Sept. 10, 2011
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Coach Wilson Press Conference
On the energy seen in the second half:
"I thought we had energy in the first half, but we just had a few errors. Right before the first half, we let a guy bust through our coverage for a big play that got them some points. We did not block anyone on one kick return and we fumbled the kick, which was huge. We talked about coming out strong all week. I appreciate our young men because I believe they are trying to do what we ask, which was evident last week. There were some things they needed to bring out this week and I thought they brought it. We got to the point in the past where we were used to these games going south. We bowed up and got into a street fight in the end. We had a chance to win, but we did not execute or call the right plays every time."
On the Edward Wright-Baker sack at the end of the game:
"It came down to a play call I actually made. Basically we had a five-man protection and they brought three guys from the boundary. Ed has to see and feel that we are one short on protection. We blocked it somewhat properly in that we stopped the two most dangerous guys. As it turned out, the play was a critical error. We were not trying to run a two-minute drill necessarily or play too fast. The first play of the drive was an incomplete pass and the second play we ran out of bounds. Both of those plays were run to stop the clock. Our plan was to try and pick up the first down and if we made it to midfield, we planed to either run the two-minute offense or go to overtime. The clock stopped on both plays, unfortunately, which gave them more time. In the end they did not need that time. We were simply trying to pick up the third down with a five-man protection and they made a nice adjustment on their part. They put Ed in a bad situation and he did not handle it that well, but part of the play comes down to my play call."
On what he took away most from the game:
"We lost. We had a few errors where we could play a little better. As coaches, we decided to run a fake or take three points there. We wanted to stay aggressive and now it has been two weeks in a row where we are trying to be aggressive, but the plays have not worked yet. We will keep taking a look at it. Actually, we took the delay to try and bait Virginia into thinking we were going to kick. That was by design. We took the penalty to make it seem like we were moving back to kick to set the fake up even more. That imploded, which cost us three points. As you look at the game management, I have to continually look to see if I am putting us in good spots. We gained in the kicking game tonight. We played a great second half. For one, we started with a great bootleg pass. Virginia's very good defensive end came off of our tight end and Ed could not quite throw with the right velocity leading to a turnover. We had two turnovers, but to me I do like the fact that our team battled back."
On the defensive improvement from last week:
"I thought for the most part, we came through on schedule. We were better in the running game getting off blocks and not letting them get four, five or six yards consistently. We got them in some passing situations. Many of those plays were made because I felt our pass rush was better. Sometimes the quarterback did not have a lot of time to read or set on his back foot. Our guys made a few individual plays, but I think our overall group defensive effort was better across the board. We have to continue to play better because giving up 30 points is not good. We will look at the two-minute drive at the end from planning and scheming to put us in better situations. We will keep looking and growing as coaches. I have a lot of respect for our players in everything they have invested in since we have been here and the way they come back. We are just asking them right now to maintain unbelievable attitude and to keep bringing effort as we are cleaning up our side of the ball as coaches. I think as coaches we can do a lot better to help our players out."
On defense having an effective second half:
"The defense came out and played great in this game. If we can make strides like we did from the first week to second week like we did, and keep going from week to week, then I think we are going to be a great team. As for the enthusiasm and effort, I think we improved so much since last week and it's just going to make us a great team."
On needing to make more plays in the final drive:
"The momentum shifts so much during a game and once Lawrence (Barnett) got that fumble recovery, I feel like the momentum shifted straight to our side and we were rolling. The defense played great in the second half, but in the second half when the game is on the line, we need to step up even more."
On the feelings overall toward the end of the game:
"It wasn't so much nerves as it was just wanting to get it done. We put so much effort into the week and practices, it just hurts that we just couldn't finish the game."
On what happened to start the offensive run in the second half:
"We knew we were going to score. We knew the game wasn't over and we knew it was going to be a four quarter battle. Things happen fast, things happen that are positive and things happen that are negative, so we just have to move on."
On Virginia's last two minute drive:
"We were playing hard and we were giving all the effort. All we can do is point our thumbs at ourselves. We can't point any fingers."
On the momentum shift in the second half:
"The whole crowd was jumping. Our sideline had a ton of energy. That's the part of the game that you love. We kept momentum and kept playing hard. Teams are going to make plays, you just have to keep playing hard."
Virginia Head Coach Mike London
On what it means to win it after losing a big lead:
"Sometimes that's what happens in a football game, the gamut and the emotions swing back and forth and I thought we came out flat a little bit and maybe they wanted it more. It was their first home game. We talked that thre are good things that are going to happen and bad things are going to happen. It's about how we respond to the negative things that happen, and you can point to this for future reference, that as long as you continue trying to forge ahead and make things positive happen for you, you can come out on top."
On Indiana's last series:
"I know they tried to throw the ball and there was an incomplete (pass). We were going to use a bunch of time outs, but we didn't have to use any timeouts at that point. That came in and helped us toward the end. We weren't quite sure on what their mindset was on that whether to take in into overtime because you're at home. But the fact that we could save some timeouts; there was one incomplete pass, one pass was caught on our sideline and the guy got out of bounds. It allowed us to make that big sack because there was no time gone, And if they did punt the ball, there was still a minute left on the clock. We felt good about that having timeouts making them punt."
On team morale after losing big lead:
"We were down eight and the guys started talking about, `we're going to come back and win this game.' They started talking about, `when we score, we're going to go for two.' That kind of talk - you could look cross-eyed at someone - but I think that you start to build a level of confidence in what's going on in the moment and we spoke it and it happened. We have to start finding ways to win games. To grind out big wins by a lot, by a little, last second, whatever it is. This team just needs to win games and tonight was a good win for us."