"In short, I couldn't be more proud of our kids. We weren't always right, we didn't always make the play, but that is a group of men in there (locker room) that went to battle for each other against a good football team today. We came up short, credit to Central Florida, Coach (George) O'Leary, their program, coaching staff and players. But I am also proud to be the coach of that group of young men in that locker room."
On upset about losing
"The officiating, it is what it is. But I am upset that we didn't win the game. We didn't make enough plays to run the ball. It is nobody else's fault. We are not going to point fingers or put blame on anybody other than ourselves, we needed to do a better job. You ask me if I am upset that we didn't win the game, absolutely. I am upset for our kids but it's on us and we have to do a better job. "
On the half back pass that way deflected
"We ran it last year. It was an awkward situation there. We had the guy open and we just didn't get the ball out. I don't know what happened, he was open early and the ball was a little late. "
On 4th and 10, fake punt
"We've been working on that one for a while and we got a good look and we felt like the timing was right. The kids did a really good job executed it and we made a big play."
On more emphasis on this game versus the others
"No, we wanted to play well and we were playing at home. We were playing a very good program so that was plenty enough. In addition, obviously it was our first conference game. The big thing was playing a really good team in our home stadium. And we wanted to get the victory."
On importance to moving on
"We can't let this linger. We can't let a team beat you twice. It's life. We learn a lot of great lessons in this sport. Life isn't always easy."
On modeling team after UCF team
"It starts with our team. The way you play, they are a good football team. We stood there toe-to-toe with them. I know they are all crushed, but I'm awfully proud of what they represented. We didn't make enough plays to win the game, there are 20 of them that you can circle, think of off the top of your head but I was and am proud of the way they competed."
On program losing in the past
"When I got here there weren't crushing loses, it was getting crushed. I am not familiar with what you're talking about and I don't think are kids are either. I am not trying to demean anything in the past, I am not sure our kids have that frame of reference. I think our kids are familiar with the frame of reference of we are building something to go get better and enjoying that group."
On Bobby McCain Injury
"No. It's always too early to tell."
On the players getting hurt
"We had several guys go down and get knicked up in the game. It is one thing we talked about, I thought the guys were behind stepped up and played really well. I was awfully proud of the way that in several spots the guys went down and other guys came in and performed up to par. "
On defense shutting down offense
"They played pretty well. I think our kids are understanding the scheme and flying to the football and winning some of the one-on-one battles. Obviously we played against a pretty explosive offense tonight. You can tell whenever you're slightly off, half a step off, glares at you quickly when you play a team like that. I thought our kids and coaching staff did a really good job defensively."
On emphasis on defense
"They did a really good job. They brought some pressure and some one on one match ups to at least make a move off the spot a little bit even if they weren't getting a sack, at least get out of the pocket or cut the field in half. When you move across the field, it reduces the area in which you can actually throw the ball through. I thought it was big for us and I thought the guys did a really good job."
On final drive
"I thought we were moving the ball. Our receivers were catching the ball and making moves, I thought we were going to score but we came up short and there is nothing you can do about that but I thought for sure we were going to go down there and score but we came up short."
On mood in the locker room
"We just lost a real close game, so not everyone is going to be excited. It's hard to lose a game like this, but all we have to do is move past it. We have Houston next week so we need to focus on that game now."
On mistakes from both teams, offensively & defensively
"I don't know. Me personally when I make a mistake it is rough and you always think about it after the game is over, `if I wouldn't have done that maybe it would have turned out different' but I don't know."
On thinking of mistakes during the game
"No, you really can't, after you do something, you mess up, you have to shake it off and move on. It will be in your head all game but you won't be able to make better plays in the rest of the game. "
On learning about team
"They are a good solid team. They are fast and they attack the ball really well and this was a good team for me to face to help me learn about different schemes at defensive play, this is probably one of the most diverse defenses we have played so far so it helps me grow."
On learning about Memphis team
"We know we can win now, we just have to go out there and do it and not hurt ourselves really."
On fumbling the ball to TD
"You have to stay focused on what you need to do. There has been a lot of stuff through the game that happened but you have to go out there and do what you have to do."
|| UCF Head Coach George O'Leary
As I told the team in the locker room when you keep making effort, you keep playing with effort good things are going to happen. They happened late for us. I thoguth that was a great hit by Stanback on the kickoff and obviously interception in the end zone. I thought Memphis came out, and as I told the team, we got a win here but we need to be very quiet about it. I thought Memphis outplayed us in a lot of areas.
On the final drive that went 80 yards for a game-tying touchdown.
I thought Blake made some nice plays in some situations there, and some good catches. But that's what should have been going on all game. I wasn't real happy with the calling in the game. I thought we were just out of sync the whole game and finally started throwing downfield where it should have been going most of the time. We hung in there, we're very fortunate to get away with a win. I thought Memphis basically outplayed us in a lot of areas. You take the win and you enjoy it, but I don't think you talk a lot about it. A win is a win, but we can't play like that offensively. I thought defensively they hung in there, we're just limited in some areas, but offensively I don't know how much we did right today.
Will Stanback, a true freshman and late addition to the class came up with a huge play at the end to force that fumble on the kickoff return.
I tell you what, he's a kid that plays and does a lot of different things. But you know there are too many things that we didn't do well today. We practiced all week against the fake punt, we were in a prevent defense to stop it, and they still got it. I mean we got some wrong kids out there. We're in a contact game and we got too many guys that got to mix it up a little bit more if they're going to continue to play.
A lot of dropped balls today, too, coach.
We had five or six in the first half. The kids don't usually drop the balls, and that usually tells you where their heads are at in my mind. I think we were fortunate. I said all week I thought Memphis was a very good defense and offensively they had a lot of things we had to defend. We got to play better on defense and we definitely got to play better on offense if we're going to continue to win in conference play.