Presser Bullets: Ryan Day Says Ohio State is "Playing Well" in the Fourth Quarter, Team Held Emeka Egbuka Out for Precautionary Reasons but He is Expected Back Next Week

By Andy Anders on October 28, 2023 at 11:26 pm

It was a sloppy win, but it was a win nonetheless.

Following Ohio State's tough 24-10 victory on the road over Wisconsin, Ryan Day addressed the media about TreVeyon Henderson's big outing, Kyle McCord's ups and downs and a few key injuries.

  • On TreVeyon Henderson's performance: "This is a big run we're about to go on, and you can see the difference he makes when he's out there. ... The explosiveness, the speed. ... You can just see when he's out there, the impact he's having on our offense. That run he had there in the fourth quarter was big."
  • On drives that got into Wisconsin territory but didn't result in points: "We're all frustrated that we're not able to finish off some of those drives. ... There's a lot that goes with that."
  • Day said Ohio State's staff decided to "hold" Emeka Egbuka one more week but that he "expects" him to be back next week.
  • More on Henderson: "You can do so much with him, he has such a great skill set. ... No one wants to be out there more than him. ... He was a little winded there at the end, he hasn't had that many carries in a while. ... It just puts more and more pressure on the defense."
  • There's no update on Lathan Ransom yet, Day said.
  • On Marvin Harrison Jr.: "I believe he's the best football player in the country. ... He's a dynamic player and he keeps bringing it every week. The consistency is starting to show week-in and week-out."
  • Day said that Kyle McCord will be "fine" and that injuries didn't get in his way entering the game. Something might have happened during, Day said, but he "kept swinging."
  • On McCord's two interceptions: "On the first one, it was just a bad decision ... the ball should have been thrown away." Day said that he doesn't "blame" McCord for the second interception because the corner came off a deep zone to make a good, risky play.
  • On missed if he's "frustrated" over points left on the field: "We're going against good teams ... but yes, you know what we want to get done. You know the expectation. So there's still things we've got to get better at."
  • "We're playing well in the fourth quarter. I'd like to see us play even better in the first half, but we are finishing games."
  • Day feels that Ohio State's defense "played hard" and "rallied to the ball" against Wisconsin. He praised the team's goal-line stand at the end of the first half and the play of the Buckeyes' secondary.

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