Miles addresses Colorado talk, Bill Stewart points thumb, Neuheisel remains optimistic
Published: Tuesday, 02 November 2010 09:37
Les Miles comments on rumor in Denver Post (Woody Paige) connecting him to Colorado: "Somebody needs to write articles. Somebody needs to mention names. I have little reaction.”
Bill Stewart says, “I need to do a better job” : "We've had a total self-evaluation of the program of all phases, starting with me to the assistants to the players. I need to do a better job."
"Am I finger-pointing? No, I'm only pointing this thumb at this guy right here. I am not pointing any blame at these players. But let me tell you, I was a player. If you're supposed to block, make a block and do it to the best of your ability. If you're supposed to hold onto the ball, do it to the best of your ability. If you're supposed to be somewhere in a formation, do the best you can."
Rick Neuheisel and UCLA are on 3-game losing streak, Neuheisel still optimistic, hosts Oregon State on Saturday: "It's a very big task for us. If we can harness the energy we played with last week ... we can put together a heck of a fight heading into the month of November."
"We realize it's worthwhile to keep our momentum going as a program. I know a lot of people are concerned, but it's a carrot and motivation and we look forward to playing in front of our home crowd."
Ruffin McNeill praises UCF true freshman quarterback: "Their quarterback, Jeff Godfrey, will be a standout player in this league for years to come. He is special. He is not a fluke and it is not luck. He is good.”
"Their (UCF) special teams outdid our special teams. I mentioned that to our team. Central Florida out-blocked us. The same adjectives I used to describe the defensive side of the football apply to our special teams. I have to get that straight as well. That falls back on me. I take full responsibility for it. We'll get that handled and fixed.”
“I thought they played connected on offense, defense and special teams better than we did. That was the first time I've been able to say on all three sides of the ball that someone was more connected during the game than we were.”
Southern Miss head coach Larry Fedora makes it sound like his team is at a crossroads: “Each individual player has to make a choice on whether or not they want to get better each and every day or do they just want to go through the motions. We talked about the choices that we have at this point in the season, and I believe that this team has chosen to press forward and move on.”
“We did not play with enough passion and enthusiasm to get it done, which was very surprising to me. (Overcoming the 35-21 deficit) is something we can build on. That is the positive in it, that we can do a lot of good things. But we need to stop beating ourselves. We are our own worst enemy right now.”
Bill Lynch says Indiana was close against Northwestern: "There were some very good performances. I thought our defense continued to improve against a good offensive football team. I think overall both against the run and the pass. From a statistical standpoint, they got some rushing yards on about three runs. We let them split us about three times where they got 16, 17, 18 yards. Other than that I thought we were really sound against the run. I thought we did a great job of chasing Persa, who is a very good football player.”
"Statistically some of that is misleading, in that there are some things in our passing game where it is a decision made after the ball is snapped to see the coverages. Some of the wide receiver screens. Some of the other things that we do. I don't have that number, but I would bet there were 10 of those that were called that ended up being thrown and not run. So it is not necessarily run calls. The other thing to follow up on that. The fourth quarter kind of got away from us. I think we only ran the ball twice in the fourth quarter. That became a product of the score. We had the ball and we had a drive, got stopped and punted. They went on a lengthy drive that resulted in a field goal, and then we had a three and out. That was what hurt us. That three and out after their field goal with seven minutes to go. Then we gave it back and they went on another nice drive before we stopped them, but they chewed up the clock. That was part of the cause. We've got to run the ball more efficiently."
Art Briles says first win over Texas since 1997 was important: "It's a very important win for our university, without a doubt. But it was a big win, because it keeps us alive in the South."
Quoting Wisconsin DC Dave Doeren: "I'd like to be more opportunistic than we've been," he said. "We need to try to find some turnovers in there for our offense. Our offense is playing well. We need to make sure we're not giving up anything. If people get stuff, it's because they earn it."