Brian Kelly: If you go out there and kick field goals, we're going to beat you
The consensus in South Bend is that Brian Kelly is refreshing to listen to.
Sunday, Kelly sat down for an extensive interview to review the 23-12 win over Purdue.
You can watch the interview right here.
“We talk about it all the time, if you go out there and kick field goals, we’re going to beat you cuz we’re going to put some points on the board offensively. I think there is a pride starting to set in.”
Asked about what was going through his head on his drive home last night, Kelly responded, “I was thinking of Michigan (laughs). I was thinking about Denard Robinson and what we need to do to beat Michigan. It’s just in my DNA. It’s how I operate.”
“Again, I don’t have any history at Notre Dame other than the first day, so those things never concern me. I knew that our defense was going to fight and play hard. Regardless of whether they scored or not, I was not concern that we were going to stop playing. I knew we were going to keep playing hard. I told them, ‘Just keep playing. Don’t think about what’s happened in the past. Just keep playing hard and I promise you we’ll put you in position to be successful.’”
“Again, I think goes back to what we’ve talked about with this team. Have confidence in your ability. We believe in you. There is no sense in going out there not believing you can do it. We believe you can do it and they showed that they could.”
“They have to see themselves be successful, first of all. They have to see themselves in being in good position, coaches putting them in good position to succeed.”
Notre Dame hosts Michigan next Saturday.
Paul Wulff: We were horrible. We were absolutely terrible.
Washington State head coach Paul Wulff didn’t sugar-coat things following the Cougars 65-17 loss at Oklahoma State.
In the game, Oklahoma State rushed for 291 yards and finished with 544 yards of total offense.
Wulff said, “We were horrible. We were absolutely terrible, and we worked on it all camp."
"It seemed like we didn't get off the blocks very well all day, particularly the defensive line. Obviously, Kendall Hunter, you have to give him a lot of credit. He can make a lot of people look bad, but there were other missed tackles on the players, too. It was very poor tackling and we can’t have that on defense.”
“We came out the first play of the game and turned the ball over, and we're fragile enough and young enough we get in spells and things go against us and we didn't respond very well. I thought our kids played tight early for quite a while. We just didn't play. I think we wanted to really bad, and they really want to do great. The attitude is great. They didn't cut it loose. They played tentative. They played not to make mistakes.
Washington State hosts Montana State on September 11th.
Rich Rod: When they announced 113,000, it was just amazing.
Following Michigan’s 30-10 win over UCONN, Rich Rodriguez seemed really pleased and happy for his players and coaches.
Rich Rod said, “When they announced 113, 000, I know we don’t pay attention, but by that time the game was under control and it was just amazing. The fans were terrific. It was a great day for Michigan.”
A reporter asked, “Is today the kind of thing you envisioned when you took this job?”
Rodriguez responded, “I will enjoy the next 3 hours and 10 minutes. Try to get me 5 hours of sleep tonight. My wife will probably get a chance to sleep a little bit tonight. But I’m proud of everybody who has been associate with our program our university. I mean, we’ve been through a lot. I think our focus, not only from our program, but from a university standpoint has never wavered...as far as trying to build the best program in America. But this in just one win, but I’m going to let our guys enjoy it.”
“From the first series on that long drive that we had some fast guys in the space that they (UCONN) may have some problems with.”
“I’d like to score more than 30, but I like when you don’t have to punt. I like if we had none (instead of 1 punt). I’m not a big stat guy, but if I did look at the 2 most important stats for us, it would be turnovers and first downs.”
“They (Michigan fans) deserve it. I know what they want here. There’s a process to doing that and getting there. It’s just one win, but I want our seniors to feel good. I want our players to feel good. I want our coaches to feel good. It’s been tough on the coaches and players, so if they can feel good for a few hours, then get back to work tomorrow, then that’s great.”
“I think our guys have come so close together that any adversity we face, we’ll be able to handle it. One of the goals as a coach, when you coach college football, is for your players to truly enjoy their experience of being a student-athlete. You should be able to enjoy it, but inevitably you’re not going to enjoy it unless you’re winning.”
Post-game quotes from PAC-10 coaches
Mike Stoops: “Very satisfied with the win and the majority of the play throughout the game was what we wanted. Obviously, we threw the ball very well tonight. I wasn’t overly pleased with the run game.”
Dennis Erickson: “No disrespect to Portland State by any means but we had better players than they did. The good thing is we executed and I thought our speed showed up and we got the big play. We ran the football extremely well and I thought Steven [Threet] executed the offense real well. It was good. We haven’t moved the ball like that against anybody in a long time.”
(on if the team has improved from last year) “Well no question about it. I said this all along, we’re so much faster than we’ve been.”
(on special teams) “We’re a lot better, and I said this we need to continue to improve but we have more depth than we’ve ever had and when that happens you’re going to be better on cover teams and better on return teams and you’re just going to be faster at covering because you have better players doing it.”
Jeff Tedford: "The defense played well. They stopped the run really well and pressured the passing. They didn't give up any big plays on defense, in the passing game or run game. (The style of defense) is not dramatically different; we have had some of the same stuff in our package before. I don't think we were too exotic on defense by any means. They played hard, and that is the key. I was pleased with the way we tackled; in the first game you have to tackle. I was pleased with the way they ran to the ball and played tackling."
"After having a hard camp, being able to cut it loose I was happy with the effort. There are still things we need to improve on; we were a little sloppy on offense. For the most part the kids played hard. They played with a lot of intensity; there wasn't a lot of giddy stuff going on. They were having fun doing what they were doing. They came into today with a very businesslike approach. I could tell yesterday at the hotel, even at practice, they were a little bit too tight. But it was just a lot of focus, they were anxious to get on the field and play."
Chip Kelly: “Our defensive line was relentless in running to the football, and that was a big deal for our staff.”
Rick Neuheisel: “We going to have to watch the film and see how we can do a better job tackling. Part of it obviously is that we didn’t to tackle very much in training camp when we lost another offensive lineman just because of the danger of that. But that’s no excuse. We have to tackle.”
Norm Chow: "We dropped what, a half a dozen balls? Eight?! That does (surprise me); that's our most experienced group."
Steve Sarkisian: "Our team, I think they are really disappointed. In a sense, I've got to do a great job of corralling them. This one game, (and there might be) thinking, `Oh, that's it. That was it. We put all our eggs in one basket.' We didn't. I didn't. I'm not going to let anyone else say that we did. It's one game of 13."
Paul Wulff: “We don’t respond very well (to adversity),” Wulff said. “I thought our kids played tight early; quite a while. Just didn’t play. They wanted to really bad. They really wanted to be great. The attitude is great that way. They didn’t cut it loose. They played tentative. They played not to make mistakes.”
Gary Patterson: Corso did my whole team a favor
Gary Patterson was listening go ESPN’s College Gameday when Lee Corso predicted Oregon State would beat TCU by three touchdowns.
Patterson and his team took note.
The head coach even sent Chris Fowler a text message, “Lee, 3 touchdowns?”
Following TCU’s 30-21 win, Patterson said, “You guys just thought that was just a bogus text in the middle of the day. That was me. He did my whole team a favor today.”
TCU outgained Oregon State 478 yards to 255. TCU converted 11-17 third-down opportunities. TCU hosts Tennessee Tech next weekend.
Post-game quotes from ACC head coaches
Butch Davis: "Told the players in the locker room when the game was over. That I don't know if Ive ever been prouder of a group of kids and the way they came back at the end of a ball game."
"I told TJ how proud I was of him. He's a strong kid, in his heart and in his mind. He got sacked, but he showed a lot of poise and a lot of character." He demonstrated he is a really special kid."
"I know we burned at least 8 red shirts tonight that we had no intention of burning 2 weeks ago. They did more than just an incredible job."
"We played some walk-ons that had never played in games before."
Frank Spaziani: “A lot of our youth, a lot of our depth issues, were evident.”
“We were very concerned about our defensive line and our pass rush going in. I didn’t see anything to dispel that concern coming out.”
“The operation didn’t run very smooth. I attribute that first to myself and then the way the team is structured right now, the depth, the youth and different guys in positions. It’s not quite as smooth as we’d like.”
Dabo Swinney: "The 42 minute to 18 minute difference is very frustrating. We had some explosive plays, which led to quick scores. We need to improve on third downs as a defense."
David Cutcliffe: "I was really disappointed in our start in the third quarter. We went three and out and I can't really explain that one. I thought our team was a little flat and I didn't sense that coming out of the tunnel. From the locker room to the field, we just weren't there completely. We just stopped ourselves. It could have been as good of a performance as you could ever see from an offense. We dropped two touchdowns in the first half and squandered some opportunities in the third quarter. As far as quarterback play, you're not going to see and better from either sides of the field. "
"It was interesting walking into the locker room tonight because you don't ever want to be disappointed in a win. When I walked in there, they were as quiet as a church mouse. That's a good sign. They expect a lot of themselves. They didn't play well for sixty minutes. And we can do that. We're talented enough to play well for 60 minutes. And when you go into ACC play you have to be ready for that."
Jimbo Fisher: “From a game management standpoint I was pleased with how we handled things. We tried to get the freshmen in there. We were very organized."
Paul Johnson: "Being more crisp, playing faster on offense. It looked like we never really played fast. Offensively we were playing okay, just okay. In the first half, I think we scored on the first three possessions, and then we lost our focus and turned the ball over.”
“We made a lot of mistakes, missed a lot of tackles, got sloppy, but we have a lot of stuff to work on now. Hopefully you make the most improvement from game one to game two and that is what we need to do."
"We missed a ton of tackles. We didn't give up many big plays which was a positive. We just need to be able to get them off the field better. In the first half, there weren't that many possessions. If we don't turn it over on the first play of two possessions, you are probably looking at four possessions in the half.”
Randy Shannon: "One thing you never do, never take a victory and not enjoy it. I told the players and the coaches, 'Enjoy tonight.'”
Tom O’Brien: (on Russell Wilson) “I think he’s still rusty. He hasn’t played since November, so that’s understandable. He’s still not in flow from where he was a year ago, but he’s one of those guys who, because of his athleticism, can give the effort and perform well.”
Mike London: "It was really important to come out and be representative of a team that is trying to improve. We're trying to show that we have improved academically, we have improved socially and we wanted to show that we could take one quarter at a time and play a game where we don't self destruct but rather score points and play defense. That's the improvement we're looking for. There are things we did well and some things we need to keep working on. Our goal for the season is to improve each time we play."
Post-game quotes from all 12 SEC head coaches
Houston Nutt: "Toughest game I've ever been through.”
"It's the worst loss I've ever had. I know we're better than that. Just a sick, sick feeling. We can't get that one back."
Nick Saban: “There were a bunch of (young players) that played. It’s the first time since we’ve been here that I have felt the need to talk about things that you take for granted, like the dress code for a trip. We had guys who had been here for two or three years that know what’s going on. Now we have a significant number of guys that don’t know what’s going on, haven’t played before and haven’t traveled before, that I find myself saying ‘I need to spend some time explaining this stuff that we explained three years ago.’ It’s probably better to coach this team the way we coached the first year (in 2007).
“I think the real emphasis with our team was, all along, to develop an identity for this team for 2010 and focus on the things that we need to do to create that in terms of the effort, the toughness, the discipline to execute, and I was pretty pleased with that. I think we came out and played fast and took the ball and had a really good opening drive with good execution.
“I’m not sure there’s a bad seat in the house. … The energy and atmosphere here today was fantastic, created by our fans from everything from the Walk of Champions to the spirit in the stadium in the game.”
Gene Chizik: “I liked what our defense did tonight. They were out there really flying around. We got a lot of people to the football.”
“I thought our offense struggled at times; especially when we get a penalty on fourth and one, and throw an interception on another opportunity for us to score. We did throw and catch the ball pretty well. It took us awhile to get our running game established. I like the way we came out of halftime, because we started to settle down and run the ball better.”
“We can't be satisfied on our offensive performance with three turnovers. I would like to see our number two guys come in and execute. They need to come in and move the ball as well as the first team.”
“It was a little bit difficult with a new offensive coordinator, trying to figure out what he did at a different school versus what he would do now with different types of personnel. That became a little challenging.”
“Cam has a lot of work to do right now on our offense in just running it and being where we need to be in this league. For his first football game, I couldn't be prouder of what he did.”
"It is just our level of focus and concentration sometimes was just extremely sloppy. Our protection of the football was extremely sloppy. That's disappointing. That's really disappointing.
Urban Meyer: "We won," said Gators coach Urban Meyer, now 6-0 in openers as the Gators head coach. There you go. . . . I'll say that slowly. We won. There's a bright spot for you."
"There's a sense of urgency. I felt it in the locker room. There should be, and we'll come back tomorrow and work hard. That's what we do around here: work hard and try to get better."
"Am I concerned? Sure. It's not the first time we've had a kid drop a ball. It's not the first time we've had issues with snaps. I just can't wait to go to work and get going again.
"I congratulated them on a win and said get your rest tonight because we're going to come back and work our tails off tomorrow."
Mark Richt: "The defense really stifled Louisiana-Lafayette. We did have one mental error, and one mental error can be the difference between seven points and a shutout. The defense did an exceptional job of shutting them down. The guys were locked in and played extremely hard and disciplined. There were an awful lot of positives."
Joker Phillips: “You can still have a good season if you don't win this game. But you can't have a great one. We want to have a great one.”
Les Miles: “Our football team won a game tonight in a very sloppy fashion. At the end of the game our running back was running to score instead of running for first down, which would have won the game.”
“We had the opportunity to win a game in a very convincing style and our football team wasn’t good enough to do that.”
Dan Mullen: “The defense shut them out for I think 58 minutes and 29 seconds. To shut them out is a great effort. I am really proud of our two new coaches coming in for their first game in the Southeastern Conference. Really proud of our defense to come out and play the way they did.”
“I am expecting a big time atmosphere here Thursday night with all our fans, and I thank all our fans. You saw here tonight, they set the opening day record. That was our first sellout for a nonconference opponent. Right from kickoff, our fans picked up right where they left off”
Steve Spurrier: “We had 41 points with 11 minutes left. They sort of milked the clock out on us there. I was thinking for the first time we might score 50, but we couldn't quite do it. I think we need to score 50 sometime if we can, but we couldn't do it tonight.”
Derek Dooley: “The emotional part was the Vol Walk. That thing is unbelievable. There's not a better example of how great these fans are than when we got off that bus. With what they've been through in the last couple of years, to see the support was unbelievable."
Robbie Caldwell: "The most frustrating thing was that we botched two-point plays, and that is the thing we worked on as much as any.”
"They said it was a high hit. The (quarterback) is a foot off the ground. What's a high hit? He's trying to keep him from making a first down. I don't know."
Brian Kelly: I needed all 20 years to be the HC at Notre Dame
During Friday’s Irish kick-off luncheon, Brian Kelly said he is glad to have coached 20 years before coming to Notre Dame. Kelly also talked about the importance of “defending our home.”
Kelly stated, “I came prepared, but I can tell you that I needed all 20 years of my experience to be the head coach of Notre Dame. It’s a fish bowl. You’re under a great deal of scrutiny, but our players are as well. That’s why we’ve really identified with each other.”
When asked about his goals for this season, Kelly responded, “Let’s thing about this for a second. How about ‘Win the all.’ (Applause) Any other answer would not suffice anyways. I think we go into each year with some specific goals relative to offense, defense, and special teams. The big thing we talked about is ‘defend our home.’ Defend Notre Dame. Win our home games. Let’s start there.”
Notre Dame hosts Purdue on Saturday at 3:30 EST. You can see the entire Week 1 TV Schedule right here.