Sept. 22, 2012
Louisiana Tech 52, Illinois 24
Memorial Stadium // Sept. 22, 2012 // Attendance: 46,539
Illinois Head Coach Tim Beckman Post-Game Quotes
"Well, I will just start by saying how disappointed we are in the way we played and the way we coached. I've always mentioned that we lose as a team. We lose as a coaching staff. It's everybody. We did not do a good job with turning the football over and giving up big strikes defensively. And that was the name of the game. We played a good football team, I have to give credit to a Louisiana Tech football team that won a championship last year and that has a lot of seniors. They are a good football team, but we definitely did not play up to the capabilities that we are capable of doing."
On Scheelhaase's health, play, and future as the starter:
"Well he looked rusty early with a couple of turnovers and we weren't moving the ball. So we decided as a coaching staff that we would give Reilly (O'Toole) an opportunity, and he came in and moved the ball for us. We are going to keep competing. That's the way the game of football should be played. We will evaluate the film and practice next week and make a decision (about the starter) against Penn State. We will make sure we have the one that performs the best throughout the week."
On what he was most disappointed in:
"Definitely the turnovers and the long strikes in the passing game. I credit Louisiana Tech. They have a good football team but we still have to play much better to be able to compete in the Big Ten. We have got to try and create more pressure on the quarterback and we have to cover better. A lot of play-action that caught us in one-on-one situations. They just beat us in one-on-one situations. You aren't going to win if you turn the football over and give up big strikes."
On moving forward after this loss:
"Our goal starts next week with the Big Ten and we have to make a lot of strides to get better against a good Penn State football team. Our goal is to try and compete on 12/1/12 and we get our first opportunity next week to reach our goal. We still believe in what we are trying to do and we just have to continue to work so that we can be successful. I haven't been through many defeats like this one, so we have to get back to the basics and do what we do."
Illinois Player Post-Game Quotes
DE Michael Buchanan
On the team's performance today:
"We just didn't play well, we didn't play well on the three phases. We didn't play well on defense, offense or special teams. That pretty much sums it up."
How do you feel after a loss like this?
"I'm pretty sure I can speak for the rest of my teammates: we're very embarrassed by this loss and we have to get things fixed."
WR Ryan Lankford
On how the team can get the offense going:
"We definitely have to improve. Tomorrow we'll come in, watch the film, basically see what we need to do better, which is move the ball, put points on the board and go from there."
On his feelings after the game:
"It's very disappointing when you work hard all week to try and come out here and put out a great performance. That was definitely not the performance we should have been having out there."
QB Reilly O'Toole
On his thoughts on the game:
"You're not going to beat anybody when you turn the ball over as much as we did, plain and simple. We put some good drives together but you can't turn the ball over."
On his mindset when entering the game:
"Score. That's the mindset every time any of us are in there, to lead the team down and score and be a leader, and that's what I tried to do."
On Scheelhaase being 100 percent:
"No, he's close. Like you saw when he rolled out on that one play, he just didn't have his burst. He's close; he's getting better every day and next week, he'll be great."
Louisiana Tech Head Coach Sonny Dykes Post-Game Quotes
"Well it was kind of a strange football game; a little sloppy and I think they had six turnovers, we had three. So it was just a little bit sloppy, but just kind of one of those things (where) we were fortunate to get a couple of big plays that turned the tide of the game. You know, the first score in the second half I think gave us some confidence and it was certainly a good way to start. Then when they fumbled the punt and we recovered it for a touchdown, I think that was obviously a big play in the game as well. You know, strange game, we only ran 59 plays, but I thought we did some good things and made some big plays. We've got to do a better job on third down, we were only 3-of-11 on third down. Up front, our defense played really well. It was the best we've played defensively all year, so it was good to come out and play that well. Illinois is going to have a good football team, they really are, but they were a little unsettled at quarterback tonight. I think once they get everything worked out, they're going to be a good football team."
On this game being the best defensive performance for Louisiana Tech:
"I thought we played a lot more physical up front today than we have and we made better plays on the football. We missed some tackles, we've got to tackle better than we did, but I thought we had a great mindset. I thought we were into the game and we got off blocks better than we have at any point this season. We didn't stay blocked. I thought our corners played well; they had to set the edge and they do a lot of perimeter run game. I thought those guys played physically and set the edge. I thought it was a good performance by us and, again, causing turnovers is one of the things we talk to our guys about a lot."
On Louisiana Tech allowing underneath passes by Illinois' offense:
"They did a good job of working some of the shallow crosses. Especially early in the game, they made a lot of plays and converted some third downs. They had a good game plan, they really did. They tried to attack our linebackers a little bit in underneath coverage, but we rallied to the ball pretty well and gang tackled. I think we were fortunate to end a lot of their drives by creating turnovers and that was probably the difference in the ball game."
On the difference in play from the first half to the second:
"Well, I think we gained a lot of confidence in the first half just because we had a lead, but I don't think we felt like we played particularly well. I think our team thought that if we just came out (in the) second half and executed and played smart, then we'd have a chance."
On the importance of a strong defensive effort for Louisiana Tech:
"Yeah, it was good. We kind of had given up a lot of yards and a lot of points. We've had a weird year and we just have scored fast on offense, so our defense has had to play a lot of plays, 78 today. So for us to play as well as we did, I was really pleased with the way we played defensively. We gave up just under three-and-half yards per play, which I think is just about what you're looking for defensively. Any time your defense does that, you're going to have a chance to win a game."
On Louisiana Tech's win with regards to lower time of possession:
"In time of possession, we're probably last in the country, if I was guessing. It's something we don't worry about too much, honestly. That's kind of the nature if you're good on offense and you're making some big plays, then you're going to score pretty fast. We had some good match-ups and we felt like we could attack the structure of their defense at times."
On the difference in play with O'Toole at QB rather than Scheelhaase:
"Well, Scheelhaase is a good runner and I don't think he is completely healthy, so I think that part of their game was missing. Scheelhaase had given us tremendous concern; he's a fantastic playmaker. O'Toole is just a different quarterback; I think they're both good quarterbacks and they'll both do good things, but you could tell Nathan probably wasn't himself."
Louisiana Tech Post-Game Player Quotes
QB Colby Cameron
On the game as a whole:
"I thought we started off a little sluggish, they came out hot. We knew they had a good D-line and they came out firing. But as the game progressed, we kind of got in a rhythm. I think those two drives we had (in the third quarter) really solidified the game and gave us confidence as an offense. I think when we're moving at a fast pace, we know we're pretty hard to stop. I think everyone is in shape, definitely, so it just makes it easy. As the game went on, I think we stalled a little, they had the ball for I swear the whole second quarter, then coming out in the third quarter and scoring that touchdown was a big confidence booster for us."
On scoring quick:
"It shows that we can score at any point in the game, even if it comes to a point where we're down by a couple touchdowns, I think our offense knows we can score quick and get back in a game if we need to. I think for our defense, we should probably stall a little more to give them a rest, but I think it gives you confidence as an offense."
On the third quarter:
"The receivers made a lot of plays and the running backs and the O-Line did a great job running the ball, getting first downs. So I think when our offense gets first downs, it helps tremendously to get a tempo."
WR Quinton Patton
On the offense performing well:
"I just think the offense is really quick right now. With the up-tempo offense, every time we get on the field we just try to put points up. Not three, but six every time. [Settling for a field goal] was disappointing. We always like to get six."
LB Antonio Mitchum
On tonight's performance:
"Every day, we're planning on playing our best and it happened to be my night and the whole defense and the whole team's night. So it was a good night for the whole team."
On having a strong defensive game:
"People didn't expect us to be as good as last year, but this year, we're living up to our own expectations. So we're just going to continue playing as hard as we can."
"It's big, being 3-0 to start the season. I heard it's been a while, but we're just going to continue to go on to the next one and enjoy this one."