Zwick Reflects On First Three Games As Starter

The open week gave sophomore quarterback Justin Zwick a chance to look back on his first three starts at Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 3-0, so Zwick is happy. But he admitted there are a number of areas where the offense needs improvement. Click here for more.

Ohio State sophomore quarterback Justin Zwick has three starts under his belt and has three wins to his credit, so life is pretty good so far.

Zwick was 10 of 21 passing for 73 yards last Saturday as the Buckeyes won 22-14 at N.C. State.

"I feel good about the win," Zwick said. "That's what it all comes down to. That's what you judge yourself by. You want to put yourself in position to win."

After throwing four interceptions between the first two games with Cincinnati and Marshall, Zwick did not throw a pick against the Wolfpack.

"We didn't turn the ball over until we had one (a Lydell Ross fumble) at the end of the game," Zwick said. "It was a good learning experience. I'm just trying to get better."

OSU coach Jim Tressel confirmed that the one silver lining that came out of the N.C. State game was the fact Zwick kept the ball away from the opposition.

"That was big, no question," Tressel said. "We could not have won down there by turning the ball over. They're too good. You can't give a team like that opportunities. I thought, from that standpoint, he's come a long way.

"There are still some balls he wishes he could throw again and some where we had guys open and some decisions he'd like to have back. I've been pleased with his progress. As long as he understands that, just like our team does, we're 3-0 and we've had some progress. But we need to make more progress."

Through three games, Zwick has completed 42 of 77 passes (54.5 percent) for 610 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions. He said he intended to use the bye week to improve on the finer points.

"We came out this week to try and get some of the soreness out," he said. "We haven't really been focusing on any teams. We've been doing some hitting and just working on things we need to improve on."

After throwing for 324 yards – the most ever by an OSU sophomore – and three touchdowns against Marshall, Zwick confirmed that it was frustrating to not have more success against N.C. State.

"It was definitely frustrating," he said. "We want to move the ball up and down the field every game we play. We were just happy to get out of there with the win."

OSU was also stymied in its efforts to establish the run, finishing the day with 64 yards on 40 rushing attempts.

"We came into that game wanting to run the ball well," Zwick said. "That was something we wanted to focus on."

OSU's longest running play of the game was 16 yards; the longest pass play was 13 yards.

"We need to get some big plays going like that," Zwick said. "That makes a big difference when it comes to moving the ball and getting the running game going."

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