Cincinnati-Miami (OH) Postgame Quotes

Oct. 1, 2011

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Miami vs. Cincinnati
Oct. 1, 2011 - Yager Stadium - Oxford, Ohio

Cincinnati Postgame Quotes

Cincinnati Head Coach Butch Jones

On the sloppy play in the first half:
“In 24-plus years of coaching, I don’t think I’ve had more stuff go the wrong way in one half of football. We had a great week of practice; our players were ready to play. They might have been a little too hyped to play this week. But players stepped up and made plays in the second half to lead this team to a victory, and that speaks volumes to our football team and the stability and leadership to persevere in the second half. We are proud of the character of our football team.”

On the feeling of the Miami-UC rivalry:
“I don’t think this ever stops being a big game. We have 10 alumni in our locker room crying, which is a great illustration to our younger players on how much this game means to a lot of people. I don’t ever see this game changing. We try to recruit the best of the best and it all comes down to the development of the players that you have.”

Quarterback Zach Collaros

On the excitement of this game:
“We were really amped up for this game and made a few mistakes early. We had a lot of focus on making sure that our senior class was able to graduate with four victories against Miami.”

Linebacker JK Schaffer

On the meaning of this game:
“It’s huge for me, especially being from Cincinnati and growing up and seeing this rivalry first hand. I’ve been to camps at both Miami and Cincinnati throughout high school. I also know a few guys on Miami’s team and to have bragging rights over them is always a great feeling. Also, for us seniors to be able to put each year on that bell on Cincinnati’s side is something that we are all proud of.”

Miami Head Coach Don Treadwell

On the game:
“It was certainly a game of two halves. I’m sure many of you who watched the game would agree that the score does not indicate how well we played at times. At some point, our team will collectively put two halves together, like the first half we played. We’re going to be a hard team to beat. Those are the painful lessons that you have at this juncture, but nonetheless lessons that we have to continue to grow from.”

“We’re still moving forward, we’ve played some very good football teams and our young men keep showing up. We will move past this one, this one always stings because it is a rivalry game. We’re just going to have to learn from it, put it behind us, and get ready for next week’s game.”

On the defense:
“I thought that we did, in particular on defense, step up and make some very, very key plays.”

On the offense:
“You have to be able to capitalize when the ball is on the two-yard line. There’s just no question about it. You have to almost will yourself to get into the end zone. You want to score touchdowns. To beat a Cincinnati team who is very good you have to come away with touchdowns. A couple times they really put us in the hole down there and that’s when you really need to make sure you get some first downs and get out of that end zone.”

Senior safety Anthony Kokal

On punting:
“It’s something that I always practice before the games, anyway. At Miami it’s something I’ve always done. In terms of in a game, I haven’t punted since my senior year in high school. One of our main focuses was to get the ball off quickly.”

Redshirt junior quarterback Zac Dysert

On the game:
“They pretty much did what we’ve seen them do all week on film. We just had a hard time picking it up and getting into a rhythm.”

Senior linebacker Ryan Kennedy

On Miami’s defense:
“They run a really good zone read system on offense and we just have to make sure we control the running back and the quarterback at all times. I think we did a really good job controlling the rushing game.”

On the physical size of Cincinnati’s offense:
“They were bigger, but I don’t think they really dominated by any means. The defensive line more than held their own. We did a good job moving our defensive front, filling gaps, putting on pressure, and trying to get vertical when they tried to control us.”