Q: Is there anything you can take from this game to build on for next week?
Drew Tate: There's still a lot of football left. There's seven games to go, I think. Very few people run the table in the Big Ten. We've done it before, we've won seven straight, I don't see why we can't do it again. It's not going to get any easier, I don't think. We have to look at the Purdue game. When they're moving, they're moving. They do a good job. It's not getting any easier. The good thing about all this is that there's more than half of the season left. We've been through five games and our offense still hasn't done what it's capable of doing.
Q: To rebound against Purdue, what's it going to take to win?
Tate: I don't know. (Unintelligible) I've never seen a bad Purdue team. Last year, it was close until the last half of the fourth quarter. When we played them here, we won, 22-20 I think, the year before that we got killed by them up there. The year before that, they played a close game up here until Dallas scored that last touchdown. I think it's going to be close, every Big Ten game we play, it's going to be a challenge.
Q: How does this Ohio State team compare to last year's?
Tate: Defensively, I thought they were better last year. They've got good players, it's Ohio State. They're going to have good players every single year. It just came down to me completing balls and me throwing it where I'm supposed to, I just didn't.
Q: Any defensive teammates you'd give props to?
Tate: They did a pretty good job. I gave up two TDs. Take two of those away and it's a pretty close ball game. Their QB played well. They ran the ball, ran the ball, ran the ball, if they got in 3rd and long, they'd pull a pass to Gonzalez, and he can play. If that's what it takes to move the chains and put points on the board, that's what it takes.
Q: Do you have to flush this one out of the system and move on?
Tate: Definitely. Like I said, there's still half the season left. Everything goes well, we'll have a good bowl. It's not the end of the world, we lost a game, move on. If we won the game, we'd enjoy it, but we'd have to flush it. It doesn't change what we do during the week. It's the first loss of the season for us, so it might change a few little things in practice, I think it's going to help. We're going to watch this and learn from it. Just keep our foot on the gas pedal. We've done it before, we can do it again.
Q: (A question about his mistakes)
Tate: I know on one I overthrew him when my guys came up the middle. I got him on the way up, overthrew Herb. That was a 25-yard pass right there. We complete that one. There were a couple passes I miss on the third down. We had a couple fumbles, a couple drops. You take all that away, geez, it's right there. Like I said, I gave them two touches. If we were playing like we can, it's probably a 20-sometihng ballgame.
Q: Did they do anything different in the second half?
Tate: Not really, no. I don't think so.
Q: On some of the overthrows in the first half, were you just maybe too pumped?
Tate: No, I wasn't really pumped at all. Everyone kept asking me about how pumped I was, I was just out there to have fun. I've always wanted to play a night game, the game's on every single ABC TV in America. That's what I've always wanted to do, the #1 team, I was just trying to have fun with it. It was just sad.
Q: You touched on this a bit, what does it show the offense that it needs to do over the next 5 games, 6 games?
Tate: It shows that we're real, real, real close and capable of making plays that we need to make. Everyone can see that. If we can just take it when the opportunity is there, we could really be good. We missed a lot. Not just in this game, but the previous four. We've missed a lot of plays out there.
Q: Did you get frustrated with your receivers, there seemed to be a lot of catchable balls out there.
Tate: Nah. They're not trying to drop it, they're trying to do everything the can to catch it. I'm just trying to give them the best ball I can. There were times when Ohio State's line would bull-rush and I couldn't step up, I was throwing it off the back of my foot. It's just fundamentals, you can't throw well when you're throwing off the back of your foot. You drop your elbow, the ball's high, it's all over the place, you can't step into your throw. They did that to us a lot. They're not trying to drop balls, they're going to catch them if they can. I get frustrated, but it wasn't frustrated at them. I was frustrated at myself too.