“We’ve got a bunch of guys hurting in that locker room down there. A bunch of guys that played their tails off tonight and gave every thing they had. They did everything we asked. They’re continuing to practice hard. They’re believing in each other. They’re working hard and they’re playing hard. Give Miami credit for what they did tonight. They made the plays when they had to make them and won the football game. Just a tough one to swallow for us right now.”
What were your thoughts on your defense heading into the eventual game-winning drive for Miami?
“The defense was making plays throughout the entire game. I really thought we would stop them. I really did. We just came up short. We didn’t make enough plays in the end.”
Comments on Eric Ebron’s performance:
“He had what 200 yards basically. I mean I don’t know what they did to slow him down. We didn’t get the ball to him as much. There were a couple of times they covered him up pretty good and left the wideouts open. There’s one ball I know Eric would have liked to have made the catch on but he made some catches that not many other people are going to make. He really played his heart out tonight.”
Is there one issue that’s hindering the overall success of your team in the red zone?
“We’re still hurting ourselves with penalties. Still making mistakes offensively here and there that are crushing us that are too hard to overcome or we’re not capable of overcoming right now.”
What happened on the blocked field goal?
“The guy came off of the edge. So I mean if he’s coming off of the edge and if your splits are good then it’s got to be operation time.”
Comments on the delay of game penalty on third and short and the overall sequence of events that followed:
“Well, I was hoping to pick up a first down. It was a third and about one yard or less than a yard. We substituted and they felt like they needed to stand over the ball until we couldn’t snap it. I’m not sure I understand it yet. I’ll have to get an interpretation there. But again, it’s my responsibility. That’s my fault that we didn’t get that off. The sack, I mean the tackle got beat. I don’t know what to tell you. He got cornered and got beat. We were going to try to pick up the first down was what we were going to try to do.”
On the delay of game penalty, did you consider calling a timeout?
“You know what, I just didn’t think they were going to hold it up all the way until the end. Again, that’s my responsibility. I should have called a timeout.”
Did you get a sense that your team may have worn down defensively as the game progressed?
“Maybe so. We didn’t stop the run there in those last two drives. We just didn’t make a play when we needed to make a play down there. Maybe it was worn down. I don’t know what it is. I know those guys gave everything they had tonight. All the way until the end. That’s something to say about this group. There’s a lot of people that are counting them out. Understandably so but they’re still believing in each other.”
How hard is it to deal with a defeat like the one your team suffered tonight and continue to stay positive?
“Pretty hard but we’ll do it.”
Comments on T.J. Logan’s play:
“He did a good job tonight. I’m really looking forward to when he breaks one and takes one to the house and gets himself going. But I think every rep he gets he starts to feel a little bit more comfortable. You see him see things a little bit better. You see a burst out of him so I think it’s still coming. I still don’t think he’s totally there but I think he’ll get there.”
What explanation did the officials give you for the delay of game penalty?
“That they need to give them three seconds to have the opportunity to substitute. I thought there was a lot more than three seconds on the clock when we substituted. Maybe there weren’t. I don’t know. I thought there was well over that.”
How would you describe where your team is right now?
“I mean we’re pretty low right now. They’re hurting. They’re hurting because they put a lot into it each and every week. We just aren’t getting over the hump right now. It’s tough. It’s a tough thing when you invest so much and you just can’t find a way for whatever reason one or another. It’s frustrating and it’s tough. It’s tough on a group of seniors that are running out of time and tough on this football team.”
What was your message to the team after the game?
“I just told them obviously I was proud of the way they played and if they continue to believe and continue to work hard then good things will happen eventually. They’ll happen. I don’t know when but we’ll make the breaks eventually.”
Comments on Dominique Green’s performance:
“He had two picks so that’s pretty good for a freshman. A true freshman that gets better each week. The defense created four turnovers. That should be enough to win a football game.”
Do you feel like this game was especially important for players like Tre Boston and Jabari Price?
“I’m sure it is. I know those guys are hurting because they’re down in that area and they want to win in the worst way. Believe me they’re all hurting right now. They’re all hurting.”
How do you keep your team together and focused entering the second half of the season?
“Keep doing what we’re doing. If we didn’t have a philosophy then we might flounder around but we’ve got a philosophy and it’s sound. Our kids believe in it. The coaches believe in it. We’re going to continue to keep doing the things that we do. We’re going to continue to keep working hard. We’re going to continue to keep believing in each other and working hard for each other and good things will happen.”