Nov. 11, 2006
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Maine Defensive End Mike Devito on the game:
"We battled for four quarters and that is all I can ask of my teammates. We came up on the losing end today, but we put in a good effort, and we just need to get back to our winning ways. It hurts a lot to come up short like that, especially against a great team like UMass. We hung in there, and we gave ourselves a chance to win. We have to keep our heads up. I'm proud of these guys. It's hard to come into someone else's place, in front of all their fans and beat them."
UMass Head Coach Don Brown opening statement:
I really want give great credit to my players and coaching staff. We had to go to New Hampshire last week and win a must-game. We had to come home today, and to be honest, we were a little nervous. We were not anticipating a artistic win. There were no style points given today. Bottom line is Liam Coen made a great throw, Rasheed Rancher made a great catch, and Chris Koepplin came up with a huge field goal.
Liam Coen on the UMass's offense:
Our goal is to score every possession. In a game like this, every possession is so valuable. We executed, but we shot ourselves in the foot a few times. Our guys played really hard. Our front five played as hard as they could. Maine had some good schemes and good guys up front. They rotate a lot. Rasheed came up with a big play. Steve got going a little bit. We just have to be more consistent. Overall, we need to execute: our guys played really hard.
Rasheed Rancher on his TD reception:
It was a basic play, a solo, just like the 89-yard touchdown earlier in the year. We watched film yesterday and noticed we could beat them deep all day because they play very soft. Liam put it in the air and I just went and got it.
Tracy Belton on the game:
When you win a game like this, it is something you tell your kids about when you're older. It's something we just had to do; we had to get the victory. Maine is a good offense. They practice, they study, they watch film. We just had to come out here and play hard. The onside kick was very close. I thought the Maine player touched the ball before the ten yard mark. We can't go by the referee, I just had to go make the play and get the ball. I saw him touch it, and I thought I had to make the play. Everything happens under the pile, I wasn't going to let the ball go.