Ohio State didn't play it's best against Minnesota, a fact players and coaches readily admitted after the game.
The Buckeyes struggled on third down and had difficulties running the ball. They needed a pick-zix to get thier scoring started and allowed the Gophers to hang around thanks to a big fourth quarter.
Still, Ohio State got the win and left Game 9 with plenty to work on.
Ezekiel Elliott had a workman-like 114 yards rushing against Minnesota and addressed what the Gophers did to disrupt the Buckeye offense and his play.
Elliott offered more thoughts on the offense and the state of Braxton Miller after the receiver left the game with an apparent head injury.
The Ohio State defense held the Gophers to just 33 rushing yards and defensive end Tyquan Lewis was a big reason why. The sophomore finished with seven tackles against Minnesota.
Joshua Perry also had a strong performance, tallying 10 tackles on the night. He spoke about the toughness fo Minnesota's Mitch Leidner and his hit on the quarterback that was initially called targeting and then reversed.
Offensive coordinator Ed Warinner spoke about the struggles with consistency on offense and the decision-making process going forward at the quarterback position.
Defensive corodinator Luke Fickell addressed the play of middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan and safety Vonn Bell.