Postgame Quotes: UMass 23, UNH 17

Oct. 17, 2009

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Head Coach Kevin Morris' Opening Statement:
It was a very exciting game, a little too exciting right there at the very end. We called timeout with three seconds left to settle down. Kumar made a great interception to finish the game off. With UNH, it's always a great game. It's a game everyone wants to be a part of.

We focused all week on getting our overall level of play back where it should be. We had a good week of practice and just wanted to come out with a lot of intensity and play physical football. I think the guys did a great job of that tonight.

I thought there were opportunities we could have capitalized on, but when push came to shove, we did more pushing and won the game.

Kumar Davis on his interception on the game's final play:
I've just been trying to work on my fundamentals all week in practice. Then when the ball was in the air, I just wanted to try to make a play on it and it went right into my hands. I was thinking to myself, 'take a knee and it's over.'

Michael Hanson regarding the win:
"It all started at practice this week. We had our best week of practice and we really got it done tonight. We played as one, we played collectively and we got it done. It's gratifying to not only beat New Hampshire, but they're our biggest rivals. Just the added emotion with all the alumni coming back, it felt good to get a big win in front of those guys."

Jonathan Hernandez on winning the Bill Knight MVP award of the game:
"I don't think I'm the MVP of the game. We came out as a unit. I think the whole team was the MVP. We practiced hard this week and we just came out and played UMass football today."

Morris on the team win:
"We have a great group of seniors that made it important to all the other guys of how critical the juncture was going into a game like New Hampshire, not only the rivalry, but where we stood after the Delaware game. Great job of leadership and great job of effort and execution by the defense also our special teams did real strong tonight and the offense came through with the touchdown."

Head Coach Sean McDonnell Opening statement:

"Just what you expect out of a UMass - UNH football game. Hard part physical football game. They did a great job of sticking to what they do we got ahead there in the second half, had a couple of chances to move the ball made some plays and their offense stayed to it...I'm really impressed with Hernandez, I saw him running in an earlier game against Stony Brook he's a good football player, great runner, and in the end the defense got at us a little bit we didn't run the ball really well, I was disappointed in that...we competed very, very hard out there. UMass is a good football team, they bounced back from a tough loss at Delaware and played very, very well. Heck of a game."

McDonnell on previous games played at McGuirk Stadium:

"Bygones be bygones; every time we come down to this place it's tough, you don't have a whole lot of wins here when we come down here I think we got 6 or 7 wins like that...last time we won here was in 2005 but I wasn't thinking about that, I was thinking about how we can get better and win more football games."



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