"Obviously, your goal is to prolong your season," interim coach Mike Locksley said. "We won't be able to extend our season with a bowl opportunity, but as I told the guys, this is the start for young players. I feel this is the nucleus or could be the nucleus for a team that would contend for a Big Ten championship and that they need to continue to prepare [and] give the effort of that type of team."
"With a healthy Corey Clement, it's going to be real important for us to be gap sound, doing a great job of team defense," Locksley said. "He's has the ability to make guys miss in the open field but yet also has the power to run through tackles."