Oct. 18, 2004
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General comments from Coach Brown ...
We came into this game about as battered and bruised as you can come into any football game that I can remember in 28 years of coaching. Offensive lineman showing up on Friday's (practice) still in boots and everything else just trying to piece it together. We are playing freshman all over the place on defense. Then you go down 14-0 in a game at Homecoming and it would be real easy to mail it in. I think that just shows the character and resiliency of our players. A lot of people had kind of written us off. Sometimes, when you are playing to get your respect back and to show what kind of football team you are, and just playing with your heart, is what is most important. I think our guys got an A for that today. Obviously Steve Baylark, in our system we need to be able to run the football, and he ran the football as well as I have seen it run. He had 43 rushes for 199 (yards), three touches. He and talked about that this summer and I have been disappointed that we have not been able to reward him with this kind of a day. I am tired of hearing about Tim Day's last trip here. So that's over now too. Thirty-three for 293 yards and two touches. Brandon London had a career day. Mike Douglas was solid. Peebler had the big reception at the end. I cannot say enough about Brendan Freeman, our true freshman corner matched up with (David) Ball most of the day. He got beat once and then came back and made a big interception. Shannon James is our leader back there with Tracy (Belton). For this group to be playing this many young players. No seniors on defense to hold them to a total of 268 and that is a hell of an offensive machine out there. I am just proud of them. Both sides of the football. We put it together, total team effort. It's a win we have badly needed and we went out and got.
Coach Brown on the emergence of Brandon London ...
I just think that has been happening. If you watch over the last few weeks, all of a sudden he is starting to show up. It's just a maturation of our offense and him growing with it.
Coach Brown regarding defending two New Hampshire QBs ...
To see Mike Granieri back there, I thought I was back in a couple of years ago, in 2002. I think coach was trying to get him back in there to give them a spark. After the first drive it seemed like Ricky (Santos) struggled a little bit. I think both of those guys are both very capable. He (head coach, Sean McDonnell) was probably trying to get them both in, to get them in a rhythm. Both of them did not effect their (team) style (of play). They still came at us with the same formations, the same routes. They did not really try to run the ball on us today, which I was a little surprised at. I am just proud of my secondary linebackers. L.A. (Love) had to move over and play Sam, Brad Anderson had to go over and play Will. If those guys were getting hurt, I was going to not look at them, because they were still going to play. It was one of those days where they threw the ball 60 times, but we made enough plays and that was the important thing.
Don Brown about what lead up to their win ...
The thing we talked about last week was staying the course, staying positive, nobody pointing fingers and just staying together as a team. The reality is when you are in a hole like that, that is what you need to do. You need to put your egos aside and concentrate on winning. I think that is what we've done today. There was no panic when we were down 14-0. Guys were disappointed but we said, let's go, let's get back in it and that is something we were able to do. And again, I am just proud of the guys in my locker room. We stayed together as a football team. We did not point fingers, we did not say things that were outlandish. We just stayed together and worked through it. Hopefully, we will not have to go back.
Brandon London on how he has been able to contribute ...
I've just been really patient. I've been waiting for a day like this. Its Tim's (Day) job to throw it up there and its my job to go get it, so that's what I did. I did my job.
Tim Day on the return to his home state ...
I have a lot of family and friends here. When I go back home, I always have to hear about the last time I was here. We did some things against their defense that put us in a successful position so yes, I'm glad it is over with and I'm glad we got a victory.