UPDATE: Full presser transcript linked below
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Carr Press Conference Notes

Michigan Head Coach Lloyd Carr talked about turnovers and missed opportunities which led to the Wolverines' 28-20 loss to Notre Dame. It was the fifth consecutive road-opener loss for Michigan. <p><strong><font size="3"><em>UPDATE:</em></font></strong><em> Full presser transcript linked below</em><br> <a href="http://www.mgoblue.com/document_display.cfm?document_id=15527">Coach Carr</a><br> <a href="http://www.mgoblue.com/document_display.cfm?document_id=15522">Players</a></p>

Carr's opening statement:

"In my experience in this business of coaching, you'll find in most cases that if you win the turnover battle, the third down battle, and time of possession…you're going to win. Unfortunately for us in this case that wasn't true. I think that's primarily true because too late in the game we turned the football over … in the fourth quarter. After reviewing the tape, the most disappointing thing was we were unable to take advantage of all of the opportunities that our defense presented us. We had too many three-and-outs and we were unable, with one exception in there at the end of the game, to sustain any drive of any consequence. Obviously our ineffectiveness runnning the football put us in a lot of down and distance situations that led to doing a poor job on third downs. We threw the football too many times. We don't want to throw the football 45 times a game. But when you rush for 53 yards in 30 carries, that's what happens. So offensively, certainly we have a lot of work to do.

"Defensively, I thought for three quarters we played really hard. I thought we played very effectively with the exception of two plays. Let me go back to the offense. I thought the critical play or the critical sequence in the game for us probably offensively was at the end of the 1st half, we had first down and goal at the 7. On 1st down we had a communication problem in the huddle and if that happened again we would hope that we would call a timeout. Chad called a play and then as he went to the line of scrimmage he realized that he made the wrong call. He tried to trade it…tried to change it and as a result we had a linebacker unblocked that ran through and hit us in the backfield for a 3 yard loss. Now we've got 2nd and 10. On 3rd and 6…we have a certain number of plays on a wristband and then the quarterback gets the number that's on the wristband that corresponds to the play that we want to run. He did not get the number of the wristband play that we wanted to run. As a result we didn't run the play that we wanted to run in that situation. Our inablity to take advantage of that sequence and get the ball in the endzone really, I thought, hurt us.

"Going back to the defense, in the 3rd quarter we gave up a big play…a long touchdown pass. It was a hard play-action and we didn't get enough pressure on the quarterback. We relaxed a little bit on the coverage and I thought that play really sparked Notre Dame and changed the momentum of the game. We gave up a big play in the 2nd quarter, but our defense came up with a great goal line stand. In that type of game, very often, what our defense did on the goal line down there is the difference in the game. Unfortunately it didn't work out that way, but it was a magnificent goal line stand and something certainly we can build on.

"But I thought in the 4th quarter, even though we put them in very poor field position three times, all three times they came up with touchdowns. Certainly, we're disappointed that we couldn't find a way to hold them to field goals If we had been able to do that, then it's a different ball game.

"In the kicking game I thought Garrett Rivas was outstanding. He had a great day. Of course that has something to do with the guys that helped him. We had great protection on a rush that we had not seen Notre Dame give. The snapping was excellent. The holding and some of the things last week that we had prolbems with, obviously we corrected. I thought Adam Finley punted the ball extremely well. He averaged 46 yards. When you look at the stats, our stats are going to be skewed because of the block. But Finley did a great job. Our coverage team, particularly the kickoff team, was outstanding. And even our punt coverage had what we figured was about 9 yards per return. One of those punts was punted out of the endzone where you've got everybody gathered in there and we didn't get the ball particularly high. But for the most part I thought our coverage, with one exception in there where we allowed a 13 yard return, was good.

"The blocked punt was a freakish play. Something I have not seen quite like it. What happened is they came with a rush from the right side of our line. Our right tackle, Tyler Ecker … as he backed away from the line of scrimmage to get himself into position to protect, the guy who blocked the punt came from the outside and Tyler stepped on our end guy, Scott McClintock's, foot. As a a result when he went to protect he had no leverage because he couldn't move his inside foot. That's why the punt was blocked."

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