After No. 10 Ohio State survived Nebraska last Saturday for its 36-31 win at Ohio Stadium, what did the Buckeyes (8-1, 5-1) gather from the Big Ten battle with the Cornhuskers (2-7, 1-5)?
Junior running back Mike Weber, sophomore safety Brendon White, senior offensive tackle Isaiah Prince and junior linebacker Malik Harrison put the result in perspective after OSU spent its previous two weeks looking to improve from the 49-20 loss at Purdue on Oct. 20.
On how he and sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins felt after they picked up the production in the run game…
“It felt good. We had a real good emphasis on running the ball all week in practice. Coaches had told us to try to run guys over and get through the pile and stuff like that and the O-line blocked better and we did that this week.”
On how he approached the extended role at safety after junior Jordan Fuller was ejected for confirmed targeting…
“My goal out there was not to try and make a play. My goal was to do my job and not do too much. I don’t want to do too much. If I try to be a superhero, then I make mistakes. So my job was how to have a specific role, and that was to do the safety role, and do my job and trust my players that they have my back.”
On what he thought about the production in the red zone with two tight ends and how the line paved the way…
“I feel like that’s something we always do. Me and J.K. talk about before he gets the ball, I always look at him and just say, ‘Get right behind me.’ And he always says, ‘I got you.’ And he got behind me and he scored on that play and I just looked at him and I’m like, ‘I told you so.'”
On how he assessed the play of the linebackers and what changed for the position schematically out of the off week…
“We tweaked the little, little things and yeah. We just keep everything in front of us and that’s what was one of the main focuses.”