Postgame Quotes: UMass at Army

Nov. 12, 2005

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Massachusetts Head Coach Don Brown
(Ref.: opening statement)
"I thought our effort was there; we certainly put it out on the line today. (Army) was riding a two-game win streak, but we played as hard and as tough as we can. We came up with a couple of big momentum plays in the second half. The punt block for a touchdown gave us a boost. We picked up the fumble for another score and I think that put us in position to win the game. Unfortunately, we gave them a short field after we tied the game and they put together their best drive of the day, from an execution standpoint.

"Defensively, (Army) is very solid. They've been playing well of late. They shut out Akron and they played very solid against Air Force. We knew we had our hands full. We put our best foot forward and it just didn't wasn't good enough today.

"We take it for what it is. It's a non-league game against a I-A opponent and we gave them as much as they probably wanted. Our goal was to get our eighth win and we fell short of that today. We've got a big week in front of us."

(Ref: Massachusetts' third-and-15 play late in the fourth quarter)
"It was a communication issue. Liam (Coen) identified the linebacker in protection and obviously it was a situation between the center and the quarterback. It didn't get done. It took us from a third down situation and put us in a fourth down situation that was almost impossible to make up at that point in time."

(Ref.: the play of Army's defense)
"I thought (Army) played well defensively. They mixed their coverages. They also mixed in some blitzes. They are a good defensive football team and that didn't surprise us. They lost 28-21 to Iowa State. (Army) is a pretty good football team that is obviously hitting their stride. Their defense is their strong suit."

(Ref.: trying to overcome a short field)
"You can't give (Army) a short field if you're going to try to beat a team of their caliber. We did it twice today. They have an experienced quarterback. We did a lot of different things today; we did a lot of good things against their running backs. Our goal going in was to limit their running ability. Then (Zac) Dahman stepped up and was 22-of-27 and we weren't quite as good as we needed to be against him."



(Ref.: the high number of penalties in the game)
"It was a physical game. It was a war out there. It was physical on both sides and, usually when that occurs, sometimes guys get overzealous. We had a couple of bad (penalties) and that didn't do us any good."

(Ref.: the I-AA playoff situation)
"There is no playoff situation right now. We're not in the playoffs. We have a job to do. I don't know that any team is going to get in the playoffs with seven wins, so we need to try to win a share of the Atlantic 10 championship. Hopefully eight wins and a share (of the Atlantic 10 title) will be good enough. That's what is in front of us right now. We're just trying to go week to week. Unfortunately, for us, everything is going to come down to one week."

(Ref.: Army's game-winning touchdown drive)
"They made a couple of good calls and we didn't execute as well as we needed to. They did a good job executing on their last drive. We tried to counteract that in a number of ways and nothing was successful."

Massachusetts QB Liam Coen
(Ref.: opening statement)
"I felt like we had a good game plan coming in. We knew Army was going to play hard and fast. They were going to do what they do and do it well; and that's exactly what they did. I think our execution was not where it's supposed to be at this point in the season. I threw a few bad balls on the interceptions. There were a few miscommunications. I think the offensive line played hard. It was pretty darn loud in there and the miscommunications just added up. Our penalties killed us. We had so many third-and-long situations. It's tough to overcome that. I'm not very happy with the execution and I'm not very happy with my play."

(Ref: Massachusetts' third-and-15 play late in the fourth quarter)
"Our running back asked me a question because one of Army's linebackers was stepping up to the line (of scrimmage). He asked me if it was his (assignment). I was talking to him and the offensive line thought I snapped the ball. It made us look bad; it was embarrassing. We're so much better than that. It definitely was a miscommunication."

(Ref.: how the team is approaching the Hofstra game)
"This is basically like our playoff. It all comes down to the Hofstra game. I'm obviously disappointed in the outcome of today's game because we had a good shot to win. We kept putting ourselves in a hole and that was frustrating. We have to look to Hofstra; that's the bottom line. We have to win."

(Ref.: playing a Division I-A opponent)
"It definitely helps us with some exposure. Everybody saw that we can compete."

Massachusetts DB Shannon James
(Ref.: opening statement)
"You have to give credit to Army. They came out and played a good game. I feel like we could have won the game. Defensively, we let up a couple of big plays that really hurt us."

(Ref.: moving on to the next week)
"This game has to go right out the window because the whole season rides on next week. We have to get this out of our system."

(Ref.: losing the game late in the fourth quarter)
"It would have hurt either way. A loss is a loss. They played a good game."

(Ref.: his touchdown on a fumble return)
"I saw the quarterback fumble the ball, and then (Scott Wesley) tried picking it up and somebody hit him. I figured there was no sense in jumping on (the ball)."

"I thought that play was a momentum changer. It took the wind out of the crowd. It was so unexpected and it tied the ballgame up. I felt like that was the play we needed, but it didn't happen that way."

(Ref.: Army's game-winning drive)
"Obviously, they executed. They did what they needed to do to get into the end zone. We messed up a couple of times, but you have to give Army credit, too."

(Ref.: playing a Division I-A opponent)
"Everybody was up for it. Division I-AA or I-A, it really doesn't matter to me. It was a great atmosphere. I hope we can bounce back next week."

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