Select comments from final Rose Bowl pregame press conference
on reaching the Rose Bowl
We are honored to be here. We are honored to represent the Big Ten and the great state of Ohio. We hope to perform well and make the Rose Bowl — the granddaddy of the all – the most watched Bowl game of the season.
on the Rose Bowl
This has been a bucket list item since I have been coaching going back to when I was a GA (graduate assistant) at Ohio State back in 1987. I cannot imagine a better bowl game to play in.
On his legacy at Ohio State
This was never a job. Being a Buckeye as far back as I remember, I operated everyday with a little sense of fear because I didn’t want to let the great players and people here down. I know it hasn’t been perfect. There has been some great success and I am very pleased.
On Washington head coach Chris Petersen
I have known Coach Peterson for a long time. I studied him at Boise State. What he did there is phenomenal. Same at Washington. We have to make sure we are on our game.
On keys to winning the game
Field position. How you cover kicks. How you cover punts and execute special team. It’s in our plan to win. They have a 1,000-yard running back. If we do not contain him, it is going to be a bad day for Ohio State.