Cincinnati at Pittsburgh Quotes

Oct. 20, 2007

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Cincinnati Quotes


Head Coach Brian Kelly

"What you saw out there today was a poorly coached football team and that stops and starts with me. We were poorly prepared and we didn't execute in any facet of our game. There were too many turnovers, too many penalties and you're going to lose to a team like Pitt when that happens. I hold myself accountable for the game today."


"I attribute two backs running for 100 yards to us playing awful football. Don't get me wrong, LeSean McCoy is heck of a back and LaRod Stephens-Howling played a great game. But at the end of the day, we were poorly prepared and executed at a very low level."

"Our football team did not play up to its capabilities today. That was a sloppy game by a poorly coached team. It stops and starts with me and I deserve all the criticism."


"There were a litany of things that went wrong today. Angelo Craig and Anthony Hoke not starting were just a very small part of that. Not having those two players on the field at the beginning of the game was just the tip of the iceberg in what occurred out there today."


"We worked with [punter] Kevin Huber all this week on being more consistent. It was something that was a concern after last week, where we realized it was getting to be a problem, so we focused on it hard in practice. It wasn't where we wanted it to be today, but really we didn't execute in any facet of our game."


"Last week, we talked about putting forth a great effort and just coming up short. When you lose two weeks in a row, it's time to stop talking about effort and time to start looking at your play."


Quarterback Ben Mauk

"We shot ourselves in the foot today with penalties for sure, but there were a lot of things that went wrong. There were a lot of missed reads and missed assignments throughout the game. Give Pitt credit, but we really hurt ourselves."


"To prepare for our next game we just have to get back to fundamentals. We're a much better team than we've shown the last two weeks and we have to get back and focus on what made us successful to start the season."


"I don't think the two losses take us out of the running for the Big East Championship at all. It's the kind of conference where any team can beat any other team on any given week. We need to not worry about anybody else and just make sure we take care of business."


"I don't think being ranked No. 15 affected us. We're focused on what we have to do as a team, and we know that being ranked doesn't mean you'll win games."


Linebacker Corey Smith

"I was stunned to learn that two of their backs rushed for 100 yards against us. Give credit to both of them, they're good backs, but we always feel like we have the capability to make plays and get stops. We just played sloppy football."


"This loss is devastating; it really hurts. After one loss, you go into practice, work extra hard then to come back and lose again makes it extra hard to swallow. You hate to fall short again, but it means you get back to working hard and looking deep within yourself to find some answers."