Cincinnati-USF Postgame Quotes

Oct. 16, 2009

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UC Post Game Quotes

Cincinnati Head Coach Brian Kelly

On not missing a beat with Zach Collaros It is obviously disappointing to lose Tony [Pike]. Again, Zach Collaros came in and he did what we asked him to, except for one time. He tried to do too much and got an interception. That changed the momentum a little bit, but he is a gamer. He is a competitive. He is athletic. We did what we had to do with Zach in the game. That was obviously to run him and to control the clock and play good defense and get out of here with a win.

On Tony Pike's injury We are going to get a specialist to look at it. The plate that is in there has shifted. So, we don't know exactly what that means until he gets seen by a specialist tomorrow. It may mean surgery. It may not mean surgery. It is really going to be a situation where we will probably have good information tomorrow. I would say that definitely, he is going to be out for a little while.

On having to change the offense on the fly Well, you are reaching back and doing some things. I don't want to bore you with the details, but I have been down this road before. We had some things that were prepared for the worst case scenario. We got it again today in an environment that you don't want to have to do that. Again, we played good defense. We were solid in all phases that allowed us to get a really good win against a really good [team]. That is the best defense thaat I have seen in a long time.

Cincinnati QB Zach Collaros

On what he was thinking when Tony Pike went down "I didn't even see Tony [Pike] go down. I was sitting there looking at coverage on the sideline. Coach put me in for a play, but I didn't think it was going to last. We came in the locker room, and he said to be ready. I was just thinking, go through my reads and take care of the ball and we should come out on top.

On the 75-yard touchdown I actually didn't see the signal [the play before], so we had to call timeout. We got the plan, and Jake Ramsey and the offensive line opened a big hole. Jake Ramsey crushed the linebacker. I just cut off of his butt, and I guess I split two, and just tried not to get caught.

On having the open field to run on the touchdown It was a good feeling, but I got tired around the 10-yard line. It was a great feeling, but I just didn't want to get caught.

Cincinnati Safety Aaron Webster

On how the interception affected the game I think it had a little affect on the game. Overall, the whole defense played a good game, and that picked up the offense for the game. With the defense, we did our job and we helped the offense do their job.

USF Head Coach Jim Leavitt

The first half, we weren't really playing. The mistakes with a couple of penalties - I think one drive had two penalties. We made a few mistakes here and there, missed a field goal, but we battled so well using the clock extremely well at the end of the first half. And then Schwartz hit a 49-yard field goal and made it 17 to 10, I thought we had some momentum.

I felt good about things. I thought we'd come and play great in the second half and win the ball game. Obviously, I was wrong. Cincinnati out-played us in the second half, that's all there is to it. Too many mistakes, you can't make that many mistakes and win a football game, especially a football team that's a good football team.

Some penalties here and there - we didn't stop the running game up inside. You know that, you gotta be able to stop the running game up inside or you're not going to have much success. That was the biggest problem on defense. We had the pass interference call, we thought we'd be off the field. I'm sure it's a great call, I can't tell until I see film, but I'm sure it's a great call.

They had third down and completed a lot of third down plays, a lot of them. We couldn't get off the field, and that's credit to them and not to us. B.J. forced the ball a little bit, but he's a young guy. He's trying and he worked hard, and I thought they did a good job scheming defensively. We didn't have the answers, but we are trying a little bit there.

I thought our offensive line did a pretty good job protection wise. And until you see film, you hear different things during the course of the game, but you don't really know until you see the film. You can't - we turned the ball over too many times. Did we get two turnovers? I think we got two, or just one, just one. So you know they won the turnover battle.

Delbert had a couple really good punts, a couple of them were not as good. I knew field position was going to be a really big thing. Your last few questions about the field goal. The reason I didn't go for the field goal the first time was 4th and 3. It was into the wind, and I didn't want to hit a 50-yard field goal into the wind. And that was why I didn't do it. Fourth and 3, I thought we could get it.

The reason I went with Delbert the second time is that we had been working and Delbert has been hitting long field goals in practice, and we made a decision. Any 50-yard field goal or longer we would let Delbert hit it, and Delbert missed it and missed it poorly. And so that changes things for me. Schwartz went in there and hit a 49-yarder, so you know you would have to go with Schwartz, you would think right now until he just doesn't get it done, whether it be long or short. But that was the reason behind that.

Again I thought we used the clock extremely well. I was trying to work those timeouts and how to do it and you gotta be careful because their offense is explosive. But we just didn't play good enough and that's all there is to it. Am I disappointed? Yeah, I thought we'd play better now. I can't imagine us being - I thought we were ready to play. I don't think you can say we weren't ready to play, because we came out playing with some energy. And halftime 17 to 10, I really felt pretty good. We were getting the ball in third quarter right away.

And we had our chances, but we just didn't take all of them. It's just like anything, you gotta have a short memory, and it's always difficult when you lose. When you win you wanna have a short memory and move onto the next game, and when you lose you gotta be able to do the same. So we will look at the film tomorrow and make some corrections to see if we can get things back on board.