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Postgame Quotes: UMass 28, Colgate 7




Sept. 2, 2006

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Coach Don Brown on the off-season:
It's been a long off-season for us. It was a lot of hard work, with a lot of trials and tribulations, but obviously the one steadfast scenario has been our character, and our players' resolve to come back here and get this thing off on the right foot.

Coach Don Brown on the game:
I felt we played pretty well. We had a couple situations in the offensive line that were not good. We had a couple of guys step up, there that did a great job, Biff Gottehrer, and Nick Diana who played hurt.

We ran the ball pretty well. I think if you ask Steve Baylark and Matt Lawrence, they will say we have the ability to play better. I thought Liam Coen played pretty well, but I think if you ask him, he'll say there were a couple things he would take back. This is about a team though, and when we needed to pick each other up, it seemed to happen.

Coach Brown on the biggest moment of the game:
I thought a big moment as a team was in the third quarter when we had a turnover, the defense stood up and made a play, and when we got a turnover ourselves on the nine yard line, it did not take us long to put the ball in the end zone.

Coach Don Brown on the kicking game today:
I was extremely happy with Christian Koegel, our punter, once again had a great day. Chris Koepplin, who was backing up Armando Cuko coming into the preseason was very, very solid today.

 

 

Quarterback Liam Coen on his performance:
I think overall I played alright, but as coach said, there were a couple throws I'd like to take back. The first interception, the ball got tipped up and a guy made a big play, and the second was a miscommunication. It's something we can't have, especially if we want to continue on this road of success. There were a couple of run checks I'd like to have back, but other than that, I thought we played pretty solid as an offense.

Coach Brown on playing Navy next week:
We know the challenge that is in front of us, and we know that we have to go into hostile territory, and that people are touting them as a bowl team again. But that's what we live for, and why we play this game.

Cornerback Tracy Belton on the play of the secondary:
Coach always tells us to get our hands on the receivers and dominate them at the line of scrimmage, and that's basically what we did today.

Colgate Head Coach Dick Biddle on the game:
"We're disappointed. UMass is a pretty good defense. I think it was a typical opening game. There were execution mistakes on offense. But I think our kids played hard. We're going to be a very good football team. UMass made plays today. To me, the key was not getting any points after intercepting the pass and making it to the 8-yard line (in the third quarter). It takes away your momentum. Also, our kicking game hurt us. But I think defensively UMass executed very well. Our defense did a pretty good job today with a lot of guys that haven't played before in the front seven. UMass has a good team."

Colgate running back Jordan Scott on the game:
"They (UMass) have good defensive speed. We just didn't execute. If we execute, no matter the defense we face, we will be a force to be reckoned with."

Coach Biddle on UMass compared to last season when Colgate defeated UMass 17-14:
"They're always athletic. Their secondary was much more under control this game. They were in position; they covered well. They placed more cohesive and like experienced players. They knew what they had to do. They had good speed...Our receiver came across and I thought he was going to score a touchdown, but the UMass defender made a shoestring tackle. That's a big play there. They're very good on defense."

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