Nov. 4, 2006
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Don Brown On The Game:
"This game wasn't about stats, it wasn't about how many yards you pass for, it wasn't about how many yards you rushed for. It was about finding a way to win. That's really what it came down to at the end. Our guys didn't worry about how you are going to do it. Our goal was to come in on the road and find a way to win. Very fittingly, that game came down to the last play as it should whenever UMass and UNH get together, its always hard-fought. I have nothing but tremendous respect for Coach McDonnell and what they do on both sides of the ball. My guys just stepped up today. I thought a couple of big spots in the game, our third-quarter drive against the wind, which turned out to be the margin of victory. Obviously, Ricky Santos worked us over in the second half. There was going to be a period of time when we were going to have to face adversity. ... The reality is we needed to make one last play and we found a way to make it. It is nice to see Jason Hatchell get the player of the game. But I was equally if not more pleased and happy that his brother made the final stop. I just thought our guys competed all day long as we knew we would have to against a team that was in the playoff last year, that was No. 1 in the country for a good chunk of the year. We just found a way to get our eighth win and that was really the first goal along the way."
John Hatchell On The Final Play Of The Game:
"When they shifted the tailback from the under position to the over position - when I saw that happen, I knew there was a possibility that he would be out on the swing since he was three of four yards from the goal line. Actually, I was expecting (the play). We had (practiced) that play a few times this week in practice and I had a pretty good read on it. It looked like it was about to be an option, but then he chucked it up to the back and I was able to get up and get a hand on it, that's basically how it unfolded."
Jason Hatchell On Winning The Bill Knight Trophy And Sharing The Spotlight With His Brother:
"Being on the defensive side of the ball, its awesome. Sharing it with my brother - its just better being on the same playing field as him, this will be our last year playing together. Just sharing the moments like these, he made the game winning stop and for me to be awarded with such a great honor, I couldn't ask for more."
Brown On Liam Coen's Second TD Of The Game:
"Liam had some great throws today. He played hard. That play the Liam made, he made three people miss. He stepped back through the pocket and threw a strike. Each guy is different. I'll tell you this, I wouldn't trade my guy for anyone in the country. He is playing great. He is leading great. I like the poise he brings to our offense.
"This was just a great, great football game. That's as good as it gets in New England college football."
James Ihedigbo On The Win:
"For us as a team, this game was about respect. We need to gain respect on defense and gain respect as a team. We accomplished that, we made a key play when we had to.
"Coach kept reminding us that we just needed one big play. One play ends this game. No matter what play it was during that final drive, we needed one play to get that game."