PJ: It was a tough football game. It was a tough game for anybody to lose. It was kind of a screwy game in that there weren't very many possessions in the game. I think both teams had the ball about four times each in both halves so it became a big deal to execute. We got ourselves stopped several times with some questionable penalties and when you do that in a game like that it's hard to overcome. The game didn't need to go to overtime. We had every chance to win the game. We just didn't get it done. I think you have to give Tulsa some credit. They played hard. We will go back and see if we can't correct the errors. We will come back next week and go again.
The call on Reggie Campbell for going in motion. What's the ruling on
Johnson: I don't know. They called us
for going in motion when he went in tail motion. We do it on every play.
He said it was a sudden start. It was third and four from the 19. I guess
they needed a stop. I don't know.
How about what appeared to be a clock violation before their field
Johnson: It didn't appear to be it WAS a
play clock violation. Clearly the 25-second clock ran out, but that's
Snyder: What was their
Johnson: They didn't have an
explanation. I don't think any of them were
Masisak: The slot backs had some good
gains when they got the ball, but it looked like they really concentrated on
taking that away.
Johnson: They were going to let the
quarterback and fullback carry the ball, which is fine. It's no big
deal. When we executed, or we didn't have penalties, we moved the
ball. I haven't seen the stats yet but we must have rushed for over 250
yards. If the defense chooses to play that way it's okay with us.
There were some times where we might have been able to pitch the ball, but if
they take the slots away it's not a big deal. We should have had more
success in other areas. We should have had more yards in the passing game
and the fullback option should have been wide open, but we could never get
anybody cut to the ground.
Wagner: Another big
play was on your last possession you were moving the ball and you got a holding
Johnson: Yeah, they called holding on a
screen play and it was on third down again. I don't know. It's hard to
say. We will have to look at the film. It's holding, doesn't matter
what the film says, if they call it then it's holding.
Masisak: You kept going back to the option play
with Ballard even though it didn't seem to be
Johnson: Yeah, because it should have
been a great play. All we have to do is pull and cut the guy. They
are playing man-to-man so they have nobody on the pitch. We have to
WNAV: It was unchartered territory going into
overtime, how did the team feel?
think we were OK. We practice overtime a lot. We haven't done it
lately, but normally one day a week we practice on that situation. I think
the team was fine. We knew what was going on. We scored in one play.
You have to kick the extra point. You have to protect and kick it through.
In major college football that should be pretty elementary you would
WNAV: Was he too slow on the extra
Johnson: I don't know until I see the
film. I would hate to say until I saw it on film. If they had called
roughing the kicker and moved the ball to the one and a half I would have gone
for two. We were either going to win or lose the game right
Wise: Where does this rank among your
Johnson: They are all
tough. I don't know. All the losses are
Ho: Could you talk about the short passes
that Tulsa kept hitting you with?
killed us with it. They killed us with the slip screen. They hit it three
times. They hit it for a touchdown, for 60 yards and for about 40
yards. It was the same play. You have to get a guy out there
Masisak: How frustrating is it when
you get a guy down the middle of the field with
Johnson: What? When they don't cover
guys and you can't throw it to them? It's pretty
Wagner: You were talking about up
front and not getting guys cut, do you think their defensive line just flat out
whipped the offensive line?
Johnson: I don't
know. You can't say that until you look at the tape, but I'm telling you
on the counter option to the fullback we never got the guy
Wise: Do you think that the mistakes just
finally caught up with you? It seemed like in the ECU game and UMass game
you were able to survive them, but not
Johnson: The thing that cost us the game
today was penalties. When you get in a game like that where there are no
possessions, I mean if you think about that game, other than right at the end of
the half, both teams got the ball four times in a half and when you do that and
you get penalties and you back yourself up it hurts. Both teams had the
ball four times in the second half (not counting overtime) and both teams scored
twice. You cannot make mistakes when you get in a game like that. That's
probably the way we need to play to win, minimum possessions, but we have to
Snyder: Can you talk about the
defense early in the game?
Johnson: They made a
big play down on the goal line. They took the kick-off, every team that
wins the toss takes the ball against us, and they went right down the field. I
mean they were on our six-yard line and there was no time gone from the
game. We made a nice play on the goal line. Once they got down there we
got them stopped several times, but I don't know how many times they started
inside their 15-yard line. A bunch. They started backed up all day.
They never really had good field position.
did Brian pass it on the first play of overtime? Did he do that
Johnson: No, it was a play call. It
was a pass.
Ho: Why did you call that
Johnson: Because I thought they would be
Lambrecht: Did you think that thing
would ever come down?
Johnson: I thought he threw
it out of the back of the end zone.
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