Nov. 9, 2013
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UCF vs. Houston
UCF Head Coach George O'Leary
On the competitive game:
I think it was a great effort on both teams' part tonight. I think it was a great college football game. You can't turn the ball over three times; twice in the red zone. They hurt tremendously as far as getting points on the board. I thought defensively to hold that team to 14 points, and (to have) a great play at the end of the game to save the win, that is a big-time team win. I told the players enjoy the night and we will get busy tomorrow correcting mistakes. It was a win that we were looking for and a hard-fought win. We have to improve in some areas, but it was a good win for UCF.
On the UCF defense:
The effort was outstanding. We were really down people (due to injuries). But I thought the kids hung in there and did what they had to do at the end to win the game. I thought the effort was great and really kept us in the game.
On Houston's final possession of the game:
I've been around football a long time and it doesn't get any closer than that. You've got to make a play. We made the play on defense. The coverage was good. That is critical down there. They have a short window to throw it and we tightened the window pretty good.
On controlling your own destiny:
You won't even here me mention that. I'll be talking about Temple. We've got to get up each and every week and take care of one game at a time.
On the crowd and atmosphere at Bright House Networks Stadium:
I thought it was fantastic. That is how it should look every week. They (the players) feed off of it and the fans feed off of it. I thought they did a great job as far as the noise factor. It bothered them (Houston). It helped our young kids. I thought that the atmosphere was outstanding tonight. It looked like everybody enjoyed themselves and I know the players can hear it and they knew that they had a full house behind them.
Houston Head Coach Tony Levine
On the UCF defense:
I give (UCF) a lot of credit. They have a very talented defense and they are not giving up many points this season. We had our chances and there is no blame to be placed.
On the UCF offense:
Their offensive linemen did a nice job as well. We felt like Storm Johnson was as talented a back as we have seen all season.
On forcing turnovers:
The thing we emphasize more than anything in our program, defensively, is creating turnovers. Normally when you win that turnover margin, you win the game.