He said it: Indiana football coach Kevin Wilson after Saturday’s 44-24 win over Penn State

KEVIN WILSON: “I’m proud of our guys and I’m happy for them. I’m happy for the people who stuck with us and for us to get a good win. We played really good in a lot of phases. We didn’t start great on offense and didn’t particularly run the ball well, but once things started to get in rhythm and we got our passing game set up, we played well.

“Defensively it was pretty competitive. PSU made some plays on us, but for the most part we made them work for everything they got. Our kicking was solid as well. We had some good preparation coming in and I was excited to see if our guys would go out and play hard. They made me proud just by the way they played and attacked today.”

On Indiana’s first ever win against Penn State in football:

WILSON: “I have a lot of respect for Coach O’Brian and what he’s done with their program. That team is still very talented, even though they’ve had some issues with depth. He’s done a great job leading and managing that team and it’s a very prideful group. We knew coming in that defensively they were not going to give you much. They make you earn what you get.

“Offensively they’ve always thrown the ball well. I really enjoy watching their offense and how they attack and what coach does with his players. We have got to win games like this and we are a good enough team to do that. We didn’t play perfect, but we did play good. Next weekend we will have another opportunity to go do something that’s never been done before because this team has never beaten the team that we are about to go play. We don’t try to get wrapped up in it. I think our guys are best if we just keep things simple and work day-by-day, going over what we need to do short term and not look at the big picture. That being said, we have to win games like this. We are trying to build a program that is competitive in this league. Penn State is one of the dominant programs in the Big Ten and they are one of the standards you want to set your team to, so it was nice to go toe-to-toe with them today and come away with the win.”

On the defense only giving up 70 rushing yards:
WILSON: “I think we were a lot better in our communication. The way we practiced and the way we prepared, we wanted to give our kids the chance to line up and be cleaner and more fundamentally sound. We played a lot better team defense with the linemen being where they were supposed to and the linebackers and safeties fitting appropriately. They played very hard and very clean compared to the past.”

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About Randy Beard

Randy Beard has been at the Courier & Press since 2007 and became the sports editor in 2012. He has previously been a sports editor at the Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail and the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat. He began his professional sports journalist career in 1976 and has spent his career primarily covering college sports in the ACC, SEC and Big Ten. He's also covered the NFL, the original North American Soccer League and professional tennis and golf. He's covered two Super Bowls, three college football national championship games, dozens of NCAA basketball tournament games, an Olympics, a World Cup and once hung out with soccer legend George Best for two days and sat in a golf cart with Jan Stephenson.

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