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Marshall Football Postgame Quotes

Oct. 28, 2017

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Marshall (6-2, 3-1 C-USA)

Doc Holliday, head coach
Opening Statement…
“Obviously, give credit to FIU. I thought they came in and played extremely well. Offensively, we just can’t turn the ball over. We had three turnovers and they had zero. That’s the difference in the game. We have to play better in all three phases of the game. I thought FIU came in here and was well prepared and they played better than we did today.”

On the first drive of the game, which ended with a turnover…
“You should be able to overcome that. That’s gonna happen in the game. There’s gonna be some adversity in the game throughout every game you play and you have to respond. We turned it over early and you never want to do that, but you have to be able to respond and come back from that.” 

On the last drives of the first half….
“It was (a backbreaker). We were trying to cut it to a seven-point game and they ended up scoring on that drive. The receiver there made a big play. He’s a good receiver. The quarterback made a great throw there, and unfortunately we didn’t get a stop.”

On turnovers…
“You can’t turn the ball over. We gave them seven (points) on the interception and we were driving down there again and we had the other turnover there. We have to do a better job of taking care of the ball. We’ve done a really good job of doing that this year. Unfortunately, today we didn’t and the results are what happens when you don’t do that.”

On the weather being a potential factor…
“I don’t know. They’re playing in the same conditions we are. We can’t blame the weather for our three turnovers because (FIU) played in the same stadium and had zero. We have to be prepared to go play and we weren’t.”

On the team…
“I thought the kids competed and they fought the whole game. They played hard and fought, but they just didn’t play smart at times and didn’t take care of the ball. We fought throughout the game and got it to a one-possession game. We just didn’t get the opportunity to finish that and it’s unfortunate.”

On FIU receiver Thomas Owens…
“They have some players. They’re a 5-2 team and have 15 starters who are seniors. (Owens) is an excellent player and we had trouble at times defending him. He’s a big, physical player that we had a hard time defending.”

On preparing for Florida Atlantic…
“We have a short week this week. We have to turn around and put that one behind us quickly, and get ready to go down to Boca (Raton) and play on a short week. We’ll get back to work tomorrow.”

Ryan Yurachek, Senior Tight End
On the tough start, not quitting and continuing to battle…
“We didn’t quit, but any time you get down 38-14 and with 10 minutes left to go in the game, there isn’t a whole lot you can do. No matter how well we play. We didn’t make plays when we needed to make plays for the first three quarters and that really hurt us. We have to come back and get ready to go on Friday."

On the first turnover of the game…
“One thing we haven’t done all year is give our defense a 12-yard field like that. That’s hard for them. Especially just seeing their offense for the first time. It’s nobody’s fault, really. It’s just one of those balls that didn’t bounce our way, but it wasn’t just that. We didn’t convert the way we needed to convert in the first half.”

On halftime conversation in Marshall locker room…
“We know how good we are in all three phases. We just tried to reset and unfortunately we didn’t quite reset fast enough. Once we got playing on all three phases, we played really well. We didn’t start fast today on any phase of the game and that’s something we have to be better at.”

Malik Gant, Sophomore Safety
On having trouble defending FIU’s ground game…
“We just have to get better on tackling and be more assignment sound than we were today.”

On playing with backs up against the weather…
“We don’t want to blame anything on the weather. Mostly it’s all on us, really. We just have to be assignment sound and make sure we’re doing everything that we regularly do.”

On energy levels amongst defense…
“It felt like we had it. We just didn’t take advantage of certain opportunities that we had, but we’re just going on to next week and we’re going to make sure we practice harder than we did this week.”

Chase Hancock, Junior Linebacker
On Fumble at beginning of game and regaining confidence afterwards…
“Anything can happen at any time. We just have to be ready as a defense and as a team to respond. That’s the adversity that coach Doc talks about all the time and we knew there was going to be some adversity and there’s nothing you can do about it. The play is over with, go out there and keep playing.”

On performance in the second half
“In the first half, things weren’t clicking the way we wanted to. Second half, I thought we laid it all out there. We came back, made some adjustments, just a little too late.”

On Friday’s game at FAU…
“Winning is very fragile. I’m not worried. This doesn’t define us as a team. We’ve been here before, we’re going to be fine.”

Chase Litton, Junior QB
On the adversity faced in the first half…
"I didn’t play well, obviously. I had three turnovers, singlehandedly, and we took the L. We lost the game.”

On miscues and subsequent snowball effect…
"Yet again, we hurt ourselves. We’re not finishing. We’re not putting defense in a [good] situation in the first drive of the game, they have to stop a team that needs 15 yards. It’s not good football. We preach about winning and losing from the neck up and today I lost from the neck up.”

On weather and turnovers…
“I dropped the ball, literally. I dropped the ball. I don’t have an excuse for that. It’s football. Their quarterback went in there and didn’t do that.”

FIU (5-2, 3-1 C-USA)

Butch Davis, head coach

Opening Statement…
“When you go on the road and you play somebody like Marshall, and I tell you, our kids had unbelievable respect. Come in at 6-1, leading the conference [and] literally took North Carolina State right to the very end. So, that obviously gets the attention of the players. When you go on the road, you have to really, truly count on the playmakers to step up, show up and make plays. And obviously, today was very good.

“Thomas Owens had a good day. The two running backs, combination back-and-forth, we worked really, really hard to flip the turnover ratio. We worked on it and we talked about it all the time. And obviously today, not turning the ball over on a nasty, slippery day is unbelievably good by our guys who touched the ball. Our turnovers for our defense was very good, something we talked about that’s almost like a turnover is you get those fourth down stops. It’s almost the same equivalent because they don’t get three points, they don’t get seven points and they don’t get field positions. So, those were very good positions by our defense. “


 

 

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