NCAA Division I Football Championship
Dec. 15, 2006
Massachusetts Head Coach Don Brown
"It was no mystery coming in. We knew we had our hands full. I thought obviously Richardson is a good back with great speed and is even better in person. Armanti Edwards, we got them in third-and-longs and he hurt us with his legs, which we knew he could."
"I'm losing some very good players, which I'm close to, but I'm not losing them as friends. The great thing about our guys is they compete till the bitter end. We just got beat by the better team tonight."
"We just didn't execute as cleanly as we would have liked. We pride ourselves on the physical yards, and they just made more physical yards than we did tonight."
"I thought we did some good things with the throw game. Obviously, there are a couple we'd like to have back. We just weren't as in-sync and efficient as we needed to be. But we came in here as a team. We'll leave as a team."
Safety James Ihedigbo
"They're a great offense. They ran the ball very well. They just found some kinks in our defense today."
"That's the kind of attitude we always have on defense. We pretty much make big plays when big plays need to be made. Of course we were thinking that."
"Honestly, and I can speak for myself and the other guys, we feel blessed to be in this position playing for a national championship as a senior. It didn't end the way we wanted it to, but it happens in the game of football."
Running back Steve Baylark
"I think we came into the game prepared. I knew I'd give it my all, and I know the team felt the same way. We definitely didn't want to change our game plan. We came in here expecting to run, and we did."
On his parents watching him live for the first time in college
Quarterback Liam Coen
"They pretty much did everything we thought they'd do. They may have brought a little more heat with their blitzes than we thought. They're athletic and physical on defense, but I'm proud of the guys I played with today. It's just a few plays it came down to."
Appalachian State Head Coach Jerry Moore
"I don't know if it was the NCAA or the Committee but the atmosphere here was great with the national anthem. I saw players and officials with their hands over their hearts. We had great support here. It was almost like a home game. It wasn't as good as winning the championship, but it was darn close."
Regarding opening drive touchdown for UMass
Regarding the UMass team
"Our assistant coaches have done a good job all year calling plays. They did an awesome job tonight. A lot of the success Kevin (Richardson) had tonight was due to their calling."
Running Back Kevin Richardson
On the last few minutes
On whether his shoulder injury bothered him
Motivation for the game
On wearing different pads
On the last drive
On being the MVP
Left End Marques Murrell
On which championship was more satisfying
Quarterback Armanti Edwards
On being a freshman