Horton Presser 10/26 - Intro

The big thing is, when you play an Ohio State team, you have to be in attack mode. You got to go right at 'em right from the start. I think if you sit back and wait for something to happen, sit back, hope they make a mistake, you got no chance. Whether it's kicking game, offense, defense, we got to come out and try to attack them right from the very start.

Jeff Horton's weekly press conference intro -

"I guess to start it out, highlight was probably the pregame the other day. I thought it was funny there to watch Coach Paterno try to figure out who I was. You could see one of his assistants pointing at us over there. Originally they were pointing at [Cosgrove]. He looks about as old as I do, not quite as in good of shape. One fingered me. Coach and I met. I saw that going on. I ran over there, introduced myself to him, talked to him. That was really an honor. He really is an icon in the coaching profession."

"He was great afterwards. Just said it was a tough situation, but I thought your kids played hard. You guys are hanging in there. Stay the course through the rest of the time. That was probably the best part of the day."

"We were really disappointed with that loss. We felt that it was a game that we really had an opportunity to win. We thought there were opportunities during that game that we didn't take advantage of in order to win that game. Kind of as I mentioned last week, when we get those opportunities, we really need to take advantage of all of them in order to be successful. So that was disappointing that we didn't take advantage of that."

"We did a lot of good things in that game. I know you sat there and looked at the same thing I did as the game unfolded. Looking at the postgame statistics and results, the bottom line was we didn't do enough to win that football game. And until we do that, we won't win a football game. So that's a new challenge for us this week."

"The things we've been talking about is we got to be able to strain more and sustain more. If we can do those things, we'll give ourselves an opportunity to win."

"I thought the two biggest probably areas we need to improve on, on defense we got to tackle better. I think our defense did good things. 2-for-10 on third down. 53 plays. 44 is usually a pretty good day for you defensively. The big plays they had, we just didn't do a good job of tackling."

"The big thing is, when you play an Ohio State team, you have to be in attack mode. You got to go right at 'em right from the start. I think if you sit back and wait for something to happen, sit back, hope they make a mistake, you got no chance. Whether it's kicking game, offense, defense, we got to come out and try to attack them right from the very start."

"It's going to be a title fight. We'll tell the kids today in the team meeting, Eventually you're going to be in that ring on Saturday. You got to start throwing punches or the results won't be good."

"It's going to be a big, physical game. We're going to try to back off this time of year anyway going into our ninth game, not be as physical in practice, still have great tempo, but not bang each other as much maybe this week so come Saturday night we're fresher, bodies are healed up a little better, we can be physical, play against them."

"I think with Ohio State on offense you start with Terrelle Pryor, him and the kid Newton at Auburn, probably two of the best passing/running quarterback combos in the nation. They seem to want him to throw the ball more this year. He's not running as much as he used to. He's still dangerous when he gets out of the pocket. He's a big-time player. I think you really got to contain him, stop him to have a chance for success."

"On defense they're very physical. They're solid up front. They really come after you, try to disrupt you. Looking at the latest statistics, they're third in the nation in total defense. Thank goodness we're not playing the first two, at least this week anyway. Michigan State might be that next week."

"It's going to be a tremendous challenge for us. But, you know what, we're going to be ready to play and we're going to try to make it happen, do some good things."

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