Illinois V.S. Cincinnati: Tim Beckman Talks Week Two Win

Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Opening statement:

“I’ll just start it off with, I want to congratulate this football team. I want to congratulate this coaching staff. It was four quarters of football. The way they prepared from Sunday until this afternoon, all the way up to kickoff time, it was a team win and it was a coaching staff win that had nothing to do with me. It’s got everything to do with these players. They believe in what we’re doing and I think you can see a little bit of that today. We still have a long ways to go, there’s no question about that. But all in all, it was definitely a team effort and I couldn’t be more proud.”

On his viewpoint of Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux’s injury:

“Well, I saw it; I saw it immediately. It was definitely one of those injuries that you know you’ve seen on (Joe) Theismann and those types of injuries. So I wanted to get out there to him as quickly as I could. I think that he was in pain, there’s no question. But they took care of him and got him off, and hopefully we’ll all pray that he’s healthy.”

On Bill Cubit and the efficient offense: 

“Bill Cubit has always been successful and has always done a great job with our offense. It’s still about him putting our players in position for making plays. We just call the plays; the players are the ones who run the plays. I think Bill would be the first on to tell you that, too. Bill is an outstanding offensive mind, there’s no question. And in my opinion, that’s why I brought him here. He’s the best that I’ve been coaching against or been around.”

On the goal-line stand and whether he thought the play would be overturned:

“I did (think the touchdown would be overturned). I mean, I didn’t think he was in. I was going to challenge it if it wasn’t reviewed because I didn’t think he got in. I thought V’Aangelo (Bentley) came in there with that second hit; really, it was a third (hit) that really kind of forced that ball out.”

On the big plays of the game:

“I will say this, and I wrote this down during the football game. On the first TD series, Miles Osei made a third-down-and-eight, got hit about five, and then fought for three more yards to get the first down. On the second series, (Martize) Barr had a catch on third-and-long to keep that series going. On the third series, (Steve) Hull’s block on the reverse and Barr’s third-down catch. On the fourth series, that was, of course, a 99-yard series where we drove it down and scored after the goal-line stand this defense had. The fifth, there was a huge catch by Steve Hull on third down. And, of course, on the sixth one, we had the big catch by No. 7 (Martize Barr) on the corner route. It was players making plays. If you’re going to continue drives, you have to be successful on third downs. We practice that. We talk about it. We won third downs today and we also won the turnover battle today. There’s reasons you win and I definitely believe that.”

On Nathan Scheelhaase’s performance today:

“You know, I know Nate’s had it. He went through some situations last year with injuries and fought through it and competed through it. I really enjoy being around Nate. It doesn’t surprise me. Nate Scheelhaase is in our office first thing tomorrow morning. He’ll be studying this football game. He loves the game. But all of our players are that way. And that’s why it’s so unique about coming to this office in Memorial Stadium each week to see these guys, because they are willing to try to make this program as good as they possibly can.”

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Topics: Football, Illinois Fighting Illini, Tim Beckman

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