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Louisville 17, Boston College 14: Eagles Postgame Quotables

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Steve Addazio and several of the players stepped up to answer questions after the loss in Kentucky on Saturday afternoon.

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Steve Addazio opening statement...

"Obviously disappointing, obviously our kids battled. We gave up eight sacks. Eight sacks led to uncounted amounts of yardage that were given away on sacks and negative yardage plays which is just not acceptable. We have got to play so much better up front then what we have played today. That was just not good. There was effort all over the field, but eight sacks, I don't think I have ever seen that before. Whether we were throwing play action on first and second down or whether we were throwing drop back, we couldn't protect the quarterback at all. We threw the ball a lot more than we ever have, but if you can't protect the quarterback and end up with negative yardage plays then that's what's going to happen. Did we battle, did we scrap all over the field? Yes, we did all over the field. Were there some moments? Yes there were some moments. My mind just goes to eight sacks when you have a bunch a guys free. It is as simple as that. We didn't take care of the football on one of the corner blitzes where he strips the ball and it results in a touchdown. Taking a sack is one thing but we can't give up the ball like that. The ball came out and I think we had one turnover and that was it. So we had the one turnover that resulted in a touchdown but the story is to not being able to protect the quarterback. That's the story on offense. If you're going to start throwing the ball, if you're starting to play a lot of play action and you don't protect the quarterback it is not going to happen. Even with all that we had an opportunity at the end off of Elisha's (sic) fingertips to get a first down to get us in a somewhat manageable position to win the game."

Addazio on his injured athlete being carted off the field...

"He is in the hospital right now having surgery."

Addazio on the performance of his defense...

"They played strong, they played hard, created some turnovers which is terrific. Early on in the game we flipped the field negatively, which is always problematic when you're struggling on offense and you get the field flipped. One time we had field position when we got stripped, sacked which resulted in a touchdown. We actually had good field position. Otherwise we saw the long field. From that advantage point obviously we want to keep the field but I thought we battled."

Addazio on a momentum shift after the blocked punt...

"I felt good about the spark, but I'm a line guy. When I know that we're not blocking them up front, I know that usually means trouble. I loved the spark. I felt good about it and I was hopeful that we could get it going up front, but all day long we had so many guys just cut free. I don't think I have ever seen anything like that. Just one on one, it is the same old story. We make a lot of mental mistakes. You know, they're young and it is going to take a while. And that's just a fact. And that's what's going on right now, a lot of youth that is always getting beat. We have to mature up front."

Addazio on if youth played a role in allowing eight sacks...

"Yeah, I don't know exactly which guys were free. I told you earlier in the week that I thought they had some really good pass rushers. But you know, you don't need to be cutting guys free like that. Jeff Smith I mean, they were on him so quick that he couldn't even take a step. That happened a countless amount of times. All the way up until the last play of the game. We were beat on the edges and the kid didn't even have a chance to throw the football. Got beat so fast."

Addazio on if the QB was hit on the final pass attempt to Elijah Robinson...

"I don't think so."

Addazio on the quality of the throw...

"I am not sure. I heard some talk of that but I am not sure if he got hit. Maybe, I don't think so but you know what happens some times is that you are kind of throwing off your back foot. That is what my guess would be, but I will have to watch the tape to make sure. I think the ball was still probably catchable though. Sometimes when you are smaller in stature back there, it is hard to see over that and you can get swallowed up in the pressure. Then what happens is you to start to bail out of there a little quicker because you want to see it and sometimes you need to stay in there because that is where the pocket is. But on that particular play, there was definitely penetration so I am guessing is that he threw off his back foot a little because of that penetration that would be my guess. But I don't know that."

Addazio on the pressure of now having to win four of the last five games to be bowl eligible...

"Yeah it does, sure. I am more focused right now on the eight sacks right now and finding the rights mix of guys up front. You know we are playing a lot of young guys up there with a sprinkling of old guys rotating. I have to take really good look at that and just get my arms around it because it was just particularly poor. We have played some really good defenses up to this point, but I haven't seen it quite like that. Now we also threw the ball an uncharacteristically amount of times today. That lends itself to that because we were getting a lot of eight and nine guy pressures. We made an effort to get the ball out quicker; he just couldn't set his feet."

Addazio on if the game plan was to throw the ball more often...

"We tried to throw some play action passes in there yeah. Tried to get some more balance so there wouldn't be so much onus on the front. We lost Tyler Rouse during the game and then we lost Marcus Outlow for a while during the game. He was pretty banged up, Jordan Gowins didn't practice during the week with the groin, so we were down to Myles (Willis) and we were really depleted at the running back position at that point in time. I don't think I have ever seen a season with so many running backs get depleted like this. So we tried to throw more play actions because we were getting eight and nine man fronts, but also in addition to that we were running out of gas. We are taking a real hit there right now and now we are down to our second string quarterback which is tough. I thought Jeff (Smith) was working hard in the game, he was just a victim of poor protection."`

Addazio on Smith's run...

"That was the rollout? We tried to roll out as much as we could today to get away from the pressure, there was a lot of field edge pressure coming. Down there we were able to get the corner and he was able to score there which is great I think the ball was on the ground I think Louie recovered the ball in the end zone for the touchdown. I think we lost the ball on contact. That's when he got knocked out."

Addazio on if Smith will miss extended time...

"You never know with those things. You have no idea. It all depends on what happens in the next couple days."

Addazio was asked about the TV analyst remarking that he knows a bowl game isn't in the cards this year...

"I'm glad he's speaking for me. I'm just worried about getting a first down right now. I'm worried about winning. I don't really sit there and go through all that stuff, when you're in the middle of this right now, playing a bunch of young guys and you have a bunch of injuries like we do right now you're trying to find the right pieces to win. That's where I'm at right now. As Mike just said it right there, he said that to me, I'm sure were up against it right now, no question; because we need seven this year we don't need six we need seven; but right now, my total focus is, trying to shore up where all the leaks are right now and they keep coming. See what happens is when you just get completely decimated with injuries and you were young before you even started the year, this is what happens. So I've got to, one step at a time address what happened with the young offensive line here. Go back to work and fix it. I got to take a look at the running back situation, were pretty depleted right now. Who's really going to be available and take a hard look at that. We're a run team and we kind of got taken out of that game today because of personnel. That's not going to be good for us, so my thing is one day at a time. One day at a time one week at a time. We made progress coming off the Clemson game and I felt good about that. I was concerned coming in here. I figured like usual, we'd make a few, give a few, make a few, give a few. That's what I kind of thought would happen here, and it started that way a little bit and we just couldn't keep doing that. Going to play action passes really hurt us. We were throwing a lot on first down. It hurt us badly, because early down, play action when you give up sacks on those. Just negative yardage plays that's why the stats are so poor at the end. I'd like to see how many lost yards there were. Probably 100, 100 lost yards I'm guessing, that's a lot. Then of course the strip sack goes against you; all those lost yards in there. It's hard to start chucking it around when you're really young up front. It's very very difficult and that's why, but we wanted to create some explosives, we were depleted in the running backs; so you're like this, darned if you do darned if you don't. That's what happens, that's it in a nutshell, that's not who we are, when you get out of your element. We're probably down about 7 or 8 guys right now."


Addazio on considering moving personnel to the running back spot...

"We have Rich Wilson that we kind of converted to a fullback, but we'll bring him back into the fold, Jordan Gowins, were all excited about his potential, hopefully he can practice this week and we can kind of get him going. That would help us a lot. Miles, his shoulder looked like it was bothering him at the end he tried to warrior it out; Marcus the same thing, I have to get updated exactly what his status is right now. I just know Tyler was out I don't know what his status is right now, I haven't got any feedback yet in terms of real determination status. Then of course Jeff, I'm sure will be day by day which is never good when you have a freshman quarterback who probably won't practice; so that's never a good thing because there's a protocol and once you trigger that protocol there's 'X' amount of days before you can go, you might get cleared but again, freshman quarterback, I don't know."

Troy Flutie on if he was prepared to execute the offense...

"Yeah, definitely. I've been working, working hard this week, I thought. I thought I could have come in there and did it, but some plays didn't go our way and I missed some passes and we didn't get it done."

Flutie on the pressure from Louisville...

"They brought some pressure, but it wasn't that intense. Nothing we hadn't seen before.:

Flutie on if the team could get it done following the defensive turnover...

"Absolutely. I had confidence in us the whole time. I had confidence in myself. I knew we could have come out there and did it, but we just didn't get it done."

Flutie on if timing was off due to pressure...

"Not really. The passes were there, they were there. They brought some pressure, but it wasn't a full out blitz."

Flutie on if the throw to Elijah Robinson was off his back foot...

"Yeah, definitely. I didn't step into it. It was short. It was a huge missed pass."

Flutie on if he thinks he has enough experience to be confident against Virginia Tech...

"I've been in there. I've played enough. If I end up playing, which I don't have any ideas with what is going on yet, that's a question for coach, but if I do get thrown in, a good week of practice I think we will be ready."

John Johnson on the game Steven Daniels played...

"He had a great game. It was great leadership. He went down for a little and I thought he was done, but he came back and finished the game strong. I'm proud of him and I love him as my brother."

John Johnson on the sequence of events leading up to the blocked punt...

"Yeah, we thought we had them. Momentum started going our way, but we didn't get the scores we needed to win the game. At the end of the day we just have to keep making plays to put ourselves in position to win the game."

John Johnson of if it was a stunt or a jailbreak on the blocked punt...

"Oh yeah we schemed it up, but I'm not going to release exactly what we did. We definitely schemed it up and it paid off."

Harris Williams on allowing eight sacks...

"It was very tough. It's on us - the offensive line. We have to come back next week. We have to be better. Definitely on us and definitely a chip on our shoulders. It's not anybody else's fault besides us."

Williams on how uncharacteristic it was to turn those guys loose on the QB...

"It's hugely uncharacteristic of Boston College. You know our pedigree is something that we pride ourselves on. So it's something that is really, really getting at us."

Williams on if he sees anything the team can fix leading into Virginia Tech...

"Yeah, definitely. We've just got to work on our coming together as a unit and playing more confidently."

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