Spurrier: We finally got smart. He's one of those great ones.
Immediately following the Gamecocks 17-6 win over Georgia, Steve Spurrier praised true freshman running back Marcus Lattimore.
Lattimore rushed 37 times for 182 yards and broke numerous tackles in the win.
UGA was held to single digit scoring for the first time since November of 2004.
Spurrier said, “We finally got smart and just gave the ball to Lattimore. He’s one of those great ones. Every now and then you get one, and I think we got one now. He was the difference maker.”
South Carolina moves to 2-0 on the season and will host Furman next Saturday.
Various post-game quotes
Some post-game quotes from Saturday:
Tim Brewster upset with Minnesota coaching: "We've got to do a better job coaching. I have to do a better job coaching."
Quoting James Madison head coach Mickey Matthews: “We hadn’t shown ‘The Pistol’ and I could tell that was bothering them.”
Brian Kelly accepts blame for play of backup quarterbacks: “I did a poor job preparing them.”
“Any loss is a disappointing loss. This is certainly a disappointment, not to be able to hold Michigan out of the end zone at the end. Hard fought game. Again, I think more than anything else, from my perspective, we challenged our football team at halftime to make sure that everybody knew the kind of football that we were going to play and create our own identity and personality. And that was pretty clear. We battled down 21 7. Come back and get the lead there. But, again, disappointing in the last drive that we weren't able to hold Michigan out.”
Quoting Jim Grobe after 54-48 win over Duke: "I think more than anything, we challenged them to play the coverage called. I thought we had some ad-lib stuff going on. Our kids were doing their own thing a little bit. I have to give Duke a lot of credit. They made a lot of good plays. There were times when we had the coverage right and they just beat us. They just flat went out and got the football. One time they ran power off tackle and we had the outside linebacker dropping into coverage. You hear so much about (Sean) Renfree and the receivers and you get to where you're trying to stop the throw game so much, that you forget they can run the football too.”
Bob Stoops on defeating his brother, Mark: "It's a rotten place to be because I appreciate the way our team played and all that, but you just cannot separate blood. I just don't like it. I knew that coming into the game I didn't, and I'm positive of it now after the game."
Quoting David Cutcliffe after 54-48 loss to Wake Forest: “I told our team that this by no means defines our team, or our season. And it wouldn't have if we had won today. And I say, had we won, say we got the onside kick, and we went down and scored, we'd all be happy. But we would've played exactly like we played, which isn't going to define who we are. It's my job to see and not make as many mistakes. There are reasons it happens, and defensively we simply need to tackle better to begin with. Just look at the numbers, guys are throwing at us, but most of those run yards, a lot of it wasn't tackling very well. And, when we tackled when, we shut them down. So, it goes back to correctable things. Will it define us, no; we have to play good, clean football. Kicking game goes from phenomenal to giving up the punt return; we're a pretty good return team.”
This guy can roll:
Saturday morning Coaches Quick Hits
Some interesting quotes from around the country:
Bill Stewart talks after 24-21 overtime win at Marshall: "I told them at halftime this bunch reminds me of that '07 bunch when we were down here, I think we were down 13-6. Things were going well, and things certainly weren't going well tonight. It was a hard-fought game; I'm sure America enjoyed that.”
"To go 98 yards and score a two-point conversion just tells you how much we grew in that fourth quarter.”
Doc Holliday says ‘no moral victory’ for Herd: "No. 1, there are no moral victories at Marshall. The football game was lost, and that's unacceptable. We expect to win games here, we will win games, and we'll come back tomorrow and get ready for Bowling Green."
Dan Mullen disappointed in loss to Auburn: "Every time we hit the high note, nobody made the play. We 'thudded.' And that's all of us. That's from the top to the bottom of this program."
Quoting Derek Dooley talks about Boise State: “They’ve done it over time. They do it every year. It’s something that’s been going on over a long time. Each year, they’ve been able to get a higher quality player. Success breeds success. It’s showing on the field and certainly in the big game. When they have to perform, that’s when they do their best.”
Chip Kelly talks about road trip to Knoxville: “We try to say as normal as possible. We don’t change. We’re only there for about 36 hours. We always eat 4 hours before kick-off.”
Pat Hill talks about Nick Saban: “We spent so much time in the building, long hours. But if you’re afraid of work, this is not the business to be in. We all enjoyed what we were doing, and if we hadn’t liked it we wouldn’t have been there.
“Nick was the defensive coordinator, and he was very detail-oriented. Bill not only did a great job of evaluating players, he did a great job of evaluating coaching talent. If you’re going to run a system that requires a lot of hours, then you have to hire coaches who enjoy that.”
UVA QB Mark Verica describe OC Bill Lazor’s style: “When we installed the quarterback sneak, I had never seen it installed with such detail. It was always kind of, you know, it's a quarterback sneak. What else is there to it? You take the snap and you just lunge forward and get the yard or whatever. He actually quizzed us on this, too. What is the proper technique for the quarterback sneak? Securing the ball first and then taking a lateral step, taking it to the tighter of the techniques of the defensive tackles, and then shoulders low, eyes up and driving your legs.
“It's very, very detail-oriented stuff. But I was happy with the way we executed it. It's probably the best quarterback sneak I've ever done.”
Quoting Colorado OC Eric Kiesau: “I learned a lot of football in my time in Berkeley — the nuances, how to study defenses, game-planning. The list is endless. From a football standpoint, Tedford would be the most influential person in my career. A lot of the makeup of what I do today revolves around him."
"I could have stayed at Cal for 20 years. But with the age of my kids, I needed to be around them and be part of their life. I didn't want to look back and say I missed it because of traffic."
LA Tech head coach Sonny Dykes talks about his quarterbacks: "This offense is different than what they've played in the past. Before it had been a kind of manage the game type of offense. It's just a little different philosophy. We need our quarterback to make plays. We wanted to see how those guys responded to game situations. We felt like it was important to play both of them."
Steve Sarkisian looking to bounce back after loss to BYU, UW hosts Syracuse: “I think the thing that is most relevant now is that we have created an environment where losing is unacceptable --- that's the bottom line. We are here to win. We could have been at home against a lesser opponent and gotten kind of an easy W of some sort. We have very high expectations within our locker room and in our team room and I think that's why there is such disappointment. But I can tell you we are not going to dwell on this football game.”
Quoting New Mexico head coach Mike Locksley: "There was nothing in our preparation that would have led me to think that whathappenedwould have happened. We had what I thought was a great fall camp. We came out of it with a lot of confidence. But with an inexperienced team, the last thing to come is consistency. And I strongly believe that outcome of the first game is not indicative of the type of team that we have. But I also think it is indicative of what happens to a team that's not experienced.”
"When you turn the ball over five times in a quarter and let two punt returns go back for touchdowns, you won't beat a good high school team."
"As much as I'd like to give Lobo fans a winner immediately, we're doing everything we can to develop as fast as we can. But as with any development of a championship-level program, it's going to take some time. There's not one doubt in my mind that I'm going to have the program where it needs to be.
"If I worry about fan perception and losing the fans, I'll wind up becoming a fan. Point blank. I appreciate that we have fans that care. To me that's half the battle. If you didn't have fans that complained or expressed concern, then this probably wouldn't be an attractive job."
Bama players explain the Nick Saban factor
Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy and starting center William Vlachos explained their versions of the Saban factor.
McElroy told The Patriot News, “He really prides himself on approaching game plans with so much detail it’s ridiculous. He thinks about everything. He carries around a notepad that he’s always scribbling on.”
“I mean, you can walk by him in the hall and say hello to him and he’ll mumble hello to you. And you know his mind is on the game. But that’s why he’s so successful.”
Vlachos said, “He really does look out for the players, not just on the field but off it. He tries to help you out any way he can.”
“For instance, if you’re banged up and you need to come in and get treatment, rather than have to come in at 7 a.m., if you don’t have a class until 11, he’ll make sure the trainers are there at 10 so you can get proper rest. If it helps your schedule out, he’ll get it done even if it might be hard on some of the other people working there. He definitely has his players’ interest at heart and really takes care of them.”
Alabama hosts Penn State on Saturday night. Kick-off from Bryant-Denny Stadium is set for 7:00 pm EST on ESPN.
Be sure to watch the Alabama Jumbo Tron entrance video on the FootballScoop homepage.
Friday morning Coaches Quick Hits
Some interesting quotes from around the country:
Florida DL coach Dan McCarney talks about USF quarterback: “Obviously one of the most talented quarterbacks in college football, and that’s no exaggeration. I was there when we recruited BJ Daniels. We thought at the time we got an unbelievable steal, that he could go anywhere in the country and have a chance to be successful. It sure played out that way. He’s one of the most elusive running backs as a quarterback in the country.”
Chizik on the cowbells: "It doesn't matter. When you can't hear, you can't hear."
Steve Sarkisian on Reggie Bush issue: "I'm disappointed about the whole situation. Whatever Reggie did, he did. Make up your mind. Are you going to punish the team or are you going to punish the kid? Which is it?"
Saban talks about Boise State: "It's the full body of work. It's not just that you can beat one team, but if you have to beat six or seven other teams and have to play with consistency to do it, I think that goes a long way in saying a lot about what kind of football team that you have. And that's no disrespect that you have, because they may certainly be able to do the same thing if they were put in that circumstance."
(After beating VA Tech last year) "(We beat) six other teams that were the caliber of Virginia Tech, or maybe better. And maybe more than that if you throw in Texas and Florida in the SEC Championship Game.
Spurrier once advised Mark Richt: "We were at the Heisman banquet the year their quarterback (Chris Weinke) won it. So anyway, he was in position to be interviewed for a head coaching job and I think Georgia was coming open and either North Carolina or Virginia, some school in the ACC, was coming open, too.
"So I advised him to take the one in the ACC, but he took the one in Georgia."
Arizona QB Nick Foles talks about quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo: "I couldn't ask for a better quarterbacks coach. I respect Frank as much as you can respect a person."
Joe Paterno say a win in Tuscaloosa would be a ‘miracle’ : "One of the advantages of playing a team as good as Alabama early in the year is that we'll learn from it. I don't know how we're going to handle it. I hope we go down there and we realize it's one of those opportunities you only get so many of in a college career, so go down and enjoy it.
"Understand, you're playing against one of the best college teams we've ever played against. But just do what you can do, do it as well as you can do it, and try to learn. I think we will learn from it. Now, that doesn't mean a miracle's going to happen. But we'll be a better team for having played the game."
Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen: “Scheme-wise, we’ve got to do a better job. Our emphasis is we’ve got to get some more downhill plays and try to do things that at least create positive yards -- for one yard or more, no negative-yard plays.”
Leavitt a new Dad, missing football: "I'm a new dad. Sophia Alexis is 8 weeks old, and she's adorable. She's teaching me a lot of stuff, and it's been a lot of fun."
"I didn't know how tough it would be, but it was tough. It was hard. I watched a little bit of South Florida, and then I turned it off. It was kind of hard to watch, you miss it so much."
Mike Leach gets his own radio show
According to USA Today, “Siruix XM radio announced Thursday that it has launched a new channel dedicated entirely to college sports and that one of its weekday shows will be hosted by none other than former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach.”
As an analyst for CBS College Sports, Leach will work his first game this weekend when NC State travels to UCF.
Kick-off is set for 7:30 pm EST.
Below, you can watch Leach’s first LIVE broadcast when he served as a weather analyst in Lubbock.
If this doesn’t make you laugh, consider pushing in your keyboard and calling it a day.
Wow. Pretty strong words from North Dakota State head coach Craig Bohl
North Dakota State head coach Craig Bohl had some interesting words this week.
As you probably know, North Dakota State went into Lawrence, Kansas last Saturday and defeated Turner Gill’s Jayhawks by a score of 6-3.
As his team prepares for the road trip to Northern Iowa, Bohl said, “I think the environment that we're going to play in Cedar Falls is going to be much more of a hostile environment than Memorial Stadium in Kansas. That was pretty docile.”
"And the type of team that we're going to be playing is going to be a much more physical, aggressive football team than KU. And quite frankly I think we're going to be playing a better opponent. I know one school is in the Big 12 and the other one is in the Missouri Valley. I think that gives an indication on how we see Missouri Valley play and the respect we give Northern Iowa."
With these interesting comments, we wonder if there is something between Bohl and Turner Gill. Both played and then later served on the same coaching staff at Nebraska for a number of years.
A few reasons Skip Holtz can lead USF to victory in Gainesville
First-year South Florida head coach Skip Holtz talked about the Bulls’ chances of upsetting Florida in Gainesville on Saturday.
Holtz said, “Can we? Yes, we can. Could we beat them nine times out of 10? No. There aren't many people in the country who can beat them even 50 percent of the time. I'll put it this way. We have a chance."
Holtz added, "To the people at Florida, it would be that extreme if we were to win, yes. From where we want to build this program, for the people on the inside, no, it wouldn't be that extreme. That's where we have the expectation level. Are we there yet? That's why we're playing the game. We'll see."
"Do you think our seniors want to hear about a five-year plan?" Holtz said. "They don't even want to hear about a two-year plan. They don't want to hear how we're going to be down the road. … I think our expectation level has to be the same now as it will be five years from now. If our players don't believe we have a chance, we have no chance."
Former Memphis head coach Tommy West paid a very nice compliment to Skip Holtz this week.
While talking with Sports56 Radio in Memphis, West said, “I thought Skip did as good a job as anybody in the country at not giving away games. We all have games we come out of saying ‘we should have won that one. Should have found a way to win it. Made a mistake here. Made a mistake there. Well, that’s what bad teams do. Bad teams give away games. East Carolina was the best team that really I’ve seen in a while at not giving games away. You had to beat them. That’s why he won back-to-back championships and he won the underdog in both championship games. Tulsa turned it over and he didn’t. Houston turned it over and he didn’t. He beat two teams that he probably shouldn’t have beat by not making mistakes and playing great defense.”
Kick-off in Gainesville is set for 12:21 pm EST on the SEC Network / ESPN – GP.