"Every goal we have is still alive". "It's a bad feeling". But the defense had more than enough of them to be the deciding factor in what turned out to be perhaps the biggest upset in college football this season. Turnovers and mistakes have become more decisive. West Virginia, 12. Baylor, 13.
Michigan State had to shoulder a fifth straight loss as its 2016 nightmare continued, losing the first four conference games for the first time since 1982. This one won't cost Ohio State a chance at the four-team College Football Playoff.
As West Virginia Coach Dana Holgorsen put it: "You're only as good as your next one". The Wolverines now control their own destiny and have a good chance of staying flawless with struggling rival Michigan State next on the schedule.
The Buckeyes still have two road games against Maryland and Michigan State left on their schedule, and have two undefeated programs still coming to Columbus in No. 7 Nebraska and No. 2 Michigan. The Badgers two losses are both by a touchdown and both came against teams ranked in the top-3 in the nation.
Coach Nick Saban tends to duck questions about his team's success in this area, saying only that he starts each practice with turnover drills. There is also some belief that turnovers can be contagious. That all will play itself out on the field next week when the Cornhuskers travel to Camp Randall for a night game.
"My first thought was "scoop and score", he said. The Aggies averaged just 1.5 yards per play during their final five drives of the game and scored zero points.
The Penn State loss looks like a blip on the radar, but for Ohio State to keep its College Football Playoff hopes, it has to convincingly win out.
Fans were understandably happy, and they converged first on the field and then in the streets of State College, where they created a disturbance and clashed with police. They may not be challenged until the season-ending bout with Ohio State. He went on to say, "We need a signature win". "I mean, we lost seven linebackers this year, for long periods of time and our defense just kept grinding and grinding, making no excuses, and just playing". The youth and inexperience of the Penn State defense definitely hurt the Nittany Lions more than a few times this season.
The blocked field goal attempt was the second special teams collapse in the fourth quarter by the Buckeyes.
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As long as you work hard, the manager will see it and he'll give you an opportunity". We are improving, we must continue to work, only through the work we can improve.
I didn't know whether to be unnerved or impressed by Mark Dantonio's post-game presser; he calmly ran down problem after problem, after problem, after problem.
"Can't get too excited about it". "I don't remember the last time I was this sore after a game".
"It felt so good".
MI coach Jim Harbaugh doesn't even need his oversized glasses to see his Wolverines are now the team to beat.
If teams were ranked by how much they improve from the beginning of the season to now, then No. 15 Auburn would have a much higher profile.
Certainly, the Wolverines have plenty of work to do, especially with road tilts looming at Michigan State and Iowa.
Wisconsin is the one team that needs help.
"We say the team thrives off of how the defensive line plays", defensive end Garrett Sickels said. "They track everything else statistically". Best call: Ohio State emptied the backfield on fourth-and-2 from the Penn State 38 in the second quarter before quarterback J.T. Barrett ran up the middle for 10 yards on a draw play.
Coach Urban Meyer said he will deliver a simple message when practice resumes this week. He wasted little time getting the veteran involved.