Postgame Quotes



Aug 31, 2013

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On the game:

“I thought in the second half, our defense competed. I talked about if we were going to win, we were going to have to do it differently than we did a year ago. We were going to have to rely much more on our defense, especially until some of our offensive guys get a little more seasoned. I thought our defense competed, but I thought in the second half, offensively, was really bad. I thought it was really bad. They turned out to be more than we could handle on the inside with their three technique and their shade. We really couldn’t get any rhythm going or get anything moving in the second half on offense.”

On lack of talent or lack of maturity:

“I don’t think it was a lack of talent. Like I said, if we don’t turn those two balls over in the first half on the 10-yard line, it is a 21-all game. I don’t think this is talent, these are mistakes that we made. Mistakes like that are the things you can’t make and be a good football team … Hopefully, if we can learn from those things, this could be a beneficial tail-whipping. That is what we took today. We got our tail whipped, because we made way too many mistakes on the road against a really good football team that didn’t turn the ball over. I thought (they) played a really solid football game.”



On time of possession and setting the tone:

“Being able to control the time of possession helps a lot. With the heat, and in a game like this where both teams run at a fast tempo, it definitely is important. Starting fast like we did today really helps. You’re able to get on the board and set the pace. Then to play like we did and finish strong at the end is important too. Start fast and finish strong.”

On Matt Dayes:

“Anytime you have a great running back [like Dayes] it changes things. He did real well today. We now get Shadrach [Thornton] back this week and I think that will help Matt get better.”

On Niklas Sade:

“He had a great day. He kicked the ball off extremely well. He had four field goals, including a 45-yarder. He kicked like a third-year starter.”