Presser Bullets: Ryan Day Says Michigan Loss Will "Leave A Mark" on the Ohio State Program, C.J. Stroud Says Sickness Cost Him His Voice in the Lead-Up to The Game

By Griffin Strom on November 27, 2021 at 4:22 pm
Ryan Day

For the first time in a decade, Ohio State lost a game against Michigan on Saturday.

Immediately following the Buckeyes' 42-27 loss in Ann Arbor, Ryan Day, C.J. Stroud, Chris Olave and several other Ohio State players addressed members of the media at the post-game press conference at the Big House.

Here's a bullet-point breakdown of everything that was said after the loss.

Ryan Day

  • “Feel awful. Just got done talking to the team … it’s a failure. It hurts a lot.” Day says “I just know that we didn’t get the job done today.
  • Day on Michigan’s success running the ball: “You feel like they control the game when that happens … we weren’t able to stop that.”
  • Day says Ohio State “certainly didn’t play our best on offense.” Day says the Buckeye let Michigan score at the end so that they couldn’t run the clock out.
  • Day says the Buckeyes “couldn’t turn the tides” against Michigan. Day says Ohio State started to force things too much and couldn’t establish the run because it was playing from behind.
  • Day says Ohio State’s 49 pass attempts were “too much.” Day says “when you throw that much, you’re gonna put yourself at risk.”
  • Day says “any week, if you don’t show up and do it, this can happen.” Day says “we did not play our best game today.”
  • Day says “it hurts” and “it’s gonna leave a mark for a while.”

S Bryson Shaw

  • Shaw says this game will "leave a really bad taste in our mouth." Shaw says the loss will motivate him and his teammates.
  • Shaw says "it's embarrassing" that Michigan ran as well as it did against Ohio State.
  • Shaw says the Buckeyes simply couldn't get the stops they needed to against the Wolverines.
  • "Respect to them credit to them. We played far from our best game. I give them their credit, I do. ... It's gonna light an extreme fire."
  • "We'll be back and we'll be counting down the days 'til this game next year, and we'll be ready."

QB C.J. Stroud, LB Cody Simon

  • Simon says the Buckeyes have to "get back to the lab" after failing to execute on defense against Michigan.
  • Simon: "That outcome is what happens when you don't execute how you're supposed to."
  • Stroud says "we put our heart and soul into this game for 365 days. It's not a good feeling."
  • Stroud says he's "still proud of my O-line" despite all the pressure given up to the Michigan defense on Saturday.
  • Stroud: "I'm kicking myself, I'm super bummed. But at the end of the day, we battled 'til the end."
  • Stroud says he lost his voice earlier in the week because he got sick, and that it led to communication issues for the Buckeyes against Michigan.
  • "I don't know what type of sickness I have, but I've been sick all week." Stroud says "sometimes you gotta play sick."
  • "I know we came up short, but I'm still proud of my guys for trying to pull out something magical." Stroud says "people will probably hate me for (the loss)," but says he put "everything on the line" for the team.

OT Nicholas Petit-Frere, WR Chris Olave

  • Petit-Frere says it was less about what the Michigan defensive line was doing, and more about the environment and the crowd today. Petit-Frere says the Buckeyes made too many mental errors.
  • Petit-Frere says it's not Stroud's fault, it's the team's fault for all the penalties on the offense on Saturday.
  • Olave: "We haven't been in this position in forever, so I don't really know what to say right now."
  • Olave says "I feel like we could've played better, for my part and the whole team."
  • Petit-Frere says the Buckeyes can learn from the loss in order to make sure it doesn't happen again.
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