Post Game Quotes: UMass vs. Akron

Nov. 16, 2013

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Postgame Quotes Akron 14, Massachusetts 13 Saturday, November 16, 2013 Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass. Attendance: 10,599

UMass Postgame Quotes

Charley Molnar

"I want to thank our seniors in their last home game today. They've played hard throughout this season and in the past two years. I fully expect that our seniors will continue to lead this football team as we go into the final two games of the 2013 season. My heart breaks for them that we did not win our last home game here. It's a great disappointment for them.

"We had plenty of opportunities to win this football game. It certainly didn't come down to that last drive and the last sequence of events. Our offense didn't convert on the fourth down; our defense allowed some first downs along the way and then of course the penalty on special teams. All three were complicit in the last several minutes, but we had opportunities to win the game. You can go back to the first quarter when they had three turnovers and offensively, we only came up with three points after three turnovers. All of the turnovers were given to us with good momentum and field position.

"Some guys had some outstanding performances. I thought Jamal Wilson, although his numbers may not be great, had a gutsy performance. We certainly didn't expect him to play as much as he did or for him to have to carry the load the way he did. Mike Wegzyn came off the bench today and I'm proud of him stepping up. It's easy to feel sorry for yourself when you go back to the number two position, but he practiced hard during the week and I thought he performed well.

"Defensively, we had a number of guys make some big plays. Devin Brown sticks out in my mind for him being around the ball. We did a good job on the inside and it was good getting Kevin Byrne back. I don't think he was in as much as he normally would be, but having him back out there was a good thing. Stanley Andre also sticks out to me.

On the decision to go with quarterback Mike Wegzyn:
"It was mostly injury related. A.J. Doyle could have stayed in there, but injury leads to a decrease in effectiveness. It was better going with the known, then the unknown at that point."

On senior Rob Blanchflower breaking the UMass career receiving record for tight ends:
"It happened in the midst of a drive, so I'm not sure if I got to congratulate Rob. Quite frankly, you expect to tell him that in a winning locker room and that is one of the biggest disappointments this afternoon for me."

Mike Wegzyn

"First, Akron is a good team and they played hard today. Defensively, they put up a really great battle and our defense did the same. My hats off to them."

On if the defense gave him different looks after he came into them game and led UMass to their only touchdown:
"No, it was about the same stuff. They mixed it up a little bit and when I first got into the game, the defense was doing a few different things. We took advantage with what they were giving us and the ball just didn't roll our way for a couple of them. I was excited with how the guys played and was excited when I got into the game."

Rob Blanchflower

On how tough the loss was this afternoon:
"Losing by one point twice at home this year is a gut-shot and a huge letdown."

On what breaking the UMass tight end career receiving record means to him:
"It's an honor to receive the record and hopefully I'll have a couple more yards this season. It's kind of a hollow feeling. Milt Morin was a legend and he always will be. We come from the same city and it's a memorable event, but I wish it could have happened differently."

Justin Anderson

On if there was frustration when the defense forced three turnovers and the offense was unable to turn them into points:
"We would like to capitalize on turnovers all the time, but stuff happens and you stay behind your team. We want to keep the offense motivated and they picked it up throughout the game. It hurts a little bit, but you have to stay behind your team and keep them motivated. They had our back against Western Michigan and the defense could have helped them out that game, but it's a team and we need to be hitting on all cylinders."

Akron Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Terry Bowden:
"It was a great victory for us because of where our program has been and where they are trying to go, having won 4 games for the first time since 2008 and two games in a row since 2008 and three out of the last four. It was not pretty. UMass did the type of things you need to do to win the game - creating turnovers, and putting them in a position to win. UMass didn't take advantage of that early but it was a hard fought game and an evenly fought game.

"I don't know that we played the best today but we were one point better. Both of us are getting our program built. Charley Molnar is doing a great job and I think he is going through the pains that I had to go through but he keeps his kids playing hard. Last year we had five turnovers against UMass and we couldn't overcome it. This year, we have a little more mature team and when we had to drive the ball in the second half and in the fourth quarter, we did the necessary things to win.

"We have made transitions and I think Charley is working hard to make the same transitions and those transitions will come. It did not come early for me and I know it's not coming fast enough for him, but if you keep doing the right things and it will come. The fourth win is very big for us. We haven't had two wins in a row, two wins on the road, or four wins in a season since 2008 so this is something special. I told my seniors that they have already left the younger players a better program than it was when they got there."



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