Louisville-Kentucky Postgame Quotes

 



Sept. 17, 2011

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Head Coach Charlie Strong
Opening statement ...
"This is a tremendous team victory for our team. We had said earlier to our team that we needed to have a statement game and after how we played last week we needed to come out and have a great game. The reason this is so important; we talk to our guys about changing the culture of this program. We've been down for three years and last year we had our year and you see us bounce back but we needed a statement game to change our culture and I mean in our university too. You see students walk around our campus with UK shirts and I always say to them if you're going to walk around with UK stuff on you must have not got accepted to you UK but you are here so let's support our school. You see alums who have graduated from our university that still have UK stickers on their car. We play two games early without selling out the stadium. Our alums should come to watch our players play and not worry about who we are playing. We have to change the culture within our program and if we continue to win then it will change so we have to change it ourselves."

On traveling Louisville fans ...
"I love it, I came down here and spoke last year and we probably had 150 alums there, it's great. It's important for our university because they may always say we are the "step-child" but it's important we start to win because then we can get the alums to support our university."

On limiting Kentucky's rushing attack ...
"That's what we needed to do on defense, stop the run. Our defense put enough pressure on the quarterback and made (Morgan) Newton make some bad throws and we ran him down. It was so critical to contain Newton."

On saying that Kentucky was the better team before the game ...
"I told the team on Thursday if we go play, then we are the better team. Our team has to play with some confidence and once you play with confidence you start believe. I told them it was all about them, we talk about changing the culture but it starts with them."

On his feelings after this game compared to last year's ...
"It's a game we needed to win as a statement game. It's a victory, we should all be happy and it's our state rivalry so we should all be happy about this one."


Louisville Player Quotes
21 - Adrian Bushell - CB
On the win ...
"I'm at a loss for words right now. I'm just happy to be a part of it really. In coming here, I just heard so much about Kentucky. I'm tired of hearing about it. I wanted to get out there and make some plays and see what I could do."

On getting back in the swing of things ...
"It's kind of crazy trying to get back in the groove of things, getting back in shape and getting back and accommodating the style of the team."

66 - Alex Kupper - OL
On the win ...
"We haven't won in four years and to get it back is a special thing, and to come here and do it with the support of the fans and everything. The tide is swinging our way."

On the play of the Louisville offensive line ...
"The first couple of games we hadn't really stayed in the rhythm like we have talked about. We played turnover free tonight and we didn't let little penalties bother us and we ran the ball pretty efficiently."

93 - Roy Philon - DT
On the game and having family supporting him at the stadium ...
"I'm from here it was a big game for me. It was a statement game for me just for me starting out. Going out there and trying to do my best."

On Coach Strong's reaction to the game ...
"It makes me feel really good. It is a little bit of success that we got. It's one more step on the ladder that we have and it just makes me happy knowing I did my job."

 

 

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