UMass vs. Hofstra Post Game Quotes
Nov. 20, 2004
UMass vs. Hofstra Post Game Quotes Saturday, November 20, 2004
Hofstra Head Coach Joe Gardi on game... Well, first of all, we have to congratulate Coach Brown and his staff. They outplayed us, they outcoached us and I think those penalties in the second half killed our offense. We needed a better first and second quarter; we didn't play well at all. You have to credit their big interception at the end of the game. On defense, we haven't played well all year. I think we ranked at the bottom of the I-AA. We started out slow but picked up in the second quarter. That's the way we've been all year. In the second half, we gave up too many third downs and big plays. We played good against the run, which was an objective, but bad against the pass. We didn't get the pass rush that we needed but I think you need to credit their quarterback (Tim Day) with managing their game. It's a tough loss. I am tired of telling my team that I'm proud of them because we don't quit. We have played top teams in the country that we have should have beaten them. We have got to find the key to win in the fourth quarter because we've lost every one of our games in the fourth quarter.
Coach Brown on game...
I can not say enough about the character of the guys. When you go through some transitions this year, there is some learning and you have to do some things differently. It is nice to know that our guys stuck together and we really grew together as a family and as a team. Great plays on both sides of the ball and we played as a team. We started off well on defense and then the offense stepped up. When we needed the key stops we got them, and then obviously, R.J. (Cobbs) made the great play on defense to give us the 10-point cushion and then we sealed the deal. It was a great win. 6-5 will give us momentum going into next year. Looking at it we will lose three starters. I'm not sure if we can replace Jason Peebler, Rob Kane and Rich Demers and Wysocki shared the full back spot so we're going to have to get that piece done but we are going to have everyone back on the defensive side. We are going to enjoy this one and its a nice way to finish.
Coach Brown on Jason Peebler... The guy sitting to my right just capped a scintillating career. He certainly left his legacy and his last catch and run, 1) I don't know how Timmy (Day) got the ball in that hole and 2) I don't know how he got out. But when he got out, I knew they would not catch him.
Coach Brown on R.J. Cobbs' late TD interception... We got the big turnover. Then R.J. (Cobbs) steps up. (Brown to Cobbs) Did they throw the ball at you one time today? (Cobbs responding) Yes, they threw that little shallow cross. (Brown) To see him break on it and then bobble it, I knew he'd finish it. Of course, he's got to put some more gray hair on my head by punting it into the stands. But we'll give him that one.
R.J. Cobbs on punting the ball into the stands after excessive celebration penalty following his TD... I just told coach if I take one to the house, I'm just going to do something spectacular and put some more gray hairs on that head.
Coach Brown on Keron Williams... Keron Williams really took control of the day. On pass rush, whether he had a sack or just forced him (QB Anton Clarkson) to hurry, his one on one match up, he was winning on a regular basis and that alone helped us quite a bit.
Tim Day on offense... I think as an offense, we played really well. We did not run the ball as well as we can and that put a lot of pressure on our pass game and we stepped forward. You have to give a lot of credit to the offensive line. They played had all year and you have to give credit to those guys.
Coach Brown on Tim Day's season... Sometimes the quarterbacks get too much blame when things don't go well and obviously that is the brunt he was facing when we were 2-4. Maybe he gets too much credit now too, but the reality is he kept coming in every day and worked hard, trying to better himself, maintain his leadership. And I think that was even keeled all year long and that is a hard thing to do when you ride the rollercoaster. But certainly, he provided great stability to the quarterback position and I think his play over the last five games of the season was key to us having that 4-1 run.
Peebler on career... There is no better feeling than going out with these guys like that, with a W and ending the season 6-5 winning record. Like Coach said, its good for the program, great for the team. I couldn't ask for anything more. We fought all season from 2-4 to 6-5.