Presser Bullets: C.J. Stroud Says Ohio State Played Its "Best Game" On Offense, Ronnie Hickman Says There's "A Lot of Room for Improvement"

By Griffin Strom on November 13, 2021 at 7:45 pm
C.J. Stroud
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Ohio State rolled Purdue 59-31 on Saturday to pick up its eighth win in a row.

Following the blowout victory, Buckeye head coach Ryan Day, quarterback C.J. Stroud and a collection of other Ohio State players spoke to the media at the post-game press conference.

Here's a full rundown of everything the Buckeyes said after the game.

Ryan Day

  • "That was the first time we've seen heavy throwing. We'll probably learn some things from that." Day said he felt like it was a good win over a dangerous team. Day says finishing drives in the red zone was "well done across the board" on Saturday.
  • Day says Ohio State's 45-17 score at halftime was "a heck of a score."
  • Day says "we got to get back to playing consistent football." Day says the "best teams play in November."
  • On Garrett Wilson, Day says "he did it a couple different ways tonight." Day says "he's versatile, he can do a lot of different things."
  • On keeping Stroud in at the end of the game, Day says "we wanted to finish the game the right way." Says it wasn't a consideration to Kyle McCord's redshirt eligibility.
  • Day says "we're still looking for that complete game."
  • Day says Stroud had "the best preparation of the season this week. He was on his game. ... He really put a lot of work in."
  • Day says Wilson's route-running and understanding of how he fits into the concept of Ohio State's plays has improved over the years.
  • Day says the Buckeyes ran the ball more efficiently and limited penalties that had kept them "behind schedule" in the last two games. Day credits Henderson for turning four-yard carries into five and six-yard gains.
  • Day says the Buckeye coaching staff gave the offense "a really clean plan" coming into the Purdue game. However, "there's still some things we want to get fixed." Day says "we want to make sure every drive we're scoring touchdowns. We did much better tonight."
  • On Miyan Williams, Day says he was glad to see the redshirt freshman get back in a rhythm running the ball on Saturday.
  • "I don't think our guys are lacking confidence. After the last two weeks, we were just on edge this week, to be honest with you."

QB C.J. Stroud, WR Garrett Wilson & WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba

  • Stroud says stopping George Karlaftis was a big part of the Buckeyes' offensive game plan this week.
  • Wilson says "to come back and play the way we did on offense and have the game I did feels good, for sure."
  • Wilson says "I feel very confident with the ball in my hands ... I'm just doing what I love."
  • Stroud says Wilson's "routes speak for themself." Stroud says "you want G5 out there."
  • Stroud says "I feel like as an offense, this was our best game."
  • Smith-Njigba says the Buckeyes were at "full force this week" on offense.
  • Wilson says he couldn't even watch much of the Nebraska game because he was "tripping too much" while watching an Ohio State game he couldn't play in.
  • On finishing in the red zone, Stroud says "it was an emphasis, but it's always an emphasis in this offense."
  • Smith-Njigba on the talent in the wide receiver corps: "It's just real scary. I feel like it's hard for defenses to cover us."

S Ronnie Hickman, S Bryson Shaw & LB Cody Simon

  • Hickman says "there's a lot of room for improvement."
  • Shaw says the post that Purdue scored on "can never, ever happen" and that "it won't ever happen again."
  • Shaw says Denzel Burke "played great" with 11 tackles as a cornerback.
  • Shaw: "Some of us didn't do our jobs, myself included. We'll get those things corrected."
  • on Aidan O'Connell, Hickman says "the guy can throw it."
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