Dave Christensen: I've never experienced anything like that in my life
Following Wyoming’s 34-7 loss at Texas, head coach Dave Christensen expressed his great appreciation of the Texas athletic department for the their kindness in recognizing the recent death of Wyoming player Ruben Narcisse.
Freshman linebacker Ruben Narcisse (19) died in the wreck last Monday after he and several other UW teammates visited friends in Fort Collins over the weekend.
Christensen stated, “All I have to say is that the people of Texas have been sensational with our tragedy this week. They couldn’t have been better. I was greeted at the locker room on Friday by the President of the university and the Athletic Director and I have never experienced anything like that in my life. I just want to tell the people that we really appreciate how kind they were to us and everything they did for us.”
“Everyone is well aware that we lost a player this week,” Christensen added. “We had Ruben’s initials on our helmet tonight so we honored him with that which we will do for the remaining of the time that he would have been with us. It was a very difficult week. We will have a service for him on Monday in Laramie and some of us will attend another ceremony on Friday in Miami.”
Wyoming hosts Boise State this Saturday.
Rich Rod tweets about "the main thing"
Here at FootballScoop headquarters, as we are awaiting kick-off to the 2010 NFL season, we decided to check out the FootballScoop Twitter Center to see what the head coaches around the country are tweeting today.
We noticed Rich Rod's tweet at just before 1 pm EST, which said, "Yesterday was a great victory for all of the Michigan fans We have to continue making the Main thing being the Main thing."
We're not sure what "The Main thing" is, but we're pretty sure Rich Rod will explain in his Monday presser, which you'll be able to read about here on (you guessed it) Monday.
Monday is always a big day on FootballScoop. You can read all the important quotes & notes from coaches around the country. Don't forget, we'll release Week #2 Game Changing Coaches presented by Family Relo on Tuesday morning.
Back to Michigan, check out Picture #2 in the FootballScoop Photo Gallery. Is Denard claiming the Heisman already?
Robinson has yet to turn the ball over in two games. Michigan hosts UMASS next week. The Wolverines next few games include UMASS, Bowling Green, and at Indiana.
Oklahoma OC Kevin Wilson explains offensive success against FSU
Oklahoma racked up 487 total yards in the 47-17 win over Florida State.
Following the game, Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson explained the key to successful day on offense.
Wilson said, "Some of the best things we did was when we were doing some of our simple stuff where we just go fast and they're not lined up. Our tempo helped us a lot because I don't think they were ready sometimes. But once we get into our conference, teams have seen us."
The Sooners used “The Pistol” backfield set to help the down-hill run game.
"It's not like Nevada. We did it a smidge last year. We just want to be a little more downhill (on running plays). We're trying to be more of a physical offense. Nevada uses more option. We're just trying to get the back going sideways instead of going north and south. You also hide some of your tendencies."
Landry Jones completed 30-40 pass for 380 yards and 4 touchdowns. Oklahoma allowed just 1 sack and the only turnover was the result of a fumble.
Oklahoma hosts Air Force next Saturday.
Post-game reactions from coaches around the country
Some interesting post-game quotes from Saturday:
Jim Harbaugh leads Stanford to first win at the Rose Bowl in 14 years: "This win means a lot. We were exorcising our demons. This was the first time we've won here in 14 years.”
"UCLA is very skilled on both sides of the ball (The defense) took it one play at a time. We got some big sacks when they were threatening our side of the field. We certainly packed the defense this week."
Quoting Steve Sarkisian after 41-20 win over Syracuse: "Games aren't always going to go the way you envision them or draw them up. And obviously the start of the football game for us was not designed by any means."
Quoting Mike Gundy following 41-38 win over Troy: "Obviously, anybody that paid the price of admission got their money's worth tonight. Anybody that had a heart condition probably struggled through the game. It was a very interesting game. We talked last week about Troy. They're very athletic. They've got skill guys that can make plays. We did not tackle very well in open field tonight. I was disappointed with that. I was disappointed with our special teams even though I thought coach Deforest made a great adjustment on the punt where we put two returners back. It gave us a chance to field it and make a play worked out well for us. I was very disappointed in the penalties. I see we had 12 penalties for 139 yards and that's unacceptable. That's our fault as coaches. That's on us and the players buying in. We will get that corrected and we won't give them 139 yards. They had 67 so that's 70-yards of advantage in penalties. That's very poor coaching on our part. We'll get that corrected. Overall, I was very proud of how the defense played the fourth quarter. Offensively, it was an interesting evening in the fact that unless we penalized it or turned it over, there weren't many times when we didn't move the ball; and move it very well. But, obviously if you're penalized it counts and if you turn it over it counts. We need to correct those mistakes. A win is a win, but we've got a lot of things to work on and make ourselves a better team. The talent in the games will get more difficult as we progress through the season. I'm looking forward to getting back in here tomorrow morning and getting ready to play the next team."
Quoting Larry Blakeney following 41-38 loss at Oklahoma State: "We made enough mistakes tonight to lose about six or eight ballgames in one, and they did too, and that's the only thing that made it 41-38 instead of one of us winning by a larger margin. We got a chance playing against a team like Oklahoma State. They're a young football team; we're a young football team. We battled hard against each other and we came out on the short end of the stick. It was kicking game woes, it was turnovers. We couldn't stop the deep ball. We've got so many things we've got to work on, but I think we have a chance to be a decent team."
Quoting Urban Meyer after 38-14 win over South Florida: “Their quarterback (B.J. Daniels) is a stud; he’s a tough nut. We have a lot of respect for the outlet we just played. When I said they’re SEC caliber, they might not have the depth, but they have the players. That’s a good team. Our offensive line put it on their shoulders in the second half. That’s the hardest our running backs have run here in quite awhile.”
“Special teams was finally the way it’s supposed to look around here. We were also 5-0 in the turnover battle, and that was a big part of this.”
Quoting Skip Holtz after 38-14 loss at Florida: “I thought the difference in this football game was turnovers. I thought our team played hard but we certainly did not play smart enough to win. Turnovers are the number one thing - the single biggest statistic that shows winning and losing. It is not yards, it’s not punts, it’s not yards per kickoff return, etc. The number one statistic in the country that determines wins and losses is turnovers and I believe we finished minus five in that category today.”
Quoting Jim Tressel after defeating Miami (FL): “As long as we continue to grow, this is huge. You play a top -- I think they're a top 10 team. In my mind going into the game, you know, I was interested to see if we were a top 10 team, and I thought we played a very good team. So now if we'll keep growing from that, we've got a chance. If we think we've arrived, we're done, but that was a tough game.”
“It was the first time I've ever been in a game where the kicker cramped up. It's unbelievable. I guess we called on him so much he cramped up, but I didn't realize he made five field goals.”
Les Miles not pleased with quarterback play: "We're going to continue to evaluate our quarterback situation, and frankly we're going to expect more out of the position. I think both those guys can give it to us. I think (Jordan) Jefferson definitely can, and we're going to encourage (Jarrett) Lee because he's a guy who's going to have to win games for us as we go forward."
Houston Nutt talks about 3rd quarter lulls: "I'm not as concerned about it now because we won. I really think we'll be able to jump-start ourselves and we can learn and we're going to gain confidence.”
"It's much easier to do that. I promise you, in 28 years of coaching, it's much easier to teach lessons when you win and I promise you, we're going to get that corrected."
Nick Saban talks about Joe Paterno: "I just told him he had a good football team and he's the best, one of the best ever in college football.
"I got asked the question this week: 'Do you think this'll be the last time you coach against Joe Paterno?' I said, 'I got asked that question 15 years ago at Michigan State. I don't think it warrants an answer.'
"In his 45 years at Penn State, there's probably not a classier program, a classier gentleman, a better person and a guy who's affected more lives in a positive way in terms of the class of the program that they have, the people they always seem to be able to produce, and I know Joe has given a lot back to the institution."
Quoting UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck: "Utah is better than us. We made too many mistakes to come in and win on the road."
Quoting Dan Hawkins following 52-7 loss at Cal: "We got off to a bad start. And it got worse from there."
Mark Dantonio pleased with special teams: "It was a great job by our special teams. We won the field position battle. Conroy was 3 for 3 with three big kicks and Keshawn Martin set up some different things with his returns and that was a big positive."
Quoting Jimbo Fisher: "They scored and went up 21-7, and we got field position back. I think they got control of the kicking game too. In their kickoff return and in our return we didn't block very well, our starting position was very poor and we didn't make some plays on offense. We didn't convert third downs. A couple chances we had, (we) just lost control of the line of scrimmage a little bit. They just caught us off balance and they were scoring on their side. They scored the first four times I think they had it, and got up 27-7, and we had a chance right there at end of the first half. We got that turnover and if we got that score and moved it a little bit, that's 27-14. We get it at the start of the second half and we didnt take advantage of it. And they did a good job of mixing it up on third down and controlling the line of scrimmage."
Kiffin: They outcoached us. Most miserable 2-0 locker room I've ever been in
Following a 17-14 win over Virginia, Lane Kiffin expressed total disappointment in the play of the Trojans.
"The disappointment mostly is for the Trojan Family, the Trojan fans, I know how excited they were," Kiffin said about the atmosphere. "The crowd was great and we disappointed them. Even at half as they were hanging around, if we had just blown it open, it would've been like the old days. I think that's probably the biggest disappointment."
"I'm extremely disappointed with our performance. That's the most miserable 2-0 locker room I've ever been in, which is good. I think our players understand."
"We're not even close to getting it done."
“They outcoached us today. I would say we were outcoached.''
USC was outgained 340 to 329 yards. The Trojans were just 5 of 15 converting third-downs. USC also benefited from a critical blown call from the official when UVA executed a Boise State-like fake punt.
Regarding the blown call, Mike London said, "Well, I’ll just say that I was told after we came out for the third quarter that the one call on the fake punt that we did, that they blew the call. And I’ll just leave it at that."
USC plays at Minnesota next Saturday.
Bobby Hauck attempts strange fake field
Apparently, UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck believes in the mantra, “Let’s play for 60 minutes.”
Trailing 38-10 on the road at Utah, Hauck attempted a fake field goal from the Utah 1-yard line with under a minute remaining in the game.
On the fake field goal attempt, freshman kicker Nolan Kohorst received a flip of the ball from the hold, but was tackled in the backfield by a host of Utah defenders.
Following the game, Hauck said, “Why not try something. Nothing else was working.”
“We sign up to play for 60 minutes, so we’re going to play for 60 minutes,” Hauck said. “We weren’t in position to take a knee. If we were in the position to take a knee, we would have taken a knee.”
UNLV travels to Idaho next Saturday. Kick-off is set for 10:30 EST.
Gill credits Torbush after win, won't comment on Craig Bohl's comments
First-year Kansas head coach Turner Gill notched an upset win over Georgia Tech by a score of 28-25.
Gill said, "I would say we were playing for the whole Jayhawk nation.”
"Coach (Carl)Torbush did an excellent job, no doubt about it. Torbush and (Vic) Shealey, those two have seen this offense before. Coach Torbush coached against them when he was at Mississippi State. So I think that those things gave confidence to our players and that's the key thing; our players buying into what we're teaching them.”
"No, I didn't prove anything. It's just one ball game. We're here to be successful over a long period of time, many years. One game doesn't define our program, two games doesn't define our program. We're trying to do something over a long period of time and we're just trying to move forward."
In regards to North Dakota State head coach Craig Bohl’s comments, Gill said, "I've heard comments. I haven't read it. So I can't respond to something I really don't know the content or really what it was all about.''
Next week, Kansas travels to Southern Miss for a Friday night game on ESPN.
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.