Tressel, Krenzel give credit to UM

After the game, the theme seemed common in the OSU locker room -- give credit where credit is due. Coach Tressel, Craig Krenzel, and Coach Dantonio talked about that, OSU's bowl destination (which at this time seems most likely to be the Capital One Bowl), and more.

After today's game, OSU head coach Jim Tressel gave all the credit to Michigan for their victory.

"Michigan did an excellent job," Coach Tressel said. "They earned the Big Ten conference championship.

"They came out and did the things that championship teams do. They stayed away from turnovers. They were able to run and pass. We did not come out and do the things we needed to do to be the Big Ten champions. We have to tip our hats to Michigan."

Tressel credited Michigan's balance for being the difference and being able to move the ball on OSU's defense.

"Michigan has done an excellent job of being balanced, and that's the key," Tressel said. "I think they have very good design. What they do is excellent. Who they have doing it is excellent, and they got the job done today."

There's already been talk about whether or not re-inserting Craig Krenzel in the game in the fourth quarter after Krenzel had to leave due to injury was the right call. Tressel said the team medical staff said Craig was good to go.

"The doctors cleared Krenzel to go back in," Tressel said. "When it comes to that point in time, you have to make a decision, and I made the decision on that particular series to go back with Craig."

Tressel also tipped his hat to Chris Perry, who put up a big day running the football against a defense that many felt would be able to stop him.

"Chris Perry is a tough kid," he said. "You have to respect the fact that he hung in there and got better. They went to work today and got the job done."

Tressel also briefly touched on the decision to not start Santonio Holmes and Troy Smith.

"It was just an internal decision," he said.

Holmes met with the media after the game and discussed his off-the-field incident. We will have more on this later although Holmes did say he did not know how the women involved in the incident got hurt.

Meanwhile, OSU QB Craig Krenzel was disappointed that the team didn't reach their goal.

"I think the biggest thing today is we didn't get done what we needed to get done to win the conference," Krenzel said. "We came into this game knowing one thing for sure -- if we had beat Michigan, we would have been Big Ten champs. That's the thing that hurts the most right now.

"We set a goal at the beginning of the year to be the number one team in the Big Ten, and we didn't get the job done today."

Krenzel said that he wasn't totally surprised that Michigan's offense was able to handle the OSU defense today.

"Our defense is a great defense, and at the same time, I'm not all that shocked and surprised because Michigan has a great offense," he said.

OSU defensive coordinator Mark Dantonio also gave the credit to UM and said that red zone performance was an issue for OSU in this game.

"They did a great job," Dantonio said. "You have to give them a lot of credit. They were very well-prepared. They put it to us.

"Last year, they moved the ball on us, but they were only ahead 9-7 at the half because they had to kick three field goals. This year, we didn't play well enough in the red zone. That was a huge difference."

Media members from all over the country attended the game, and the scuttlebutt after the game was that barring upsets of USC, Washington State or Texas, Ohio State is more than likely headed to the Capital One bowl in Orlando. The Fiesta Bowl seems set to select Texas with their first pick, while the Rose Bowl seems set to select Washington State if both they and USC win out.

Krenzel said the team will just have to sit back and wait on their bowl destination.

"That's not for us to decide," he said. "We'll have to see how the polls and the computers come out on that."

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