Mike Price Media Luncheon Quotes (10/22/12)
Oct. 22, 2012
(Thoughts on Saturday's 24-20 win over Tulane)
"We didn't score a lot of points in the second half, but we didn't have the ball all that much. They put together some drives and we bent but didn't break. I felt like we could play better defensively in the first half, and coach Patterson had a mental adjustment period with them at halftime. We tackled much better in the second half. There were too many missed tackles in the first half.
"Xay Williams hurt his shoulder again. He got tackled and landed on his sore shoulder. So Xay's shoulder is sore, Nick's hamstring is sore, and Nathan Jeffery is still sore with the groin. We'll just have to see how that goes. Josh Bell came in and did a great job. L.A. Dowell ran extremely hard and Autrey Golden did too. We seem to have some really good backs and we were real balanced statistically."
(On the defense's first half struggles)
(On Nick Lamaison's status for the Houston game)
"I've got a feeling that he's going to play. I think the hamstring is worse than it was last week. The question is how much he will play."
(On giving up big plays in the first quarter of the last two games)
(On the offensive line's performance versus Tulane)
"This will probably be Sims' last year in Conference USA. He's a junior but he'll probably turn pro. He's that good. He's a tremendous running back and wide receiver. He's really a good player. Thy have two linebackers in the top 10 in sacks and tackles for losses. They run all over and blitz like crazy and take chances. They had three straight wins going into the last game and it erupted on them and SMU took advantage. They have one of the best punters in America. They messed up in the kicking game and dropped a couple of punts too [against SMU]."
(On what's different about this year's Houston team and last year's) "What's different is what's been different the last nine years we've played them. They don't have Case Keenum. He was there for nine years, right? Other than that, there isn't much different. They have speed to burn. They can run. They're a track team. Their defense plays hard. But they've given up big plays and they've made mistakes."
(On how to stop Houston's high-speed offense)
(On the keys to beating Houston offensively) "It would be nice to have a gun loaded with all our bullets. It would be nice for Nathan Jeffery, Jordan Leslie and Michael Edwards to be ready to go. We're going to have to score more than 24 points to win, I would think."
(On Houston's offense)
(On the team's struggles in the city of Houston)
"This is a very important game for us. There's no question about it. We have the week after that to get well, so everyone is going to play as long and as hard as they can. We need to win in Houston. We need to beat Houston and save our season and this game is going to save it. You're going to see everything in our playbook. We're going to give it our very, very best effort."
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