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UConn vs. USF - Postgame Quotes

Oct. 15, 2011

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UConn Head Coach Paul Pasqualoni

Opening Statement:
"It's not easy to win these games, but I thought the defense did a great job of holding an offense that was averaging 39 points per game to 10 points. The offense held onto the ball when they had to and had a couple of key first downs late. I thought the fans were great on third downs and all night and created a great atmosphere for college football."

On the defensive performance:
"I felt great for some of them tonight. They had it rough last week, so it was great to see them go out and make some plays. I felt great for Byron Jones and Ty-Meer Brown, and it was a good performance against a quality opponent."

On the demeanor of the team:
"I liked the look in the eyes of our guys tonight. They were determined about not letting this game get away from them. We talked last week about getting a lead in the third quarter and taking that lead into the fourth and finishing the game. We had a lead and they got that done tonight."

On the importance of this win:
"This game puts us at 1-1 in the BIG EAST. There weren't a lot of games in the conference today, but this game puts us in position and gives us a chance in the conference. Every BIG EAST game is precious, so winning this one is big."

Senior Kicker Dave Teggart (#38)
On scoring 10 of UConn's 16 points:
"I did have a big night, but that's really just a testament to the offense who put me in point blank range. They drove it down the field and I got the glory at the end of the drive."

On people doubting the Huskies chances after a 2-4 start:
"They doubted us last year, but when we get towards October and November, there's something about playing in the colder weather and having games that mean more."

Freshman Safety Tymeer Brown (#40)
On the confidence boost he got from this game:
"Whenever you make a big play you gain more and more confidence, so that helped me and now I have to keep

USF Quotes

Head Coach Skip Holtz
"I'm really, really frustrated to come into a game like this after having 16 days to sit with the Pitt game in your stomach. To see the improvements and strides we've made defensively and the way we played tonight is encouraging. To see the strides in the kicking game is extremely encouraging. Offensively today, outside of the first drive and the opening drive of the second half, we couldn't put anything together. At halftime, we only had about 75 yards. We moved the ball much better in the second half. This game is about two things, penalties and turnovers. The penalties absolutely hurt us tonight. We're not going to blame this game on officiating but it certainly hurt us tonight. Nine penalties is probably the most we've had since I have been here. Way too many foolish penalties that we need to eliminate."

Defensive Coordinator Mark Snyder
On how it is emotionally suffer a tough loss after 16 days off:
"I'm sure the kids are hurt, it's never fun to lose. One thing about these guys is they are persistent, but we came up short. We had a great two weeks of practice, I'm proud of these guys the way they bounced back and handled adversity. They responded tonight and I am pleased with that."

QB B.J. Daniels
On the struggles with turnovers:
"Turnovers will kill you. The last couple years we have played UConn and whoever lost the turnover battle, lost the game and today was the same story."

On pitch that UConn recovered:
"It's on me, I won't sit here and say it's this or that. The quarterback is my responsibility and that is on me. I am not going to make any excuses. Bottom line is you protect the football, and I game it to them."

LB Sam Barrington
On the bye week:
"We executed some things we wanted to and did some great things. We did some good things out there but we have to keep going to practice. I think we used this by week to the best of our ability. Going into the bye week that was a goal of ours, to get better and that's what we did. Are we where we want to be, no. We want to be a lot better than that."