Oct. 7, 2013
LA Tech Head Coach Skip Holtz
What are your thoughts about the game?
"What a great game. What a great conference game. I am really proud of our players. The way they hung in there and what they were able to get done tonight. Especially with the number of players that went down in this football game. But I am really proud of my team."
What are your thoughts about UTEP's performance tonight?
"I am impressed with this UTEP football team. I think Sean (Kugler) has done a great job with this team. I know defensively they are in a similar situation as we are with only a couple returning starters on that side of the ball, but I think it was a competitive football game. There is no quit in that football team. They play extremely hard and it was a hard fought football game, and we are going to have a pretty big injury report tomorrow by the time we get back to Ruston, Louisiana."
What are your thoughts about Jameill Showers?
"Showers is the bomb. He is impressive. He made some throws tonight and had some Houdine moves tonight in the back field that I was really impressed with. I thought our defense did a really good job to hold him to 28 points."
How do you feel about your team's performance tonight?
"I was very proud of the offense being able to run the ball. The defense did what they had to. They gave up 28 points to a very explosive offensive football team. You didn't realize how big it was but what an effort at the end of the first half to stop that fumble recovery from being a touchdown turns out being one of the differences in the game, so great hustle on that play. We are very proud of our players and the attitudes they have. They've lost three in a row and you can never tell it by the way they work."
UTEP Head Coach Sean Kugler
Thoughts on today’s game.
"Offensively we threw the ball well down there in the second half. We got down in position to kick a field goal to make it a one score game, but we got it blocked which forced us to go for the touchdown in the last drive in which we did and didn't get the onside kick. That was the story of the game."
Coach, 5:50 left in the game, it looked like the drive took quite a bit for being down two scores.
"In college football, it seems like there is more time because every time you get a first down the clock stops, which is essentially like getting a mini timeout. We weren't quick to burn our timeouts in that situation and that's not the time to chuck it every down. You can get gains and gain first downs by running the ball."
Coach, you're zero and three at home and zero and two in conference - what would be your message to the fans to continue to support your team?
"To be honest with you, if they're upset and they didn't want to come, they have every right to. They're the fans. But just know we're going to go back to work and just keep working hard to get this thing corrected. Trust me, I don't have disillusions about this and it's going to take a lot of hard work. This isn't going to be easy and it's going to take some time but we're going right back to work tomorrow."
Any positive points you saw on the defensive side?
"To get into a third and 21, to get into a third and 17, you have to play well on first and second down and pin those guys back. They got some good pressure on the quarterback and there was some tackles for losses to get into those positions and we let them get into those positions. There were some positives but in the end result those two long runs killed us."