COLUMBUS, Ohio — It’s good to be Urban Meyer these days.
The Ohio State coach is in the midst of another season with a top 10 team. More importantly, what he accomplished on Saturday showed just how long he’s been this good. The 24-20 win against Northwestern was Meyer’s 161st career win, passing Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops as the coach with the most wins over his first 15 seasons.
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Afterwards, despite the fact that Ohio State’s offense looked subpar in the win, Meyer was all smiles.
“It’s great to be home and get a W, a hard-fought W against a good team that had a lot of momentum and went — and a lot of respect for Coach Fitzgerald. He’s a good friend of mine for many years, and a good, tough team. And I thought our guys nutted up when they had to, and the final two drives were big.
“We’re 7-1 with a bunch of new players that I love to death right now and enjoy coaching them.”
He also added that he’s excited with the overall play of his team given that the Buckeyes are replacing 16 starters and played road night games at three AP Top 25 teams.
“Our team went on the road to play in three ridiculous, really tough environments,” he said. “They went and played a team that just beat Michigan State, Indiana and Iowa, two of them on the road and they were in a street fight and they end up winning. Very proud of them. I love these guys. They’re very young. That’s fine. That’s no more excuses about that.
“But we’re going to continue to get better. Is this team whatever everybody wants them to be? Probably not yet, but they’re working very hard to get to that point.”