Oct. 8, 2011
#19 Illinois 41, Indiana 20
Memorial Stadium // Oct. 8, 2011 // Attendance: 41,665
Illinois Head Coach Ron Zook Quotes
"We say it all the time, on any given Saturday, anybody can beat anybody in this league. Obviously, Kevin (Wilson)'s doing a great job, their staff's doing a great job and they're getting better and better. If you watched their games, they've gotten better every week and they're going to win some games. I really think they've done a good job. We did the things we had to do to win and as I told our guys, we just need to continue to improve and get better. "
"Games are hard to win. I know a lot of times people don't understand that, but they're hard to win and when you get into the Big Ten, they're harder, and when you get on the road, they're even harder. I'm happy for our guys. They came out and, even though at times in the third quarter it looked like we were in control, you can't take your foot off the gas pedal. As I told them, we're a good team, but for us to be a great team, you've got to do a lot more."
On going down 10-0 early:
"Our guys don't worry about that stuff. They just keep playing and keep doing the things the coaches coach them to do. I think our coaches did a great job. Defensively, they did a great job. There were a couple of times in there where the defense had their backs against the wall. We went in there inside the five-yard-line and held them to a field goal. That's good ball right there. But that's what it takes to be a great football team. I think you have to have all three phases and we've got to get all three phases hitting on all cylinders and playing at the same time."
On IU returning opening kickoff for touchdown:
"Number one was the kickoff. Line drive. You can't kick like that and we'll get that fixed. We had a couple guys that didn't get where they have to get."
On Whitney Mercilus:
"He's doing exactly what we thought he was going to do. Like I said earlier in the year, you guys are worrying about who we lost, Whitney was our best defensive end at the end of the year last year and he's continued to improve and get better. He didn't have quite as good of a game as he did last week, but everyone around him played, but once again, he continued to play. I think it's important to him. I think when you get guys where it's important to them, it's important for them to be successful, they listen to the coaching. The one thing I've been asked a couple of times, how I compare this team to the 2007 team and if there is one comparison, I think it's that the guys are letting the coaches coach them."