Wannstedt: We jumped into a hornets nest out there
Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt doesn’t regret scheduling a season-opener on the road in a hostile environment such as Utah.
During the Big East teleconference today, Wannstedt said, “We jumped into a hornets nest out there. I’ll be the first to admit it. Would it have helped us to get a game under our belt? It’s all hindsight. We didn’t play well though. If we don’t give the cheap touchdown and if we punch one in, we have a chance to win the football game and I probably feel completely different.”
“We’ll learn from it. I promise you we won’t be in a more hostile environment all year long.”
(on his quarterback Tino Sunseri) “I thought that it got better as the game went on. As that thing started, he walked out staring his first game…I thought that he got better from huddle control, he got better from a communication standpoint on the sidelines, I thought he became more confident. At the end of the game, there was no question he has a good feel for what they were doing and what we had to do in terms of getting the ball to certain people. Every week he is going to improve just as he did throughout the game. As I said at the beginning of the year there’s no easy way to do that. You can read all the Dan Marino magazines on how to play quarterback and it’s not going to help you personally. You have to go out and do it. I was pleased how he progressed during the game. He never went backwards. He really kept his composure. The last play, he knew exactly what happened. He held the ball too long and should have thrown it out of bounds…he was the first to say it.”
Pitt hosts New Hampshire this week.
Skip Holtz happy for ECU, but the 'Florida film kept catching my attention'
On Monday's Big East teleconference, Skip Holtz said he watched parts of East Carolina's win on Sunday, but joked that the Gators' film somehow kept his attention.
Holtz said, “I had the opportunity to watch a little bit of it. My son was texting me some score updates. I didn’t get a chance to see it all, but I was fortunate enough to watch the final drive. The Florida film kept catching my attention (laughs), so it made it hard to watch the entire game.”
“Really proud for those players, for Coach McNeill, who has done a really great job going in there. Anytime you leave a place you want to see those players be successful. I thought it was a great with. The stadium looks great with the addition that Terry Holland has built into that program. I have a lot of very fond memories and an awful lot of respect for East Carolina. I enjoyed my time there.”
(on playing Florida this weekend) “It’s been something that’s been talked about ever since I came here. That’s where we aspire to be. As a young program, we’re not there yet. There are geographical implications as well. There’s relationships between the two. I sure there is text messages flying back and forth between Gainesville and Tampa this week.”
South Florida defeated Stony Brook 59-14 this past weekend. The Bulls travel to Gainesville on Saturday for an 12:21 EST kick-off.
Mike Sherman: We wanted to run 100 plays
Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman met with the media on Monday to recap the Aggies 48-7 win over Stephen F. Austin.
Interestingly, Sherman said, “The key component in this game is that we wanted to run 100 plays.” Amazingly, the Aggies finished with 99 offensive snaps.
Sherman was pleased overall, except for the kicking situation, noting a missed field goal and kick-off out of bounds.
Asked if he would go as far as considering an open tryout, Sherman responded, “If someone is on campus that can do that, we will do that. We’re not locked into anything or anybody. Our players know you better practice well, prepare well, and play well.”
(on the running game) “I don’t think we always hit the hole that was there. Overall, I though the offensive line did a good job. It’s very important that we run the ball effectively. I think we had 1 minus-yard play in the run game.”
“The deep passes, we missed on. We need to correct that, and connect on those. A lot of our ineffectiveness in the red zone was that I was a little too hard-headed on what I wanted to do down there.”
Sherman, who visited troops in Iraq this summer, said he has invited some of friends from the trip to attend the game. Saturday's game against LA Tech falls on September 11th. Kick-off is set 7 pm EST.
Todd Graham: It was a game we absolutely gave away. Our fault as coaches.
6-foot-8 wide receiver Justin Jones hauled in a Hail Mary pass on the last play as East Carolina defeated Tulsa 51-49 in Greenville, NC.
Tulsa head coach Todd Graham said, "We didn't execute on the last play, we called a timeout and we didn't execute the play. That was our fault, but they just made a play."
"That's our fault as coaches. One of our coaches was confused. On the same hand, they made the play and we didn't.”
"I've been doing this for 24 years and that's never happened to me. We usually have a play we execute to put pressure on the quarterback so he can't make that throw. We called the play and didn't execute. That's our fault. They made the play and we didn't."
Update: Check out this photo from FanBlogs.com . If the pass had fallen incomplete, Tulsa should have been flagged for the strangest of penalties.
Monte Kiffin & Ed Orgeron out to fix USC defense
Who would have ever thought that Monte Kiffin’s defense was rank 106th nationally in total defense?
After allowing 588 yards, 31 first-downs, and 36 points to Hawaii, you can bet Monte Kiffin and Ed Orgeron will be working hard to correct some mistakes from last Thursday night.
This Saturday night, the Trojans will host Virginia, under new head coach Mike London.
USC assistant coach Ed Orgeron says, "We did not perform today like we were supposed to perform. But we're gonna get it fixed. There's no doubt about it."
“The penalties were really disappointing.”
"We know how to get it fixed. We're just going to look at the film, go a little harder on them, practice some things that we need to practice. We really messed up on some simple things tonight."
Tuberville: I forgot we don't take many snaps under center
Even before serving as the head coach at Auburn, Tommy Tuberville adopted the nickname of “Riverboat Gambler” while coaching at Ole Miss. Tuberville has never been one to shy away from taking unordinary chances.
But leading 35-20 in the 4th quarter, backed up inside his own 35 yard-line, Tuberville once again rolled the dice with a 4th & inches quarterback sneak. The attempt began with a poor snap and subsequent fumble, giving SMU great field position and new life.
ESPN’s Bob Davie blasted Tubs.
Tuberville admitted, “I forgot we don’t take many snaps under the center. I’ve got to get that out of my mind. But that was my fault and my call. It wasn't anybody's fault but mine. I put us in a situation where it should have been a no-brainer. We should have lined up and punted the ball and made them go the length of the field.”
“I know we gave up 27 points, and that’s way too many. That’s 14 points too many, I think. We want to try to have every shutout we can. This defense, they’ll get much better.”
“One thing I'd like to say is SMU did a fantastic job of staying in there. I thought we had them knocked down a couple of times, but they kept getting up. We had a little more depth in some areas.”
“Defensively, we're a work in progress. But I tell you that the way they practiced and the way they concentrate, they get better. Today at times, I think we went four or five possessions before they even got across midfield.”Texas Tech will play at New Mexico on September 11th.
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.