistakes that we made today, crossing midfield and not scoring points so many times is really tough for us. For the offense, we just couldn’t finish drives. We were moving the ball well, but we didn’t finish on a lot of them (drives), and that’s something that we definitely need to work on.”

On Montee Ball’s performance:
“I think Montee played tremendous today. He did a really great job. He was running as hard as I’ve ever seen him run today, and I think he was doing that for several reasons. Hopefully he can continue to run that well. I think our offensive line played a little bit better today, but not where we needed to be. We need to continue to improve.”

On what he told Montee Ball after his fumble:
“I just said, ‘keep your head up, we’re going to get it (the all-time touchdowns record)’. I still truly believe that we’ll be able to get it, whether it was today, or the next week, or the week after that. We’re going to get it for him, and he’s going to continue to run hard. It’s not just about him breaking records, it’s him running hard all the time, and us working hard to get him touchdowns, no matter what it’s particularly for.”  

Junior S Dezmen Southward:
On how well he thought the defense contained Braxton Miller:
“I thought we did a pretty good job. Any time you play somebody with that type of skill set, that type of speed, quickness, he’s going to get some yards. And he got some yards, but he worked for every yard he got. If you can say that after a game, then I think you did a pretty good job.”

On the Badgers' defensive effort:
“It’s definitely a huge confidence-builder, but at the same time, it’s not enough. Any time you come into a game, you want to win, and if you don’t leave that game with a win, then you need to do more. We need to get our offense the ball more. We need to hold them to a field goal in overtime. So there’s always something else we can do. We feel like we did a pretty good job for the most part, but we have to keep getting better.”

Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer
Opening statement:

"I’m honored to be the coach of an 11-0 Ohio State Buckeye team, especially one that’s very deserving. We played a great defense in a great environment and their offense, to keep that running back somewhat in check, I thought our defense did a fantastic job. That one drive was painful to watch at the end where they got a score to the tying touchdown. Another overtime win and that’s good to see from the Buckeyes.”

On the flow of the game:
“They’re No. 1 in the Big Ten versus the rush and we couldn’t get that going. We’re certainly not a finished product on offense and it showed, but to come down in that overtime and I thought Carlos Hyde ran, I think we need to give him the ball a little bit more. Usually we are a team that when we block someone, we have a chance to win and I don’t feel like we blocked them like we have in past and we have to get back to that especially for this week coming up.”

On his team’s overtime offense:
“We ran a play we haven’t run all day with Carlos (Hyde) to the edge, their focus was all over Braxton Miller and rightfully so. As we grow as a team, we have to stretch. I can’t stand watching it and I’m sure people don’t stand watching it when we just don’t have the vertical threat, we have to do that. A win’s a win, not a win’s a win, not a great win. We just have work to do.”

On the defense:
“Our defense is really playing well. You think about how far they’ve come and that’s a credit to a bunch of good people working as a coaching staff on defense and a bunch of players listening because that’s a good team. I think when we pressure guys we do a good job, so great effort.”

On winning on the road:
“We have a saying and I just shared that with them, a team that refuses to be beat won’t be beat. Somehow, someway, I mean a punt return for a touchdown, the first drive we were right there and we scored. We thought the up-tempo was going to hurt this team but you’ve got to give them credit. We tried to up-tempo them to no avail. I thought our defense played great. I thought our punt team did a heck of a job covering punts. Our punter probably had his best day, his last one wasn’t very good, but our punter had an excellent day as well.”

On the emotions going into overtime:
“I can’t tell you our emotion was high, but we rallied them back. That’s leadership on our team, and our coaches did a good job getting the guys going because we were sucking our thumbs after they scored with eight seconds left. It’s over, no timeouts, the game is over. But I liked the way the offense just went in and attacked it. Carlos (Hyde) got a big run, Braxton Miller ran like Braxton Miller, we got him in some space and then we pounded it in there.”

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