Post-game comments: Brian Kelly
- On if the game-tying field goal was merely missed or if the hold was poor: KELLY: "I don't think it was executed at the level it needed to be. I didn't see it. I'll have to watch it on film, but in talking to Kyle, it did not appear to be handled cleanly. - On his message to the seniors after this game: KELLY: That they came in five years ago and our program had not had won a bowl game in 20 years. Now have won two and played for a National Championship and obviously are part of developing and building a winning program. I'm proud of them." - On the inconsistent spurts of good and bad play from the defense: KELLY: "Yeah, we played the whole game pretty much without Jarron Jones and Sheldon Day and Joe Schmidt. I mean, we played a lot of freshmen in there and a lot of young guys. They battled as best they could. We're getting everything out of them. I mean, they played with great effort, just made some mistakes. Zone read, we're great coverage and we've got two guys playing the wrong coverage, just we made mistakes. When we were lined up properly and in our right fits and doing the right things, we did a pretty good job. I think we battled. We played with effort and great attitude, and we had a chance with the ball with the ball in our own hands with a minute to go and a chance to win and we've got to cash that in and score. That's how I see it." - On the play of Everett Golson: KELLY: "Yeah, you know, I think he did some good things. There are some things that we want to do better, but he made some great plays with his feet. It's so hard right after the game to give you a great analysis of it. There are some things that I thought could have gotten the ball out quicker, but I'm not right behind the center. I want to be careful. We've got to look at the film. There are some things that I think he did really well. There are some things that I think we can get better at." - On the second and goal on the final offensive drive when Nick Martin got beat: KELLY: "We ran a quarter draw and we got our butts kicked up front." - On Cole Luke's performance: KELLY: "Outstanding, except we didn't get the match up on the touchdown. We had matched them up all day and didn't get that match up and they threw a touchdown." - On the targeting penalty called against Nyles Morgan: KELLY: "It was a penalty that did not need to occur. I mean, he had a free shot at him. He did not need to go high. It was a careless, careless mistake." - On if he sees that type of play from him in practice: KELLY: "No. Yeah, we let him do whatever he wants during practice. No, I mean, he's a young player that has got to understand he's got to play within himself. He's extremely athletic, and he's got to understand that he's got to play within himself and meaning that when he gets a shot, and he gets a clear shot, finish it off the right way. He's taught the right way to do it, and he's a little bit out of control at times. We've got to obviously get him to mature in that area." - On the performances of Jay Hayes and Greer Martini: KELLY: "Hayes played well. Yeah, he gave us what we thought we'd give him, about 30, 35 snaps. Plays hard, plays physical, and Greer made a great play tracking down the quarterback with the sack. Smart player, did a nice job, played both Mike and Will for us today." - On the adjustments made at half to improve 3rd down defense: KELLY: "We didn't blow the coverage. We were in two (indiscernible), we're supposed to cover the middle of the field. We don't get deep enough. The other time we're in nickel, and our nickel runs up the field. We don't squeeze it down. We did a much better job fundamentally of doing the things that we should be doing. Again, I think it's just fundamentally just paying attention to your fits and executing your assignments. I think we did a better job of that." - On the good he can take away from this year that will help set the tone for the 2015 year: KELLY: "Well, we've lost back to back games because we couldn't put down a ball and kick it 32 yards, so, and we lost the game by four points at Florida State. So three of our four losses are easily games that we could win with a lot of freshmen playing a lot of football. I think at one time I looked out there, and I think we had Collinsworth. I think it was just Collinsworth. Everybody else was freshmen and sophomores on defense, so great experience. The ability to carry over will obviously be something that we believe that we can grow from. So, close losses, difficult losses that we hope that our team will grow from." - On if he worries about the confidence of the young players going forward: KELLY: "No, they're too young. I mean, they're going to play. They're going to do what we ask them to do. No, they're just going to keep playing. I mean, again, you look at the two games, right, we've got a chance to win that football game at the end. Worst case scenario we make a kick and we go into overtime and win the game. Same thing against Northwestern. So if we're getting blown out, right, and embarrassed, yeah, maybe you've got a bit of a problem where you've got to blow your guys up a little bit. They know that they easily could win any of the games they've played in. A mistake here or there and not executing at the time necessary has been the difference between a win and loss with this team, razor thin."
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