Oct. 27, 2013
Louisiana Tech Head Coach Skip Holtz
On the win...
A: I'm just really proud of this team to be able to come on the road and get a victory. It wasn't the prettiest of things at times offensively. There were a lot of individual plays I thought were positive but the red zone woes and the turnovers continue. But I think the key to it is that we didn't play a great offensive football game but yet defensively and special teams we really picked up the slack and did what he had to do in this game.
On the performance of Kenneth Dixon...
A: He's just such a horse. He's a guy that you got to give him the ball every time. You give him the ball and you find ways to move the chains. I even said to Tony at one point "I said just give it to #28 it seems to be working." I thought he just competed his tail off tonight, messed his shoulder up a little bit but fought through it and then for him to rush the way he did catching that screen pass to make it a couple score game I thought was huge.
On if it is the best defensive performance of his team this season...
A: It's quite similar to the way we played at Kansas really. These are our best two without a doubt. I thought the way the defense played tonight was inspiring. I thought they played physical, I thought they played hard. I thought that Le'Vander Liggins, Adairius Barns and Bryson Abraham really came up big and played really well tonight.
On if it is frustrating going on a bye week when his team is building momentum...
Well, yes and no. It was frustrating after the game at UTEP because I felt it was one of the best games we had played and we were getting into a little bit of a rhythm. But we tried to have a physical week and develop some of that depth, getting some guys ready (like Paul Harris) and things like that. We're going to have to evaluate what we want to get done in this open date and what's really important for the final four game stretch. But I thought the most important thing coming into this week was to find a way to go get a win going into the open date.
FIU Head Coach Ron Turner
What was the offense's problem in the first half?
A: Lack of execution. Just didn't play well. Offense or special teams. Defense played a hell of a game. Our defense stepped up. We challenged them all week on Kenneth Dixon and they stepped up. But football is a team game and you can't have one phase play really well and the other two not get the job done and win. The defense got turnovers, played hard, played physical, played fast. They did everything we ask them to do and offensively we didn't do anything. We didn't make a play. We didn't execute. Special teams didn't make a play, didn't execute and just couldn't get anything going. They got a very good defense. We knew that going in. We said we had to win the one on one battles upfront. They are going to play man coverage and we have to win the one on one battles on the outside. And we didn't do either and we turned the ball over.
Was there ever any consideration switching quarterbacks?
A: There was some consideration. We continue to feel that Jake Medlock gives us the best chance to win so we stayed with him.
Can you talk about the touchdown pass to Jonnu Smith?
A: That was one of the few well executed plays. Jonnu did a real nice job on that. Jake Medlock did a nice job on that. The receivers down field did a nice job. We had a similar play called later on, but somehow there was some miscommunication. Jake came out looking for the guy in the flat and the play would have been there again, but we had a mental error, a bust. Whoever was supposed to be in the flat was not in the flat. We had no play. We didn't have a ton of that today, but enough. We didn't block, throw, catch or run well enough for an offense to win the game. It takes more than one phase to win a game. Hats off to our defense. They played really well.
How well a job did you think you guys did on IK Enemkpali?
RT: We definitely had a plan against him. Our guys did a good job of that, but when you get him blocked you have to step and throw the ball. When you have man to man coverage you have to make plays. He's an extremely good player. Our guys did a nice job in that area at least.
Redshirt Junior Safety Justin Halley
How do you feel you have improved over these last few weeks?
A: Technique-wise and fundamentally, since the beginning, since Fall camp. I've tried to work on that every week. I still have to do a lot better and tackling wise, that's an area I need to step up and improve in.
Defense improved a decent amount, but they also had some key penalties. How did you calm down, especially on the pass-interference called on Randy Harvey. How did you try to get everyone calm and say hey we're still in this?
A: We're all a team, we're not ones to blame anyone. We stick together; they were on the 35, it's not like they were in the red zone. We just have to keep playing and keep them from making touch-downs if they're in the red zone. If we stop it to a field-goal that's a plus for the defense.
Regarding Kenneth Dixon.
A: He's a hard runner, we have to give him credit. We definitely had to gang tackle him. We emphasized throughout the week, trying to get more than one person on him. I missed the tackle where he scored a touchdown, that's sticking with me right now. He's not the biggest back, he just runs hard and with a low pad level. We definitely had to wrap-up and gator tackle him to get him on the ground.
Sophomore Tailback Lamarq Caldwell
What was the offensive problem tonight?
A: Just little errors here and there. There's been a few instances during the season that we've had a hard time moving the football. Each one of our players is drawn up and designed to score. It takes 11 guys to do their job for each play to be executed the way the coaches want it to. Tonight we just didn't have everyone in sync at all times.
They had a good defensive team, but it's a bit disappointing after you had 2 games where you had produced better as an offense...
A: It is pretty disappointing just for the fact that we feel like we've had pretty good offensive production the last few weeks and in those instances it's pretty disappointing because we know what we're capable and the coaches know what we're capable of. Everything seems to go the way we want int to in practice, so when it doesn't all flow like we would like it to it is pretty disappointing. We just have to get better.