Cincinnati-Louisville Postgame Quotes

Dec. 6, 2013

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No. 19/16 LOUISVILLE 31, No. 23 CINCINNATI 24
THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 2013

Cincinnati Head Coach Tommy Tuberville

Opening Statement:
"Well I don't know what to say, I can't be more disappointed for the group of guys in our locker room than what I am today because what they have done all year long, how they fought and tried to get better. There were two good football teams out there tonight. We knew going into the game it was going to be close and we didn't disappoint anybody. We ran out of gas in the fourth quarter. You could tell defensively we couldn't make a play but number five took the ball game over in the fourth quarter and made two or three huge plays that any other quarterback probably wouldn't have made and you have to give them credit for that.

Our guys fought hard and we come up a play short. I didn't want that thing to go into overtime. I came close to not even going for it on fourth and five down there. But you got to give yourself a chance at home and again you have to believe in your players and I still believe in them even though we came up a little short. It was an overall team game. Our offense and defense made some big plays and they did the same thing they just made a couple more than we did."

On Brendon Kay play tough all year but if this was the grittiest he has ever seen him play:
"I don't know what he threw for, but I tell you that kid competed and he did it on one leg. His ankle is so bad. He's been wanting to play and push through it and it's been that way for about six weeks and he has only practiced about one or two days a week. He doesn't throw the ball much because his shoulders are so banged up but I tell you he is a warrior. He competed tonight, all the seniors did. It is just tough when you play your last home game, you play it so close and they want to win it so bad you just got to feel for kids like that."

On if he came close to taking Kay out for a series or two because he is limping throughout the game:
"Bennie (Coney) is not ready to go, (Jordan) Luallen separated his shoulder in the second quarter and he couldn't throw it so we were down and we didn't have any choice. One series makes a difference in that game. We looked at all scenarios but he gave us the best chance and he wasn't about to let us take him out."

On the pass interference call during Louisville's final drive of regulation:
"It was third and five and our corner just panicked. The ball would have been over thrown and he never would have caught it. We got beat on the other side on the same fade route and you can't blame him for it, he thought that the ball might be perfect like the other time."

On how his sequence of plays was determined after Louisville scored in the first overtime:
"We work on overtime at least once or twice during the game week of what we want to call. A lot of it changes because of what they have done in a game, what worked what didn't work. We have been working on this one play and they got penetration the first play we ran. Brendon Kay was running a reverse and he was going to throw it down the field but we gave them too much penetration and kind of got us in a hole. We had come back all night long from bad situations but that time we didn't."

On starting the season 3-2 and finishing off 9-3:
"We lose a quarterback and we lose our center. We had 15 surgeries throughout the year and everybody has injuries. We had over abundance of them during the first half of the year but anybody that we put in there battled and you couldn't ask any more from this team. They played hard, they played hard in the games we lost and at that time point in the season we weren't good enough to win and prevent mistakes. But you could tell tonight how much we have grown up. We got down 10-0 and we battled back and took the lead and that is how this team has grown and matured. Nothing has really bothered them. They keep playing, keep executing and play hard. The good thing about this team is they play hard and they believe in each other. It's just unfortunate that only one of these teams can win tonight and there aren't a lot of differences between them."

Louisville Head Coach Charlie Strong

On Teddy Bridgewater's second touchdown pass:
"I thought he was sacked. He was moving around in the pocket and I thought the guy pulled him off and then all of the sudden he threw it and I thought it was going out of the back of the end zone, but then (Damian Copeland) makes the catch. It was an unbelievable play by Teddy."

On not calling timeout before Cincinnati kicked the field goal to keep more time on the clock:
"Their field goal kicker was going to make it so I said let's just get it to overtime and let's go play the game."

On the defense coming up big:
"Well, they did. You look at us in the overtime and we got the ball first. We drove it and got two big runs. We had tempo and our offense was in tempo mode. When we went to that tempo, it just changed the game. Defensively, we came up with some big defensive stops. We got them backed up and behind the chains. We made a big play there to get them behind the chains so they had to throw the ball. We just needed to go make plays."

On having to grind the ball down the field:
"Cincinnati had two big plays on us. That is what you can't do is give up big plays. We did, but we moved it and we scored. At the end of the day, we ended up with the victory."

On the no-huddle offense:
"We changed the rhythm in the second half. We wanted to get some tempo. That is where we can execute because you try to get defenses back on their heels and make them get aligned. You just try to wear them down."

On some big runs:
"Our offensive line did a great job. We talked about it and we were able to do it. That is why we kept with the run. If you look at a lot of our runs, they were cutback runs. Our running backs did a very good job of running behind the pads. We needed to be balanced in the run and pass game."

On the decision to just keep handing the ball off in overtime:
"We made a throw and we got the pass interference. Dominique (Brown) was running so well and the offensive line was blocking."

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater

On whether that was the most energized team they have faced all year:
"Oh yeah. No ifs, ands, and buts about it. We knew that coming into this environment. It was a lot of the guys first time playing here. We knew it was going to be a hostile environment and there was going to be a lot of energy tonight."

On his emotions right now:
"I am just excited. I actually told my mom that I wanted to cry. Tears of joy. I am just proud of this team and we showed that we have heart. We still have a lot to play for. It is not about us, it is about this brand on the front of our jerseys. The guys fought and I am extremely proud of those guys."

On his second touchdown pass:
"I was just trying to make a play. I was just trying to stay alive and fight in the pocket. I trust that Copeland would come down with the ball if I put it up there for him and he did it tonight."

On the fourth down play where he ran for the first down:
"I just felt that nothing was open down field. I knew that I had to do what I could to keep the drive going. I fought and fought and it is a game of inches. I got the first down and kept the drive going."

On the defense:
"The defense has been playing great football all season. It was no surprise that those guys were out there stopping them in overtime. I tip my hat off to those guys. They kept us in the game with their turnovers."