Ryan Day didn't hold back in his postgame interview on NBC.
Moments after running back Chip Trayanum scored the game-winning touchdown and pushed the Buckeyes over the Irish, 17-14, in South Bend, Indiana, Day sounded off on former Notre Dame head coach and media personality Lou Holtz and other doubters who called out Ohio State's apparent lack of toughness in matchups with like opponents.
TELL EM, COACH! pic.twitter.com/Se7zs18oHO— Eleven Warriors (@11W) September 24, 2023
"I'd like to know where Lou Holtz is right now," Day said. "What he said about our team, what he said about our team – I cannot believe. This is a tough team right here. We're proud to be from Ohio. It's always been Ohio against the world, and it will continue to be Ohio against the world. But I'll tell you what. I love those kids. We have a tough team."
The Ohio State head coach continued his passionate speech when asked what the Buckeyes proved to him in their top-10 win over Notre Dame.
"Toughness. Toughness," Day said. "Everybody questions these kids all the time. We had one bad half in the last couple of years. That's it. Everybody wants to question these guys. These guys are warriors right here. To come back here and win. For this kid (Kyle McCord) to come back in the second half. I am emotional about this for a reason.
"A lot of people question these kids and say a lot of things about them. And I love them. When someone attacks your family, to come in and win like this, it's special. It's a great win for our program and a great win for Ohio State."
In his postgame press conference, Day shared that he and his players don't often listen to "outside noise," regardless of whether it's positive or negative. Still, Day believes there are times when that noise can be used – and should be used – as motivation to send a message with performance on the field.
"In life, when people start saying things about you – at some point you have to put your foot in the ground, and our team did that," Day said. "It was a life lesson."
He also used the additional media opportunity to further comment on Holtz's remarks from earlier this week.
"I don't know where he gets off saying those types of things. I don't," Day said. "I have some things I'd like to say, too, but I'm not gonna say that because I'm more respectful than he is."
"I don't know where he gets off saying those type of things. I don't. I have some other things I'd like to say too, but I'm not gonna say that because I'm more respectful than he is."— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 24, 2023
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Ohio State has now won six consecutive games against Notre Dame dating back to 1995, but Day believes the Buckeyes' 2023 win will stand out above the rest, and perhaps be seen as one of the best victories ever.
"I think it's going to go down as one of the great wins in Ohio State history," Day said.
The Buckeyes now enter their bye week with a 4-0 record. They’ll return to action in their fifth game of the season against Maryland at home on Oct. 7. Kickoff time and TV network for that game are expected to be announced on Monday.