COLUMBUS, Ohio — After his team’s 30-23 overtime win at Wisconsin on Saturday night, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is already plenty focused on his next task: preparing the Buckeyes for another wild environment this coming Saturday night at Penn State.
On Monday, Meyer met with the media at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center to put a bow on Wisconsin and to start the look ahead to the Nittany Lions. Among the topics of the day:
- J.T. Barrett was named co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for his 226 yards passing, 92 yards rushing and 3 total touchdowns.
- The Buckeyes didn’t name champions for the week or MVPs because they took Sunday off. There’s a team meeting for Monday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. ET.
- Comparing the game at Wisconsin to the game at Penn State in 2014 (a 31-24 Ohio State win in double overtime), Meyer said it felt like a loss was coming. “Every indicator was up that we lost that game, the script was written.”
- “Change the damn rule,” Meyer said with respect to him being penalized 15 yards for sideline interference.
- Fatigue is an “issue” for the Buckeyes, which is why the team was given Sunday off after returning to Columbus about 5 a.m. Sunday.
- Why are the Buckeyes so hard to beat? Why couldn’t the Badgers put them away in the second half? It’s not halftime speeches, according to Meyer. “The brotherhood, that’s why they played hard and battled back. That’s something that has been building since the spring and summer.”
Check out the rest of Urban Meyer’s press conference in the video above.