Postgame Quotes - UCF

Sept. 25, 2010

 

Head Coach George O'Leary

On containing K-State running back Daniel Thomas...

"I thought defensively we did a very good job on him. He is a very good back. They had a few good pass plays and that sort of put a dent in the armor. Give them the credit. They made the plays and we did not make the plays. They upset the perfect call I had on man coverage on the 3rd and 18 or whatever it was there. The guy missed his coverage so I guess we will just move on. I told the players that a game like this that is no regrets. You go out there and make plays, but we did not make enough plays."

 

On starting conference play...

"We head into the conference and have a week off. We open at home against UAB. We get into the conference, but it will take a while to get over this loss."

 

On tough losses to BCS teams...

"Could of. Should of.  Would of. We keep saying those things and we keep having the opportunities to do a lot of those, but we did not get it done."

 

On not being able to convert in the red zone...

"That is what I am talking about as far as production. When you get down there and have some nice drives to move the ball, but you have to put the ball in the end zone. The worst was missing that field goal in tight and the other one he should have made also. It is a shame to get down there and make mistakes. We are only going to improve as the season goes on."

 

On thoughts of who was the better team today...

"I do not know. We lost. I think we played opportunity wise if we take care of opportunities and put scores on the board. I give Kansas State credit. They made plays and we did not."

 

On the defensive performance...

"We did a great job on a great running back. They hit a couple of passes that opened up the flood gate there. The big thing was we had a cover there, but we did not execute."

 

On second guessing the play calling of the game...

"I think every time you lose, you die a little. I think that is very evident, but the big thing was that this was a tough game and I told the players that we had opportunities and that we have to take advantage of them. I think four or five years ago, we did not have opportunities. We have come a long way, but these are games you have to win, you have to take advantage of them."

Wide Receiver A.J. Guyton

On if the wheel route was designed against Kansas State...

"It has been in the playbook. They were double teaming so we knew the wheel route would be open."

 

On another close loss to a BCS team ...

"It gets frustrating. We do not play a BCS team again this season. We have come so close since I have been here. We just have to learn how to finish."

 

On lost scoring opportunities...

"Sometimes we got down the field and did not score at all. Next time, we could only score three. It was frustrating. We just have to get ready for conference play."

 

Running back Ronnie Weaver

On not being able to finish the game...

"We just need to finish and execute our plays in the game and complete crucial third down conversions. It is also consistency and just finishing."

 

On improving the team's play...

"We need to be together as a team and making our decisions together. We need to execute our game plan. As long as we stay and execute and finish our plays, then we could have had a different outcome of the game today."

 

On exploiting the Kansas State defense...

"We did our scouting reports and everything and tried to play our game. We did feel that we did have an advantage with speed so we tried to use that to the best of our abilities."

 

Cornerback Josh Robinson

On if they were worn down at the end...

"I don't think we were worn down, we just started making stupid mistakes at the end. Things that we went over and mistakes that we shouldn't have made."

 

 On not being able to get off the field after not stopping third down conversions.

"It's real tough. That bothers you and gets under your skin. We've just got to make plays in the future.

 

On the postgame feeling with the cannons going off...

"It's just an awful feeling that we don't ever like to feel. We can't lose games like this, it's too crucial."

 

Defensive End Bruce Miller

On the disappointment of the loss...

"That's a disappointing loss when you feel like you have it in your grasp and you can't finish."

 

On playing against Daniel Thomas...

"I thought we played great against him. When he gets that many carries and we hold him to that many yards, that's a good day for us in the run game but once again the bottom line is that we didn't make plays that we had to in the fourth quarter, so it doesn't really matter what happened before then."

 

On their confidence after today's game...

"We have a bye week next week so we just got to work hard during practice so we can go into the next game play hard and expect to win."

 

On not being able to stop some third down conversions in the fourth quarter...

"I mean it's tough but as a defensive unit we need to stop them. If it's third and short or third and long then we have to make a play and stop them and we weren't able to do it in the end.