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Sept. 1, 2012

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Pitt vs. Youngstown State, Sept. 1, 2012

Head Coach Paul Chryst

Opening comments:

“Obviously, we’re disappointed in the outcome of the game. My hat goes off to Youngstown State.  They are very well coached. They’re a good team. Tonight they were the better team. We’ve certainly got to become a better football team and I think we can. It’s in our hands now to go forward. I believe this group can go forward and we will go forward.”

On the suspension of six players prior to the game:

“Before the game, we suspended six players due to disciplinary actions. That is an area in this program that will not be sacrificed and we will hold our players accountable for it. We are a family.  We have some matters we need to take care of.”

On the physical battle vs. Youngstown State:

“I didn’t feel like we were dominated. I didn’t feel like we were getting hammered. But, we did not dominate, by any means, either side of the ball.”

On Ray Graham’s health:

“In camp, we weren’t quite sure with Ray. We knew Ray was making progress. I love the competitiveness of Ray. He was feeling good and it was good to get him going.”

On the team’s offense:

“We had our opportunities and there were times we didn’t cash in on them. We didn’t make enough plays.”

On Tino Sunseri’s performance:

“I thought Tino did some good things. I liked his composure. I liked where his mind was when I talked to him. If you were to ask him, he’d say there are some things we can do better.”

On defending Youngstown State’s offense:

“Youngstown State’s offense did a good job of staying ahead of it. They executed well. They’ve got a good football team and they played that way. They beat us tonight.”

On preparing for the next game (vs. Cincinnati):

“We’ll go back to work tomorrow. We’ll learn a lot of things from the tape. It’s a short week and I think the best thing we can do right now is get back on it.”



Quoting senior running back Ray Graham:

On how it felt to play in his first game back from injury:

“It felt good. It felt great to get back out there, running around with a different opponent, actually live. It felt good to get out there and run around.”

On what the game plan was for him:

“Coach (Desmond Robinson) and Coach (Paul) Chryst, we talked. They told me just to be real with them, tell them how I feel. So we had a game plan going in and the game plan worked very well, and I think Coach did a great job with me.”

On how his knee felt:

“It felt good. I wasn’t really thinking about it. I played and after that first play I just had to get hit.”

On why the offense struggled:

“You’ve got to give credit to Youngstown State. That just goes to show that you can’t sleep on any opponent. Not to say that we did or that anyone in the locker room did, it’s just that you have to give credit. They’re on scholarship, just like we’re on scholarship. They did their job to a T and that was it.”


Quoting senior quarterback Tino Sunseri:

On his performance tonight:

“Not very good, you know whenever you’re not able to come in and win a football game, there is obviously some things you need to do better. I could of done more. That’s how we take it in our quarterback room. You have to see what you could do differently, and we’ll go back and watch the tape and learn from it really quick and we have a quick transition week as we play Cincinnati on Thursday.”

On if he feels he missed some plays tonight:

“No, because the next play was a touchdown. All it did was lead to the next play. You want to go back and look at the tape because obviously the clock wouldn’t have been wasted if we had scored faster. So, I’m going to go back and see what the routes were, see where the ball landed and see what adjustments I can make.”

On how the turnovers and mistakes affected the game:

“Obviously, anytime you turn over the ball and anytime you don’t score you kill some momentum. The big thing about offense is you have to go out and try no matter what happened. You have to let the turnovers go and you have to let the stops go. That’s what we’re going to do from now on and we’re going to move on and execute.”


Quoting junior defensive lineman Aaron Donald:

On the feeling in the locker room:

“We’ve got to get up and look at next week. At the same time, we have to watch film and give this game some thought and get ready for Cincinnati next week.”

On not being able to get to the quarterback:

“He was getting the ball out real quick and they did their job. They blocked real well and the running back was running real hard. That’s all I can say. They played hard.”


Quoting senior defensive back Andrew Taglianetti

On how the game went:

“I don’t want to take anything away from their victory, but that’s not the real Pitt out there. I think we realize that in the locker room and we know we have five days until our next game and I think, I mean I hope we bounce back from it”

On why the defense struggled:

“I thought their offensive game plan was pretty good. I mean they got the ball out of the quarterback’s hands pretty quickly, which hurt our defensive line. It’s definitely frustrating that you work so hard on first and second down and then third down comes up and they were converting them. We’ve got a little work to do on third down and other stuff.”



Pitt vs. Youngstown State, Sept. 1, 2012

Head Coach Eric Wolford

On the impact of tonight’s upset win:

“One of our fundamentals for success, we have sixteen of them, is to expect to win. It’s a compliment to our coaching staff and our players. After being here two-and-a-half years, I think we’re finally in position to expect to win football games.”

On his thoughts moving forward:

“These guys have been on a pretty good journey themselves. Our first year here, people didn’t understand why I screamed and yelled all of the time. We’re going to demand perfection, and we have such a high standard at Youngstown State that we’re measured by. This place is about championships and one game is not going to define us. We have a 24-hour rule, enjoy it tomorrow or whatever the case may be, and then we’ve got to move on. We’ve got bigger fish to fry. That’s what we’re measured by.”

On matching up against a program like Pitt:

“We’ve been talking about the fourth quarter a lot. I think we physically matched up much better in the fourth quarter than we ever have. (Pitt’s) a good football team, they’re very well coached. Paul Chryst is a heck of a football coach. That’s a good football team and they’re going to win a lot of games. They’ve got the right guy there.”



Quoting junior quarterback Kurt Hess

On believing Youngstown State could beat Pitt:

“I believed in my teammates, I really did. A lot of people said this was a farfetched thing, that it was absurd, but we believed in the locker room that we could beat this Pitt team. Give a lot of credit to them, they were tough and they played very hard tonight, but in our locker room we really believed we could do it. It really hasn’t even hit me, and it’s just another game. I like to think that way. We executed the game plan and I’m proud of our team for that. It really hasn’t set in but it will sometime soon.”

On the significance of tonight’s victory:

“Easily the biggest win. It’s something that nobody expected, something that I’m very proud of my teammates and coaches for. We’ve done a good job preparing for this game and this moment. We really came out here and expected to win, and I think that really helped us.”


Quoting freshman wide receiver Andre Stubbs

On moving on from tonight’s win and looking towards the future:

“Just stay humble; we still have 10 more games left.”


Quoting senior defensive tackle Aronde Stanton

On moving on from the past to concentrate on the present:

“The past is the past, and last year doesn’t matter to us. We’ve got a new defensive coordinator, we’ve got a great scheme, and we just come out to play and do our game plan. And that resulted in a win today.”

On the importance of having their fans at Heinz Field today:

“Our fans are very important to us, I’m glad the game was so close that so many people could make it. They supported us on every third down, every big play, they were cheering. I didn’t even hear Pitt fans, they drowned them out. That’s a plus for us, any time we can get that it’s a positive.”

On the mentality of the team heading into the game:

“We came out with a chip on our shoulder. We felt disrespected when they won the toss and they received it. Usually teams kick the ball when they win a toss, we just took that as disrespect. They felt like they were just going to run on us and score whenever they wanted to. We came out here with that mentality that we were going to stop them no matter what they did, and we created turnovers and did that.”








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