Cincinnati-Miami (Ohio) Postgame Quotes|
Oct. 6, 2012
UC Head Coach Butch Jones
"First of all, obviously, a very good win for our program. I'd like to congratulate our seniors. We understand what this rivalry is all about. The first half, we didn't play Cincinnati football; we left too many plays out there. We didn't play pitch and catch, had too many opportunities, too many penalties and that is not in our formula for winning. We attribute a lot of that to Miami. I thought the second half, we came out and made some good halftime adjustments and the players just executed. We had some big splash plays with the kickoff return to start the second half that really got the momentum going. I though our defense was opportunistic all night. We have to do a better job at generating turnovers and turning them into touchdowns and field goals. It was a gritty win. I though our players grinded through and we knew it was going to be like this and we made the plays that we obviously needed to. The second half, we become a completely different football team. We executed and that was great to see."
On George Winn's long run sparking the offense
On Miami's strong start
On how much of Munchie's development is about bouncing back
On something that had been working between Munchie and his receivers
Munchie Legaux, #4, QB
On his Mechanics in the first half
"The second half, I just calmed down and trusted my mechanics. The first half had nothing to do with Mechanics. It was just overthrown balls. I just had to go back to playing pitch and catch."
"Both, worked on different things this week. This week in practice those guys did a great job of just getting open and reading the coverage."
On some of his throws in the first half he missed
"The ball was just getting away from me. A lot of it was the ball just getting away from me. Me and my receivers have to do a better job of getting our timing together. I would just say timing. "
On the running game in the second half
"In the second half, we took a deep breath. At halftime they told us to just come out and have a better half. We did a great job staying calm and playing pitch and catch."
On responding to adversity in the second half
"You can't come out in the second half with the first half on your mind. You can't get those throws back. You have to move on and just continue to play football. You know, and that's what I did. Going into halftime, I knew I had some bad throws that were on my mind, but a lot of my guys came up and told me, it's okay, just continue to throw the ball."
Camerron Cheatham, #21, DB
On if he outran the guy using his track speed from his high school days
"Yeah, yeah, I still got a little bit of that in me. "
On if he was sitting on the pick six
It was something that just happened. It wasn't necessarily something that I was sitting on. We were in a great call, Coach Jones put me in the perfect place, I just had to make the play. It was the defense that everybody held on their position which allowed me to make the play. Great call, great play."
George Winn, #32, RB
About the defense picking the offense up at times
"Defense played tremendous tonight. We had a pick by Cam for a touchdown, another pick by Blair. They really helped us out, when we were struggling. "
Maalik Bomar, #4, LB
On if that game helped your confidence
"Growing that every game, helps of course. This game if behind us now and all we can do is look forward. When twelve o clock hits, the celebration is over. This definitely helps us out The little things in detail. Communication, schemes, all that helps. We are definitely clicking."
On what he told the defense after Miami's first touchdown drive
"Do not disrespect or take anyone lightly. We knew there were going to be some points put on the board by them. At the end of the day its about who is going to keep going and who is going to kick it in first. We definitely didn't feel that at all and I am proud of my defense for that.
Danny Milligan, #83, WR
On if he had any celebration planned for when you scored?
"Coach Jones is very strict. Chin the ball, hand it to the ref and celebrate with your teammates. I have never really been a flashy guy. I just give the ball to the ref and find the o-linemen because nothing happens without them. I think there were a few things in my mind since Freshman year I was planning to do, but I think they eventually said, no, cant do that, just go celebrate."
On how Munchie is getting better
"He is starting to relax and is starting to get composure. You know, all the things you see in a great quarterback. He has a lot to learn, but he really controls the offense. He demands respect and deserves respect. As much as I love the guy, I think playing on the hurt ankle, I couldn't love him more now. He is so good, and has come a long way, and I am very excited to see the future
Miami (Ohio) Head Coach Don Treadwell
On Cincinnati's defense:
On wide receiver's Nick Harwell's return from a leg injury:
On moving on following tonight's loss:
On the mindset following halftime: