Post Game Quotes - UMass vs. Maine
Sep 7, 2013
Post Game Quotes UMass vs. Maine Sept. 7, 2013 Gillete Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.
Massachusetts Quotes Head coach Charley Molnar
Opening statement: "On paper, a lot of people thought Maine was the favorite by x amount of points. A lot of people thought we should be the favorite because we're FBS and they're FCS. I knew by looking at the film, their roster, and their size that it was a pretty even match-up. I couldn't tell very much from the Norfolk St. game that they just overpowered them, so it was hard to get a feeling for how good Maine would be this year. I knew that we would have our hands full."
"Their quarterback is really efficient. He played so much better than his skill set. He's a great decision maker, he puts the ball where it needs to be and we just had our hands full with him. On critical downs, especially in the first half, we got stops on first and second downs. Then on third downs, he would just make a play. He just found open guys and that really hurt us."
"As far as special teams, the fumble early on in the game, giving them the short field, we just aren't good enough of a football team to overcome that."
"Offensively, in the first half, I had a plan and I felt good about AJ the last couple of weeks. He has picked it up in practice, but nevertheless, I wanted to make sure Mike had every opportunity. He certainly had earned the starting job and I wanted to make sure that he had the chance to win the football game. When we got to halftime, I could see that we needed some help. We needed to do something different to get the offense going. I decided to make the change and put in AJ Doyle at quarterback. I can't tell you that that's a permanent move, but I can tell you that it was a move I made at half and it was the right move to make. His numbers were no better than Mike's. His point production was no better than Mike's. I'll have a hard week of practice to try and figure out which direction to go."
"Offensively, we just can't sustain drives. We had way too many 3 and outs in the first and second quarter and our defense couldn't get a rest. It certainly took its toll on us and hats off to Maine."
"We had way too many 3 and outs. Hats off to Maine. They played a very good football game."
"We're not able to sustain drives. For whatever reason we're not getting them done in the game."
"Defensively, we're plenty good to stop the run. We've got plenty of depth and the scheme is right for them."
"We're still playing an awful lot of young guys. That's not an excuse, but reality. And young guys have made a lot of mistakes."
"Every loss is shattering. Today is Maine's day. Four years from now is irrelevant. The reality is there is not gap between us and Maine. We knew it was going to be close and the talent gap isn't there."
Linebacker Stanley Andre
"It doesn't matter who you play on any given day. Maine's a good football team and they came out and played today."
"It's not discouraging, we don't have our heads down. We're definitely going to move forward."
Quarterback A.J. Doyle
"You have to take the positives and work on the negatives. We have to now focus on Kansas State."
"I could have done a lot better. I didn't complete all my passes, I didn't make all the right protection checks and obviously I only put up seven points when I was out there. There is a lot I can improve upon."
Head coach Jack Cosgrove
On his thoughts of how the game went overall...
"I'm very happy for the guys. I thought we did a really good job of playing as a football team. We got a rough start. They hit us fast and furious right away and the only thing I can tell you is that it was the same way the Mississippi State game opened up. They went down and scored on the opening drive and I said, `Are we settled in?' I thought we supported each other in every single form. The defense stood up early in the game when the offense put us in some tough situations with the turnovers.
QB Marcus Wasilewski
On his approach during the game...
DB Jamal Clay