Nov. 20, 2010
U-M coach quotes courtesy of the Michigan Sports Network postgame show
Player quotes from the Michigan locker room
Michigan Video: Postgame Press Conference
Michigan Audio: Coach Rich Rodriguez | Senior TE Martell Webb | Junior/Sophomore LB Kenny Demens
Wisconsin Audio: Coach Bret Bielema | Senior OL Gabe Carimi and Senior OL John Moffitt
Michigan Head Coach Rich Rodriguez
On the game ... "We just need to make more stops. The guys played hard and we're running out of bodies on certain spots. We can't afford to make those mistakes: missed tackles and dropped passes. You do those things against a good team and you're always fighting uphill."
On the first half ... "In the first half, we only had four possessions, and two of them ended up a yard or two short on third down, which can't happen. Again, we had a couple of dropped passes that killed us. We just thought we needed to get more possessions, catch the football, and get a little rhythm going. We got some going, but we couldn't get that one stop that we needed. The onside kicks, we thought we had a chance to get both of them and we didn't cover those, so we're always fighting uphill."
On the defense ... "You've got to get off blocks, and we're a little bit undersized, but we know that. When Craig Roh goes out and Mike Martin goes out, the next thing you know the other guys are in and they've got to take every rep because they don't have another backup. You've got four or five freshmen out there, and that's not an excuse that's just reality. You've just got to get off blocks and make some stops. It seemed at the time that we had opportunities, and we just missed a few tackles. That's something that you've got to give them a little bit of credit on, and for us, it just wasn't our best effort."
Wisconsin Head Coach Bret Bielema
On today's game ... "I'm very, very proud of our guys, coaches, players. We talked about it last night that 70 kids get to travel, my staff, and my support staff, and in an environment of 112,000 it was us against everybody. I thought they played four quarters of football. I am very excited about the way they started things off in the first half offensively and defensively. It was a little bit of a struggle to start the third quarter, but the way they persevered and responded I can't say enough about that. From an injury standpoint, John Clay will be back with us next week. And we'll have a great week of preparation for Northwestern and I'm excited for the team to get to work."
On Wisconsin's victory at Michigan Stadium ... "It means a lot. This is one of the most storied places in college football. They did the renovations and it looks great. None of the teams in the past were going to play today. Two teams in the past that you hear a lot about are 1994 and 2008. Both of those are part of Wisconsin's history that we are very proud of, the 2008 one wasn't, but it's part of history. It's who we are today. We're just going to try to move forward."
On the key to getting momentum back in the third quarter ... "Move the chains and do what we do to score. Obviously when we answered back was big. Ball security as an issue. We made a point at halftime that the only way they can get back into the game is if we turn the ball over. The other thing was the onside recovery by Bradie Ewing was huge."