Post-Game Quotes

Oct. 6, 2012

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Illinois Head Coach Tim Beckman Postgame Quotes
Wisconsin vs. Illinois
Oct. 6, 2012
Camp Randall Stadium - Madison, Wis.

Opening statement:
"I was proud of the way we played the first half; we didn't come out what we needed to do in the second half. I know that this football team is hurt, there's no question about that. We just have to be able to respond when something doesn't occur the way that we want it to occur. It kind of snowballs on us, and we have to learn to react in a positive way and keep on fighting for four quarters."

On DB Terry Hawthorne's injury:
"Great news, a blessing, great news for Terry. The CT scan was negative and he will be on the flight back home with us. That's great news. I rushed to see him when he went down, because I saw that he was down. I think he came off the hash, we were running a blitz from the field, and he came off the hash and tried to make the play."

On his team's play in the first half:
"I thought the leadership for the first half was outstanding. We have to learn how to respond and respond in a positive way, instead of a negative way, and letting things snowball on us. That's what we are fighting to try to achieve. I think at times in the first half; there were some things that might not have occurred our way that we wanted it to occur. But we stepped up and kept on performing, and we haven't done that for four quarters in the last three football games."

On QB Nathan Scheelhaase:
"He's more healthy, there's no question about it. We've got to be more consistent on offense, that's a major key. I thought that Nathan was back to himself and playing at 100 percent."

On stopping Wisconsin RB Montee Ball:
"After you look at the end of the football game and the points that were giving up, I do think that for a half we played good up front, no question about it. We gave up some big ones there at the end of the football game."

On adjustments made at the half:
"We talked to them about playing the way that they were playing, because we were playing pretty good the first half. We had to make some adjustments on the offense to try to utilize our offense better. It comes down again to not responding to plays, and that's what we've got to do. We've got to learn how to respond, if it's not a good play like a shanked punt or something like that scenario, we've got to react in a positive way instead of letting it hurt us for the remainder of the game."