Tinch says it's time to "play for pride"

Morgantown, WV - Following the 46-44 triple-overtime loss at West Virginia, Louisville receiver Joshua Tinch, who pulled in 13 catches on Saturday, visited with the media. Read what the senior had to say following the Cardinals disappointing loss.

Following a career-best outing - 13 catches for 130 yards - Louisville senior receiver Joshua Tinch visited with the media and responded to questions about the disappointing loss.

What happened? It looked like you guys had it won.

"We came out and we played hard on the field in the first half. We came out in the second half and played team ball, but we just had mistakes down the line. We gave a team effort, it happened, so we have to bounce back and come back to work next week."

You're 0-2 in the conference now.

"Only thing we can do is play for pride. As long as we go out there and keep playing hard anything can happen. We're just going to go out next week, work hard, practice hard and play for pride."

What was the mood on the sideline as U of L slowly lost it's lead?

"I didn't really expect it. This is football and this is what football is all about. You want to play an exciting football game, but at the end you want to win."

Did they change their defense in the second half?

"No, they just came out and played West Virginia football. They played basically the same that they did in the first half. We just made mistakes down the line."

What was the call on the last two-point conversion try?

"We were just basically trying to get five receivers in the end zone and find a little spot. The play broke down and we tried to get it in, but it fell short."

Were you surprised at the end of regulation when you didn't go for a score, but instead ran out the clock?

"No, we decided we were going to wait, because the momentum was not our way. We just wanted to go to overtime and basically just try to get the win."

U of L controlled the ball for most of the first half, but didn't in the second half. What happened?

"West Virginia went out and made plays. Both teams played hard, but they made the big plays down the line that counted."

Did you ever think you'd be in the position of last place in the conference?

"No, we always think highly of ourselves. We always think of ourselves as winners and hopefully making it to the national championship, but now we are 0-2 in the conference and the only thing that we can do is practice hard, play hard and play for pride."

What was the mood after the game?

"People are down, but we are still holding our heads up, because it's not over. It's not over until it's over. We have five or six games left, so we are just going to go out and play hard."

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