Saturday, November 10, 2007

Postgame notes and quotes from Cincinnati

That was ugly. Here's a few quick post game notes:
  • Andre Dixon surmised it best. "Practice was good all week. I don't know what happened. We just got our ass beat." Dan Davis was equally concise (and accurate). "We lost. In every phase. We just lost in every way possible."

  • Tyler Lorenzen's take, "They outplayed us. We didn't play our best. Cincinnati came right at us and did a great job. We were unable to get any momentum or rhythm, and when something did happen, we shot ourselves in the foot." ..... later ..... "By no means was this loss demoralizing. We're too mature to use the word demoralizing. We just have to regroup and refocus and we'll be fine."

  • Offensive linemen Keith Gray and Donald Thomas both remarked that Cincinnati ran defensive formations they hadn't seen from the Bearcats during film sessions last week. "They did some different things we weren't expecting," Thomas said. "That threw us off a little bit." Gray was more specific. "They ran formations we didn't see on film. All the games we watched, I never saw a pro formation out of them. A couple of times they brought a couple more linemen up front, and that threw off our blocking schemes."

  • Edsall wasn't exactly forthcoming on the injury front. Alex LaMagdelaine, who didn't return, was on crutches and wearing a large knee brace after the game. Tight end Steve Brouse reportedly has a concussion. Will Beatty was down in the fourth quarter, but walked off under his own power. Dan Davis came back, and seemed fine after the game. "Injuries are part of the game,” Edsall said. “We’ve been fortunate, but we got a few today. Those things happen.”

  • Asked if he was surprised his team came out flat, Edsall said, "I don’t think we were flat. We were ready to play. I wouldn't say we were flat. We just didn’t get it done as a team, the coaches and the players. But we didn't come out flat. Cincinnati is a good football team. We didn't do the things we were doing in previous games. That's something we'll have to work on.”

  • Edsall acknowledged right away what everyone who watched the game saw. UConn was dominated at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Cincinnati's defense was very physical and had little trouble moving around the Huskies line. "We had a hard time up front," Dixon said. "The blocking wasn't so good. It could have been better. Things just weren't working for us today." Tyler Lorenzen missed a few open receivers, and was also victimized by drops. On defense, the Huskies gave up too many big plays and struggled to contain a mobile quarterback.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone ask Edsall why he abandoned the running game in the first quarter?

Brown got 2 carries, Dixon 12, for the entire game. They should have had that in the first half.

It seemed like they got punched in the nose and then just gave up on the running game for the last 50 minutes of the contest.

TL had one huge run (called back by penalty) to start the second half. They never tried it again. Why?

November 10, 2007 10:42 PM 

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