Vanderbilt-Eastern Michigan Quotes
Oct. 9, 2010
Vanderbilt Head Coach Robbie Caldwell
"I want to stop right there and apologize to Eastern Michigan. That was not an onside kick. I'm embarrassed. It was supposed to be a sky kick and we missed the ball and it happened to fall right into our hands. We didn't know what to do with it. Jordan Matthews recovered it and didn't know what to do with it because it was such a surprise to him so I apologize to the coach and everybody. He was great about it but it was embarrassing."
"Otherwise, we made some improvement. Did we do everything exactly like we wanted to? No. We were inconsistent and fumbled the ball. We had a bad snap. Quarterback drops the snap. Whether it's a lack of concentration, we'll continue to go to the drawing board and work on that. I'm very proud of the team stepping up and we did what we were supposed to do. We put all phases of the game together."
On getting his players focused after some early game faults
On Larry Smith's game
"I thought he did a great job other than those two throws. Of course those two throws would have only been one bad one if we hit the first one. He got hit as he threw it and sometimes you have to make those throws while getting hit. He did a great job of running the team and getting the right play. A lot of those were setups. He just did what he was supposed to do: check the play, read the play, put us in the right position. The thing that the public doesn't see about Larry [Smith] is his leadership and what he means to this team."
On the receivers
Vanderbilt Player Quotes
Larry Smith, Quarterback
On coming out strong after last week's disappointing second half.
On How it felt to complete 7 straight passes before the half.
On what he learned today playing against this team.
John Cole, Wide Receiver
On getting his burst back for this game
On the punt return that got them kick started at the beginning of the game
On getting Jared Funk his first career touchdown.
Nate Campbell, Linebacker
"Overall, I thought we have a great plan and really carried it out. Everyone on the defense really played fast tonight, and was able to get to the ball."
Eastern Michigan Quotes
Head Coach Ron English
"We have a chance to make that a 17-7 game, and we miss two passes that are wide open. If we hit that it's 10-7, and there was another one there with a guy that was wide open, which would have made it 17-7. And there were a couple of third downs in there where we had one guy making multiple mistakes."
"We have to find a way to finish. We have six games left and we have to turn this thing around because, we played some opponents that were better, but I would like to have a better showing than this."