That was a courageous effort by our defense. I don't know how many plays they played…but that was a courageous to keep coming back; they were on the field all day, and our offense was just really struggling, but our defense just picked it up.
They told ‘em in the locker room they had their back at halftime, and they did. Just an unbelieveable defensive performance, especially coming back after last week's game when we gave up four in the air.
We got pressure, we just played better; we're really young, we're going to get better. Our heart and soul – I thought our defensive line played great.
We asked each special teams to be the best special teams on the field on THAT play. We held up in punt protection against a really good punt rush team. We blocked two – I think that's a record. No one's blocked two in a game…
That kickoff return that Wheatley had there – that got us a really key field goal…
So, maybe that's just who we are this year. We're just going to find some way to win and not worry about who's on the field, or how good individually we are; we're going to be good as a team and that's what our guys have decided to be.
Question: DID YOU SEE ANYTHING THAT ALLOWED FOR HENDERSON'S BLOCKS?
GB: We just decided we were going to be a pressure team this year and we're just coming after ‘em and coming after ‘em. We didn't see anything in particular, he just made a play. He came up the middle.
Q: HOW DID YOU IMPROVE SO MUCH ON THE DEFENSIVE LINE FROM WEEK ONE?
GB: Practice. Intensity. You always improve from the first game to the second game, especially on defense. And we did. We brought more pressure to the game plan. We throttled the run really well. But it was the pressure that made the difference – a couple key sacks and a couple turnovers.
Q: ON THE PLAY OF ALEX LIGON
GB: He was all over the place. He's just getting better every week. He hasn't played much, but he's getting better every week. And Abraham Wright is going to be a really good player – he's just a sophomore and he's learning to play the game. I thought our front four just did a great job of putting pressure and stopping the run and enabled to get more guys into coverage.
Q: DID THEY DO SOME THINGS DEFENSIVELY THAT YOU WEREN'T READY FOR?
GB: Ya know, I don't think we saw anything that we didn't practice against, we just hadn't practiced against that kind of speed. I would imagine after we watch the film that we made a lot of fundamental mistakes that we can correct.
Q: TWO STRAIGHT WEELKS YOU MAKE A BIG GOAL LINE STAND AT THE END.
GB: Well, this team has been through a lot, so that's just something else. That's just the next thing in line. We've come to figure everything is going to be hard for us this year. Mentally we've got to be ready to play the whole thing, every snap. We got this one done four seconds earlier than the last one.
Q: YOU HAD ABOUT 115 TOTAL YARDS OF OFFENSE.
GB: I don't know how we won. We won because we just made a bunch of great plays on special teams and on defense. But it doesn't make any difference. It's that you won the game. We played well as a team.
Last week our offense carried us most of the game and then this week our defense did. It's just the way the game goes – there's no way of predicting it.
Q: WHAT DID YOU COME IN THINKING YOU COULD DO OFFENSIVELY?
GB: We really felt like we had their scheme down and we knew what to do, we just weren't able to do it. Once we had the long run that was called back, it seemed like we never could get back into a rhythm with the running game and then we weren't particularly sharp in the passing game either. The defense carried us.
Q: ARE YOU SURPRISED AFTER TWO WEEKS THAT YOU'RE REALLY STRUGGLING WITH THE PASSING GAME?
GB: I don't know. We did. I don't know that I'm surprised by it – I'm not surprised by anything anymore. But it certainly is a fact that we have.
Q: WAS JOE SANDERS IN BECAUSE OF AN INJURY?
GB: Yeah, Brian Iwuh got hurt and Joe came in and played. Did a great job.
Q: WHAT HAPPENED TO IWUH?
GB: He's got a high ankle, I believe. I would imagine he'll be out for a couple weeks.
Q: DID YOU NOTICE A DIFFERENCE WHEN THEY WENT WITH BRINK INSTEAD OF SWOGGER?
GB: It seemed like he was a little more mobile, that was about it. They dropped a lot of balls, and that certainly helped us.
Q: HOW BIG WAS THAT GOAL LINE STAND?
GB: I'm sort of getting used to it. We probably should just go down to the last four seconds of the game instead of going through all this other stuff. Our guys are pretty courageous and that's what that was – a bunch of guys trying to get the ball back.
Q: DO YOU EVER LOOK AT GAMES LIKE THIS AS UGLY WINS, OR JUST WINS?
GB: There aren't enough wins. You appreciate every one you get in life and in this sport. They don't ever come down the way you thought they'd come down. And when they don't come down that way you tend to label it ugly. But they don't put "UW's" in the press guide – they just put W's.
Q: CONSIDERING ALL THIS TEAM'S BEEN THROUGH, STARTING OUT THE SEASON 2-0, WITH TWO DRAMATIC WINS LIKE THAT…
GB: I just think it's evidence of the character of the men on our football team and the character of our program. And our fans.
Q: WAS HENDERSON JUST IN THERE ON SPECIAL TEAMS?
GB: No, we were going to start him today no matter what.
Q: YOUR FRESHMAN LINEBACKER JORDON DIZON MADE THE BIG HIT AGAIN TODAY AT THE VERY END OF THE GAME.
GB: He's unbelievable. I didn't know that he made the hit, but it would be like him to do that.
Q: HOW BIG IS IT TO GET THOSE BIG PLAYS ON SPECIAL TEAMS AND DEFENSE?
GB: If we don't have ‘em, we don't win this football game. There's no question….I don't know how'd we win the game, because we weren't going to win it on offense. But that's how the games come down. It always comes down to if you just keep playing, and playing, usually something good happens, but we wouldn't have won the game without ‘em.
Q: HAD TO BE HAPPY WITH THE DEFENSIVE EFFORT.
GB: We had some help. They dropped some balls, but I think to be able to come back and pressure after last week, and play a little better in coverage, and get a couple turnovers in there like we did. We're just a bunch of guys who like playing the game. I don't know how good we are, but we play hard on Saturdays and that's who we're going to be.
Q: WHAT DO YOU WANT TO WORK ON THIS WEEK?
GB: My headache (laughing). We don't think in those terms right now. I know our offense is probably embarrassed. I know they're going to come out and practice really hard and get ready.
Q: WERE THEY PRESSING AT ALL?
GB: I think in the first half I thought they were. The second half we just couldn't get anything going. We just didn't hit a rhythm or get in sync. That's the way it is. We won the game. We got a drive when we had to get a drive. We got that field goal, ate up some clock, and a score's a score. They get credit for that drive.
Q: HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO CUT OFF THE DEEP PASSES AND GET PRESSURE ON THEIR QUARTERBACK?
GB: They didn't take us deep very often. I don't think it's their style to necessarily go deep that often. They're a three-step team. We gave up a big play – they got us on one. But I think our pressure probably made them think more towards the three-step stuff. And they couldn't run the ball, and so you sort of force them to make a decision. When you can't run you've got to go to your three step stuff, because that's your five yard completions – it's like a run game.