Football Postgame Quotes vs. #22/23 UCLA
Sept. 16, 2012
HOUSTON HEAD COACH Tony Levine
Going into the bye week now, it really becomes a nine-game season for us and we've got to get some guys off the injury report and back healthy as soon as we can. From my vantage point, I thought Bryce Redman and DeAnthony Sims did a good job coming in and starting for us on the offensive line. I think not having Charles Sims tonight affected our rhythm offensively and Ryan Jackson went down with a leg injury early and was out for the game. We went into the game with three of our eight receivers injured and not playing and then we lost Ronnie Williams early to a leg injury as well.
Things kind of compounded tonight when it came to our guys staying healthy and we need to get those guys back as quickly as we can in the next week. I give UCLA a lot of credit. That's a great football team we played tonight. They played incredibly well on all three sides of the ball, offensively, defensively and special teams. It's a talented team and they've got it going very well right now."
on what UCLA did defensively to give their offense problems
on how the defense played compared to the first two games
UCLA HEAD COACH JIM MORA
It was a good win. It's interesting. I think we had 567 yards of total offense, and we had a heck of a game, but we don't feel satisfied. I think that's a good thing. I'm glad our team feels that way, because we realize what our potential is. Tonight we had too many penalties offensively and turned the ball over too many times. But on the flip side, our defense was outstanding, really, really outstanding. If not for that last play when we put a bunch of young guys in there, we blew the defense a little bit, it would have been one of the finer defensive efforts I've seen against team that put up about 700 yards last week. We're still searching and trying to put it all together as a football team. But we'll take a win anytime we can get it. You go back and look at film, and our players and coaches will be critical of themselves, and we'll get better. But it's a win and we're 3-0 going into conference play, so that's a real positive.
On UCLA's new standards
On UCLA's defense
On offensive line with Jeff Baca out
On Brett Hundley's play
There is going to be some inconsistency in his game sometimes because he's a young player and it's only his third game of college football ever. There's just a lot of great learning for him once he looks at that tape tomorrow.
UCLA SOPHOMORE SAFETY TEVIN McDONALD
"Coach emphasized all week putting together complete games. In our two games, we had two great second halves, but we had to put together a complete game. That was our plan, and I'm proud we executed it as a team. I'm just happy for us. This is what we set out to do. We put in all this hard work in the summer at San Bernardino and in the spring to be in the situation we're in after 3 games. I'm just proud of us."