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Big Ten - Coaches Quick Hits

Crazy stats from in Michigan’s 42-35 win over Indiana: Indiana racked up 568 yards and possessed the football for 41:17. The Hoosiers rans 98 plays to Michigan’s 45 and IU totaled 35 first-downs to Michigan’s 20 first-downs.

Rich Rod’s response: “Wow, stats are interesting, huh. I don't like seeing that. We certainly know we have to play a lot better. But guys kept their poise and made a play when we had to at the end.”

Pat Fitzgerald pumped about his quarterback Dan Persa: "He is one of the best players in the country in my opinion. The guy makes plays. He is tough. He executes our offense. He gets battered around and gets right back up. He throws a pick, flushes it and comes back. He fumbles a ball, flushes it and comes back. At halftime he just talked to the guys about settling down, refocusing, and coming out and winning this football game. That is Dan Persa as a leader. That was before any of the coaches got into the locker room. I walked in and heard him and I could not have been more proud of him. He is one heck of a football player and I am glad he is on our side."

“We had overcome a lot of self-inflicted wounds: turnovers in the red zone and giving up big plays from a lack of discipline and focus in our eyes on defense.”

“Arguably, outside of the extra point that we did not get, I thought this may have been one of our better special team performances of the year. I thought we controlled the field position and it gave us an opportunity to make them play on a long field."

Ron Zook pleased with improvement despite 24-13 loss to Ohio State: "I think with 1:40 to go we had a chance to win the game. I think we made improvement. Not only are we playing better, but we have more and more confidence to be a good football team. I think we're a better team right now."

Quoting Illinois defensive coordinator Vic Koenning: ''We need to learn to finish these dadgum things off. We need to have the character and the discipline and the belief to get it done when it counts. That's part of my job as a coach.''

Michigan State acting head coach Don Treadwell thanks students: "Our student section was phenomenal today, so I want to tip my hat to those guys. Certainly our young men on the field feed off the energy that everyone supplies in the stands, but I know that they really wanted us to mention that the student section was really kind of needed in what they brought to the game."

(Dantonio was texting DC Pat Narduzzi throughout the game) “Oh, I don't know how much I had but I think at times some of the assistants potentially had some contact with him. I don't know if it was amidst in times of a series or at halftime, I don't know all those particulars. He was involved as much as he could be, absolutely.”

(on Dantonio) "This is such a special week that I'm going to allow our boss, coach (Mark) Dantonio, to take the lead on every question about this upcoming game."

Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema give credit to Michigan State: “At halftime when we were down by 10, I told our guys "hey, you're down by 10 and you didn't play good football whatsoever". But, bottom-line it was just great execution on MSU's part.”

Kirk Ferentz pumped about goal line stand in 24-7 win over Penn State: “We’ve come up with some goal-line stands in recent years, but it was good to see this group do the same again because we’re not the same cast of characters. I can’t say enough about our defense. They’ve played well all season long and they were tough to move the ball on tonight.”

Joe Paterno says Iowa’s loss to Arizona was a fluke: “They’re a good, solid football team. They hustle. They’re well coached. You have to beat them, they don’t beat themselves. The Arizona game was a fluke for them. They’re about what I expected.”