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Pitt vs. Louisville Postgame Quotes




Oct. 30, 2010

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PITTSBURGH -

Pitt Head Coach Dave Wannstedt

"Obviously, that was a very good win for our program, a good win for our football team. When you look at the statistics coming into the game, Louisville was very comparable to the numbers we had. I felt like this would be a game that really stressed us as much as any in the past few weeks."

"We came in at halftime and it was quiet and the guys were feeling good. It was almost the same mentality as last week versus Rutgers. We felt like we were moving the ball and playing pretty good defense. We scored a couple of touchdowns and we had chances in the red zone."

"Our guys responded. Defensively, I thought we played extremely well. They are a very good offensive football team. They have been rushing for 200 yards and passing for 250. We minimized the big plays."

"Jabaal Sheard is having a phenomenal year. You have to really appreciate what he is going through to get to the passer. He just keeps coming and coming. He's rushing the passer as good as any defensive end in the country. He is focused every week and working extremely hard."

"It was a good team win. We were able to come up with a couple of turnovers. I thought our tackling was good today. For us to stop the run, our defensive tackles have to play well."

"Tony Wise is the best line coach in the business and the offensive line is getting better."

"The bye week is coming at a good time."

Pitt Quarterback Tino Sunseri

"I thought our team learned a lot about ourselves today. If we can put together drives, play smart and finish in the red zone, then we can be a successful team."

"At halftime, we wanted to make sure we put some more points on the board and take some pressure off of the defense."

"What we've been doing over the past few games is taking what the defense is giving us. A lot of teams are protecting deep against the long ball to JB (Jon Baldwin) or Mike Shanahan and as a result, that's leaving our tight ends and our short pass game options open. Guys like Henry (Hynoski) and Mike Cruz are getting open underneath and we'll take those completions because we're moving the ball and the chains."

Pitt Nose Tackle Myles Caragein

"I thought the fumble return play really changed the momentum for us. It got us all fired up on defense."

"They had a real nice drive and were picking up some third downs. Jabaal made a nice move, I saw the ball and picked it up, and as a result, I thought it turned the momentum of the game in our favor. Our defense put our team in position to score and go up."

On the Pitt fumble recovery:

"Plays like that are ones we need to accomplish more. The difference between a good and great defense is turnovers and that was part of it today."

Pitt Safety Dom DeCicco

"Myles (Caragein) is all about winning. He does the dirty work that people may not see. He's taking on two or three blocks every play to let guys like Jabaal (Sheard) and Chas (Alecxih) make plays. It's awesome to see a guy who is grinding it out every play to come up with a big play like Myles gave us today."

"The first drives against us have sort of been our kryptonite. It seems like that's the one we let up every time. Today, it was only three points but we need to get to a point where we can't be giving a team any points on that opening drive."

"I think Jabaal is the best player in the Big East regardless of position. If you watch him, he dominates out there on the field despite going up against two or three guys. Without him, our defense would be a lot different."

Louisville Head Coach Charlie Strong

"We didn't play well as team today and you have to play well in all three phases in order to win. In the kicking game, the penalties caught up with us which put our offense in bad field position and then we weren't able to come out and make any plays on offense. On defense, the thing that really got us was the drive where we gave up a touchdown and we had Pitt working from third down three times. We just have to go back and have to coach better and prepare better. We still have a long ways to go. We're not the football team that everyone thinks that we are."

On Louisville's defense:

"We played well enough on defense to win. You always talk about packing your defense on the road and we did. They played well."

On the game getting tougher as it went on from their first drive:

"I have no answer to that. We didn't throw the ball well, we just didn't connect. We had guys open, but we didn't make the throw or the catch."

On not putting the ball in the end zone from the red zone:

"If you look at the last two games, we only have one touchdown. Previously, we've scored many. When we get into the red zone we have to score touchdowns, we can't settle."

Louisville Wide Receiver Doug Beaumont

"Penalties on special teams really had us back behind the 20 for awhile. We just didn't get it going this game."

On the offense scoring one touchdown in the past two games:

"We have an explosive offense, we just have to fix the mistakes that we made today."

On execution:

"We just didn't come out today. We came out with the energy, but we just didn't show it. Pitt's a good team, we just didn't show it today."

On the fumble return:

"It took a lot of juice out of us. From there, the offense got a little down and the defense tried to do as much as they could. They were able to hold Pitt to 20 points and if they can do that, we should have just kept scoring."

Louisville Right Tackle Greg Tomczyk

"We didn't get the chance to get in sync. Pitt is athletic up front and they just made more plays that we did today. It's as simple as that. We didn't play our best football by far and we have a lot of work to do."

On the difference in the offense:

"We haven't gotten set. We had the problem in the first two games, just getting a rhythm going and keeping it going and build on it. We have to keep the defense on their heels and today they got us on our heels and it was our rhythm that wasn't so good."