BILL BLANKENSHIP PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
Nov. 19, 2013
Tulsa, Oklahoma -
Tulsa Head Coach Bill Blankenship Press Conference Transcript
"It was very positive to finish plus-3 in turnovers. To get five takeaways on defense was huge. We had another big rushing performance - rushed for over 200 yards. Trey (Watts) was at better 5½ yards per carry, and that was done without Stetson Burnett, arguably our most efficient offensive lineman."
"Shawn Jackson was involved in three (takeaways) and had 14 tackles. Obviously, a huge game for him. We were productive with our front guys. We had three sacks with (Derrick) Alexander, (Chris) Hummingbird and Jerry (Uwaezuoke). And then (Derrick) Luetjen had eight tackles. That front four was very active."
"Carl Salazar just continues to quietly and efficiently do his job. To be sitting here at 14-of-17 and 100 percent on field goals inside the 30 - those were some issues we needed to get better at."
"Certainly, concerns continue to be third-down efficiency - both offense and defense. We just could not get the success we needed, and that led to the discrepancy of 103 plays for Marshall and 83 for Tulsa. That's not going to be good, any way you slice it."
"Moving on to Louisiana Tech. They're a team very similar to us in terms of where they are. Coming off of a very successful season a year ago. Struggled to find the same level of success, but they've been good at times. They're No. 1 in the league in kickoff coverage and No. 3 in punt. Offensively, they have very impressive personnel. Kenneth Dixon at running back is as good as anybody in our conference. I know there are questions about his availability this week, but that guy is special."
Did Rice provide a blueprint by running so effectively against LA Tech? "There's certainly some things (Rice) did well. Frankly, it's hard to explain. That didn't look like the other game films we had for Louisiana Tech. I don't know if the travel made a difference. (The Bulldogs) are a little beat up. But certainly, Rice took it to them pretty good. Just ran the ball and said, `We're going to keep running it.' It's obvious from the comments coming out of the Louisiana Tech camp that it was somewhat of a surprise. Certainly, those are things that give us hope in the running game, but (the Bulldogs) physically didn't look like the same guys that you see the week or two before. I don't know if Rice got them on a down day, or if that can be done on a regular basis. Certainly, we hope that it can."
Louisiana Tech still has motivation to reach the six-win mark and achieve bowl eligibility:
What is Stetson Burnett's status?
On TU's frustration level:
When you invest a lot of hours in a game plan, how does it make you feel to see a small crowd for Marshall game. Deflating?
How important is it to finish strong for the future?
TU still ranks No. 2 nationally in fewest penalties and fewest penalty yards:
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