Sept. 20, 2008
CONNECTICUT (4-0) 31, BAYLOR (2-2) 28
RENTSCHLER FIELD EAST HARTFORD, CONN.
SEPT. 19, 2008 ATTENDANCE: 38,870
HEAD COACH Art Briles
"Any time you don't win, it's hard. That's why we play the game. I feel terrible for our seniors and our guys who are fighting to be a bowl-eligible team. We had a great opportunity tonight to take a positive step toward bowl eligibility, a positive step toward the respect that we're after and we came out where it didn't work out right there in the end. I don't think I did a good job right there at the end of the game of allowing our guys to get in position to get a field goal. I was thinking 'touchdown' and not thinking 'field goal' because we didn't come up here to tie and go into overtime."
On the sequence of plays in the 4th quarter deep in Baylor territory which led to UConn's go-ahead touchdown...
"It was a bad sequence of events. The defense did a great job in stopping [Robert Griffin]. We're starting out of our end zone and they make a couple of plays defensively. We almost popped a screen then had to punt out and then everything happens on top of it. A call not going our way and we get a 15-yard penalty tacked on to it which puts them at our 32-yard line, on a short field. That was the worst part of it."
TE Justin Akers
On the loss...
"It's a tough loss. Everyone was out there playing as hard as they can. Obviously, there's a lot of good things we can take out of it and also, there's a lot of bad things. There's a few plays we should have had, a few costly penalties and stuff we usually don't do. In an atmosphere like this, things kind of get into your head. You always want to play up to your potential - all the time - but one thing we have to strive for is to keep our head's up. We have Oklahoma two weeks from now so we just have to stay focused for that... Any time you can play a team like this, play them this close for this long and come down to the last few plays on national TV... someone's going to notice us. Obviously, someone's going to have at least a little more respect [for us] than at the beginning."
On the play of Baylor QB Robert Griffin...
"You really can't compare him to anyone else. The things that he does, the way that he cuts back, moves his body and the way he can throw on the run very accurately is something we really need in this offense.