Nov. 17, 2012

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UMass Postgame Quotes
Buffalo 29, UMass 19
Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Attendance: 12,649

Head Coach Charley Molnar

Opening Statement

This afternoon can be summed up as a tale of two halves. The first half we went into the locker room with great momentum, great confidence and great enthusiasm. We didn't play perfect football in any phase of the game, but all three phases made plays in the first half. We felt that not only did we have the lead but we had momentum on our side, and for a team that has struggled over the season we had confidence in the locker room. In the second half the momentum of the game shifted dramatically. The blocked punt for a touchdown gave them life. Offensively, we came out with way too many short drives. We needed our defense to be at their very best in the fourth-quarter but the Buffalo running game just grinded them down. If we had done better on offense those guys surely would have had more juice at the end of the game.

On the injuries on the offensive line...

It's frustrating. We seem to go through this every week where we are playing with new guys. Anthony Dima has been unquestionably playing the best on our offensive line, at least through the last three to four weeks. To lose your best offensive lineman, when you don't have many good ones, was a blow to our team. We did the best we could. On top of that losing Mike Boland creates some disarray. They couldn't capitalize on it in the first half, but they changed their game plan and brought more pressure in the second half. Things that we could normally handle, we just couldn't in the second half.

On the lack of running opportunities in second half...

There were plenty of opportunities for us to run the ball in the first and second half. We just couldn't win our individual matchups. At the end of the day every play comes down one-on-one matchups. Some of our guys made errors but some of them were also mismatched. We should be winning a lot more of those matchups. We will in the future, but today we didn't.

On the performance of defensive line...
Up until the fourth quarter I thought they played well. They put decent pressure on the quarterback and did a good job of neutralizing the run game until the fourth quarter. For three quarters we did a great job controlling the line-of-scrimmage, but in the fourth we were either out of gas or out of motivation.

On the performance of Trey Dudley-Giles in the special teams...
Trey Dudley-Giles has become better and better each game. He wants to catch the ball and make a big play; he doesn't want to fair catch it. In the beginning of the year he was just glad to catch the ball, but now he is confident and now he wants to make something happen.

Freshman Quarterback Mike Wegzyn

On the heavy pressure from Buffalo ...

That's a great team we played and a great defense. Some of those guys out there are the real deal. Obviously, at the end they showed what they could do. Now we just need to look back and learn from this game.

On missing guys on the offensive line...
It definitely does not help, but we have guys that can fill in their spots and can play well. We just had some trouble today making our blocks. This is a team game; we win as a team and lose as a team.

Buffalo Head Coach - Jeff Quinn

On the win and team turn-around in the second half after being down 13-0...

It feels great. Couldn't be more proud of the kids, I told them at halftime, that first half wasn't the most responsible type of play that we've seen over the last couple weeks. In the second half they didn't flinch. The blocked punt really sparked us and I couldn't be more proud of Adam Redden for stepping up and Kyndal Minnifiel to take the ball and put us on the board for the first time cause we were flat offensively. But that sparked us and really late in the game there was a lot of great effort by Rashad Jean and I couldn't be more proud of him and the offensive line to win this game on the road. It says a lot about the character of these kids and they fought and it was a great team win and that's what it's all about to go on the road I don't care they're hard to win. It's tough to win in this business and to be able to get it was a great effort and I know our kids are excited about three wins in a row and it's been a long time since we've been able to do that and on the road.

On quarterback Joe Licata's performance...

That's what we've recruited him to do and now he's got and opportunity to build on that. Each week he's grown a lot more in terms of the system, managing it and taking that lead and I think everybody kind of rallies behind Joe. And having other guys step up. Our running back position was a little bit hurt tonight you could see that, we were trying to get in a rhythm but guys like Brandon Murie and Rashad Jeans, we put Alex Dennison back there on some things that we did and I really like the way we came out in the second half and really got after them especially the offensive line. And that's what helps Joe too, he's got a lot of confidence in the big guys up front and they were able to deliver tonight.

On running back Rashad Jean's performance...

80 yards and that says a lot about our offensive line because no matter who's back there behind them whether it's quarterbacks, running backs, they set the level of expectations they have of themselves and Adam Shorter, my offensive line coach has done a great job. I could tell, Trevor Sales took the lead especially at halftime too. He was frustrated but I said `Listen you are the guy, the guy up front, our center, you know how important it is that your energy and excitement and passion and determination is going to rub off on the rest of these guys' and you could sense when we were moving late in that game we needed a tremendous effort out of those guys and Rashad did a great job, the o-line, that's why we won the game.



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