Post Game Quotes
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Oct. 11, 2008

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Post Game Quotes
Louisville at Memphis
October 10, 2008

Head Coach Tommy West

"Offensively and defensively, I don't know if I've ever been more proud of a football team. I don't know if I've had one here in the eight years that I've been here, play as hard as they did tonight. Outside of our special teams, we pretty much dominated the game offensively and defensively. We played our tails off. They fought as hard as I've had a team fight.

I challenged them to step up. We're playing a team out of the Big East and a BCS team and we needed to step up. I said all week that it would be a grown man's game and it was. That was a hard-hitting ballgame and our kids answered the bell. Our special teams didn't show up and that cost us the game, there is no question about it, and there is no way to sugarcoat it. We have to somehow correct that. We had four or five guys that this game was too big for. I have to get them out of it and get some people in there that can do the job.

What excites me is that we showed tonight that we're a physical hard-nosed team, that is what we've been working towards."

How hard is this loss?
"It's really hard because that's what I thought this team could be all along, and that's what I've been saying all along. That's what I thought they could be. We haven't played like that. Look at the stats, 481 to 299 (total offensive yards), but we can't make those errors that we made and win a game like that. As hard as it is, I'm really proud the way our offense and defense played in that game."

How much does it hurt to watch a game turn on the special team plays.
"It kills you because it should have been a 14-14 game going into halftime. You have to give them some credit too. They made the plays."

Louisville Head Coach
Steve Kragthorpe

"Obviously, it was a great victory in terms of our guys continuing to fight and battle and find a way. That's what we talked about in the locker room is you've got to find a way to win it, and we did. We continued to battle. I thought our special teams really stepped up big tonight and made some huge plays, not just the two scores, but set up the pass to Pete Nochta with a big return by Doug Beaumont; a 25-30 yard return, so that was huge. Our defense stepped up. We were on the field a bunch, but we found a way at the end to pick up a fumble and run it in and got our defense off the field there at the end of the fourth quarter."



What do you think about Trent Guy's 95-yard kickoff return touchdown?
"It was huge; a big momentum play in the game. At that point in the game, we're kind of searching around to try and make a play. Their crowd is now in the game; they're kind of reenergized a little bit. That was a big time play, no doubt. You guys have heard me say over and over that some of the biggest momentum plays in a football game come on special teams, and that was the case tonight. That was certainly one where we took the crowd out of it and negated what they had gotten going from a momentum standpoint."

More thoughts on Trent Guy
"It's amazing. It's a great story. Trent's a great testament. He's worked hard and done everything we've asked him to do. He's gotten up against a little adversity, and he's fought back. Obviously, it's great to see him out there playing, but I just love walking into the meeting room and seeing him every day."

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