Sept. 20, 2008
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2008 CINCINNATI FOOTBALL POSTGAME QUOTES
Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati - 09/20/08
Nippert Stadium - Cincinnati, Ohio
Head Coach Brian Kelly
"Great victory for the University of Cincinnati. Hats off for Miami and Shane Montgomery. I thought their kids played great tonight. They gave us everything we could handle. It was a good win for us. When you have a rivalry game and two teams with close proximity, it is an opportunity for them to knock off a BCS opponent. We have to come ready to play, and I think we had to do things to match it."
On Being Fired Up
"You have been around me before. At the end of the day, it is on my watch how we play. There were times we didn't have the necessary fire. It is my job to make sure it gets passed along to the troops. We had to meet and exceed the intensity of the ball game. I was making sure our troops knew that they had to do that or they would get beat. I thought we did a great job offensively to control the game. There were a lot of positives that I could take from the game."
On Tony Pike's Performance
"No, I just didn't know. I have said all week he has the tools. He was very well prepared. He did the things he does in practice. I think he played a very good football game. He is a very experienced football player. I didn't expect him to come in there mocking around. I wanted to see him play, but I knew he was very well prepared."
"I feel good about what we are doing offensively. We aren't there defensively. To lose our starter, and our second guy to go 20-for-24 in his first real start, I feel really good about that."
On Defense's Reaction
"The interception was huge. I wasn't that pleased with our play in the first half. We couldn't get off the field in certain situations. The penalties drove me crazy, and we talked about that at halftime. Second half we were penalty free. We did some better things defensively. We have to come down with the football more and we have to get better. It is a long season, but as I have said from day one, we have to be better in November."
On Kickers and Rogers' Performance
"Everybody stunk on Wednesday. Thursday it came down to who was more consistent. I think when we talked on Wednesday we were 1-of-6. There were no front runners. Jake showed he was better on Thursday. I think Jake has been working on it. We saw the signs earlier in the week. Just in the preparation and the pre-practice. He wasn't joking around in practice. He had an opportunity on Thursday to practice, and he is maturing and growing up. It is about time because we need him."
"On Thursday, for the first time this year when we went to our NASCAR (when we run our field goal team out on the field), he had not made one since I have been here. He hasn't made those rushed field goals. And he made them. He made two of them in a row. That was the margin. He had made some significant progress mentally. He isn't there yet, but he is starting to deal with it a whole lot better. He found a comfort zone today."
"It's a concern of mine. When we brought some pressure, we aren't getting the kind of push that we need. We need to search for it. It is an area we have to work on. I think there are something we can do to help. We will keep on searching until we can find that pressure."
Tony Pike, Jr., QB
"Definitely. More of the work was done during the week. Kelly gave us a couple of days off. After the loss, we really wanted to get focused. I was a little nervous leading up to it, but once you get back up there and things start flowing, it's like any other game."
On Not Missing
"I was able to sit back there and be able to make throws. Our line did a great job, and our backs were getting five yards a carry. I was reading reads and letting the receivers do it."
"Coming out of Oklahoma we saw they were a fast-tempo team. We made a few adjustments and quickened our tempo. It enabled us to get better reads on the defense. It kept us in a rhythm with the blocking we had and the running."
Mood In Locker Room
"Anytime you come out against a team and get a win, you are always excited. After the Oklahoma game, we felt bad after Dustin (Grutza) but it was time to get back to work. We had to keep going. It was able to help us."
"It was huge. We had talked at halftime how we had to cut down on penalties. At the same time, we were back on our heels a little bit. The momentum had swung, but I think we held on to it."
On Rogers' Performance
"It's hard not to have confidence in Jake, but he lights up in practice. He doesn't miss in practice. I think it was something he had to get over. It means a lot for him to get back on track."
John Goebel, RB, So.
On Tony Pike's Performance
"Coming from the team's standpoint, all the QBs get a lot of reps during practice. We weren't surprised. We see Tony every day out there. 35,000 people don't see him every day, but we do. We see him doing the same thing he did. Losing Dustin (Grutza) was hard because he is a great guy, mature, and leader, but we didn't feel like we took a step back. The tempo is different in the game, but our practice is pretty fast. We practice against a pretty tough defense and our scout team is pretty good. Miami is a good team, but I don't think our team was worried with Tony out there."
On Getting Momentum Back
"Our team really needs to get momentum. In college football, it has to do with momentum. After they scored, we had to get it back. After he went 6-for-6, I was really tired while I was out there. Once we got that score, we got it back."
On Running Backs Performance
"Jake and I are roommates on the road, so we have been talking before the game. We wanted to bust out. We are both confident in ourselves and in each other, but we need to show that to our coaches and our team. We wanted to go out there and give it our all. The offensive line really gave it their all."
On the Fumble
"It was probably my fault. Sometimes when you see a cut, you get excited and I think I ran before I got the ball. I knew I messed up."
Miami (Ohio) Head Coach Shane Montgomery
"For the fourth game in a row, we just dug ourselves a hole again to start the game. We get a perfect sky kick to start the game and we missed a couple tackles and instead of getting him down inside the 30 or 35 they got the ball deep in our territory. We can't continue to put ourselves in a hole like that and getting down 10-0 early. They did a good job of stopping us down there and making us kick a field goal. We got to push it in at that time to get it to 10-7. You know I really was proud of the way our guys hung in there, we got a big field goal right before the half. I think we had the ball the entire third quarter. We went down and scored we got the onside kick and then, you know, really, I thought Daniel played a pretty good game, he had one big mistake, and it was a big one. You make all those plays but you have one mental or physical break down and it was a big play. Instead of having all the momentum and maybe taking the lead or at least getting a field goal to cut it to one you know they get an 11 point lead plus they got all the momentum."
On what happened with the interception...
"It was a conversion route I'm not sure if he say it clear, I don't know I have to look at the film and see exactly what happened but he forced the ball into a coverage he shouldn't have thrown it to. We called a route that wasn't good for that coverage but we just got to throw it away. I think we had second and seven, we just got to throw it away and get third and seven and see what happens."
What did you say to him after the pick?
"I told him he better keep his head up. We got a lot of football left. We still had almost a quarter in a half we were down two scores, I felt like we were moving the ball. I just told him to stay in there, we're going to move the ball, and we're going to have to score twice now. You know again, I like the way he competed tonight. He had a lot of pressure on him, that's a very good defense. That's one of the top if not the top defenses we'll face all year. They got 9 seniors; they have a lot of starters back. They put a lot of pressure on us but I thought we did some good things I thought we made some plays tonight. We've got to continue to get better offensively. I think we could be a decent offense if we continue to get a little bit more consistent. Defensively we had a bad night. We did not force them t punt one time I don't think. I think the only time we stopped them other than the last time was the one fumble they had. We just have to slow people down. We didn't do a good job tonight on third downs. We missed a lot of tackles and weren't very good at assignment blocks. We got a long ways to go, I think that as we have an open week I think we have a lot to work on this week but I think we could be a pretty good football team. We have not played anywhere near as well as we're capable of playing, and we cannot wait any longer. We need to get playing well by the time we play Temple in two weeks."
Can you attribute anything to all of these slow starts?
"No, I wish I could. We changed some things at practice, tried to get a little bit more up-tempo. I don't know, we need to keep looking. It's been four different things every week. We can't continue to do that cause this league is wide open. I think if you saw today a lot of the scores, there's a lot of good football teams in the MAC. We cannot afford to get behind like that anybody, let alone a good football team."
On not getting to Tony Pike...
"We didn't put any pressure on him, we didn't make any plays. We had a chance to make some negative plays and we didn't. We missed him in the pocket a number of times. They're very skilled; they got a lot of skill. They got a couple of the best receivers we'll play all year. They've got a very veteran offensive line in front of him. It looked like they protected him pretty well. We just didn't get to him at all and put any pressure on him"
Comments about the onside kick...
"We hadn't stopped them and I felt like we had some momentum. We decided to take a chance and actually they were looking for it and actually they had a guy there and he just missed the ball. We decided to take a chance and it worked, but we didn't take advantage of it. We got a couple first downs but we had the big turnover. We felt like that we'd get the momentum there and score. Even if you get the field goal there its 24-23 and you got a chance, cause it was 24-2 at that point. We just didn't take advantage of the opportunity we had."
Concerns about his defense...
"Well it's going to be a concern. We watch this film, we got a number of players that aren't playing as well as they should be. You know, we had a stretch last year of a couple games , Cincinnati and Colorado, where we didn't play very well and we re-grouped and played really well once we got in the MAC. Hopefully that happens again. But we have not played very consistent on defense. It'll be hard for us to win if we don't play better than we did today. And we've got to help them offensively. We've got to control the ball a little bit more; we've got to score some more points. We got to do a better of complimenting each other. We're not complimenting each other right now. Last week when we came back and won we complimented each other. We controlled the ball, we got a couple big turnovers and put the game away. We're just not complimenting each other right now. We need to have a great two weeks of practice. We've got to play much better."