Nov. 12, 2011
Memphis vs. UAB Football Post Game
Memphis Head Coach Larry Porter
This is certainly a painful loss. It is hard to swallow. I felt that going into this game that we had a great game plan, and we did. But, at the end of the day, they made more plays than us.
We just couldn't find a way to finish this game. I am terribly disappointed in the way that we played in the fourth quarter. When it counted most we couldn't find a way to make a play offensively or defensively. That was the story.
About play calling in the fourth quarter
I am not blaming our defense, but you just have to find a way to make plays.
They found a way to make plays and we didn't.
About the pass-heavy play calling in the fourth quarter
On the quick turnaround before playing Marshall on Thursday night and how the mood in the locker room is right now.
We don't have time to waste on that. We will be checking attitudes at the door. I am going to force them to stand strong and fight through adversity. Football is a game of adversity, and we just didn't fight through it the way that we needed to tonight.
On the play of Taylor Reed in the first half
Did UAB's defensive play calling force you to get away from the running game in the fourth quarter?
There was an opportunity to make plays. We could have made better calls. Everyone has to share the responsibility for this loss. I don't see it as one person or one guy, we all have to (share the responsibility) starting with me.
What stood out to you most about the fourth quarter?
They were seven of 13 on third downs. That is just too much. That is more than 50%.
On the play of UAB's quarterback Jonathan Perry I thought that he did a good job of managing the game. When it (a play) wasn't there, he tucked it and ran. You have to applaud him for that.
They were sustaining drives with efficiency and that put them in position to convert third downs.
When it counted the most, he did a really good job of making smart decisions.
UAB Head Coach Neil Callaway
"I'm very proud and happy about the way our guys came back. They played with a lot of character and a lot of poise. Defensively, I thought we struggled all night until the end. We had a lot of busts. I just didn't think we were getting it done defensively until the end. Offensively, I thought we moved the ball well all night. In the first half, the turnovers killed us. We were hurting ourselves -- shooting ourselves in the foot. We were all very happy and proud of the guys.
We kind of got them in a long situation a little bit, and that helps, because we just made a lot of mistakes in the first half.
We were moving the ball in the first half. We were just kind of shooting ourselves in the foot. So, it felt like we could move the ball. We just weren't finishing it off.
We'll enjoy this one tomorrow and then we got a quick turnaround against Southern Miss."