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Marshall Football Postgame Quotes

Nov. 11, 2017

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Marshall (7-3, 4-2 C-USA)

Doc Holliday, head coach
Opening statement...
"That was a heck of a football game. It was a very physical game and I'm just proud of the way our players played. This is a really emotional game for us. How'd you like to be the head football coach for a game that you can't lose, because that's what this is. I'm just happy for our fans, I'm happy that we were able to honor the 75 the way we did, and any time you can go out there and get that win, it's good. Everyone talked about this as a rivalry. It's a rivalry now, because we won this game. It's a tremendous rivalry between two excellent programs and I thought that was a well-played, extremely physical football game. I'm proud that we came out on top." 

On the importance of tonight's win...
"It's huge. We hadn't beaten that team [since WKU joined Conference USA in 2014]. Any time you play to honor the 75, with our history, it's important. We've played extremely well on that particular game [closest to the anniversary of the plane crash]. It's huge, because of all the implications of the game. It was huge, because of who it was, Western Kentucky, and because of the date that it fell on that we ended up putting the 75 on our helmets and representing the people who died in the crash." 

On the importance and significance of the 75...
"Our kids understand the responsibility they have that goes along with this game, as do the coaches. They understand that when you go out there, in this particular game, it needs to end up in the win column. Fortunately for us, I think, for the most part we've done that. Ever since we started putting the 75 on our helmet, we've never lost. Hopefully, we can continue that."

On the play of the special teams....
"Kickoff returns were huge. We had the one at the beginning of the second half that set up a scoring drive. We had three returns that went past the 40-yard line, which was huge for us. I don't know what [Keion Davis] was doing on that last return, but it turned out okay. We put the hands team in there and they're supposed to get back on that one, but I thought Keion was going to take a knee back there and I was about ready to choke him. I look up and the ball is near the 50. It was one of those deals where it was like, `Hey, what the hell... oh yeah, that's good, that's great.' That was huge for us. [Kaare] Vedvik went in there and stuck three field goals through, and that was huge."

On the youth...
"Tyler King went over 100 yards tonight. He's a young guy, and we have a lot of young players. If you had told me that we would lose [Tyre] Brady on the first play of the game and lose Marcel [Williams], those were our two top weapons at receiver, but Nick Matthews went in there and did a nice job, Obi [Obialo] did a good job. We had three freshmen starting on the offensive line and we have some young kids who stepped up and played well."

Ryan Yurachek, senior tight end
On first the first win against WKU...
"That's a team we have had great games against. Last year, they come in here and doing what they did do to us. We didn't take it personal, but that's a team we wanted to get a win against. It just happened to be the next one of the schedule."

On the pressure of this game...
"Yeah, we just want to go out there and honor this football program [and] honor this community to the best of our abilities. If that means getting a win to get everybody's spirits up with these next couple days, that's what we are going to do. We know how much we mean and the next couple of days means to this community. It's just a good feeling to come home and get a win a game in front of our home fans with everything that's going on."

Chase Litton, junior quarterback
On the emotions coming into the game...
"We just wanted to go get win seven. That's all we wanted to focus on and we wanted to do it from them."

On losing Tyre Brady and Marcel Williams...
"We lost our two go-to guys. Tyre Brady being Tyre Brady and Marcel the way he's played this season, some people might think it may change the offense a little bit. We had to run different things and certain things and it might have. You would have to ask coach Legg with that. We came out here and with the guys who got their shot they stepped up. Nick Matthews, man, he should be in this room right now. The play he made. We ran levels and he ran a climb concept and that third down, that's a bigtime play. That kept our drive going. He stepped in and had a tremendous game. Hats off to him."

On Nick Matthews' performance...
"It's tough to get a guy like that and these touches, because you have a guy like Marcel in front of him. It's not that Nick is a bad football player. He would be starting anywhere else. For Nick to step in, not getting any first team reps all week and really all season, that's big-time ball."

Nazeeh Johnson, freshman safety
On the defensive adjustments...
"We knew they were a passing team. So, we had to do something to create a turnover on offense, because they are a really good offense, passing-wise, but coach Heater checked a defense that worked. After that, we just did the game plan."

On his interception touchdown...
"It's a blessing, it really is. The game plan, executing the game plan really put me into a position to make that play."

Tyler King, freshman running back
On losing two receivers early...
"At first, I did not even know we lost Tyre Brady and Marcel until a little bit after halftime when we got back on the field. My coach asked me `You up for kick returns?' That's Marcel's spot, so I knew Marcel was out, but everybody stepped up and did what they were supposed to do. It all worked out."

On the significance of this game...
"I'm not going to say it was surprising, but a lot people were counting on us to get the win, because that's what matters towards the 75 people that were on that plane crash. It's interesting. This is my first year and just seeing how the people in the community, the fans and the coaching staff, just to see how serious it is and hearing all the different stuff we have heard all week with what happened, it will give you chills."

WKU (5-5, 3-3 C-USA)
Mike Sanford Jr., head coach
Opening Statement...
"We obviously came up short of the comeback. The fight was definitely good. The resolve when at times it seemed the game was starting to get away from us, we battled really, really hard down the stretch. Ultimately the mistakes we made and starting as slow as we did in the first half after our first drive, those three consecutive three-and-outs falls on me. We have to continue to be aggressive. I want to be a team that runs the football. I don't want to abandon it, because I'm fair to our quarterback. Ultimately we have to continue to find the right balance. There were some moments where we got some things going in the run game especially with our tempo.

"Really at the end of the day, the slow start offensively and the turnovers were critical. The pick-six and a fumble on the kickoff return. That was a 10-point swing and we lost by seven. There's other plays in the game that we have to execute, but we out-gained Marshall in yards. They out-possessed us by 16 minutes or something like that, so it was just a different game. Hats off to Marshall for doing the things that it took to win the game."

On the pick-six..
"It ultimately falls on me as a head coach. The execution of that play was a hard run action pass play. We've run that formation and look throughout the year time and again. You try to suck up the boundary safety and have a post behind him. Mike [White] saw the other safety kind of get in the mix, so he tried to hit his out, and that ultimately led to the pick-six."


 

 

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