Postgame Quotes: UMass at Texas Tech

Sept. 20, 2008

Recap |  Box Score |  Notes

Head Coach Don Brown

On the game
"I've been coaching in New England my whole coaching career and we've played a number of 1A games. That's the best I-A team I've ever been around or ever competed against. They're extremely talented and obviously Graham Harrell is unbelievable. He throws the ball on time and you can't trick him. Michael Crabtree is excellent. I was really worried about Eric Morris and he really hurt us. We just looked bad. We were in it today and they're a very, very good football team. We're in our third week on the road and this was not an ideal opponent for the third week.

We tip our hat, and again, thought we played much better on special teams than a week ago, but in the other two phases, we couldn't get anything done on a consistent basis. We did have a little momentum I thought in the second and third quarter. We dropped an interception on the first drive and it was right on the end. And then we thought we recovered a fumble on the kickoff. Then on the ensuing drive, our strong safety drops one right on his chest. You never know if you get some momentum if you can stem the tide and stay in the game and those types of things. We just couldn't do anything on a consistent basis and we were beaten by a better football team than us today."

On struggling in the first quarter
"I don't know what it is, but we struggle to get out in the first quarter of every football game. We've trailed in every football game in the first quarter. In the first two weeks we were able to overcome, but today, we were not able to overcome it. I know we're going to have to take a look at what we're doing from a pregame standpoint because we're not coming out ready to go. There was no catching up today."

Quarterback Liam Coen

On Tech Defense
"Very sound, good up front. May have blitzed us twice. Did a very good job of the run game. I thought they were as good in the game as they were on tape."



Surprised by Defense
"A few things I knew we could get going. It was just a matter of hitting them. I thought our guys played hard. We had a great catch down the middle early, we needed that tempo to continue but unfortunately, we got plagued a little by ourselves."

On if this was the best I-A team they have played against
"Absolutely. Boston College was a good team last year they were up there in the rankings but this is a different breed down here and we knew that coming into the game. We expected that."

On the momentum after the fumbles
"We were pumped. Going in we were in their territory, we were going to score, had some good play calls coming but unfortunately it was like déjà vu from last year(Boston College game)."

Linebacker Josh Jennings

On the rushing game
"We did well in the rushing game. A lot of breaks didn't go our way. I mean what can we do, we played as hard as we could."

Texas Tech Head Coach Mike Leach

On impressions of tonight's game
"I was proud of our overall effort. The first group all played well. Our twos squandered some reps that irritated me. There was a mixed group with the twos. As far as our firsts I think we were really good on offense, defense, and special teams. They played well. Defense played a sharp game other than a play here or there. Offense was pretty good. We went and got penalized a couple of times that I wish we hadn't. On special teams we did some good things, too sloppy on penalties. And we need to punt better."

On the run game
"Well we thought it might be [good]. They were kind of giving us the run. I think Graham Harrell played well as far as the run game. Both backs played well with regard to the run game they hammered away. I saw some good second effort."

On if the receivers played better tonight
"I thought they did and Adam (James) had the catch of the night, it was a heck of a catch. There were a lot of good catches and good distribution. We threw it to 11 people, so it was decent."

On the bye week
"We haven't had one since 2004 and I think everyone was kind of shocked when we found that out. We have to manage it well and get better as a team. We need to take advantage of the practice opportunities, and get ready to go on the field at Kansas State."

Defensive Coordinator Ruffin McNeill

On the defense overall
"I like our guys' mentality. They work hard. Coach (Leach) mentioned it earlier they are very coachable. I'm very proud of the improvement. One thing we have talked about each week was that make sure we get better as a group and individually. I like that part. I like the fact that they are not worried about who we are playing, but how we play. That's the type of mentality we've got to make sure we keep and carry on. It's not who we play, but how we play, and just worry about Texas Tech and making sure they are doing their job at a high level. I'm proud of the boys and how they work."

On playing with little blitzes
"I've been holding back a little bit on it because the guys have been getting to it (the ball), but we have some blitzes we haven't shown, and I'm looking forward to tossing them in there. I ran one with the second group towards then end, and they ran the right play for that blitz, but I'm pleased the kids are executing what we call."

Running back Shannon Woods

On going into an off-week
"Definitely, we aren't going to mind the days off we're fixing to get."

On the work of the offensive line
"They're beasts that's what I was telling the refs `look at us we're all ugly and mean that's what we do' that's how we try to go into every game just physical and nasty."

On first 100-yard game in two years
"I've been waiting on it; we've put in a lot of work. Nothing that we do is ever surprising; we expect that much out of ourselves, and when we don't do it, it's disappointing. When it happens I'm happy for sure, but that's what I want, that's what I expect."

On 3rd and short
"We know what we can do and we always wanted the ball in those kind of situations. With him (Coach Leach) giving us those opportunities we gotta make sure that we succeed in whatever it is that he gave us an opportunity at. We better not disappoint."

Running back Baron Batch

On going into an off-week
"Yea, it will good to rest our bodies and get ready for conference."

On getting this team something on the ground on 3rd and short
"It's helped us out a lot and just kept drives going when we can just hand it off knowing that we're going to get it."

On getting more opportunities
"The offensive line is doing a great job; they've put in the work and we pride ourselves in being nasty and being tough and getting those yards when we need to get them."

Safety Darcel McBath

On if the defense is the best since he's been at Tech
"Yes, since I've been here, but we're just running, flying around, and we're getting opportunities, too. Our D-line is getting pressure, so he (the quarterback) doesn't have time to think what he needs to do because he has to get out of his hands fast, so we're getting plenty of opportunities."

On the interception
"Actually that was a play that we watched on film before coming up to the stadium. I hadn't seen it all week, but it just dawned on me. We saw the five wide, so we knew they were going to run the stop routes, so I kind of sat on it. He threw it over there, and I got lucky."

Defensive End Brandon Williams

On what has changed from last year to this year
"I mean he (McNeill) took out a lot more plays than we had last year, so it's a lot off our shoulders. He just let us attack and that's really it. He just told us `go out there and play and attack up front'. We don't have to read as many plays as we did when we were under Coach (Lyle) Setencich, but when Ruff (Ruffin McNeill) took over he's just like our father, so we just look at him just as `Pops.' We just go out there and play every time."

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