Nov. 10, 2012
HOUSTON HEAD COACH Tony Levine
"It was a frustrating night. Coming out of the first quarter, it was 3-0. They don't make mistakes, and are a good football team. We had dropped to many passes, and turned the ball over four times. I give Tulsa credit. Tulsa is probably the most complete football team we have played this season in all three phases."
On the emotional week
"The whole week has been full of emotions. I can't speak for our players, but it seems that today might have actually been the least emotional of all the days. Tuesday and Wednesday was as emotional the program has ever been. Thursday it got a little better. It is difficult being a student-athlete on a day-to-day basis, but this week they had all of that and D.J. Hayden."
On tonight's game
"We made mistakes, got behind in the second quarter and couldn't catch up. We wanted to win no less than with the last 10 seconds left in the game than with the first 10 seconds in the game. I don't attribute in my opinion to what happened in the game to what we've been through this week."
On the rest of the season
"Well that's what we just talked about in the locker room. I told them we have two games left and that if there's ever been a definition of having your back against the wall this is it. We've got to win the next two to extend our season and go somewhere in December for a week, and it starts with Marshall. Our preparation and focus this week has to be better than it's been all season. Our focus is now on extending our season."
On redshirt junior running back Charles Sims
"I don't know about Charles' health at this point. I just talked to him briefly on the way out of the locker room. I'll have more of an idea tomorrow and hopefully know more Monday. I hope we go from doubtful to day-to-day, but again that's wishful thinking as I sit here in front of you."
On if they lost leadership without Charles Sims and DJ Hayden
"There's no question we lost leadership without them. They're two of our best players and two of our best leaders. They are two of our four captains, so there's no question, but there are also no excuses. Our other guys have to step up. Kenneth Farrow really played hard."
HOUSTON SENIOR LINEBACKER Everett Daniels
On the team having to step up this week
"We knew that with D.J. [Hayden] being out we would have to step up. We prepared really hard this week. A lot of things didn't go our way this week. We have to just move forward now and work for a bowl game."
On redshirt junior defensive back Thomas Bates performance tonight
"I was very impressed with Bates, but then again he does that all the time. He is a tough player, and stepped up like he was supposed to."
On fatigue being a factor in tonight's game
"We were a little fatigued tonight. We didn't stop them enough. We have to make more plays.
On the community rallying behind D.J. Hayden's recovery
"Everybody has had good intentions. They wanted to make plays for him and do well, but tonight things didn't happen. We have two more games, so we're going to go out there and play to get a bowl game."
HOUSTON REDSHIRT FRESHMAN RUNNING BACK Kenneth Farrow
On senior defensive back D.J. Hayden
"It was very emotional for everybody knowing that the injury he suffered is usually fatal. Knowing that somebody that we are constantly practicing with, sweating with and working hard with was in that bad of shape really hurt everybody. We were just trying to pull it together and play for him."
On revising goals for the season
"We have to take this next week like we have been doing them all season. Obviously our goals are out of reach now, but we have two more game. We are going play our hearts out and get these next two wins."
On visiting D.J. Hayden in the hospital
"The past couple of days they have been letting people see him. He is actually talking and doing a lot better. We all received a text from him before the game saying to `go out there and work hard'. It was so uplifting to finally hear from him. He is doing well and is going to be ok. Everybody just keep praying for him."
TULSA HEAD COACH BILL BLANKENSHIP
"We finished well. It is great for us to go into next week with some momentum. Being an alumni and a letterman of Tulsa, I know the history of this rivalry. It was an important win for us knowing we won't be playing these guys for a while. Our defense played really well today. You always want a shut out, but that last touchdown doesn't take away from the overall performance. We know it has been an emotional week for Houston, and they were battling a lot of issues off the field. Our heart goes out to D.J. Hayden."
On playing on the road On the touchdown drive at the end of the half On defenses performance
"It was crucial to get 17 points. That put us up by three scores. Houston has a great offense that can score quickly, and they have shown the ability to come from behind no matter the deficit. Knowing that we got the ball back to open the second half gave us more of an opportunity to put some distance in the score. When we answered with the first possession in the second half, it was great for our offense to have those scores."
"We are getting better at keeping the play in front of us. Stopping the vertical plays was something we emphasized this week in practice. There isn't much of a question that what they do successfully on offense runs through Charles Sims. With him being out, it was tougher for them to generate a consistent run game."
On the touchdown drive at the end of the half
On defenses performance