Nov. 12, 2011
Final Stats |
Tulsa Head Coach Bill Blankenship
"Well, ultimately, I'm just very, very pleased with our guys. You know, one of the things I talked to them about pre-game was that there's an old cliche that coaches use. Luck is one preparation that meets opportunity. I thought we had a tremendous week of preparation and was very confident in that, and so the opportunity now presented itself to go out and play like we played. We've got an opportunity presented to us today. We said if we win that would put our destiny again in our control, trying to chase the opportunity in time for the divisional championship. I couldn't be prouder for the way they started. We were very fortunate and we were very happy we won the toss and took the wind, and I thought that was a factor in the game."
Winning the coin toss was a huge factor
"It's going to be a factor, no matter what happened. I thought if we could get a couple of scores and could establish some tempo in the game that it might be something they couldn't overcome. That was what I never liked is to give away a possession by choosing wind, but felt like today it was significant and that it would affect the kicking game. I don't think it affects the passing game as much as the kicking game and field position and as it turned out, it was a good decision today."
On whether the game plan is to run the ball or if the team is just getting better and better
On the key to getting big plays in the game
"I just think we're finding out more and more who we are. We're a lot more of a controlled passing game. We're able to run between the tackles and we've got an offensive line that's grown up and matured. We've got a quarterback that see's the field and makes good decisions. We have enough skill to turn, you know, average plays into good plays. And so that's what I just think we found who we are for this year, and we're playing pretty fairly efficiently on offense."
"Just being consistent. You know we've got a really good backfield. We have a very unselfish group that has various roles. And you know, I just think that when you see those big gainers come, that means there's someone up front doing a good job. Marshall gave us a lot of looks and a lot of blitzes to make it tough on you in the run game. We were aware of Kerry and had to game plan around him. We don't have to do that every week, but we have great respect for him and what they do."
On playing the final game of the season against Houston for the right to go to the C-USA Championship Game
"Absolutely. That's where we are. They're talking about it down south as well, but nobody's ever run the table through conference USA to win the championship and that's a big deal for us to give us the opportunity to do that. Every year that I've been involved we've had to have help to get into the championship game, so our seniors talked a lot about wanting to have that. You know, if you win each week, you give yourself a chance for that opportunity. So that's where we are. Obviously, we will not overlook UTEP, I promise you that, but it's nice to go into that as a loose football team and confident team. And that's not going to change what we're playing for the Friday after Thanksgiving."
On whether running the table would mean more to the team
"I mean, our players are aware of that and we talked about it as a staff. Ultimately, it doesn't matter where we play. I'd like to play here, but I don't care. The important thing for us is to get a chance to play in that game and I like where our team is playing. They have good defense and have been playing well on special teams. I like where we are."
On whether his team is peaking at the right time
"I think we're peaking higher than we peaked. I heard Trey. I don't think we've come close to playing our best game yet, but I think we're playing a whole lot better than we were and playing with a lot of confidence."
On Tulsa's defense today
"The things that gives you great confidence too is to take a wind, that decision, knowing that your defense is going to play well. And I really thought they were really, really good today. You know, Coach Guise is going to be critical. We gave up a couple of plays that certainly we didn't want to. I'm really excited that we're at a point now, where we're getting irritated at 17 points."
On the throwback uniforms
"We've always liked red. Our players enjoyed the red throw back. I know it's uniforms. It's kind of funny, people that are church folks may understand this. Uniforms are kind of like the music at church; what matter what you're wearing, some people like the contemporary and some people like traditional and hate the other. No matter what we wear, some people won't like it. The fact that our players like it and the fact we get good comments with recruits, we'll keep doing it."
On whether there is a different feel on the field
"It's a great deal when the starting linebacker wants to carry the football. Curnelius was begging for it, and I love that kind of a situation where you can enjoy the game. It doesn't mean they're not playing hard, they are. But you know, I just like where we are right now, the unity, the chemistry and the execution is pretty good."
On Ja'Terian's 194 yards, an average of 19.4 yards per carry
"I guess we're not giving it to him enough. He broke away with some big ones. We felt that he do it. They made some adjustments to the speed sweep, and the last one he hit was pretty much a base outside zone play, and he turned the corner and he has the ability to do that and that's what gets exciting for us. JT gives us the deep threat, and that tells you how fast those guys are because I never saw him get caught before.
On whether he take credit for JT going 48 on the first play and getting off to a good start
"I can't take any more credit than anyone else, but we call the play, so I guess that would be it.
On the play of G.J. Kinne in the last four games
"He's grown up a lot. And when I say that, he's matured as a quarterback. He sees the defense so well. The touchdown to Willy Carter down on the south end was an audible check that he made at the line of scrimmage. That's the kind of thing I don't think he would have done a lot of in the past. I mean he's really very sure of himself and seeing the field better than I think he's ever done, and that allows him to be playing with a lot of confidence.
On what it tells him about Kinne that he ran 17 times last week and almost none at all today
And again, a lot of the times that you're going to see him run are going to be dictated on how the score is and how the game goes. I'm not -- I don't claim to be real, real smart, but I'm not going to try to put him in running situations when the game is in control and we're counting on him to keep catching us.
On Bryan Burnham's 10 catches for 146 yards
"It's a perfect example of GJ -- Bernie has to make the catch. I think he had a great game, but that was GJ taking what the defense gave us. We have routes on the other side of the field, and when he gave us that out route he took it. And he was a surgeon with the football. I thought he did a great job."
Sophomore Running Back Ja'Terian Douglas
On his career-high 194 yards rushing
"We did a great job of preparing all week. When we were watching film, I knew I was going to have to do a little bit more in this game. I knew that we had to come together and play as a team. I just got the opportunities today, and I took advantage."
On the team's six-game win streak
"We look forward to the next game - one after the other. We just have to do a good job of preparing like we did this week and come out as a team."
On the offensive line
"Those guys have always been hard workers. We just had a great week of preparation coming into this game, and the offensive line did a great job."
Sophomore Linebacker Shawn Jackson
On the overall defensive effort
"We played great. We got turnovers and we got a lot of three-and-outs. That was a primary focus this week. We wanted to get off the field on third downs, and I feel like we did a good job of that today. As a defense, we feel like we're getting better every week."
On the improvements the team needs to make
"You always can find things to build on. We're just going to watch film tomorrow and see what we did wrong, make those corrections and get ready for UTEP."
On the six-game win streak
"It's always good to have a win streak when you're trying to prepare for the conference championship. Winning the title has been our goal the entire year. We're just trying to reach that accomplishment."
Senior Quarterback G.J. Kinne
On his performance
"I feel like we were able to control the line of scrimmage and get some easy passes. I let (the receivers) go to work. I wish I could have been perfect today. I really feel like l could have. There's still a lot of room for improvement, and I know that. We have a lot to work on this week."
On the running attack/offensive line
"Just like we've been saying all week, we were able to control the line of scrimmage. We have a lot of great backs back there and we just let them go to work. That's pretty impressive what they've been doing."
"We just have to come out and win. We want to go undefeated in conference, and we want to win this next game and keep this streak alive. All of our guys want to win every game we play."
Sophomore Running Back Trey Watts
On his day where he rushed for 144 yards
"We had a good game plan coming into the game. We felt like we would be able to run the ball pretty well. That's one of the things we are trying to do every week. We also want to get off to a good start, and we were able to do that today. The offensive line played great, and I just followed those guys."
On the offensive line and the play of Ja'Terian Douglas
"Ja'Terian is one of the fastest players I've seen out on this field. When he gets around that edge, you hold your breath because you never know if he's just going to be gone. The offensive line - Tyler (Holmes), Clint (Anderson), (Trent) Dupy, Stetson (Burnett) and (Matt) Romine, all those guys - they just keep working and battling every day, every game. It just seems like they keep getting better and better."
On scoring 42 points in the opening half
"We're playing the best football we've played all year. With that said, you don't want to take a step back, you just want to move forward. We just have to get out on the practice field and keep working and preparing like we've been. If we do that, then good things will happen on Saturday's."
Marshall Head Coach Doc Holliday
"Obviously we didn't play well, and it's obvious that they are a very good football team. You have to give their team credit. There is a reason why they had won 10-straight conference games and now 11-straight games. We just didn't tackle today and we had a ton of issues on defense. Their quarterback, Kinne, is an excellent player. He gets the ball where it belongs and he makes the proper reads and throws. Again, we just didn't tackle well at all and I thought we had to [tackle well] coming in and we sure as hell didn't."
On Tulsa's offensive performance
"It was crazy. I have never been around anything like that, and that's not good. We have to play better defensively but it's not just defense, we just have to play better in all three phases of the game. There is only one thing we can do, and that is to go back home and get to work because we have a game on Thursday."
On playing Memphis next Thursday
"It's going to be tough but we have no choice. All we can do is get back on that plane and get back to work and get ready for Thursday night. Tomorrow is really Tuesday. The important thing now is to put this behind us and look forward to Memphis."
Senior Safety Omar Brown
On Tulsa's fast start
"They came out and executed, and as a defense we didn't. They played a heck of game but we didn't come and bring it as a defense and they exposed us. They were great and we had a couple of break downs and a lot of missed tackles."
On having to win the next two games to become bowl eligible
"We know we have one at Memphis and one at home [against ECU]. We have to do everything we can to get these last two wins."