Audio: Oregon State Post Game - Bret Bielema

Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema addresses the media after No.8 Wisconsin shutouts Oregon State, 35-0, Saturday at Camp Randall.

Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema -

partial transcript

Opening Statement:

"I really like the way the game flowed today. I thought our defense, obviously with the shutout, did a nice job. I think they made some adjustments from last week to this week. One of our goals was to be the most improved football teams in the country and hopefully we were able to do that.

"Early in the game Oregon State's safeties were playing aggressively, weren't going to let us run the football but we were patient and didn't panic. I thought it really opened up our play-action passing game. I thought it really showed how much of touch Russell (Wilson) can have on the football -- long balls, short balls, out on the flat and over the middle. I thought Nick Toon played extremely well. The thing I like about our offense is that he (Wilson) has a lot of options now, with Abby (Jared Abbrederis), Toon, Pedersen and the running backs out of the backfield.

"I thought our special teams were kind of funny yesterday during our Friday walkthrough. I did something a coach should never do. They did that over shift punt, kind of like a rugby, and I took Andrew Lukasko and put him in at the rush spot because I knew he'd go 100 miles an hour up the field and set the edge. He really flashed in front of the punter's face and got that shank punt. It was fun to see Lukasko have some success.

"I'm very excited about Northern Illinois, they play Kansas tonight. Obviously the familiarity with Dave (Doeren) and our staff puts another spin on it. I know our kids are excited about the challenge.

"Injury-wise, Devon Smith, I don't know anything other than the fact that X-rays were negative to anything broken. We'll get a lot more information here in the next 24-48 hours. Kevin Claxton, I didn't mean to offend anybody. Kevin had a screw put in his hand last week after the game, thought their might be an outside chance that he'd play today but it was just too tender. I think he'll get back involved in next week's game. I though Ethan Armstrong did a nice job today popping in there. I think that's all there was from an injury standpoint."

On the defense:

"I know this; as long as I have been coaching defensive football, if people are able to run the football you are not going to be a very good football team. I challenged our defensive staff and players. One of the things we always say is, what you put on film is who you are. They gave up some free yardage last week, but this week they did a great job. What was great about today was the way we practiced just reinforced what happened today. We aren't a team that just plays to fix things, I think it's about the way we practice and that's what carried over to the game today.

On the offense:

"I'm not saying that I haven't been excited in the past but I watched 20 (James White), 28 (Montee Ball), 1 (Nick Toon), 4 (Jared Abbrederis), 48 (Jacob Pedersen), 16 (Russell Wilson) and 34 (Bradie Ewing). I watch those guys practice every day and I see them do things that I know are exceptional. It's just fun to see it carry over to game day. Like I said to our team, you have a chance to be a good football team. The only people that can derail you are you if you start believing the hype or that you are better that everybody else. We work everyday and we'll ingrain that in their heads."

On about today's game:

"The game is five percent of what happens and 95 percent of what you react to. Because they were giving us certain looks that took away, we had to have the mentality to not panic, not flinch and just keep the ball going the right direction. I thought it was a great example of Wisconsin football."

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