Nov. 29, 2013
Massachusetts Head Coach Charley Molnar
On his seniors and how they performed in the game
"I just want to say how proud I am of how our seniors played; each and every one of them never gave up. I'm so disappointed for them that we couldn't end our season with a win for them."
On what he said to the seniors after the game
"I told them how much I loved them and how much I appreciated them staying with us during these two very tough years. Not only are the upperclassmen emotional but also the underclassmen because they realize how important the seniors were to the program."
On his team's ability to bounce back after falling behind by two touchdowns early
"I was glad to see the wheels didn't come off at the end of the first quarter, they easily could have but they played hard. We just didn't make enough plays when the opportunity presented itself. That's an awfully good football team and I feel like that would've been a great benchmark for us to beat that team, but it just didn't happen today.
On the quarterback play from the three that saw playing time
"It's obviously is an area we need to improve quickly. This team is ready to turn the corner and we need a leader to help us make that turn faster."
On the big touchdown pass from A.J. Doyle to Tajae Sharpe
"As I watched the play on the field I thought he was clearly in, I thought rolled on top of the defender. I was glad the guy in the booth agreed with me."
On the team's ability to make big plays, but not consistently enough
On the performance of Kevin Byrne who had an interception and a forced fumble
"There's no reason why we can't make those plays once or twice a quarter, other teams are doing it. We've got some very talented players and some good players and we need them to make plays to change the course of the game for us."
"I think he's had a good year. I don't know if this is the high point for him. But obviously when a big guy gets an interception it's something that he'll remember for a long time."
On the play of walk-on freshman running back Shadrach Abrokwah
"He's a talented young man and we haven't seen the best of him. I can tell you he works really hard and he has some talent. We kept pounding him because that is what was working best for us today."
On the first pick-six for Travis Carrie and what it did to swing momentum in the game
"Well he was pressured and step up and threw the ball when he was moving to the side and just wasn't on balance and I'm sure he would want to take that throw back, I certainly wish he could. I could really feel our guys thought they could get back into the football game. I don't think all the wind left our sails, but it definitely hurt us."
A.J. Doyle, Sophomore, Quarterback
On the play that resulted in Travis Carrie's interception for a touchdown
"The defensive back just made a good play on it and undercut the route and was able to get in.
On the flow of the game.
"There were a few times we felt like we had momentum and were right in the game but we just made too many mistakes and I put that on me."
On this being the final game for the team's seniors
"We wanted to win this for our seniors because they put their heart and their soul into it and we just weren't able to do it. I put that loss on me and I feel terrible for it because they are my brothers and you want to do anything you can for your brothers so this is disappointing."
On the deep touchdown pass to Tajae Sharpe
"I saw the safety step up and I knew Tajae beat the corner so I just thought make this Tajae's ball or nobody's and thankfully he came down with it. I had no clue at first but I asked him if he got his feet in and caught the ball and he said 'Yeah, I hope so.' It was a funny moment at that point in the game but I wish we had more of those."