Quotable: Montrell Jones & Kolby Smith

Post game comments from senior receiver Montrell Jones and junior running back Kolby Smith, who combined for 384 all-purpose yards and 3 touchdowns in the 41-17 win over Syracuse

Montrell Jones

The senior receiver who transferred to Louisville from Tennessee prior to his junior season, established a new career-high with 118 yards on six receptions on Saturday. The Louisville Male product also totaled 102 return yards in the Cardinals 41-17 win over Syracuse.

Were you worried when Brian Brohm went down?

"I have all the confidence in the world in Hunter Cantwell. He came in and moved the ball fine. He was a little shaky at first because of the situation, but once he got going I like how he made his reads and I thought he played well."

"Injuries happen in football. It just happened to be one of our marquee players. You have to have other guys that can come in and execute and move the offense."

Talk about your first touchdown

"I guess it was a breakdown in coverage. I ran my route hard like I always do and Brian saw me and that was it – it was a good touchdown."

Talk about the emotions of playing in your final home game

"I have mixed emotions. I have grown too really like everyone and everything about the University of Louisville. I didn't know much about it coming out of high school and I'll admit to that. I regret that I didn't further investigate the football program to find out what it really had when I was coming out of high school."

"One thing that I will say is that I am appreciative and blessed that I can end my career as a Cardinal."

Kolby Smith rushed for
96 yards & and touchdown
Kolby Smith

The junior from Tallahassee also set career-highs on Saturday, rushing for a 96 yards on 20 carries, both new personal bests. His 57-yard pass reception from Hunter Cantwell with less than four minutes remaining in the game set up the game-clinching 9-yard touchdown run by George Stripling.

What does it mean for you guys to win this game since it's the last home game for a lot of the guys?

"It means a lot. We kept our home win streak alive and we sent the seniors out with a victory."

Who kept everyone motivated after Brian Brohm left the game?

"Joshua Tinch was the one on the sidelines motivating us and making sure that everybody kept their heads up. He kept us motivated and everybody came together and that's why we play. It was a tough game, but with his leadership we came through."

What does a win like this do for your confidence since a lot of the weight was on you when Brohm left?

"We have a lot of ability on this team at every position. We have to believe in one another in order to get the job done."

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