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Sep 14, 2013 5:05 PM

Charlie Strong's Postgame Comments vs Kentucky

Louisville Head Coach Charlie Strong

Opening statement ...
"It was a great team victory today and I knew coming on the road we had to play our best and we were coming into a situation where we were going to get their best. You have to give (Kentucky) a lot of credit. The first half, it was a tale of two defenses; their defense played well and our defense played well. We were able to mount a drive there right before the half to get it at 10-3. Then in the second half we made some halftime adjustments with our offensive coaches and we were able to take the ball for three straight drives and go score. Overall, very pleased, we could have played better, but you get a victory like this, you're on the road, you're very happy, it's a rivalry game."

On what made it hard for them to score in the first half ...
"Well, in the first half any time you haven't seen a defense before and they change it up, they did a great job of changing it up and mixing it up."

On their defense...
"Early in the game our offense wasn't playing well and defensively we were able to go out and get some stops. They were 0-for-13 on third down but I think they were able to convert three fourth downs with the quarterback using his legs. But, our defense, we were able to pressure and we were able to go stop the run. We wanted to make them one dimensional. They hit a big run there in the second half down the boundary but just very pleased with how we played on defense."

On how the run game helped them get going ...
"You want balance and any time you can get balance with your run and pass game it is so critical. We were able to go run the football, you look at Dominique (Brown), who made some big runs and then Senorise (Perry) was able to break the long one down the boundary. Even with (Michael) Dyer, he made some big runs. Our offensive line just grinded it out. The first half we weren't staying locked up on the blockers but also it's a combination of the linemen and the running backs. The running backs have to run through a defender, sometimes he may not get blocked but just run through him but it was good to see that happen."

On adjustments or execution being the difference in the second half ...
"A combination of both because in order to execute you have to make the adjustments so we were able to make the adjustments and then we were able to execute."

On wanting to be known as a strong defensive team rather than just offensive ...
"Well what happens when you have a Heisman quarterback you're going to get the notoriety there on offense but defensively we have some players on defense. This team on offense, has an outstanding quarterback, you have some receivers, a running back and then on defense you have some good players. I don't know what we're known as but I'd just like to be known as a team that plays together in all three phases."

On how big of a win it is ...
"Well, it's big but when you look at this game, it's a big game because it's a rival game and there's so much put into it. That's what I told our players, all games are big games but this game is a little different and that's why we had to go out and go prepare the way we did. Just make sure we had the focus and we had the confidence to believe that we could come in here and beat them."

On the momentum swing going into the half ...
"It was because they were driving the football. They actually had it down within field goal range. They could have walked out of there with three points and then you never know what could have happened at the start of the second half. But just to get that stop knowing that we were going to get the ball at the start of the second half (was big)."

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