Cincinnati-Houston Postgame Quotes

GOBEARCATSDOTCOM
GOBEARCATSDOTCOM

GOBEARCATSDOTCOM
Football |

Nov. 23, 2013

Recap |  Final Stats |  Notes |  USATSI Gallery 

CINCINNATI 24, HOUSTON 17
NOV. 23, 2013
BBVA COMPASS STADIUM
POSTGAME QUOTES

CINCINNATI HEAD COACH Tommy Tuberville

Opening statement
“Unfortunately the holding penalties just killed us, but we played consistent on both sides of the play. Our defense really played well. Our offense actually gave up two touchdowns and shouldn’t have been a game winning with our field goal kicker. One of those deals we just can’t seem to put anybody away, but I’m proud of the whole team. They battled and they battled hard. We didn’t play as well as we did in the last few games. These field conditions absolutely were awful. That’s the worst I’ve ever been around, but it wasn’t Houston’s fault. It’s one of those deals where we had to have a place to play. When you get one of those and a field that’s not made for football then you’re going to have problems. I was impressed with Houston. Tony and his coaches did a good job. David Gibbs did a great job. Our short passing game made us throw the ball deep and we made some connections. We are an experienced team; we probably should’ve won this game just because we had a more consistent offense in terms of running and throwing. I’m just proud of all the players. It’s hard to win the on the road. That gives us six straight and now that sets up a big showdown in Nippert Stadium in about 12 days.” 

On weather affecting the game plan
“We thought about it, we came here, we looked out on the field, we sat around for about 10 minutes talking as a staff which we always do, just comparing notes of what we think we can do and basically about two minutes before we came out we said, ‘let’s stick with it. Let’s stick with what we’ve got. Let’s let these players know we believe in them. We’re going to throw the ball, we’re going to go fast, we’re not going to be conservative,’ it worked for us. When you have a quarterback like Brendon Kay, who played hurt, been playing hurt, throws for 400 yards, it was fun. It was fun to watch him.  He executed and made some plays. The holding calls hurt us. It’s just unfortunate that we let the officials get involved, but you know, that’s the way it is. On the road you’ve got to go, you’ve got to play hard and you’ve got to play consistent, and you’ve got to play without mistakes. We played with too many mistakes and had a couple of bad turnovers—two for touchdowns.” 

On defensive stops
“It’s huge. I asked Tony after the game, ‘you put no. one in?’ and he did. He gave them some spark. He made a big third down throw. Those kinds of quarterbacks give you a problem and we’re just fortunate we were able to make that third down stop, make that fourth down stop, and make them kick that field goal. They have a good football team. They make a lot of plays, they put a lot of pressure on you, so we’re fortunate to come in here late in the season after playing so many tough games the last few weeks.”

On assessing this win on the national front
“Of course we need to move up. Of course, Central Florida is going to have to lose a game and if they do and both us and Louisville move up and we should be in the top 25 this week then the winner of our game would have an opportunity to play in the BCS, but UCF they’re playing awfully well. We can’t control that. One thing we’ve got, 9-2, we’ll move up in rankings. It doesn’t make any difference. We have our rival coming into town. It’ll be a dogfight, so we’re looking forward to it. It should be a great game.” 

On what a six-game winning streak means
“It means a lot for a group of guys, we struggled early, we didn’t have an identity until about the fifth game of the year and we’ve really played well. We’ve been a good football team for about the past five or six weeks. We’ve made some mistakes, but we’ve been good enough to overcome those mistakes. We’ve gotten better at almost every position. Our kicking game has lacked obviously with our field goals, but it’s been pretty impressive what this team has done. Two road wins back-to-back and playing as well as we played.”

CINCINNATI SENIOR QB Brendon Kay

On today’s game
“I think the offense needs to get better in a lot of areas but I think we executed the game plan, made a lot of adjustments to what they were doing, they showed us a lot of different looks. I’m just proud of our O-line and receivers around me for going out there and making plays.”

On the team’s play in the weather condition
“The field is in terrible condition, weather wasn’t ideal but I think we did a good job of regrouping when things went bad I definitely got to improve on those things. Overall we did a good job of just coming back from those downfalls.”

On missed field goal on last possession
“That would have put it out of reach for sure. It was tough but Tony will bounce back, I got trust in him. He will be out there working the whole next week and he’ll be ready to go.”

On six game win streak
“It will all take care of itself. We are going to go out there and we’re going to keep winning ball games, like I’ve said the last few weeks, as long as we keep getting better, which we got better in a lot of areas today, we just have to improve on the turnovers and stuff and a lot of that is on me. I think we are going to keep climbing we just need a little help from UCF to take of that and we have to care of business against Louisville.”

CINCINNATI SOPHOMORE DEFENSIVE END Silverberry Mouhon

On defensive play
“Our coach trusts a lot in the defense and we were going to be the determining outcome in this game and our defense really stepped up a lot from the interior guys to the exterior guys. All of us really stepped upped, the back end guys really stepped up late and made plays. We all count on each other to make plays for each other, that’s how we won this game.” 

On Houston’s early momentum
“We just tried to take it one play at a time. We’re focused on that one play; everything else would take care of itself. We weren’t trying to worry about what was going to happen, what formation and all of that stuff. We are focused on one play at a time, take care of what we have to take care of, take care of our responsibilities and everything else is going to handle itself.”

On weather conditions
“We like it a lot because it is cold at Cincinnati so it is like a home game for us so it is like being at home so it didn’t affect us at all, not one bit.”

On troubles during the game
“A couple of times, you know, you have to get used to it you have to be ready to play in any kind of weather like our coach stressed whether it’s raining, hailing, sleeting whatever outside we have to be ready to play." 

On potential to be in the top 25
“With the rankings, we’ll let that take care of itself. We always be considered underdogs so that is what we are going to see ourselves so we keep pushing like we are underdogs, keep playing hard no matter who thinks what about us, we are always ready to push hard and make plays, just take care of each other and of that first.”

HOUSTON HEAD COACH TONY LEVINE
Opening Statement

“First thing I’d like to do is thank the fans, and the alumni, and the students who came out today. I know it was cold and raining off and on the entire morning. I know 11 a.m. kickoffs can be hard for families who have activities with their children. I thought we had a great crowd, and I certainly want to thank them. I appreciate them coming out, and supporting us today.”

“I just told our student-athletes that when you play a really good football program, and I believe we are a good football program. When you make mistakes it’s hard to win football games. You don’t give yourself as much of an opportunity to be successful. That starts with me, I made mistakes. Our coaches made mistakes, our trainers, managers, everybody made mistakes today, and our student-athletes did as well. We’ll learn from this video and get it corrected. We have a talented SMU team coming in here on Friday for our last regular season game. I certainly don’t want to take anything away from coach (Tommy) Tuberville, and his program. Brendon Kay is certainly one of the top quarterbacks in the country as a sixth year senior. They have very talented skill guys, I thought their defensive line, and offensive line did an excellent job. There’s a number of reasons at this point of the season they are 9-2, and again I’m proud of our effort. Our student-athletes played extremely hard when our defensive was on the field for 37 minutes against a talented well-coached Cincinnati offense. At the end of the day too many mistakes by everybody in our program to beat a team of that caliber.”

On the final play of the game
“It’s a mistake we can’t make. Its part of the learning process that type of situation with no timeouts, we have to throw the ball beyond the first down yardage too get to a first down. If we throw it short we have to be certain we get a first down, and or get out of bounds. With no timeouts, and ten seconds on the clock we have to throw the ball past the first down marker. With the rule this year if there is three seconds or more on the clock you can kill it. If there’s two or less then you have to run a play. We had that already communicated, but again it’s a smart play by them when they tackle the guy to just lay on him until the clock runs out.”

On Greg Ward playing then bringing in John O’Korn for the final drive
“When we split the reps in practice, particularly the last two weeks with Greg rotating in practice at quarterback, and receiver we felt like John gave us the better chance in that situation.” 

On looking for a spark when going with Greg Ward
“Yes those were my exact words. I felt like putting Greg into the game it did give us that spark offensively.”

On what defenses have been doing to limiting the offensive production
“In no particular order we have played three really good defenses in the last three games. Some situations have been different. I talked about losing Deontay (Greenberry) in the Louisville game. We had some execution things that didn’t go as we would have liked. Their defensive line played really well. It’s a combination of things. You saw Deontay out there hobbling around still wanting to play today. We’ll certainly evaluate what we did offensively, and look at a talented team in SMU.”

On Zach McMillian playing safety today
“Zach has played some safety in certain situations this season. In our nickel package, and it’s something he’s done. Again based on how much we anticipate them throwing the football, and how much we use the nickel. It’s something we’ve done this season. I want to say in three or four games up to this point we had. That was a big part of our game plan today.”

On the fumbles today changing momentum
“I agree with that football is a game of momentum. The first one was an execution error that we had. We’ve done a great job all season of taking care of the football on offense. That is uncharacteristic of what we’ve been doing. Sometimes as a coach you can’t live with a turnover, but you can live with a great hit by a defender or a diving interception by a defensive back. When you have an execution error to hand them the football at the start of the game. We wanted to start fast run down the field, and get confidence go in field goal range and take the lead. In essence not just hand them the ball. It was a big play in the game, and it changed momentum.”

On the status of Deontay Greenberry
“Well someone rolled up on his lower leg during the game today. I don’t want to talk about the field conditions, because Cincinnati played on the same field we did. When you have one of the top receivers in the nation, and he was playing through some plain, and I told him if you can’t go, you can’t go. He told me he was fine, and he kept going. When you have a guy who runs a 4.4 (second) 40, and he is out there running a 5.4 battling through stiffness in his leg it certainly affects him, and the timing of the routes. It also tells you about the competitive nature of our student-athletes. We’ve seen guys like that all season. I do want to say if a young man is injured we do not play him. Deontay said he was fine, he was running around, and caught some key balls at the end. Going back the original question of does it affect him? Yes it does.” 

On the play of Cincinnati’s Brendon Kay
“Brendon Kay is experienced enough, and certainly talented enough to spread the ball. He throws the ball around really really well. For (Shaq) Washington and (Anthony) McClung to have those type of numbers whether it was by design or those guys continued to make plays in their passing game. I do feel Brendon does a nice job on video and today of going through his primary reads to his secondary, and sometimes his third read. I did feel like in the first half we gave up some big plays in the secondary with him throwing the ball downfield.” 

On the teams confidence knowing their losses have been by a touchdown or less
“Well a couple things, one is we have to clean up the mistakes. Again everyone in that locker room was unhappy after the guy. When you go and watch this video we’re going to see mistakes that we made whether it was by coaches, or student-athletes. We have to get those corrected to be successful. Especially when you’re playing a program like Cincinnati. I’ve been coaching for 18 years, and I’ve heard people say start fast, not just in our program but everywhere. The game lasts three and a half hours, and I feel we do a good job of making adjustments at halftime.  Two is we’ve done a nice job of staying positive on the sidelines. Guys are confident, and calm because it doesn’t matter who we play, a top 25 team or a 1AA opponent.

"They have coaches, they have student-athletes on scholarship, and they make a game plan. They’re going to make plays just like we make plays. When you have highs and lows on sidelines everyone needs to be confident, and poise. It’s such a ling event. You can’t get too high if you get up early and you certainly can’t get too low. We’ve played 11 games up to this point, and we’ve played some talented competition. Our student-athletes recognize they can play with the programs in the American Athletics Conference. We have one more opportunity at home in six days. We have 16 young men, and 14 seniors who will be recognized before the game. One man who is graduating in a couple weeks, and already has a job lined up. Another young man who can no longer play the game of football. They will be recognized for the final time in front of their hometown fans, alumni, and student body. We’ll learn from these mistakes tomorrow in meetings and move on for SMU.” 

On the elements playing a factor in the game
“Well the cold didn’t have anything to do with the decision to go for it on fourth down after the turnover. We had a couple of negative plays after that turnover. We had a delay of game, which is inexcusable, and we had a couple of offensive plays that resulted in negative runs. Three plays and we went eight yards the wrong way, which took us out of field goal range. The distance and the field conditions were a factor on that. The cold wasn’t a factor, last week we played at Louisville where it was 50 degrees, and today it was the same.” 

HOUSTON SOPHMORE DEFENSIVE BACK TREVON STWEART

On the touchdown he scored
“It was third and short and Coach Gibbs called a man defense and we lined up and my man was in the back field, so I went through the gap and Eric Braswell came out and hit the quarterback, the ball came out, I saw the ball and grabbed it like I do in practice and I scored. Coach Gibbs called a great play.” 

On defense helping the other units out when they need it

“We are all a family. If they are not doing what they are supposed to, we have their back, and if we are not doing what we are supposed to they have our back. We keep working together. Coach Gibbs told us even if they don’t score we can still win when we stop the other teams offense from scoring. We still put some of it on us because we let them score, especially in the first quarter when I gave up that long pass and they scored a touchdown right after. We have to help them out also.”

On how the elements effected performance
“It affects us a lot. We are a speed team: defense, offense and special teams. We couldn’t make the cuts like we wanted to and go full speed. It slowed us down. We just tried to get back into our playing ways during the second half so it could start working out for us.”

On the frustration of the third straight loss
“It is frustrating, but we have to put it in the passed and keep moving forward. Work harder that we have been and correct the mistakes that we had in the game. We have to keep our head up and keep moving forward.” 

On the mentality of the defense
“Coach Gibbs, Coach Spavital, and Coach Hargreaves during practice tell us that every single play, every single person, all 11 players need to get to the ball; somebody holding and somebody stripping the ball. We pride ourselves on turnovers and helping the offense out. It’s just all 11 players to the ball, and we hustle every single play. We do this every day in practice and during walkthroughs, so we are used to it now.” 

HOUSTON JUNIOR RECEIVER Daniel Spencer

On not being able to push down ball after missed field goal
“We had the opportunity to go down there and score, but we just couldn’t get the job done.” 

On how the elements effected performance
“We don’t want to use it as an excuse because they had to play in it also. We didn’t do enough.”

On their defense anticipating what offense was going to do
“It was more of us not being able to get into a rhythm. They did what we thought they were going to do, but we just couldn’t get it done.”


 

 

    Fox19

    Dangel breaks former high school coach's UC record

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Sycamore High School grad excels in lacrosse at UC

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Gunner Kiel impresses at UC football's spring game

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Youthful UC can make its own history next season

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC's defense makes statement in latest scrimmage

    FanIQ.com

    Remember Gunner Kiel? He's Ready to Dominate

    SportsIllustrated.com

    Hank Hughes Q&A

    New York Times

    Growing as a Player, Beaming as a Father

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    NCAA Tournament is 'Cincinnati vs. the world'

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Kiel comes out strong in Bearcats' spring scrimmage

    Sporting News

    2013-14 Men's Basketball All-Americans

    Fox Sports

    Cincinnati made me a believer

    CBS Sports.com

    Former redshirt Sean Kilpatrick finishing out historic career

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Q&A with UC AD Mike Bohn

    ESPN

    Brennan's Wooden Watch: Week 14

    MLSSoccer.com

    Fit and healthy, Omar Cummings offering a new dynamic up top for Houston Dynamo

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Men's soccer signee Clark named Gatorade Ohio player of the year

    ESPN

    Munchie Legaux and Shaq Washington gain extra year

    Denver Post

    Mike Bohn eager to point Cincinnati Bearcats in right direction as AD

    The Washington Post

    No. 7 Bearcats have highest ranking in 10 years

    Yahoo! Sports

    How Sean Kilpatrick willed UC past Louisville and back into the nation's consciousness

    SI.com

    Cincinnati takes over AAC with win at Louisville

    ESPN.com

    Tough Bearcats don't get rattled

    ESPN.com

    UC staves off Temple to stay perfect in AAC

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC looks to 15-year sports admin vet Reed-Francois for interim AD

    CBS Sports

    No. 15 Cincinnati stomps UCF, wins 11th straight

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats take down USF 61-54, win 10th straight

    USA Today

    Why Cincinnati is not a team to sleep on

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Short-handed Bearcats cautious about ranking

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC's goal: win them all at home

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Cronin: Not easy, but Cats got through fatigue

    The News Record

    What you missed in UC sports during break

    FB Schedules

    Boise State, Cincinnati Schedules 2019, 20 Home-and-Home Series

    Forbes

    The Best and Worst College Football Teams for the Money

    USA Today

    Report: Colleges doing poorly at hiring women coaches

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Randolph named AAC Player of the Week

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC women's basketball knocks off Ohio State

    Bleacher Report

    Belk Bowl 2013: Cincinnati-North Carolina

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Belk Bowl: UC vs. UNC

    ESPN

    Belk Bowl Breakdown

    BelkBowl.com

    The Showdown is Set

    ESPN

    Cards, Bearcats set for defensive battle

    CBS Sports

    Louisville-Cincinnati Preview

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Thursday is UC's fight for perception

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Don't let UC's next opponent fool you

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC jumps to No. 23 in USA Today football poll

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats break into USA Today Top 25

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    McKay turns in monster game against Rutgers

    ESPN

    Kay throws for 408 yards, 4 TDs as Cincinnati routs Rutgers

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats won't lessen the pressure

    News & Record

    Pressure takes toll on NC State against Cincinnati

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats face variety of bowl scenarios

    The News Record

    UC weary of SMU's aerial attack ahead of AAC clash

    Bleacher Report

    Best College Football Moments in Cincinnati History

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Mark Barr returns to UC, gets ovation

    HoustonDynamo.com

    After frustrating year, Omar Cummings puts Houston Dynamo on his back with clutch playoff goal

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC's Shaq Thomas 'our version of Herb Jones'

    USA Today

    Cincinnati holds off Memphis for third straight

    ESPN

    Cincinnati's Mark Barr out of hospital

    TopDrawer Soccer

    Furman and Cincinnati men go nose-for-nose in College Goal of the Week

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Green seizing his moment for the Bearcats

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats' Jermaine Lawrence is new breed of forward

    UC Magazine

    Hostility to Hope: Feature on Men's Soccer Player John Manga

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats' Jermiah Davis III fights to be remembered

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats' Justin Jackson goes from energizer to example

    The News Record

    Cronin excited for new group

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC Bearcats' Sean Kilpatrick: 'It's the season now'

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats basketball will have fresh look

    The News Record

    UC Looks to RetainVictory Bell for Eighth Consecutive Season

    Miami Herald

    Kay Ready to Lead Bearcats into Rivalry Game

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Former Bearcat Thompkins making most of shot in NFL

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    New practice setup could benefit UC basketball

    ESPN.com

    Munchie Legaux out for season

    ESPN.com

    Cincinnati Rolls Past Purdue

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats defense puts up dominant effort

    American Athletic Conference

    2013 Team Previews: Cincinnati Bearcats

    Sports Illustrated

    Bowl projections: Cincinnati vs. North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl

    Cincinnati Business Courier

    Bearcats sell out football opener against Purdue

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Depth at defensive line still strong for Bearcats

    Bleacher Report

    Cincinnati Bearcats Football 2013 Team Preview

    UC Voted 2nd

    Coach Tuberville and his players discuss their reactions to being voted to finish 2nd in the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference

    QB Timetable

    Coach Tuberville discusses his timetable to choose a starting QB with The Cincinnati Enquirer

    Thompkins at Patriots' Training Camp

    Former UC wide receiver, Kenbrell Thompkins, impressed many at Patriots' training camp 

    World University Games

    Sean Kilpatrick talks about his experience overseas

    World University Games

    Sean Kilpatrick talks about his experience overseas 

    Nippert Renovation Plan

    The Cincinnati Enquirer looks at the Nippert Stadium Project

    Cincinnati football's 'Crocodile Dundee'

    A former professional rugby player from Australia joins the Bearcat football team

    2013 Preseason 'Watch List' 

    Several Cincinnati Bearcats make 2013 national 'watch list'

    Sports Insider Today

    Young Cincinnati Team Looks to Improve in 2013 Amidst New Conference Setting

    ESPN Blog

    Cincinnati to play Pitt in December

    GoBEARCATS.com

    Former Bearcat Herman Qualifies for U.S. Open

    USA Today

    BearcatsTV Gets National Attention from USA Today's For the Win

    SportingNews.com

    Cincinnati Bearcats Baseball Earns Top Honors in Videobombing

    The Washington Post

    Cincinnati Bearcats Do the Best Postgame Interviews

    Fox Sports

    Bearcats Rock Postgame Interviews

    Philly.com

    Cincinnati Bearcats Revolutionize the Post Game Interview

    YardBarker

    You'll love this Cincinnati Bearcats Post Game Funny Business Compilation

    Philly.com

    Those guys having all the fun: An oral history of the Cincinnati baseball team's videobombs

    MSN Now

    This college baseball team wins the 'best interview' award

    ESPN.com

    Winn, Cincinnati run over Pittsburgh

    Cincinnati.com Bearcats Blog

    Cincinnati looks to sophomore RB Ralph Abernathy to increase production