October 6, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Bill O

Penn State - Northwestern: Post Game Press Conference Quotables

Here are a few snippets from the presser that caught my ear.

Bill O’Brien about going on 4th and 2:

“You get into a rhythm on a drive…and you’ve been with this kid (McGloin) for nine months now, and you know what plays he likes. You just keep it going. You’re only looking for two yards and hopefully you can squeeze a pass in there or he can scramble or something good can happen because you know he’s going to make the right decision.”

“A lot of times, it’s worked out this year where it’s been about field position.  If we have the right field position and it’s out of Sam’s range, it might be better to have a good play. Especially if it’s a manageable fourth down.”

“We practice those situations. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t and you gotta live with when they don’t work.”

On Bill Belton:

“I don’t think his ankle’s bothering him. Zach, we felt, was running the ball downhill. His physical presence in this type of game was something we wanted to go with. It’s nothing against Billy Belton, he’s a very, very good football player. There’s only one ball and we’re a one-back team, primarily. Billy is a team player and he understands his role.”

On yelling at the refs:

“Nah, I was yelling at myself…I was mad at myself, that’s all it was.”

On rallying the team following the fumbled punt:

“There’s no quit in that locker room. There will be no quit with the kids that are sitting in that locker room. These kids are a bunch of mentally tough, resilient kids and they came out and did a nice job over the last quarter.”

More on going for it on 4th down…

“I felt good about the play we had there. I have a lot of confidence in the team and the red area package. I didn’t think twice about it and just made the play call and that was it.”

Ted Roof on Mike Hull playing late:

“It was Mike Hull’s turn and we put him in there. We have a role to keep those guys fresh because it’s a long season and the linebackers have several jobs. I thought both of them played well.”

Roof on Kain Colter:

“We have to be aware of him on every single play. On third down, he’s one of the go-to guys.”

Mike Zordich on his big run:

“It was fun, I love running the ball and have a good time doing it. The line had a huge hole there so I was able to hit it and saw the end zone coming.”

On other things…

“The people who say we don’t have anything to play for aren’t a part of this program. That’s not their fault, but they don’t know.”

McGloin on the red zone offense:

“If you get in the red zone you have to score, in my opinion. We have a really good red zone offense and we have a ton of plays.”


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