Marshall-VT Postgame Quotes|
Sept. 24, 2011
Marshall Head Coach Doc Holliday
Congratulate Frank Beamer and the Virginia Tech football team. The biggest disappointment on the field today was us giving them short field on many occasions. You can’t give a team the caliber of Virginia Tech a short field three or four times in the first half and be able to stop them. Frank Beamer is a class guy. We have to get better.
On Virginia Tech’s physicality:
We knew going in what we were going to get. Our kids played physical, but we didn’t get them stopped. I’m proud of the way we played, but I’m not proud we lost the game. That’s unacceptable here at Marshall and the players understand that. I thought the effort was great and we played extremely hard. We needed to change the field position in the first half, but we never got it done. You give those guys a short field then you will have problems and we did.
On third and longs:
Like I’ve said before, we cannot become one dimensional. We couldn’t seem to get the running game going and our offense turned one dimensional. There are a lot of teams that become one dimensional against that Virginia Tech defense. We tried to run it, but we just didn’t have much success.
On the pressure Cato received:
I’m anxious to see the tape. He is a young guy and we are going through some growing pains with him. He made some nice throws and did some good things. I think a lot of our kids did some good things.
On Omar Brown’s play:
I thought he played well. He played lights out last week and did the same this tonight. He’s a great football player. Every week, you know what you are going to get out of Omar Brown. We need about 10 more Omar Brown’s and we’ll be fine. He’s great.
Marshall Quarterback Rakeem Cato
On getting pressured by the opposing defense:
Every time I had to run I just ran and got down. I just wanted to keep playing ball and not let that [the pass rush] distract me.
On running the hurry up offense:
When we are in the hurry up offense, it’s quick plays, in and out, trying to score. I focus on my read and catch the defense sleeping.
On the Dobson Touchdown:
I saw man-to-man coverage. I just wanted to get a completion. I saw it and took a shot.
Marshall Offensive Lineman Ryan Tillman
On how the team played:
We made a couple mistakes, but for the most part I think we played well against them.
On Virginia Tech:
They’re a good team, their defense is always good and we got what we expected.
On going up against Virginia Tech’s defense (mostly about James Gayle, Defensive End )
They’re fast, strong, athletic guys and that’s what you expect out of a Virginia Tech defensive end, but for the most I feel like we did a good job.
Virginia Tech Head Coach Frank Beamer
I thought we played hard throughout. I thought they played hard, throughout the game. I thought we do some very good things, and then we don’t do some things very consistently. That’s where we are as a football team right now. There are some great plays, and then some turnovers, some penalties and some things that don’t allow us to be consistently good. We are certainly at a point in our season where we need to be consistently good, especially as our schedule shows that we welcome Clemson to town next week. We had a great effort and I’m proud of our toughness, especially for our mental toughness. Coming into this situation, we had to be tough. We played hard, but we didn’t always play well. Yet, credit Marshall because they caused several things that challenged us.
We got out there well and made some great open-field tackles. We got good pressure on the quarterback several times. A couple breakdowns gave them some long plays. Take them out and the defense has a great day.
I think they know we have a real good football team next week. How did they do today? Up by 12? Florida State QB play? I think our squad understands what’s coming to Blacksburg.
No, we are taking one snap, one game at a time.