Army vs. Kent State Postgame Quotes

Army vs, Kent State Postgame Quotes (PDF)

Army Head Coach Bobby Ross

“We’d like to stand up here and say, We knew we had it all the time,’ but we didn’t. It was a hardfought football game for us, and I know for them, too. It was a tough loss for them to take, but I was very pleased to get the win. This might be classified as one of those ugly’ wins from a standpoint of what people look for, but what I look at is what our defense did. I thought they did a heck of a job. Stopping them on the goal line there two times; our punter, Owen Tolson, kept us in the ball game with his kicking; and then finally the placement by Austin Miller, which was a huge (kick) for us and obviously won the ball game.

“Offensively in the first half, we had a very good ball game. We moved the ball well and we had a lot of things working. In the third quarter we really just had terrible field position. We got the ball on the 2-yard line and on the 1. The one thing we did was drive the ball out to midfield before we gave it up. We were able to change field position, which was critical. Our throwing game lacked a lot today. We’ve got to take a look at it and see. It wasn’t that we didn’t catch the ball, we didn’t throw the ball real well. That is something that has got to be corrected for us as a football team.

“I was pleased with the performance of (RB) Wes McMahand. He did a good job and showed some good speed.

“We had some opportunities in the game, but we didn’t take advantage of them.

“The biggest problem we had on defense was the scrambling of (Julian) Edelman. He just gave us fits the whole day. He does move around. We knew he could scramble. He was special. He created a lot of things. He is a very fine football player.

“I’m pleased to get the win. It was a nice win for us. Now we have to go to work and get ourselves prepared for Texas A&M. We’ve got to play better, particularly offensively, and particularly in the throwing game.”

(ref.: game-winning kick by Austin Miller)
“It’s a remarkable story, because Austin was a safety in the spring. At the end of the spring he wasn’t real high on the depth chart and he came to me to talk about moving back to kicker. I said that I thought that would be a very good idea. He did and I’m thankful that I didn’t make that decision, he did. I’m very happy that he made that decision.”

(ref.: play of FS Lowell Garthwaite)
“Jordan Murray got hurt during the course of the week and Garthwaite came in and did a heck of a job. He made a nice interception. He was a little nervous early in the game, because this was his first ball game. It’s a wonderful story. This is a youngster that left school last year because his mother was seriously ill with cancer and he took care of her. He sat out the whole year and went back home and took care of his mother. His mother has gotten well, she’s gone back to work and he came back to school, and we’re mighty happy that he did.”

(ref.: play of QB David Pevoto)
“He needs to work on his passing, it’s as simple as that. In just looking at the game without having looked at the film, it’s just the actual throwing. He was under some pressure, there’s no question about that, but that’s the nature of this game. That’s what you’ve got to be able to handle. They gave us a lot of pressure and I think for the most part we held up under it pretty well. Overall, I thought our protection held up pretty well. He took some hits, but that’s going to happen when they’re blitzing like they did.”

(ref.: his feeling following this week’s events)
“I feel a lot better. I’m happy for our players, too, because you need to get a win. We knew this would be a tough football game. Kent State is a much-improved football team. They’ll win some games before the year is over with. They moved the ball very well against Minnesota. To come out of it with a win is a very good feeling. All in all, I’m pleased with the win. It’s a good win for us. It was a gut-wrenching win, but it was a win.”

(ref.: improved play along offensive line this week)
“We had the ball for 34 minutes and 15 seconds. That’s pretty good. That’s an indication that the line did a pretty good job. If we play ball possession and we’ve got the defense performing well and the kicking game performing well, we can hang in there. That’s exactly what we did today.”

(ref.: play of Army’s defensive line)
“It was a great goal line stand. (Kent State) just needed inches three times, and we stopped them all three times. Whenever you get a good goal line stand like that it’s a real credit to your defense. We weren’t talking about yards, we were talking about inches. That was a very, very good job.”

(ref.: importance of early-season success)
“We haven’t had it up until this game. It was nice to get it, it really was. This is the first time we’ve had three wins at home consecutively since 1997, so that is very nice. Now what we’ve got to do is to build on that and hopefully, we can.”

(ref.: use of RB Tony Moore in short-yardage situations)
“He’s going to stay in that role. He’s a freshman. He’s accomplished a lot. He’s a very mature freshman. The backs that we’re using are all very young. We’ve got two sophomores and a freshman playing at running back right now and they’re all doing very well. I’m not displeased with any of them. They’re tough hard-nosed kids. They run tough and they don’t make mistakes. I’m very pleased to have them and I think they will only get better. They’re going to get better as the season goes on.”

Army K Austin Miller
(ref.: his thoughts prior to kicking the game-winning field goal)
“Coach Ross has been doing two-minute drills in practice quite a bit lately, so I’ve had some chances to make pressure kicks. It’s just another kick for me. I have to thank (Nicolas) Lopez and (Andrew) Rinehart because they are perfect every time snapping the ball and holding it.”

Army C Pete Bier
(ref.: getting back on the field after sitting out the Arkansas State game)
“I was excited to get back on the field after not playing (against Arkansas State). It was good to be back out there with the offensive line to try and help the offense.

“It felt really good to get back out there. I think our offensive efficiency was good. Overall, it was just a good feeling to be back on the field and help the team.”

(ref.: playing for Coach Bobby Ross)
“Coach Ross is great. I wouldn’t have come back for a fifth year if I didn’t like Coach Ross. Playing for him is an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life. He knows so much about football and so much about leadership. He was talking before about how this is a character win’ for this team. He instills the character in us, so a lot of the credit goes to Coach Ross.”

Army QB David Pevoto
(ref.: the play of the Army offensive line)
“I thought it was a lot smoother out there this week. We executed pretty well in the first half, but we just didn’t make all of the necessary adjustments in the second half. Overall, I thought they played a good game. They did a nice job.”

(ref.: comparing his first half performance to his second half performance)
“It was obvious that I wasn’t on as well in the second half as I was in the first half. I just have to come out next week and focus. I need to play more like I did in the first half today. I threw some good balls in the first half. In the second half, I was trying to do the exact same thing and it just didn’t work out.

“(Kent State) basically played the exact same defense in the second half as they did in the first half. It wasn’t really my decisions. I made some throws that I shouldn’t have made, and there were some receivers open that I just didn’t hit. I chalk this victory up to the defense today. They really helped us out.”

Army RB Tony Moore
(ref.: scoring his first two career touchdowns)
“It always feels good to get out on the field and compete. To score two touchdowns in the first home game feels really good.”

(ref.: being used in goal line situations)
“Coming in as a freshman, I didn’t expect to go out there and start. You have to fit into the role that the coaches give to you.”

Army DB Lowell Garthwaite
(ref.: his performance)
“It feels great. It’s a dream come true for me. I have to give a lot of credit to Caleb (Campbell) and Jordan (Murray) and coach (Adam) Waugh for helping me along. I have a lot of confidence in my abilities, but it really helps when you have people like that there.”

(ref.: recovering Kent State QB Julian Edelman’s fumble in overtime)
“At first, I saw it on the ground and no one was reacting to it, so I just jumped on it. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. I just capitalized on an opportunity that I had presented to me.”

Army DB Caleb Campbell
(ref.: Army’s goal line stand in the third quarter)
“That was big. We knew that if we gave the offense a chance that they could run the clock. All we had to do was stop them on a fourth-and-one on the two-yard line. We got good pressure by the defensive line and coach (John) Mumford made a good call and things just came together. It was a good play.”

Army DE Cameron Craig
(ref.: the impact of today’s victory)
“It was huge. It was a little closer than it should have been, but it is nice to get a win. It was our first win in a home opener in 10 years, so it was nice to get that win. It kind of lifts some of the pressure off our shoulders.”

(ref.: playing for Coach Bobby Ross)
“It is quite an honor. He is such an intelligent man. He is the hardest worker on this team. He always strives for victory and that trickles down to all of us. He is so experienced an knowledgeable. It really is an honor to play for him.”

Kent State Head Coach Doug Martin
(ref: outcome of the game)
“My hats off to Army, they played exactly like I knew they would from my experiences up here before. I told my team that in order to beat Army at West Point you have to take it from them because they’re not going to give it to you. That’s exactly what you saw here today. I’m really proud of my team; they matched Army’s intensity and we played as hard as we could, we just didn’t make the plays we needed to make to win a game. We missed a chip-shot field goal and were unable to punch it on 4th-and-1. We had our opportunities and we just didn’t make it happen.”

(ref: youth on team)
“We’re a young football team, but we’re an experienced football team. (Eugene) Jarvis who is the only one out there playing without lots of experience and he gets better as each game goes on. The same thing that has been our achilles heel in past years has hurt us early this year and that is turnovers. We turned the ball over twice today, and we’re not going to do that and win.”

(ref: not converting on short yardage situations)
“It’s tough, you’d like that you can run a quarterback sneak and gain an inch, but we didn’t.  My hats off again to Army because they have something to do with that too.”

(ref: struggling kicking game)
“Obviously Reid Macko is struggling.  He’s missed two simple field goals in the first two games, we just couldn’t do it anymore.  Nate Reed came in and did a good job with the extra point and it looks like he’s going to have to be our field goal guy now.”

(ref: deciding to go with the fake field goal)
“Our players can’t practice any harder than they are. They can’t play any harder than they are. It just comes down to knocking the door down and crossing over to the other side and we haven’t been able to do that yet.”

(ref: frustration mounting during losing streak)
“It is frustrating because we’re in the position to make plays.  We’re getting good plays called both offensively and defensively, it’s just a matter of making the plays.  Today, Army made more than we did.”

(ref: defense turning it up in the second half)
“We struggled early, but they showed their composure, kept playing hard and got better as the game went on. Particularly in the second half, they were lights out. They took the ball away from Army a few times which is fantastic and that kept us in the game because offensively we didn’t put the ball in the endzone as much as we should have.”

(ref: challenge on fumble in overtime)
“The replay booth decided to review it. The explanation that I got was that they didn’t have conclusive evidence.  They thought his knee was down, but they didn’t have conclusive evidence.”

Kent State QB Julian Edelman
(ref: fumble in overtime)
“I thought my knee was down, but there’s nothing I can do about it.  I was trying to fight for a few extra yards, and they took the ball from me as I fell to the ground. I’m going to tip my hat to Army; they played hard to the end.  I’ll take responsibility for that play.”

(ref: improved play in second half)
“I’m really not that used to playing in front of such a big crowd. It was biggest I’d ever played in front of. I just had to settle down a little and start playing.”

“I just settled down, in the first half I had the jitters. I got hit hard on one play and then loosened up. I was more relaxed.”

(ref: not converting on short yardage situations)
“(Army) wanted it more.  They made great plays when they needed to.”

(ref: playing in front of the Corp of Cadets)
“It was fun, I had a great time. Unfortunately, I’m on the side that lost. I contributed a lot to that loss.”

“We weren’t worried about playing in front of the crowd. It got to me a little early on, but the crowd had nothing to do with the outcome, Army outplayed us today.”

Kent State DB Fritz Jacques
(ref: defense turning it up in the second half)
“We just did our job, we did what the coaches told us to do. Everyone executed their responsibilities and good things happened.”

(ref: his individual performance)
“I knew they liked to run the counter and bootlegs, we learned that from watching film. It was just my instinct and I was fortunate enough to get to the ball on a lot of plays.”

(ref: playing in front of the Corp of Cadets)
“It wasn’t so much the crowd as it was our focus. We weren’t as focused as we needed to be in the first half. In the second half we improved our focus and we had a chance to win the game.”



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