They said it: Indiana football players after Saturday’s 44-24 upset of Penn State

Safety Greg Heban
How significant is this win over Penn State for you and the team?
“Coach talked to us this week and the bye week about, even though we have never beaten Penn State in IU history, we can’t hype up this game any more than it needs to be. After the game we were really excited about the win, but we weren’t super shocked about it. We knew we were a good team. We knew they were a good team. I think we came out with the edge today.”

What was the difference in the defense getting stops and making so many big plays today?
“It all started with our D-line. They did a great job getting pressure on their O-line. They dominated the line of scrimmage, which was one of the key points we focused on this week. The linebackers plugged up the holes and fit the gaps. We kind of shut down their run game early and they resorted to their passing game.”

Wide receiver Cody Latimer, who had his third consecutive game with more than 100 yards receiving
Talk about Tre Roberson’s contributions, coming in the game and scoring points (two touchdowns, a two-point conversion) on his first three touches?
“That was great. It was what we needed. His touchdowns were huge momentum changes. He was three-for-three scoring touchdowns in the red zone.”

How significant is this win?
“It was great. We knew coming in that we had lost 16 straight games to Penn State. As a team, we wanted to go out there and win. But more importantly, we wanted to get our first Big Ten win.”

You made some big contributions on special teams, including recovering the football when they fumbled on a kickoff return. Do you like playing special teams?
“It’s fun, but it’s tiring going back and forth and back and forth. It’s great to know that I can make plays for my team on special teams.”

Quarterback Nate Sudfeld, who pass for 321 yards and two touchdowns
Talk about the significance of this win?
“Coach didn’t want us to focus on the history of this game. Coach always said, this 2013 Indiana team has never lost to this 2013 Penn State team and vice versa. It was us versus them this week. We weren’t really trying to put history into this game. We had a good mindset and game plan coming in. Guys came in and executed pretty well. It was fun to go out and win. I thought our defense played extremely well.”

Breakdown your touchdown pass to Kofi, what happened on that play?
“It was supposed to be a quick pass to the left but the linebacker got in the way of the throw. So I started to scramble. The O-line had a great pocket. I had all day to throw. Kofi and I kind just have a thing. We have a good feel for each other. He just took off to the back of the end zone and I just gave it up to him. He went out and made a great play.”

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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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