UConn Head Coach Bob Diaco
“I’d like to give credit to Cincinnati and Coach Tuberville. They are a class outfit and you can see, when you look across the field, a veteran mature program. Credit to them, they are a class outfit with talented players and are well-coached. They played hard tonight and got the win.
“We are at an infant stage in our program. As hard as it is to lose, we are going to turn this into a positive. We are going to turn this into a teaching moment and use every bit of this to our benefit to get better, do better, learn and grow. At a tangible level, the things that they are going to see, when you’re playing against a team like that, the score is not indicative of how the defense played. With three turnovers that all produced points, I think a very telling deal is the drive chart. Cincinnati averages 40 points a game anyway and now they are playing on half a field with extra possessions. You got no chance.
“Intangibly, we are going to get to work and grow our brotherhood from this adversity. Things are happening as they should. I believe that. We have a long way to go and a lot of work to go. This adversity is going to create an unbreakable foundation for championships in the future. There is no doubt.
“We are going to love these guys and develop them. We are going to teach the young men how to be men and how to play football. As their eligibility expires, they are going to have one of the greatest degrees in the country in their hands as they walk out. That’s how you have a great football team.
“It’s an honor to coach this team. Nobody quit and there was more leadership exhibited by more players leading the right way and saying the right thing. There was an indomitable look on their face.
“Timmy (Boyle) got better as the game wore on. He had a few nice drives. He threw some beautiful passes today.”
Quarterback Tim Boyle
On the Offense:
“It was tough offensively this week. We had a good game plan but it was just the execution aspect of it that we failed to do. I think it’s a good learning experience for us to go through this.
On what needed to be better tonight:
“I would say that turnovers are our number one issue right now. The two offensive turnovers and the one on special teams are what we need to change right now. Coach Diaco always talks about eliminating things that cause losing and that is so true for us right now.”
Wide receiver Geremy Davis
On being back on the field:
“It felt great. Glad to be back out there. I was happy to mentor the younger players while I was out but it was great to finally be back on the field.”
Linebacker Marquise Vann
On the leadership:
“I think it is a testament to the seniors we already have, to keep trying to lead and motivate one another. Hopefully that inspires the younger players to want to lead and at the end of the day we have to keep pushing for each other.”
Cincinnati Head Coach Tommy Tuberville
“A good game for us, we started off so well. I’m so proud of our guys. We’ve been working on running the football and obviously it worked quite a bit tonight. They did a good job on our passing game, they matched us up real well and took away our short routes and made us throw the ball deep. Thank goodness we got our running game going and our defense played well.
“That is the best we have played on defense, tackled well, didn’t’ give up any big plays. You get a shutout in college football in this day and time you’ve done something. I don’t care how the other team played, it’s just real hard to get a shutout. Probably one of the better games we’ve played this season, we focused real well the last few weeks and we have gotten better each week.
“Overall it was a good game, we took care of business and now we have to go and get ready for Temple next week.”
On team’s defensive efforts as season has progressed:
“You know we never panicked. We stayed with technique. We still don’t blitz much. We play a little bit more man coverage but our front seven has gotten so much better. We get off blocks better and we are tackling better. I can go back and look at the first five weeks and we missed more tackles and the other team got more yards after contact than I may have ever seen. We are just tackling better; using better technique and our young DB’s are growing up.”
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