Sept. 21, 2013
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Vanderbilt 24, Massachusetts 7
Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013
Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
Head Coach James Franklin
"Prettiest win I've seen because we got the W. That's all that matters. We got a chance to learn some things with a win and that was kind of what our focus was. If we can get as many ugly wins as we possibly can get as people describe them, I describe that as a pretty win. We find a way to get it done. We got some adjustments that we have to make. We'll get back on the plane, we'll watch the tape and watch the film. I talked to (QB) Austyn Carta-Samuels about the third quarter and I said, `you know what, you probably wish you played a little bit better in that game but you grinded through it and you found a way to be successful.' That's the most important thing and we'll go from there."
"I think if you're five or less in a game, you're in pretty good shape but I agree that the penalty early on in the game. We had the interception on offense and then we get an interception on defense but we lined up in the neutral zone, which took it away. So I think overall, we've been pretty disciplined, one of the more disciplined teams in the country when it comes to penalties but we got to be smart. The ones that we had came at tough times."
QB Austyn Carta-Samuels
"It's tough. We had some p standard as well, we're being extremely nitpicky of everything that goes on in the game. I'm very happy. We won. We did a good job, especially in the second half. We're going to build on that going into UAB and get ready for the rest olays that just didn't go as we had planned and hoped for. But obviously, I'm sick of being overly critical after a win. You know, we won. And I'm excited for all 100 teammates and our coaches. Winning is the most important thing and we take that into next week with some momentum as opposed to nitpicking everything that we do. I want to be happy about this right now."
On WR Jonathan Krause' play today:
"Jonathan works hard and that's a great thing when somebody who works as hard as he does and we can reward him for that. The offensive line takes care of me and so I was able to put the ball next to him and give him an opportunity to catch it. It's just awesome for all 10 of us to be part of rewarding a guy who comes here and punches the clock and does it the right way. He works hard."
"I think something that we need to emphasize as a team and that we are going to talk about a lot is not dwelling on mistakes. It could have been prettier than 10-7 (at the half) but as the same time, we responded in the second half, came back and scored 14 points and got out of here with a 17-point victory and that's what important. I feel like because there is so much expectation now on our team and we hold ourselves to a highf the season."
RB Jerron Seymour
On sharing the carries with Wesley Tate:
"Me and Tate knew that coming in that we would be getting carries and we just wanted to get the running game established. That was mainly our focus coming in. The game plan was to get the running game going between him and me and I think we were pretty successful today. The offensive line played their tails off today so we were able to get that"
On diving catch out of bounds play on third down leading to 1 yard run:
"I'm a pretty good athlete growing up and I was just able to showcase. Austyn gave me a chance. He believed in me. He threw the ball and gave me an opportunity to make a play on it. He threw the ball in the perfect spot and the defender couldn't make a play on it and I was just able to reach my arms out on it. I use every inch of the 5'6" I could to catch the ball and drag my feet in bound so I just made a play on the ball.
On mood after today's win:
"In the second half we showed that if we all play together as one we will be unstoppable. Nobody can stop us. And if we can just put that together for four quarters, we will be very successful and that second half just proved it. We just have to build on that second half to the next game going forward.
Head Coach Charley Molnar
"At the end of the day, we lost the football game, but our team played very hard. We played hard on offense, defense, and in the kicking game. We just ran into a string of injuries today and it was almost mind boggling. We were just losing guys with ankles and feet, nothing major. We were trying to mix and match our offense, defense and special teams, our play selection on offense became quite challenging at times. There were certain plays designed for certain players, but they weren't in the game. Anyways, that's no excuse for what the final result was, but it took away from our momentum. I've never been in a game with so many stoppages of play. It has to drive the fans batty. It seemed like every major play was reviewed for at least three quarters. It really hurt the momentum, I can't speak for them (Vanderbilt), but it hurt our momentum at times where we had the ball, had the first down, had the stop and then they had to look at it and it took forever to tell us what we already knew that we had a first down."
"Nobody stood out to me in particular today with their performance. AJ started off a little bit slow, but he picked things up in the middle of the first quarter through the second quarter. When he got hurt, he wasn't quite the same; he didn't have the same confidence about himself when he lost some of his mobility. On the other hand, I thought Mike Wegzyn had some fire in his eyes when he came out there. He was absolutely prepared to go out there and do whatever he could do to help our football team win."
On playing the 4-3 defense:
"It was a number of decisions; a lot of it was based on our personnel. As guys get banged up over the course of the last couple of weeks, that was one major decision. Number two is the fact that some of the things we wanted to do with our defense, some of the guys just weren't as effective with it as we believed they would be. Number three; it was the style of play that Vanderbilt uses. It was a really a perfect storm."
"The biggest difference is you have four big guys on the field at all times. It might be more of our strength to have those four out there."
On Blanchflower's Return:
"He played less than the perfect game. When he was out there, it gave a sense of energy and confidence to our offense. It felt really good to have Blanch out there. He plays fiercely and they knew he was in the game by the way he performed. He felt good during pregame warm-ups and we got the green light."
On entering MAC play following a bye week:
"These first four games were important. The MAC East is where it's at. Of all the teams out there, we can least afford to lose certain guys at certain positions. This bye week allows us to regroup and recover and get our focus on MAC opponents."
Redshirt senior TE Rob Blanchflower
On returning from injury:
"I would like to think that if I had been out there practicing healthy for the last six weeks I would have been bigger, faster and stronger. I felt I could compete with Vanderbilt and it was good being out there running around."
Graduate student defensive end Justin Anderson
On playing in the 4-3 defense:
"The defensive ends enjoy that formation more because we can be on the edge. The defensive tackles like it more because they can go straight ahead and just play football. It was great being back on the edge, so I enjoyed it."
On building on the defense's performance against Vanderbilt during the bye-week...
"We can definitely build upon it. Coach [Phil] Elmassian came into the locker room and told us that this is the foundation and we need to keep building upon it and moving up. During this bye week we have, we are going to rest and recuperate and get ready for the game [against Bowling Green]. We are just going to keep working from there and keep the same tempo in practice."
Sophomore QB A.J. Doyle
On the return of Rob Blanchflower:
"It was great having him back. He has a presence that will be felt every game, whether he is catching the ball or if the defense just has to double-cover him because he is that kind of player and he has that kind of talent."
On the decision to attempt short passes vs. making longer throws downfield:
"It is about making the right reads and most of the time the first guy in my progression was open. There will be chances we take to go deep, but as long as the defense will give me five yards to throw the ball, I will take it."