Louisville-Pittsburgh Postgame Quotes

 



Oct. 13, 2012

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Louisville Head Coach Charlie Strong
Opening statement:
“We were so happy to have our first Big East opener on the road. What was so great about it was our football team didn’t play well during the first half. We had too many penalties and made too many mistakes. In the second half, we were able to come out and operate on offense. Where I felt the game changed was in the second quarter right before halftime. Pitt had the ball on third down and we called a timeout. We stopped them and they called a timeout on fourth down. We stopped them and Teddy (Bridgewater) hit DeVante Parker, who made an unbelievable catch. Our offensive line has played well all year long.”

On scoring three points before halftime:
“We’ve been very fortunate the last few weeks to score a touchdown right before halftime. At halftime, we were only down 21-17. Knowing we would have the ball at the start of the second half, we had momentum to drive the ball.”

On the passing game:
“Our offense has been explosive all year long. We’ve been able to throw the deep ball. Today, we were able to connect on those throws.”

On how he motivated the team for the second half:
“I said some very choice words, but I had to get them going. That was the only way it could happen.”

On limiting Pitt’s running game:
“Ray (Graham) tries to run outside. He can make you miss. (Rushel) Shell runs at you. There’s nothing fancy about him.”

On the first conference win:
“It’s the first conference game of six. You have to win to stay in the race. We’ve played away from home for a month. We get to go home and play four of our next six games in front of our home crowd.”

Louisville Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater
On his confidence in DeVante Parker:
“I have a lot of confidence. He’s finding himself again. He has been dealing with injuries and is finally recovering. He’s playing to the best of his ability.”

On Senorise Perry scoring four touchdowns:
“I didn’t know he scored four touchdowns until I was on the sidelines joking around. He is an awesome guy. Coach (Kenny) Carter does a great job coaching those guys.”

Louisville Center Mario Benavides
On his feelings of beating Pitt:
“It feels great. Since I have been here we haven’t beat Pitt home or away. This feels great. I don’t know if we played a complete game but I will say this is our best second half of the season. I am really proud of the way our guys fought. Coming into the game I don’t think I realized how good Pitt’s offense was as far as yards per gain. Our defense did really good against the run. It’s just good to be 6-0.”

On Senorise Perry scoring four touchdowns:
“He is an interesting kid. He works his butt off. Whatever the coaches ask him to do whether it is special teams or anything, he does. He is always willing to do it for the team. He doesn’t care how much he scores or if he has to come out of the running back position. He is willing to do that. I am really proud him."

Louisville Wide Receiver DeVante Parker
On his 75-yard play:
“Teddy just threw it up and I got it.”

On why they threw deep:
“They were playing man. We knew we could beat that and just had to make big plays.”


 

 

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