Dec. 4, 2013
Louisiana Tech Postgame Quotes
Head coach Skip Holtz
Opening statement and thoughts on the offense struggling to get a rhythm the last few weeks...
"I think the lack of point production, as we've talked about, now with eight losses and we haven't eclipsed the-16 point mark in any of them; the lack of offensive production and being able to put anything together with any kind of consistency to move the ball. We weren't very good on third down and we certainly didn't execute, when we don't execute well enough as an offense. I thought UTSA did a very nice job and I think (Eric) Soza is a really good quarterback. I thought he was one of the differences in the game tonight. Some of the deep balls he threw, some of the things that he did, I think he's a great competitor and I was really impressed with him. It was certainly just frustrating. Defensively, we couldn't get off the field on third down and offensively we couldn't get anything going. With 199 yards of total offense, it was not a very productive offensive performance."
On the defensive production today ...
"I thought the front seven played really well. I thought the front seven did some really good things up inside and even in the secondary with a couple of the turnovers. Adairius Barnes with the first non-offensive touchdown of the year and we may be one of the few teams that have had the opportunity to do it, but at least we got it done. I thought Adairius Barnes made a great play. He caught the ball between his legs, ran up the middle of the field, back over to the sideline and finally got the ball into the endzone. I thought Adairius did a really nice job and I think it's number four interception for him so far on the season. I thought as a defense, we played really well outside of the big plays and the things that were frustrating outside on the big plays is that we didn't contest them. I was proud of the effort and the way they competed."
On the third down plays and UTSA's success on third down ...
"When you can't get off the field, it seemed like we'd have some success on first and some success on second to get them in a long yardage. They weren't all third and short yardage situations, there were some third-and-long yardage situations. We just couldn't get off the field. Whether they would make a throw or make a catch, they did some really good things. UTSA is a good team. I thought they played well and I thought they executed and did some really good things. Defensively, we couldn't get off the field and offensively we couldn't stay on the field. There's no doubt that third down was a key to the game on both sides of the ball."
Head coach Larry Coker
Opening statement ...
"That's an awfully good win for us. Our defense played extremely well and I think that's the lowest total yards that Louisiana Tech has had all year long. Less than 200 yards and less than 50 yards rushing is just a tremendous effort by them (the UTSA defense). Offensively I think we had some good things that we did. (Eric) Soza was 17-of-20 passing and just a great day by him. Evans Okotcha, again, with another 100-yard day for him. He was very physical and set a school record for carries. I guess almost everything we do now is a school record because we haven't had many records and haven't played that long. Just a good job by our guys. Give Louisiana Tech credit, they're on the road and playing for nothing other than pride and they played hard, represented well. Also need to give a shoutout to Rice. We would have loved to see Rice lose, but they did what they needed to do to win a football game and let's give them credit for a great job by the Rice program. (Rice head coach) David Bailiff, being a San Antonio native I thought David might help us out a little bit, but he wouldn't do it. Just an outstanding season by our players and I can't be happier for them and the coaching staff. Just a great job."
On the emotions of Senior Day and the possibility of playing for a Conference USA Championship ...
"It (Rice's win) wasn't a downer because we did win our game and had a good finish, but I would have loved to see the emotion if we had the win and Rice lost. They might have had to put up a new dressing room in the Alamodome. These guys have played pretty hard every week and someone asked me about winning for or five in a row and if I envisioned this or not. You just have to go to work every day and compete every weekend and our guys never lost heart or lost faith and we ended up with a good finish."
On closing the season with another long winning streak ...
"Well sometimes you get on a roll and you expect to win. We knew this would be a tough game for us. Everyone that we play is going to be tough for us. Let's not put too big of an `S' on our chest and we know what we're all about too. They (Louisiana Tech) had 23 seniors and we had 10 and they're some good football players. Louisiana is a very, very good high school football. It was a good win for us and we talked about it coming into the game that if we did anything less than our best, we could be good enough."
On the 10 seniors ...
"I really think someone could come in and do a movie about those guys and the job that they've done. Jeremiah Moeller comes in and has a walk-on tryout, pulls a hamstring and couldn't finish the tryout so I had crossed him off my list. He comes back and I really didn't want to give him another shot, but I did and he made the team, earned a scholarship and was one of the captains for our team. You could go down the list of our guys that transferred from here or moved from there. I think it's a great story, I think it's a great story for the university and I can't say enough about the university and about the job that (Director of Athletics) Lynn (Hickey) has done and President (Ricardo) Romo."
Closing statement ...
"It's been a great run this season. I read earlier that we had the 11th toughest schedule in the FBS and that we'd be lucky to win four games. I told our players if you learn anything from this whole thing it's not to let people label you. You're African American, you can't be President or you're this and you can't win these games. All these things that you get labeled, but don't let anybody label you. You go out and be the best that you can be and if we learned anything, I hope that was it."
Eric Soza, Sr., QB
On the emotions of Senior Day ...
"When you care about something it's emotional. I'm just happy that we came out with a `W'. It was a great team effort from the offense, defense and special teams. We took care of business and as a senior it's a great way to go out. I think it was just a great day, a great day to be a Roadrunner."
On approaching the weeks to come regarding a possible bowl game ...
"However the cookie crumbles, the cookie crumbles. We can't control anything anymore. We put our case out there and whatever happens, happens. God will take control of that. If this was our last game then I think it ended pretty well. If not, and God grants us another game then that's just another opportunity for us to go out there and showcase our talents."
Evans Okotcha, Sr., RB
On being carried off the field by David Glasco II ...
"I can't explain my emotions and what I was feeling after the game. I was just so happy to go out the way we went out. (David) Glasco said that if we win, he'd carry me out so I held him to that *laughter* and he did it."
On closing his career with back-to-back 100-yard games ...
"It's a true blessing. After struggling this year it was really nice to return to what I know I can do. I praised my offensive line, quarterbacks, wide receivers and coaching staff because it was really a collective effort and it would be wrong of me to take all the credit for all that they've done. It's a credit to the offense and the hard work that we put in."
Steven Kurfehs, Sr., LB
On the stellar play of the defense ...
"Going into every game our No. 1 objective is to stop the run and give our defensive line credit those guys have gotten the job done week-in and week-out. They're the reason that we were able to hold them to what we did."
On trying to advance to the Conference USA Championship game ...
"I think we were just trying to have a great season and I think we did. Of course the No. 1 goal is to go to the conference championship, but we did have an opportunity to and we went out and did what we had to do. Rice won, but at the end of the day you just have to look at it as we won our game and we ended the season well."
Cody Berry, Sr., S
On his interception ...
"It was an emotional moment, of course, because this is my last rodeo out here. But it was just an interception."
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