Postgame Quotes - Pittsburgh - Dec. 5, 2009
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Dec. 5, 2009

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Cincinnati Head Coach Brian Kelly
“That was just a great football game. When you imagine a championship game, the snow falling and the stands packed and two outstanding football teams just going after it, this game was it. It was special to be apart of and I told the guys that I was honored to be their coach. These guys are a special group of guys and they stuck to our motto of ‘just keep fighting.’”

“We knew at the end of the game that time was important. We had our timeouts and I knew we needed about 55 seconds to a little over a minute in order to score with out getting crazy.”

“I told our guys at halftime that we’d never been in this situation before and either we can go out there and give an effort and just say good season, or we could go out and give everything that we have. I reminded them not to let each other down and that’s what they did. We played a tough Big East schedule and we’re undefeated. I believe we could be playing for the National Championship, but we’ll have to see what happens. I’m going to enjoy our achievement of back-to-back championships for myself and for the student-athletes.”

“Pitt has an outstanding football team. Their offensive line deserves a lot of credit. They kept our defense from putting pressure on Bill Stull in the first half. They’re all great players and the combinations they have on offense with Dorin Dickerson and Jonathan Baldwin are deadly.”

“Mardy Gilyard was just brilliant on special teams today. I believe that his kickoff return was the spark that got us back into the game.”

“Today was the first time our defense gave a spark to our offense. They came up with some pretty big stops and that fueled our offense in the second half.”

“Tony Pike stuck with it today. Early on, we threw three passes inside the 10 and we threw all incompletes. He just stuck with it and kept telling the receivers that he would get them the ball. I think that he’s matured since last season’s Orange Bowl.”

 

Cincinnati Wide Receiver Mardy Gilyard
“The coaches kept telling me that we needed to turn it up a notch. Coach Kelly told me before I went out there that we needed a spark. They kept kicking it away from me and it felt like Oklahoma all over again, but as I cut across the field I knew I was off to the races. I just kept telling everyone to keep fighting and I knew we could win.”

 

Cincinnati Quarterback Tony Pike
“We run the two-minute drill all the time in practice and I knew we had a chance to win at the end of the game and we needed to react. In the beginning of the game, we were forcing things and over thinking and as the game went on, we were more patient and we were reacting. The defense was there for us. They weren’t in position in the first half and they were missing tackles and we made the adjustment at the half and got some stops. It was a typical championship game in order for us to win back-to-back Big East titles.”