Urban Meyer Postgame Transcript

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer talked with the media for a few minutes after the Buckeyes' 52-49 win at Indiana. Here's what Meyer had to say while considering the ups and downs of the close win.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer talked after OSU's win at Indiana.

Opening statement: "I thought Indiana was markedly improved. They played their you know whats off and played really hard, and so did we. We're not really good in certain areas right now and we're exposed. Spread offenses right now are really exposing us. We have to get something fixed, but I don't want to take away from the fact we're 7-0. We ran the ball for 350 yards or something like that. We had two guys really haul it running the ball and had to make a stop – or had to recover an onside. We didn't make a stop but recover an onside kick. We're going to get back to work, go back home 7-0 and find a way to get better as Purdue rolls into Ohio Stadium next week."

On his postgame feeling: "I'm not sure what my feeling is right now, other than I'm anxious to get back home and get to work. I wish we were in the office right now because we have to get some things right."

On the defensive struggles: "I don't know. I gotta get more involved to find out. I don't know what the issue is. I know injuries, you take your starting fullback and he starts at inside linebacker, you got a little problem. So I don't think you can pinpoint one thing right now. I'll be with you next week about it because we have to find out."

On if he'll work more with the defense this week: "Oh yeah, yep."

On Indiana's long touchdown plays: "I wish I had the answer. If I had the answer then, you know. That's not very good."

On the play of quarterback Braxton Miller: "He started off slow. He started off a little slow but they came back and came in a flurry. So the good thing I saw possession time was 36 minutes or something like that I want to say. There are some real strong positives in there right now, and the most important positive right now is you have a group of players getting on a plane heading back to Columbus, Ohio, 7-0 with an opportunity to go 8-0. We have to get to 8-0 somehow."

On moving Zach Boren from fullback to linebacker: "Tuesday's practice, Ryan Shazier was out, Etienne Sabino was out, Camren Williams was out, Josh Perry was out. I'm not a math major but you're starting to get real thin. Zach's a guy, I was just driving out to practice and I looked at him and I had that horrible gut feeling that we have to get some experience and a veteran guy over there and help us out. He jumped right at it and really changed practice Tuesday, just his energy, he's an all for one, one for all type of guy. A very unselfish move by him and we just have to see where we are when we get back. I don't think it is (a one-game deal). We have to find out who's healthy. We're ripped to shreds right now in certain areas, so I don't know. I'll let you know next week. I wasn't trying to keep it from anybody (this past week) on Zach Boren, but I just wasn't sure what we were going to do until after Wednesday's practice. That's how thin we are in certain spots, but I would think he might stay there for a while."

On his approach to handling the defense's struggles as an offensive coach: "Uhh, I just want to win that game. I'm all in. I'm supporting our coaches, supporting our players. We have to find a way to make a stop and win a game. There's times that the offense has been in reverse and the defense steps up, so we're a team. That's the cool thing about this is that's a team, and there were some nice things said in (the locker room) from the heart. We win as a team and we … win as a team. At the end of the day we're going to find a way to win No. 8 as a team."

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