UMass At Miami (Ohio) Postgame Quotes

Sept. 22, 2012

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on the game
"Obviously, we're disappointed on the outcome of the game. We had opportunities to stay in the game throughout but didn't finish the deal a number of times. We moved the ball with confidence somewhat effectively. We had our stutters and what not but we were still able to get the ball down close to them; we just couldn't finish it for whatever reasons -- could be play calling, could be somebody just broke down along the way.

"We just couldn't score. We had one touchdown they said was offensive pass interference so we'll have to look at that. You know it was just disappointing. Defensively, we started off and applied good pressure on their quarterback. It was very good against the run, then as the game went on we lost two defenders at the same position back-to-back when Mike Lee came out of the game, then D.J. Adeoba who had a knee injury. Mike eventually went back in the game, but I think at that time we got thrown off just a little bit. We got out of sync and I'm not sure we never quite got back to where we were prior to Mike coming out of the game."

on Miami quarterback Zac Dysert
"I've watched this guy (Dysert) since he was a junior in high school so I know he can make something happen with his feet. I've been saying it all week, telling our players, telling our coaches, telling anybody who would listen the guy can hurt you -- not only with his arm but with his feet. All those reps and all those games he's played in, he's so confident and never took a hard hit. He got as much as he could on the first down, took a slide and never really accumulated a lot of pounding."

"It was no surprise how physical they were. I told everybody all along how big they were. I don't know if you were on the field to stand next to their tackles. We don't have anybody even close to their two tackles and right guard. They looked like NFL prospects out there. You saw (Michael Cox). Shoot, it took about five of us at one time often just to bring him down. They have a team that plays very hard and physical and we respect that."



On Dysert's success running the football (12 carries for 76 yards)
"Those (plays) are just attributed Coach Klacik and the offensive staff who throughout the week put the gameplan together. That wasn't anything unique we didn't anticipate. We were just gonna see how often they were gonna give it to us. That goes to the offensive staff number one and the players who executed on gameday."

On the offense relying slightly more than usual on the rush game
"I think anytime you can present an offense that has the threat of running and throwing, you certainly have the opportunity to be productive because they can't just load the box against your pass or vice-versa. Most teams are going to try to be balanced but it was nice to see that played out today on our side of the ball."

On the on-side kick to start the second half
"We did [surprise UMass]. If Burris just catches the ball instead of trying to bat it in, bless his heart. He's right there. I think he just lost his bearings of where he was in that situation. I think that was just great sight by the coaches in the box, Matt Edwards, our special teams coach had talked about it and we wanted to give it a shot to create a little bit more momentum."

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