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Postgame Quotes

Oct. 28, 2012

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Postgame Quotes

UCF 54, Marshall 17

Oct. 27, 2012



Marshall Head Coach Doc Holliday

Opening Statement:

“It’s obvious that we didn’t play well tonight in all three phases. Losing is unfortunate and disappointing. We just didn’t play well offensively, defensively or on special teams. Give Central Florida credit, they are a great team. They’re well coached and they came in here and beat us.”

On the rushing offense:

“I felt early on that we had some opportunities to make some plays and just didn’t. We had several dropped balls early in the game that would have converted into first downs. We took the ball down the field a couple times early in the game and just didn’t capitalize on them. Defensively again, they’re a good football team, but we just didn’t make plays when we needed to make them and that is just disappointing.”

On winning turnover battle in a loss:

“I’m surprised. To be plus three in the turnovers and get beat like we did is unusual, but it was the case here tonight.”

On the effort of the players:

“No, I don’t think it was effort. I thought our kids prepared well and had a good week. We were in a position to make some plays out there early and just didn’t make them. It’s unfortunate.”

On UCF’s Latavius Murry’s 75-yard run:

“We missed tackles. We had guys right there to make the play and just didn’t do it. It’s the same case with the kick-off team. You have guys in position to make plays and they have to make them. Last week we made those plays and this week we didn’t make near enough. We have to go back to work tomorrow and get better as a team. That’s for sure.”



On the offensive line:

“I don’t want to put anything on them because we struggle as a team. Central Florida did blitz and brought some cross dogs that created some issues for us and we didn’t do a good job at picking them up.”

On the dropped balls by Marshall receivers setting the trend:

“It did unfortunately. The guys have made plays all year. Unfortunately we did have a few drops. It’s frustrating. We had some momentum going and had some opportunities to make plays and just couldn’t get it done. When you play a good football team you have to make the plays when you get the opportunities. We didn’t tonight.”

Sophomore quarterback Rakeem Cato

On the performance tonight:

“It was a bad game overall. It’s very frustrating knowing that we can’t do the things we want to. Things happen, but you have to keep going at it and giving it your all.”

On the dropped balls:

“We didn’t make them as a whole. We just have to get better at those things. We have to keep working hard.”

On UCF’s pass rush:

“They’re a decent team. We still hold ourselves. Anytime we lose the game it’s on us. We did stupid things that we have to get corrected. It’s starting to get too late for us to correct the simple things. We just need to do better.”

On Cato’s message to the team for next week’s game:

“Hold your head. Not only play for Marshall, but play for yourself. You’re a man. Don’t give up. Don’t let anyone see you down. Just hold your head high and keep playing.”


UCF Head Coach George O'Leary

On UCF’s defense:

"I thought all three phases, offense, defense and kicking game played extremely well. We went out very physical and played smart and that was a chore."

On competing well:

"I think it was as close to 60 minutes as you could look at. Give Marshall credit. They got good plays. I think we played very fast on defense tonight and offensively we came up with big plays. And what can you say about the two kickoff returns. Just outstanding play by Quincy (McDuffie).

On Latavius Murray's four touchdowns:

"He's a good back. When he gets the opportunity to make plays, he makes plays."

On Quincy's six touchdown returns:

"That’s the motivation that you look for. He came out of the second half and took the opening kickoff back again. Once he gets a step, he’s tough to bring down."