Chad Henne, junior quarterback
REPORTER: Is that the toughest loss of your career, would you say?
CHAD HENNE: It's definitely hard to swallow, but, you know, it's never fun losing to Ohio State. I mean, it's a great rivalry. Great tradition goes with it. But we fought, and Ohio State -- I mean, they just made a lot more bigger plays.
REPORTER: You guys stayed with them pretty long, blow for blow. You guys were hanging in there.
CHAD HENNE: Both offenses were making plays and the defenses were definitely fighting hard. But, I mean, Troy Smith's a great quarterback and he proved that today.
REPORTER: Chad, what would be your best argument for a rematch?
CHAD HENNE: I mean, it would be great for us, but it's not up to us. We just agree wherever they tell us to go, and we don't we are where we're playing. We just go out and play.
REPORTER: Is it hard living up to the billing, 1 versus 2? You can't ask for more than 42 to 39.
CHAD HENNE: Oh, definitely. It was a hard-fought game, but we're not disappointed. We played well. But I think there were some points that we -- on offense, we definitely could have executed better and took advantage of some of their turnovers at the end.
REPORTER: Chad, what did they do that gave you so much problems with protection?
CHAD HENNE: They were trying to bring in from every which way. I was sliding most of the protection to the threat, but, I mean, they're great athletes and they're going to get by. You put them one on one, and 50 percent of the time they're going to win and 50 percent we're going to win.
REPORTER: Chad, do you think these two teams are pretty even?
CHAD HENNE: I mean, it didn't tell today, if Ohio State won. But we definitely were at the top, but, I mean, just shows the game. Ohio State won. We lost.
REPORTER: Chad, what was the last 24 hours like, finding out about Coach Schembechler, and what did Coach Carr say to you guys?
CHAD HENNE: It was definitely difficult for us. He's just a great figure to us, and especially built our program and sustained. I mean, Coach Carr loves him dearly and so do we. We always see him around the building, and for him to address us Thursday after -- or before practice, it was just a great feature for us, and it's sad to see him go. Because, I mean, you've got to take advantage of every opportunity you've got, because he was there one day, and then he's gone the next. But we dearly miss him, and we tried to fight for him today.
REPORTER: Chad, would you talk just a little bit about the comments that Bo made to the team on Thursday and also kind of what you've seen from Lloyd since yesterday?
CHAD HENNE: I mean, Bo was just trying to get us hyped up. He's been in many Michigan/Ohio State games, just saying go out there and play our best, play to your capability. I mean, just keep fighting. And that's what we definitely did today, but we just came up on the short end.
REPORTER: To end with the loss, do you think you guys have made a case for a rematch?
CHAD HENNE: I can't really say. I mean, it's difficult for me to say. Whatever the polls say, we'll go with it. But if we get that rematch, we'll definitely be up for it.
REPORTER: Watching Troy, do you think that Troy is the Heisman Trophy winner right now?
CHAD HENNE: He's definitely a great player. He proved that today, that when there is pressure on him, that he can get out of the pocket and make plays happen. So if he's leading the polls already, then I'm sure he's going to get it, so he's a heck of a player.
REPORTER: What do you think Coach Carr thought as far as Bo's passing?
CHAD HENNE: Like I said, it was hard for him. He was a man that coached for him and was around him all the time and definitely got a lot of inspiration from Bo. So, I mean, it's definitely a hard loss, but Bo wouldn't want us to think about him during the game. He would just want us stock out and play our game and not let anything distract us.
LaMarr Woodley, lineman
REPORTER: As close as you guys came, do you think you deserve another shot?
LAMARR WOODLEY: You know, it was just whatever they decide. That's just something that we really don't have no control over. I mean, if it happens, it would definitely be nice to play Ohio State again.
REPORTER: Did that seem like a classic to you? I think it was the most points ever scored is that series.
LAMARR WOODLEY: Yeah. It definitely was a lot of points scored. Nobody probably expected the game to be that high. They probably thought it was going to be a low-scoring game. It kind of shocked everybody.
REPORTER: LaMarr, why were they able to move the ball on you the way they did?
LAMARR WOODLEY: You know, like I always say, whenever there's a big play occurred, you know, somebody's out the gap, not doing what they're supposed to do, just opened up the gap wider than it should have been.
REPORTER: Did you think anybody could score that many points on you guys?
LAMARR WOODLEY: No. I never expected that to happen.
REPORTER: What does that say about them?
LAMARR WOODLEY: I mean, they're definitely a good offense. We knew that coming into the game, that they were a great offense. You know, they had a lot of weapons on their team, so we definitely respected them.
REPORTER: How difficult was that five-receiver set to handle?
LAMARR WOODLEY: You know, we was getting pressure on them, but he managed to get the ball off a few times and scrambled and got a few passes. So, I mean, it's just guys that know how to hold their man.
REPORTER: LaMarr, you guys tried so many things against Troy, sometimes dropped back, seemed like nothing would work. Were you a second off or a play off?
LAMARR WOODLEY: I think we were just a second off from getting back there a few times. And then a few times, some of our plays didn't work.
REPORTER: Do you feel like they had you off balance most of the game?
LAMARR WOODLEY: No, no. We just had mistakes. Just as far as the defense, too many mistakes. When you have mistakes, you know, other team capitalize on them. You give up big plays and stupid penalties, it allows the team to continue their drive.
REPORTER: Was Coach Carr emotional the last 24 hours? Did you get a sense that it was tough on him?
LAMARR WOODLEY: When you look at Coach Carr, he was continuing to move on. You know, he wasn't, you know, emotional. He wasn't really showing it, you know, because he didn't really want to bring, you know, any guys on the team down. We feed off our coach, so, I mean, he's just trying to stay positive.
REPORTER: How did you find out about Bo, LaMarr? What did it mean to you? How do you think it affected the last 24 hours?
LAMARR WOODLEY: We found out during the meeting yesterday. It affected me. I had the opportunity to -- you know, my four years there, to talk to him. When I was getting recruited, I had an opportunity to talk to him. I'd sit in his offices a few times and he'd go in there and coach me up. He actually coached me up Wednesday of this week, telling me the things I need to do, how I need to get the defense going.
REPORTER: Can you talk about how you guys never gave up on that game when you were down by as far as you were? You fought a pretty good battle.
LAMARR WOODLEY: You definitely can't give up. You've got to go out there and you've got to believe in each other. Early in the game, we just gave up a lot of big plays.
REPORTER: If you guys won, you were going to the national championship. Now you're not sure. Is it going to be an agonizing wait?
LAMARR WOODLEY: Yeah. It's definitely in the air. We lost today and we put ourselves in that situation and we have to sit back and wait. You know, if we would have won, we knew right away where we were going to be playing and what day. All we can do is sit back and wait now.
REPORTER: LaMarr, if you played them again, what do you think happens?
LAMARR WOODLEY: I mean, we'll correct the mistakes that allowed them big plays and it won't be a score like that.
Michael Hart, Junior Running Back
REPORTER: Mike, can you talk about what this game meant to this team today?
MIKE HART: It meant everything to us, for the national championship. You know, that's all -- the national championship meant the Big Ten championship. It meant everything to us.
REPORTER: How do you explain what happened out there? I mean, not the game anyone expected.
MIKE HART: We lost. You know, that's the only thing. You know, we didn't score enough points on offense. We lost.
REPORTER: Mike, you've had a great career at Michigan, but being 0-3 against Ohio State, does that override everything or hurt everything?
MIKE HART: Yeah. You know, it hurts. You want to beat Ohio State. It hurts. I've got one more year left and I'm going to get them next year.
REPORTER: Would you like to still get them this year?
MIKE HART: Of course. I guarantee if we play them again it would be a whole different game. We should have got them the first time around. We didn't. So if it doesn't happen, that's our faults. You know, but if we played them again, it would be a whole different game. Guarantee that.
REPORTER: Why were you able to have some questions running the ball compared to last couple games?
MIKE HART: Because, you know, their defense wasn't -- their defense played good, but they're not as good as people thought, I guess I could say. We knew we were going to be able to run the ball, but we didn't put enough points on the board. There's nothing special about that defense.
REPORTER: Why would it be a whole different game.
MIKE HART: Because the defense played. They don't usually give up big plays. We scored more if we had offensive chances. We both had to take advantage of our opportunities offensively and defensively.
REPORTER: Mike, how much of an advantage do you think it was to have that game played here today.
MIKE HART: It's a huge advantage. There's no excuses. They played on their home turf. The crowd energizes them. That's no excuse. We can win here, we can win at home, we can bin anywhere. But they beat us.
REPORTER: Mike, it sounds like you think there should be a rematch. Do you think there should be a rematch?
MIKE HART: I think it was a great game. I think it was a close game. I think anyone could have won that game. Do I think there should be a rematch? Probably. I think we're both the top teams in the country, regardless of what anybody says. On a neutral site, it would be a big game. If I won, I'd probably be like, no, I don't want a rematch. Anytime you lose, you want a rematch against that time.
REPORTER: Did it happen to be playing for the national championship?
MIKE HART: Of course. It's for the Big Ten. It's for Ohio State/Michigan, and there's no bigger game that I'm going to play.
REPORTER: How much is this going to linger, especially not knowing if you're going to play in the bowl games?
MIKE HART: I'm pretty sure we're either going to the Rose Bowl or the national championship game. I think it's one of the two. It will be on the west coast somewhere. I don't know. It don't really bother me.
REPORTER: Mike, what did Bo mean to this team? You guys knew him.
MIKE HART: He was a great man. You know, he started the tradition of excellence in the classroom and on the football field at Michigan. And it continues to this day. You know, no one's ever going to forget about him on this team and what he done for this team. He was still a big part of this program.
REPORTER: Do you remember much of his meeting with you guys on Thursday, what he said?
MIKE HART: You know, he just said if we want to win, we've got to come out and win the line of scrimmage. That's Bo. Offensive line and defensive line got to win games. That was his point. We knew what we had to do to win. He told us we knew what we had to do. We just department get the job done. Thank you.
Coach Lloyd Carr
COACH CARR: It was a great football game, and I'm extremely proud of our team. I think we have a great football team. We have great kids. And I thought they competed as hard as anybody could have ever asked them to compete. Ohio State has a great football team, and give them credit. Questions?
REPORTER: Lloyd, how difficult has the last 24 hours been for you?
COACH CARR: Well, we -- when we met on Sunday, you know, I felt the key for us to win this game was to focus in on our game plan and the execution of that game plan so that every single guy could come in here and play his best. And throughout the course of the week, we talked about all the distractions that were part of a week like this, and I told them on Wednesday that nothing was going to distract us from this game because I didn't know, you know, what would happen once we got down here. And, you know, it's all part of the rivalry here. You never know and you have to be able to deal with whatever comes. But when I told the team on Friday, I tried to tell them that, you know, he would not have wanted to be a distraction. And I told our team we weren't going to use Bo and his passing away as a motivational deal. That would have been to dishonor him. And I simply told them the way we could honor him is to coach and play in a way that would have made him proud.
REPORTER: Do you think your team did that today, Lloyd?
COACH CARR: I think we made too many mistakes. We gave up too many big plays. Anytime you give up two long runs for touchdowns and a long pass, it's going to be hard to beat anybody, but much less a team like we played today. So, we simply -- big plays simply were the biggest factor in the game from my standpoint.
REPORTER: Lloyd, you got the whole team looking to you, and I'm sure you've got to control your emotions after you heard about Bo passing away. Was it hard, and is it still hard for you to do that?
COACH CARR: Well, I think, obviously, he spoke to the team on Thursday afternoon and I tried to convince him to not talk, because when I went down to get him, about 2:20, he said he was having a hard time breathing and he had had a hard time breathing since he had the pacemaker put in, the second one. But he said, no, I'm going to talk to them, you know. So he went down and he spoke to them for 10 or 12 minutes and, you know, to walk in there -- we had a 1:00 o'clock -- we had a 12:00 o'clock meeting on Friday, and I found out about two minutes to 12:00. So was that hard to tell them? Yeah, that was hard and it was emotional. And yet, you know, I think all of us have challenges that, you know, we've got to --you've got to move on. You've got to deal with whatever comes your way. That's part of the -- part of our lives. So -- but certainly it had, you know, this is -- this has nothing to do with what happened today. I mean, it was part of the weekend, but we lost to a better team today.
REPORTER: Coach, scoring 39 points on the road against the number one team in the country, do you believe that's going to be enough to earn a rematch in Arizona?
COACH CARR: Well, that's not in my control, and I really don't have any thoughts that I want to -- I don't have any thoughts right now on that.
REPORTER: Talk about the day Mike Hart had.
COACH CARR: I haven't seen, you know, the statistics, so I don't know, you know, what he did from a rushing standpoint. I don't know. I know he protected. He gave his body up to protect the quarterback. I saw that on numerous occasions. But so I, you know --
REPORTER: Lloyd, you said it's not in your control, the rematch. But do you feel like your team is fairly close to the Ohio State team as far as ability and everything else?
COACH CARR: Well, I'll let you be the judge of that.
REPORTER: Can you speak on this game, living up to its billing, because it certainly did that? At least for the spectators.
COACH CARR: Well, it was a great, great venue. I mean, the crowds here are unbelievable. And I thought with the exception of -- I mean, to come in here and only have one penalty for illegal motion, when honestly you could not hear. I mean, so to have 11 guys on the football field and perform like they did in that type of crowd, to me, is a remarkable thing. I think our kids just did a magnificent job of dealing with the pressure of the crowd offensively. I mean, I can't -- I admire them, because --
REPORTER: In all your game planning and preparation, would you have ever believed that 39 points would not have been enough?
COACH CARR: You know, I never gave that -- you know, you could always go in with the idea that basically, you know, what I believe offensively is that you've got to have the kind of offense where you can score quickly, and that's really what you work on. You work on two-minute offense. And you have -- to be a great offense. And then you have to be able to buckle it up and run it when you have to. And so, you know, we go into a game feeling like we can handle whatever comes our way offensively. I think it goes back to defensively, what I believe is that you can't give up big plays and be successful, and we've done a great job of that throughout this season, but we just didn't do that today. And that was, in my mind, the difference.
REPORTER: Can you talk about Crable's hit, Crable's penalty a bit?
COACH CARR: Let me say this. I think the officiating crew was a group of outstanding men. I mean, guys that you would never question anything about them. And I don't say that -- I don't question any of the calls except that I do feel like when a quarterback's in the pocket and he's getting hit, I think, you know, the rule has to protect him. But when a quarterback is scrambling, when he's running around, especially some of the guys we get in college football, I'm not sure I'm clear on, you know, exactly what that rule is. But that was a big play in the game, because if we don't have a penalty, then they probably are going to punt the ball or it's going to be fourth down and 15. But I'm not complaining about the call. I do have some questions about, you know, that situation.
REPORTER: Was there a point in the second half when you were coming back that you felt like you would get back in control of it?
COACH CARR: Well, I thought -- yeah. I mean, I never felt like we weren't going to win the game. I knew we needed -- I told them at half time, look, we need to get a couple of turnovers. We need to get the ball in good field position for our offense. I think the most -- probably the most disappointing thing offensively in the second half was after their -- I think their second turnover, maybe their third, we had to settle for a field goal. I mean, you know, if we could have knocked one in there, we'd tie the game up, so --
REPORTER: How tough was it, Troy Smith today, with all the weapons he had, to expect your team to defend all of those things?
COACH CARR: Well, we knew they were going to score some points, you know. When you're spread out -- and Pittman's a great back and Wells made a great run in there. Again, yeah, they're an outstanding football team and they're particularly an outstanding offensive football team because, you know, they do a good job protecting the quarterback and it's hard to get to him because of his mobility. And we did some very good things against them. But, you know, they do have -- you know, they had some other guys that -- Hall made a big play in there. He made a couple plays scrambling where we had decent field position and then let him out. That's what he does.
REPORTER: Did you see a difference between your defense in the second half and the first half?
COACH CARR: Oh, I thought they came out and competed really hard and, you know, I thought they did some good things. You know, it's just that that run in the second half was a big play. So -- because now we're down two scores again. I mean, we're in a position to do some things. But that's the way the game went, and so we went down and scored. I mean, we never stopped fighting.
REPORTER: Explain your thought process on not going for two points and deciding to kick the extra point when it was 35-31.
COACH CARR: Well, the chart said two, and I was happy to have them use a timeout. You know, we had a play call. They lined up, saw what we were in, and then called a timeout. And he was happy to have them use a timeout at that point. I just felt it was a little bit early. And I also knew that if they -- the odds are against you, you know. They're like 33 percent, are the statistics. And I just felt if we got five down and they kicked a field goal, now it's eight. And I'd rather get the sure thing to make it four. Now a field goal would make it seven. You know, so at the last minute -- and I think there's an interesting rule there, because we asked them to move the ball back to the middle of the field, because we had placed the ball on the left upright because we were going to go for two. And then when I changed my mind, we asked to move the ball back and they said you couldn't. And I think that's an error. I think we still had the right to move the ball back. But thank God Garrett made the kick. Because if he had missed the kick from there, it would have been a fun answering that question.
REPORTER: Coach, can you talk about how your team didn't quit fighting, you kept battling, and how proud you are of your kids?
COACH CARR: Well, I told them after the game. I said, I'm going to tell you the same thing I was going to tell you after we won, and I'm proud of you. I'm proud to be your coach and I'm proud of the way you fought.
REPORTER: How tough will it be to wait to find out where you're going to play, when you would have known and now you don't, really? How tough of a wait is that going to be?
COACH CARR: I have no idea. I guess we'll find out.
REPORTER: Do you think that, as special as this rivalry has been, do you think playing them again in the season will kind of diminish the uniqueness of this rivalry?
COACH CARR: I think, you know, the BCS is a system that we have that governs and that will take care of all that. I think it will be very interesting to see what transpires in the polls as we go forward here. But I don't care to speculate. I think, you know, it will be what it will be. And I know that it will be probably very controversial either way. So that's what we like.
REPORTER: Lloyd, I know that this game was real hard to play because of what happened with Bo. Was there part of it in some way that was almost -- it was good that you had a game to concentrate on instead of thinking about that? Maybe at this point, without the game, today in some -- tomorrow in some way may be a little harder because there isn't -- you know, you really do face his loss?
COACH CARR: You know, I want to be clear. We have no -- it would not be fair to Bo -- I'm a little mad at him because he didn't stay around for this game. But it wouldn't be fair to him to use that in any way, and we don't. And all I can say about him is I loved that man.
Nov 19, 2006 10:14 pm
First of all, last nights game was for the RIGHT to go to the championship game. Michigan is DONE, end of story. scUM had opportunities to win the game and they blew it! How many #2 ranked teams do the Bucks have to beat to win this thing? The Buckeyes gave them 10 points off of turnovers, something they had not done all year, and scUM still could not handle the Bucks. The thing that gets me, if there is a rematch, is that the Bucks go into the championship game 12-0, scUm 11-1. If, God above help me, scUM wins, we get only the Big 10 championship and they get the title with identical records? Not right, CANNOT HAPPEN! The Championship game is made for the CHAMPIONS of their
conferences, the elite. I don't care if scUM is sad because they weren't men enough to take care of business, they had their chance, and they failed. Even when the Buckeyes opened the door for them and made it interesting. The BCS needs to looks at this scenario and change the ruling on who is eligible to go to the dance. Conference CHAMPIONS
only! Hell scUM, don't be ball hogs, be men, admit you lost to the better team. Especially when you had chances to knock off the Bucks. Let some other team dream about beating the Buckeyes. Go to the Rose Bowl and be happy. You had your shot at the title, and you LOST! GO BUCKS!
And to Mr. Hart concerning the OSU defense. I would worry a little bit more about your own. Your defense went to The Tressel school of Coaching Excellence last night. All course studies Marked F for FAILURE. With subsequent marks of M meaning MORON!
Nov 18, 2006 10:56 pm
Why all the fuss about the late hit call. For crissakes, what about the phantom pass interference. The roughing the center. Those were actually bad calls and UM scored on them. The refs and OSU mistakes kept UM in the game. Not the effort of UM. Rematch? We'll smash UM again ... especially Hart.
Nov 18, 2006 10:53 pm
Did Mike Hart see the stats. Buckeyes will smash you in Glendale too. Chump!
Nov 18, 2006 10:39 pm
Dear Mike Hart: You're a classless fool. Bo would be ashamed of your comments. Our 'poor defense' gave up three less points than your defense - so who's D is better?
Nov 18, 2006 10:17 pm
AMEN to the comment above.... all we heard was how invincible Michigan's defense was, how they were going to wipe up the field with Troy.... and what did they have at the end, one sack? To hear Hart diss our D is a bit hard to swallow... no one was saying one word about our D all week... I guess they were good enough, Mike.
Nov 18, 2006 10:13 pm
Great game and great effort by both teams. Doesn't surprise me to hear Carr whining about the late hit call. The replays showed it was the correct call, without a doubt. And what about the sour grapes by Hart?
Nov 18, 2006 10:10 pm
It's certainly a rough time to lose a mentor and friend of such a high caliber and still play an amazing and historic game. Yet it's sad to see such an excellent effort and such an honor to the memory of Bo be marred by the poor sportsmanship of Mike Hart. Both teams have so much to be proud of- learn to hold your head up in light of your own accomplishments, young man.
Nov 18, 2006 09:56 pm
Lloyd Carr and his team have nothing to hang their heads about. They played well, capitalized on a bunch of OSU mistakes, and kept the game close. Kudos to them, especially in light of how they performed under the shadow of Schembechler's passing. It is funny, though, to hear players who insisted that The Game should decide who goes to Arizona now plead for another shot. That's why they call it a "one-game season," boys. Enjoy the Rose Bowl - you had a good season and deserve it. P.S. Memo to Michael Hart: There wasn't anything special about your defense, either.