"Well, we did struggle. We tried not to do anything stupid. We were ahead all the time, or tied all the time. You limit yourself. Their quarterback made more plays than ours did."
Did the field compromise your speed?
"Let me say this. This kind of weather is a great equalizer, no doubt about it. If you are an underdog, you'll like this kind of weather. If I was playing somebody.... like we were favored by 15, I would rather play them in the rain."
Can you talk about Louisville's defensive effort?
"Their defensive effort was excellent. They had a very good plan. They wouldn't give us anything cheap. They made us throw accurately. They got enough sacks to keep us off balance."
This is what you feared most. You mentioned earlier that Louisville was a team that was angry and needed to prove something.
"Well, they are. They are that kind of football. And then you have a quarterback who is as good anybody I've seen. You playing at their place. They've taken a couple of losses that they shouldn't have taken, and they are mad. And you get inclement weather, where we really can't open things up we wanted to. But they couldn't either. The weather did not cost us the game."
You didn't seem to blitz as much in the second half.
"They burned us both times we blitzed. He hit one touchdown and got a penalty the other. Both times we couldn't stay with them."
It looked like they were giving some underneath routes.
"Well, I think we did that on one of our drives. Just taking the short stuff. But we weren't consistent enough with it. We hit one, maybe hit two. Then miss one. Or they would get a sack or something else."
Your last series in regulation, were you playing for the field goal at that point?
"We were trying to do something that wouldn't turn the ball over and yet luckily get in there with a kick. You are talking about throwing the long pass at the end of the game and the other stuff. We had to let the clock run. We didn't want to have to punt. We were trying to work both angles."
Was it difficult to get your team focused?
"I don't think so. Not anymore than any others. I don't think so. We've been in this situation before."
Talk about your last play. Was it a bad throw?
"He just threw it bad. It was not anywhere near where he had it. I betcha the guy was probably open. Now, they might have been in position to have covered it by the time the ball got there. But when he threw that thing up like it. ... it was just a dead duck. I am sure it just got away from him. It didn't have anything to do with pressure. He just threw a .... that's the stuff you are scared of in this kind of ballgame. I don't think that opposing quarterback threw anything like that. Did he throw any ducks out there? He threw a wounded duck on that one. It was suicide in sudden death."
What about Louisville's last play?
"Again, what he was probably doing was trying to set the field goal up. They had us then."