From the locker room: U of L falls to UConn

The University of Louisville football team lost its second consecutive game, a 23-20 decision in three overtimes, on Saturday against Connecticut. The Cardinals dropped to 9-2 on the season and play at Rutgers on Thursday night.

U OF L COACH CHARLIE STRONG

"The goal is to finish out the season the right way. You are here and you have a group of seniors and you want to go out and finish the season right for them. We have to play better. We didn't play very well today. When you look at us on offense, we were not able to protect the quarterback. We were unable to run the ball early in the game. We were able to get it going there in the overtime. But then defensively we played very well in the second half, I don't even know if they had a first down. We had a lot of three and outs. But we are still alive. Rutgers ended up getting beat, so we're still alive. This football team is still alive. We still have to go to Rutgers and win the game to get to the Orange Bowl or get to the BCS Bowl. But what is critical for this football team is one of our better players got hurt today. He showed his toughness out there today. Teddy Bridgewater, the way he came back out after halftime and competed and played so well in the overtime. This football team is hurt. This will hurt because they had a chance at home and finish out the season with a winning record and plus send this group of seniors out the right way."

"The leg injury (with Teddy Bridgewater) is fine. I would say he either fractured or broke his wrist. He ended up coming back in the second and we were able to cast his wrist. The injury happened on his non-throwing hand."

"Well, we had to get his hand casted. Once we got his hand casted he came back out. We were just trying to get him back into the flow and get him back out there. I think we were waiting for the cast to dry a little bit. I'm not really sure what the medical reason was. When he was ready to go we put him back in there."

"I don't think we started the game flat. When we kicked the ball off, our defense was able to go out there and make a stop. If you look at our defense I think we dropped four or five interceptions including one in overtime that would have given us the game. So we had our chances and our opportunities and just didn't take advantage of them. Good football teams in situations like that take advantage of chances like that."

"The way we were blocking no running back would have been a difference maker. If you look they had a lot of tackles behind the line of scrimmage so no, I don't think (Senorise Perry) would have made a difference."

U OF L LINEBACKER Daniel Brown

"(The locker rook was) Unpleasant, but we were informed that Rutgers lost so we have an important game coming and we have to keep our heads up. Everybody can't hang their heads. It has set in a little. When the guys were leaving we knew that we still have a shot, so you can't hang your heads right now. We still have Louisville on our back.

"You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see we came out flat."

U OF L WIDE RECEIVER Damian Copeland

"After the game we were wrapping everything up and coach gave us a little light by saying they (Rutgers) lost. We are going to come out and practice hard this week. It's going to come down to us. We just have to get back to the drawing board... studying Rutgers on film. It's a short week and we want to execute in practice and carry it over to the game."

U OF L DEFENSIVE END Lorenzo Mauldin

"We are just trying to get to where we need to be and that's the Big East championship. Rutgers just got beat by Pittsburgh so all we have to do is go out and beat Rutgers."

"I wouldn't say flat. We came out to play. Some things don't go your way and some things will. Passes were dropped, sacks were missed, and tackles were missed. We just weren't up to par."

U OF L CENTER Mario Benavides

"Yeah, obviously this leaves a sour taste in my mouth now, but it doesn't change the fact that I love this school, love my team, and love these fans. It is just kind of surreal right now."

UCONN COACH Paul Pasqualoni

"Well, we knew Teddy (Bridgewater) was going to throw the ball. That's a no brainer, but at least we felt like if you could stop the run and really show that we could stop the run, then at least we could know he had to throw the ball and he maybe wouldn't get us with as much play-action stuff which is a big, big part of what they do on first and second down. I don't know the final statistics on the run, but I know we did a good job against the run here today. He got the check back down going the second half and that bothered us a little bit because we were kind of staying back and he got the ball to the back and made some plays in the back. They hit the corner route, the double move, to DeVante Parker there for the touchdown, which was a tough play on us. We didn't get much pressure in a ‘double move' corner and they got it, when Teddy (Bridgewater) makes those throws. But the notion was, if we were going to be able to stop the run and we had to defend the play action and the drop back, it was going to be a long day for us."


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