Syracuse Head Coach Doug Marrone

Opening statement: We made some plays and worked together tonight. All three phases contributed to us getting ourselves in trouble, and all three phases helped contribute to us winning this game. At halftime, basically that’s what I told them. We can’t go back and worry about what happened in the first half, about this play and that play. Hopefully we've learned from it. The three units seemed to work together. I thought Ryan Nassib was outstanding down the stretch. I thought he really had a good game.

Most exhausted you've been after a game: Mentally, I’ve always been exhausted. After games it is very difficult for me. I always think that when we lose, I try to do a good job of overcoming the mental fatigue and physical fatigue. And when we win, I just want to get the heck out of there and let you guys talk to the players.

On BJ Daniels talent against Syracuse: “He always hurts us. As I've said before, it’s not a surprise. This team was picked second in Big East. To this point, outside of USC - which is a very good football team - this South Florida team might be the most talented team we've played to date.”

On their halftime deficit: “All three phases have to contribute. It’s just like rallying. You've got to rally them up. You go in there and scream and yell and everything, that’s not going to help. With other teams it might, but not this one.

On Last drive: “Your good players have to play well for you to win, and that’s what happened.”


Syracuse Quarterback Ryan Nassib

On the last drive of the game

“We went through stuff that we’ve practiced. There was a big emphasis on getting the ball out of bounds and some guys made some big catches.”

On the confusion in the last minute regarding the final touchdown

“I thought we were in.  I thought we were on the mark, we were on the one, I kind of called my own number and I thought I was in. We got lucky.”

Syracuse Defensive Player Durrell Eskridge

On the blocked punt

“My team, they told me that I changed the whole game around. It felt wonderful. It felt like, I don’t know, it was a wonderful feeling.”