Nov. 19, 2011
Head Coach Charlie Strong
(On quick start)
"It started last week when we lost the game. They got locked in and focused, and on Sunday, practiced well, watched video on Monday, and then got ready to go practice on Tuesday. We could say we don't have a lot of leaders, but that's no reason for us to not do what we need to do. Even with the lack of seniors, we've played 10 games. OK, you guys know how to go get prepared now. So it's all about not stopping the effort to be the best you can be and do what you need to do."
(On players making big plays)
"The thing about Andrell making that play is that that was the play we needed to go make. Teddy laid the ball out there for him, and you're right, they ran into our kicker and we got the penalty. Then, there was the third down play and Andrell makes the big play. You look at it later on, we throw the same route and he made the play and we scored. On offense, we kind of stepped up for a while and got the 95-yard drive and got us a score. We established ourselves when it looked like we weren't moving the ball, and defensively, we were just holding on. We have to make plays and playmakers need to step up."
Andrell Smith, Jr., WR
(On his 39-yard reception to set up TD run by Bridgewater)
"That play was actually my first of the game. I wasn't the primary [receiver on that play]. I didn't think [Teddy Bridgewater] was going to throw me the ball because I wasn't warmed up, but I was ready when it came."
(On the receiving corps' ability to make big plays to spark the offense)
"We know we needed a big play to keep us going. I guess the coaches think it will be worth it to take the risk downfield."
Victor Anderson, Sr., RB
(On the team's preparation for Connecticut)
"The coaches do a great job putting together the game plan and the team comes out every week, day-in-and-day-out, Monday through Friday. The coaches do a great job putting together the game plan and the players do a great job executing it."
(On possibility of playing for a BIG EAST title)
"[The thought of playing for a BIG EAST title] is floating in the air, but like I said before, the game to my team and to the coaching staff, we were going to treat today like our bowl game. We came out, worked hard, and we played well. We came out a little shaky in the first half, but we came out and regrouped in the second half and played well. Going into next week, we've got to treat that like our bowl game."
Adrian Bushell, Jr., DB
(On running back the opening kick-off 100 yards for a TD)
"I just felt like I let the team down last week, not being able to play, so I had to come back and make some plays. Everybody has been telling me all week to follow their block and it's going to be there."
(On confidence running the ball back)
"Every game we've just been one block, two blocks away from popping one, but this time we finally got it all together and I was able to beat the kicker and take it to the house."