Ohio State may not have played its best, especially offensively, but the Buckeyes still managed to get a 38-0 win over Hawaii in their home opener. Hear from the Buckeye coaches and players after the big win.
Defensive coordinator Chris Ash
The Buckeyes held Hawaii to just 85 yards passing and the Rainbow Warriors completed just 30.8 percent of their passes. Ash was happy with the performance but still saw room for improvement.
"For us it's just business as usual. A team like this did throw the ball a lot, we knew they were going to throw the ball a lot and we just wanted to come out and improve every day and that's really what we felt like we did. It wasn't a perfect game but we did a lot of really good things. We had some interceptions, scored on defense, got some other takeaways, Darron Lee had a nice sack-fumble. But overall I thought we played well today, need to keep getting better though every day."
LB Darron Lee
As Ash said, Lee recorded a sack fumble and nearly recovered another loose ball that Vonn Bell eventually returned for a touchdown. The linebacker spoke about the success of the defense in the shutout.
“We just wanted to be out there the whole time, to be honest with you. That would probably be a bad idea, but we have so much fun with each other it doesn’t matter if our offense is struggling or not."
S Vonn Bell
In addition to his fumble recover for a touchdown Bell hauled in an interception in the win over Hawaii. The junior safety said he was motivated by what he felt was a poor performance against Virignia Tech.
"I had to get the bad taste out of my mouth today and come out and make some plays for this defense. Bring some energy and passion and show the guys I'm not worried about that game, I put it to the past and go enjoy the time with the team."
Cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs
On Vonn Bell's performance of Bell agaisnt Hawaii.
"Vonn is an incredible student of the game. That's why he is always going to be around the ball. That's why he is going to make interceptions. He dropped one, maybe could have got two today but he is going to make interceptions, he is going to recover fumbles because he studies the opponent and he is going to find himself around the ball all the time."
WR Jalin Marshall
The sophomore returned from his one-game suspension to catch three passes for 40 yards and return three punts for 45 yards. Marshall spoke about having to sit and watch the Buckeyes play Virignia Tech.
"It was tough, but we move forward. Hopefully we can continue to have a great season with the guys. I am very proud of them. Especially those young wide outs that played that game. It was a great experience for them and a humbling experience for me."
DE Joey Bosa
Bosa joined Marshall in returning from suspension and the defensive end spoke about the experience.
"Obviously missing a week sucks, not because you’re missing it but because you know you’re not out there with your guys and you’re letting them down. I was really excited to get our here and play this week. I was so ready. I had a lot of fun."
QB Cardale Jones
Jones got the start against Hawaii and led an uneven offensive performance. Late in the game third-string quarterback Stephen Collier was able to play and Jones talked about the excitement he and J.T. Barrett felt for the redshirt freshman.
"We told him he might play this game, and I wish he would have gotten a chance to play earlier. That’s totally on me and the offense. We were just happy to see him go out there and play his first game in The Shoe and get a couple of plays even though it was kind of mop-up duty. We could tell he was freaking out and he got them to jump offside on his first play, so we were hyped for him. It’s always good to see younger players or guys that you mentor have a chance to perform."
RB Ezekiel Elliott
The runningback had 101 yards and three touchdowns against the Rainbow Warriors. Elliott acknowledged that only having four days rest complicated the game, but was still ready to celebrate the 38-point win.
“After a good win, you’ve got to celebrate the hard work that you put in. We had some pretty bad circumstances, but that’s not a good excuse. But you’ve got to celebrate wins. You can’t just be uptight. We’re definitely going to take this one, put it in our pocket and get back to work tomorrow.”