Bowling Green vs Indiana Quotes
Sept. 14, 2013
Head Coach Kevin Wilson
"It was a good win. I had a lot of respect for Bowling Green coming in. Coach Clawson's guys are good- they play really good defense and are mature on offense. I thought it was a team we matched up against well but I was proud of how we responded. We weren't great in all phases but we were pretty good the board. It's good to be 2-1 but we have a big challenge coming in next week with Missouri."
On the how the corners played:
"That's a hard job because if we really try to protect their wide receivers mathematically we have a hard time being able to hold up the run game. We had to use just one-on-one match ups and early I thought they worked us pretty good with some double moves. It looked like they were trying to pick on Mike (Hunter) early on but he settled down. Some of the teams we see in conference are going to try to run the ball strong and we are going to have to pack the middle, leaving the corners one-on-one. I though Mike and Tim (Bennett) competed and made some big plays. That's a developing position- Mike missed his last year with a hernia and Tim formerly played safety, so those guys are doing good but they're going to be challenged a lot more the rest of the year."
On the team's defense:
"We had ten stops: 8-20 on third downs, 2-6 on fourth down, and they were 0-3 in the red zone. At the end of the game they weren't quite as aggressive as they were early, but they did get pressure on the quarterback. Sometimes they worked us and converted but it was nice to see the defensive players do what they practiced. The coaches gave them a good game plan and it was nice to see them come out and play well."
What was open for you today? "I just let the game come to me. I just did what I had to do and the quarterback threw me the ball and I made plays."
Talk about playing against Bowling Green's man coverage? "We knew that we were going to be in man-press. We thought as a receiving core that we aren't going to let anyone defend us one-on-one. The quaterbacks did a good job of putting the ball where we needed them to, and we did a good job of making plays.
What was good about the defense today? "I think the main thing was coming back to our normal scheme. We were able to cut loose and fly around. I think the defense had a lot more fun flying around today. Kind of like how we did in the first game. You could tell we were having fun in the first game, and last week we were too focused on where we needed to be and weren't flying around and having fun."
On having two 100-yard rushers in the game: "A lot of that credit goes to our offensive line. We watched a lot of film and saw they would over pursue the outside run so we had more time to cut it back up the field. Tevin (Coleman) and I were just running hard but the credit goes to the offensive line."
On breaking the big run: "It felt great to get out there and break the seam for once. It felt like I hadn't done that in a long time, but I got kind of winded. With time, I will start to get my wind back and be able to score on that. But at the end of the day we got the "W" so that's all that matters."
Bowling Green Head Coach Dave Clawson Quotes
What were your thoughts immediately after the game?
We got beat bad; we got whipped in every aspect of the game. We didn't score an offensive touchdown. Defensively, we stopped in the two punts, the one we blocked for a touchdown the other we had a ruffing. We didn't stop them again until four minutes left in the 4th quarter. They ran the ball, they threw the ball, they made big plays. In the first half we didn't get off the field on third down, which absolutely killed us. We had them in a lot of third and longs and couldn't get off the field. Credit to Indiana they made plays and we didn't. Offensively we just couldn't make explosive plays. I think we had close to over 450 yards of offensive but we didn't get into the end zone once and we missed two field goals. All the things we've been doing well the first two games we didn't do well today. We didn't play well.
Who impressed you for Indiana?
Their quarterback. The quarterback's a stud. They have really good receivers, we couldn't cover them, we didn't get much pressure on the quarterback, we gave that kid time and he put the ball on the money and their receivers beat us.
You seemed to stop them on the ground for a while, then all of a sudden they just broke loose, what was the difference?
They got us out of our defense. A lot of what we do is we pressure our corners, we gang up on the run and when they threw the ball over our head for the sixth or seventh time we had to stop outnumbering the run and regain the better run surface. We went in there and we were going to press them and force them to try to throw the ball and they had a lot of success doing that. After they hit that last one down at this corner, that they hit (Cody) Latimer on we had to get out of it. I didn't want to see our corners get run by again.
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