Oct. 15, 2011
Final Stats |
Memphis Head Coach Larry Porter
First off, I want to tip my hat to East Carolina for playing a 60 minute ball game. They came out in the second half and took advantage of us not showing up, and as a result, they took a win from us. It was obvious to me that we started strong in the first quarter, sustained it in the second quarter and in the second half, we just didn't show up.
When you look at those young backs (Artaves Gibson & Joe Price), they came in and played strong, and did some good things. I thought, in all phases, we did some good things, but we just couldn't sustain it for 60 minutes.
I don't think we got much done offensively in the second half. The defense gave up a lot and it got out of hand.
On ECU's half time adjustments
Well, we didn't generate any offense to sustain any drives. They got going and got a little confidence, and you could tell.
About the review of the first quarter touchdown that you ultimately had to settle for a field goal
Well, certainly we would have liked to have seven (points) as opposed to three, but at the end of the day, we still had four quarters to play. It was early in the game.
What was the officials' explanation of the review after you kicked the PAT?
They said that they were given a feed from East Carolina's television station and they got buzzed at the very last minute, before the extra point was kicked.
Talk about the play of Skylar Jones at quarterback and how prepared he was coming into this game
Whether you are playing or not, it is critical to get mental repetitions and be able to process what is going on, both in the meetings and on the field. With him being a fifth-year senior, he should know how to prepare himself, simply because you never know when that opportunity is going to present itself.
There were a couple of days, in practice this week, where he got all of the reps at quarterback because we were beat up. He got a lot of repetitions to prepare for this game.
When did you tell him that he would be starting this game?
It became obvious to us that our young quarterback (Taylor Reed) wasn't going to be able to go. He didn't practice at all on Tuesday and he didn't practice much on Wednesday, so we didn't feel that it was fair to him, or the team, to ask him go out and play. But, he (Jones) wasn't told until Friday.
Did you feel Skylar Jones' interception was a turning point in the game?
I don't know if it was a turning point, but I certainly felt as though it had an impact on the game. We had an opportunity to get their offense off of the field, but we had a roughing the passer penalty. I felt that gave them some momentum and they went from there to go on to score. If we didn't have the penalty, we get them off of the field and we are in position to get the ball and go the other way.
ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeil Post Game Quotes
Q. Talk about the play of your team in the second half.
I was very proud of the team for the entire game. You asked me about starting quick, and what would happen. The biggest thing was staying enthusiastic and excited. I was very proud of the group, very proud of the poignant leaders on special teams. I thought our captains did a great job of leading our team, and I was very proud of our coaches. Credit is given where credit is due. I was proud of my guys; they worked extremely hard. We had a good week of practice and it carried over into the game.
Q. Did you sense a change in your players' demeanors after the team took the lead in the third quarter?
Well, you know, having success is a big boost. I've talked about it before. Last week, we faced a Houston team that had a lot of confidence, and when you're winning, it gives your team confidence. You understand the significance of it. I thought it was very important for this football team to have success. I thought it was very important for us as a program.
Q. Talk about the performance of the offense, which scored 28 unanswered points in the second half.
I'm very proud of the offense. The offensive line is where it starts. That's a unit that has been patched together if you look at the injuries on down. They were young anyway, from the beginning, but I'm very proud of that group and how they stayed together. Brandon Jones did a great job at halftime getting those guys on the same page.
Q: Dominique Davis looked more comfortable in the second half. What did you do differently?
A: Well, you know, on the run game particularly, our kids did a good job. We did much better upfront. Those are five guys that have to almost play like a basketball team. Those guys did good. It was the first game for Josh (Clark) at center. Jordan (Davis) had played it all summer and all camp, but he moved to guard today. That doesn't seem like a big move, but it was a big move for those guys. I thought it took them the first half to get their continuity, and I was very proud of the half-time adjustments and the way they played in the second half.