Ohio Head Coach Frank Solich
“We’re a football team that’s spiraling down, and we’re struggling trying to bring ourselves out of it.”
On game’s turning point
“The punting game fell apart. That was very costly. As the second half unfolded, we weren’t able to put together third-down conversions to keep ourselves on the field.”
On team’s struggles in the second half of the season
“It’s a mystery, in terms of, we played pretty well after the Louisville game for a stretch there, played some pretty good football teams in Marshall and North Texas State. I thought that we would be a football team that, as the season went on, we would get better and better, but that has not materialized.“
On team’s focus
“Focus is something that you always address as a coach to your team. That’s something that you continually need to keep coming back to, because, obviously, without focus – regardless of talent – you aren’t going to be very good.”
On redshirt senior cornerback Travis Carrie
"He is a strong competitor, and to play banged up says a lot for him. He didn’t practice this week, and so to be able to come back and play strong is a sign of what his character is all about.”
Tyler Tettleton: Ohio Quarterback
On next week’s regular season finale against UMass
“We want to finish this thing off right. I know I do. I am trying to win this last game and I know the seniors feel the same way.”
On team’s offensive struggles in the final three quarters
“We were making plays. We were moving fast and the tempo was good. I don’t know if we lost track of that or just weren’t executing later in the game.”
Nathan Carpenter: Ohio Safety
On Kent State running back Dri Archer
“We contained him fairly well, but he broke loose on a coupe big plays that hurt us.”
On team’s defensive struggles
“Our defense came out pretty strong and played well. Things don’t always go your way. You have a few bad punts and get put in bad field position. A lot of other things account for that as well. Our defense didn’t step up and stop them.”
Kent State Head Coach Paul Haynes
On finishing season strong
"To send our seniors out the right way on a two-game winning streak is good for our program going into the offseason. To come out with two good wins just catapults us to have a good offseason."
On team’s emotions after the game
"It's awesome. The kids are excited, and I'm excited for them. We probably played our best game tonight, which is awesome to sit there and see them put all three phases together."
On important of ending the season strong
"It's very important, because we can sit there and break them down a little bit more in the offseason, and then we will build them back up. For them to have the confidence to play so well is huge going into the offseason."
On fifth-year senior running back Dri Archer’s performance
"Dri is awesome, and our offensive line did a good job for blocking. The receivers did a good job blocking on the perimeter, but you don’t make big runs without everyone else doing their job. It's just a team effort, and Dri played awesome tonight."
On junior defensive lineman Nate Terhune’s fake punt run for a TD
"It was unbelievable. After he got the first down I was excited, and then I saw he did a little leap, and I was more excited. He is a great player. It doesn't surprise me because of his work ethic and his drive, but, hopefully, that will make ESPN's Top Ten."
Kent State Defensive Lineman Nate Terhune
On his fake punt run for a touchdown
"I had visualized that leap since last year when we played Bowling Green, and I tried to hurdle that guy and didn't get my leg high enough. That's how I had imagined the play to go all along, but I couldn’t have done it without the guys up front getting good blocks. I just had to beat one guy."
On trending on Twitter
"Pretty cool. I don’t have a Twitter, so I won't be able to check myself, but that's pretty cool to know."
On “Fat Guy Touchdown” reference
"I think I saw that, too. I'll embrace it. That's fine with me."
On emotion in the locker room after the game
"We were all pretty happy. The season itself didn't start out the way we wanted it to, but we finished it the way it should have. That was huge for the seniors, and I was just so happy for them."