Monday September 21, 2009
Quoting Urban Meyer: "When I saw them start handing the ball off, you didn't feel like they were going after the win," Meyer said. "They want to shorten the game ... and I remember looking up there and there's 10 minutes left in the game and there's no no-huddle. They're down by 23-6 and the urgency [wasn 't there]. "The way we lose a game there is throw an interception. ... Let's find a way to win the game. The blog lines and everything else, we're not trying to impress the pollsters. We're trying to win the game. A lot of it had to do with the way they were playing. That made our life a little easier. At times I do believe we called a little bit of a tight game," Meyer said. "I felt like we did play a little bit tight, but we won the game and if we don't turn the ball over [twice] you win handily. "... If I had to do it again I would probably open it up a little bit, but maybe not. Our job is to win the game."
Pete Carroll talks about OC Jeremy Bates: "He's working well with the development of our young guys," Carroll said of Bates. "I don't disagree at all with what we've done. We're trying to move forward and not expose them as the factor in the game." USC went conservative on its final drive against Washington, calling a running play on third and six at the Huskies seven-yard line instead of passing into the end zone.
Tailback Stafon Johnson was stopped for no gain -- making the Trojans 0 for 10 on third down -- and USC kicked a tying field goal. "Looking back," Bates said in the locker room after the game, "it was a bad call."
Carroll disagreed. "We had to make sure that we didn't get out there and make a mistake," he said Sunday.
Kentucky QB coach Randy Sanders breaks arm: Kentucky offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders suffered a broken arm Saturday during the Wildcats' 31-27 win over Louisville. Sanders broke his arm trying to brace his fall after a collision when Kentucky's Derrick Locke was run out of bounds on a kickoff return in the fourth quarter. "Sometimes when you think you're still young and quick, you can't get out of the way,'' Kentucky coach Rich Brooks said. "It's a good lesson for everybody on the sideline. . . . It's a dangerous place.''
Quoting Lane Kiffin: Do you feel like your team gained a little respect by keeping the game close? "We came here to win. I was hired to win here; I wasn't hired for stats. We wanted to do the best thing, and that was to control the clock. It's frustrating, but we did the best that we could do. I started slowing down getting the plays to take time off the clock. I didn't want to tell our players what the plan was. Too many times teams come in here and try to throw it around, and the next thing you know, you're on the wrong end of a bad game."
Bret Bielema upset with ball exchange issues: "I announced it at halftime, if anybody has football exchange issues in the second half, we'll go out there and we'll suspend the Fifth Quarter (band performance) and work on making sure we have ball security," Bielema said. "But because of NCAA rules, I can't. So, we'll get it tomorrow, I guarantee it."
Quoting Bill Stewart: "I'm not pleased, I'm not happy, I'm not overjoyed,'' Stewart said in the wake of West Virginia's 41-30 loss at Auburn. "But I'm OK with the way we came and played our hearts out. We just have to be tougher mentally.''
Charlie Weis talks about DC Jon Tenuta: Weis said the biggest plus to Tenuta's style is how it forces offenses to chanCge their philosophy. "It forced you into deciding on an all-or-nothing mentality. Especially in the pass game," Weis said. "You either had to get everybody out and try to throw the ball quick, or you keep seven in and see if you can't pick it all up. (Tenuta) kind of dictates to you which of those two mentalities you take.
TV Schedule: Week 4
Ole Miss at South Carolina, 7:30 pm, ESPN
Missouri at Nevada, 9 pm, ESPN
Indiana at Michigan, 12pm, BTN, ESPN, or ESPN2
Southern Miss at Kansas, 12 pm, FSN
San Diego State at Air Force, 2 pm, Mtn.
Arkansas at Alabama, 3:30 pm, CBS
UTEP at Texas, 3:30 pm, FSN
California at Oregon, 3:30 pm, ABC
Western Kentucky at Navy, 3:30 pm, CBSC
Colorado State at BYU, 6 pm, Mtn.
Louisville at Utah, 7:30 pm, CBSC
Notre Dame at Purdue, 8 pm, ABC or ESPN
Iowa at Penn State, 8 pm, ABC or ESPN
Texas Tech at Houston, 9:15 pm, ESPN2
New Mexico State at New Mexico, 10pm, Mtn.
Washnigton State at USC, 10 pm FSN