What They Said: Penn State Perspective

CHAMPAIGN - Notable quotes from Penn State coach Bill O'Brien & players following the 35-7 win over Illinois.

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien

On the defensive performance…

"To me, they're a good defense. They're coached well, they understand the schemes, they play well as a unit, they communicate real well. They tackle well for the most part. I think they're making plays on the ball a little better than we were early in the year. They're doing a decent job on third down. So they're getting better every week, kind of like our football team. That's all you can ask right now."

On the win…

"It's a Big Ten win, so it's a really big win for us to get off on the right foot in the Big Ten. These games are not easy, this conference is tough, so anytime you can get off on the right foot in the Big Ten that's a big deal."

On the offensive line and running game…

"I feel like these guys, this offensive line, is getting better every week. I've said that since day one really. In spring practice I felt like they were one of the most improved units. They're coached very well, there's great chemistry with those guys, they get along really well and care about each other and care about their teammates. They're physical players and we told them from day one of training camp that we were gonna try and be a physical offense, a north and south running team and they've done a nice job with that."

Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin

Was this game personal today?

"No, I don't really consider any games personal. It was just another opportunity in the Big Ten. Illinois is a good football team. It's a good place to play, and we're happy to get away with the win."

On the offense…

"It was a rough start early on, couldn't get much going. But at that point, we just wanted to let the game come to us, and we did a good job of that. But 35 points isn't enough for us, we should be putting up a lot more than that."

Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti

On the win…

"It means a lot. This is our first Big Ten game. Obviously having to play against these guys, it was sweet. We haven't forgotten what happened this summer (Illinois coaches recruiting Penn State players). Yeah, to be honest with you, we had that in the back of our minds, and that kept us going."

On his interception return…

"Yeah, 99 yards without a touchdown, that one's going to hurt. That's going to haunt my dreams, especially because we didn't get any points out of it."

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