Head Coach Bill Curry as the Panthers prepare for Saturday's game at Houston:

On the blocked punt against Jacksonville State...
On 4th and 3, I decided to be brilliant and call a quick kick at a time when all we had to do was punt the ball. We have a good punter who gets the ball down close and is learning the protection schemes so we can actually get the ball off without it being blocked and I didn't do it. That was incredibly costly to us even though we came back and made a big play ourselves and evened the score, that shouldn't have been required. Things like that drain an immature team. We can't have head coach mistakes at this stage.

On mistakes the team made against Jacksonville State...
We work on the penalties daily in practice. We work on the possibility that the players will be punched in the sternum in the bottom of a pile. We had some guys who were best friends with players on the opposing team. [Dexter Moody and Washaun Ealey]. Mark Hogan did something that was utterly un-Mark Hogan. We tried so hard to win the game and so hard to make that extra block that we blocked the opposing punter before he moved out of the zone where he's protected as a punter. That was a 15-yard penalty and took away our chance to win the game because we tried so hard. Mark Hogan was in my office before I could get there the next day. He said to me, "Coach, I don't know what..." and I told him, "I know Mark, you just trying too hard." When we get to where we can play full speed and lead the league in the least amount of penalties, and that's what we will do, and make the least amount of turnovers, all we need to do is finish the job.

On Houston's win over Louisiana Tech...
Watching what Houston did in the Louisiana Tech game was one of the most fascinating football laboratories I've ever seen. Watching the score go to 34-7, watching Louisiana Tech run the ball for 233 yards against Houston, but as the clock wound down and Case Keenum, who had a terrible first half, came out, he slowed the game down for everybody. I watched him feel the frame develop and watch how the coverage deploys, and he fit the ball in exactly the right spot. When it comes time to win, that's what the great ones do.

On Houston quarterback Case Keenum...
We're going to see a great quarterback. When Athletic Director Cheryl Levick and I talked about playing Houston, Case Keenum was supposed to be graduated. Case did not cooperate and tore his ACL last year and came back this year. It's going to be such a joy to watch him play and try to match wits with him.

On Houston's key players...
Keenum has some incredible weapons at his disposal. Patrick Edwards is a great athlete and he's caught the ball for over 1,000 yards each of the past two years. They have a kickoff returner named Tyron Carrier and he's returned six kickoffs for touchdowns. We have to continue to improve our kickoff coverage, which we did last week. On defense, their leading tackler is Marcus McGraw with 55 tackles. He's all over the places and had 16 tackles against Louisiana Tech and he was a big reason they won the game. They have a punter named Richie Leone who is averaging 49.3 yards per punt.

On the challenge Houston presents...
As all good teams do, they have tremendous weapons and tremendous speed. They beat UCLA in their own stadium and came back from a 34-7 deficit with 7:11 left in the third quarter to beat a good Louisiana Tech team. They will be a tremendous challenge for us. We want to learn from what we experience there. We want to show our team, as we always will, that there is a way that we can win this game. If we eliminate all of our mistakes and create some of theirs, we will have a chance to beat them. The main thing we're going to have to do is take care of our business and block, tackle, secure the ball and absolutely eliminate the penalties and coaching mistakes.

On Kalan Jenkins...
Kalan is not only our only Texan but he's also our top student. He's absolutely brilliant, unselfish and a tough, wonderful Texan. He's playing out of position for the team. When we come back for reunions in 25 years when this program has taken off, one of the guys that we will remember most fondly will be Kalan.

On who will replace Albert Wilson at wide receiver and return specialist...
At return specialist, Demarius Matthews is the kickoff returner and he will return both kickoffs and punts and he's pretty good. Fortunately we have some depth at wide receiver; it's probably the deepest position on the team. Darren McCray, who has been out pretty much the entire season, is at full speed. He will step in to play Albert's role. He is the closest to running as fast as Albert and catching the ball.

On how GSU will stop Houston's offense...
You can't rattle Case Keenum. We need to break on the ball with great pursuit, take great angles, tackle well and we need to knock the ball out. We have drills designed on stripping the ball and punching it out. We have got to force turnovers and we can't turn the ball over. If we force four or five turnovers from them and don't turn it over ourselves, it will be a good football game. Those are the things we work on constantly until they happen.

On GSU will stop Houston's rushing offense...
They'll try and run against us. We must stop the running game. We need our linemen to defeat the double teams and our linebackers to fill the proper gaps and make the tackles and not miss tackles. We haven't done that as quickly as I thought we would, but that will always be the case. I believe in this team, I know we have a good nucleus in this group of men. We have to stop the run and run the ball ourselves.

On the speed and keys to improvement of GSU's defense...
We're a lot faster than last year. We have some new guys who are faster, and the ones who were here last year are faster now. We have to be disciplined with our linebackers. We have to keep our pads down and keep gap control. This is what every football coach is explaining right now as to how their teams are going to stop the run. Once we do that, we have a chance. Even though we're undersized and we're not going to be as big as anyone we play, we can still be lower with our pads and keep our heads up and we'll get better at it.

On who Case Keenum reminds him of...
He doesn't remind me of anybody. I thought he would look like somebody. If I were forced to pick one guy, it would be Gary Hollingsworth, who played for us at Alabama. He was so calm and poised. Keenum's not quite as skinny as Gary but they have somewhat similar mannerisms.

On what the defense is doing to improve in practice...
We repeat periods in practice. For instance, with goal line defense, we'll say, "That's not good enough, do it again." We keep repeating it until we see the lights come on for one guy, then another, then another.