Northern Illinois-Kansas Post-Game Quotes
Sept. 22, 2012
NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOOTBALL 2012
NIU Head Coach Dave Doeren
On finishing games…
“I’m proud of the way we finish games around here. I think it’s the way they’re coached; the way they believe in the leadership that our players have taken, and taken themselves, on the field. I can look at every man eye-to-eye on the sideline and know that I’m going to get what I want out of them, what I ask of them, in the fourth quarter.”
On players redeeming themselves…
“Matt Sims misses an extra point, but comes back and makes a (44-yard) field goal. Martel (Moore), got the wrong signal and we throw a pick – next play he goes for a (65)-yard touchdown. To me, that’s the maturation progress of a young man. You make a mistake, you fess up, you fix it, you make up for it, you move on. That’s what we’re seeing.”
On what beating Kansas means to him…
“It doesn’t mean anything from the Kansas part of it. Winning a BCS game is what that was all about. I felt like we had our opportunities against Kansas last year, against Iowa in the opener. We didn’t find a way to win. That’s what we’ve done – find a way to win. I wanted that bad; I wanted a piece of history on our locker room wall. I walk in our locker room and I see the MAC Championship we put up last year that we earned. I just never got to see a dog bone with my signature on it. Now I have that. Being from Kansas and having worked there, that’s great. But my mom’s probably more excited about that part than I am. I’m just proud of our players.”
On NIU’s aggressive style…
“In case you haven’t noticed, I have an aggressive personality. I told our offensive and defensive coaches to go. I said don’t hold back - be aggressive, play like we’re supposed to play, take shots, blitz, come after them. When we finally got them on the heels offensively there with Martel’s play – we were able to get them out of the wildcat formation and make them play normal football – we were able to get after their quarterback. That was a big part of what happened there in the fourth quarter.”
On the defensive line playmakers…
“They were 4-for-16 on third down. That’s our playmakers on defense making plays; that’s the defensive line getting after the quarterback. Boomer Mays had a couple nice plays in there. Jamaal Bass had a couple nice plays in there at the end. The pressure we’re getting from the front four – we didn’t have to blitz a lot. Coach Nielsen went nuts on the sideline saying, ‘Let them go, let them go, let them go.’ And we did, we cut them loose.”
Kansas Head Coach Charlie Weis
Overall thoughts on the game…
I’m really disappointed. For the second time this year, you have a two score lead in the second half and you can’t get over that hurdle. Granted, their next touchdown was a little bit of a broken play where the quarterback’s bobbling it and everyone is trying to go in there to make the play. Still, at the end of the day, you have a two score lead that turns into a one score lead and you don’t make enough plays on offense, you don’t make enough plays on defense and that’s how the game ends up.
On why he felt Kansas had so much success with the Wildcat…
They were sound the first couple games, against Iowa and Tennessee-Martin in the run game, but they really struggled last week against Army. We just felt that the Wildcat was going to give us a chance to move the ball.
On Kansas possibly feeling a sense of panic after NIU’s big one play touchdown after the pick six…
No, I didn’t sense that. It’s interesting that you point that time out because that’s a critical time in the game offensively. That’s a critical time where they just made a big play to cut it to a one score game, and you’ve got to get something going. That’s not what happened. We got blown up in a couple of runs where we were calling some of our favorite runs and losing a couple of yards.
On his assessment of quarterback Dayne Crist’s game…
I wait until I watch it tomorrow. I don’t assess it on game day. I think that you can make irrational comments. I do know that there are some throws that he’d like to have back that I’d expect him to make. That I do know.
Northern Illinois Quarterback Jordan Lynch
On the importance of NIU maintaining the tempo during the game…
Our tempo, that’s one of the biggest things we work on during practice. I thought we had great tempo today. We had a few plays that went the distance today. Big plays for us are runs over 12 (yards) or passes over 20. I thought we had a lot of plays like that today and I thought we came out and did a good job.
On rebounding from the interception with a 65-yard touchdown pass to Martel Moore…
It was early in the fourth quarter. We were down 10. Threw an interception, missed communication with the signals. We were going to face adversity. We knew we weren’t going to panic. I talked to a few defensive players and they were telling me just to stay in it. They got my back. Go down there, get a field goal or a touchdown. We got to make it a one-possession game. We got the play with Martel (Moore). We just put that in a few days ago and he went the distance on it. Defense stepped up, just like they said.
On the scoring play to Martel Moore to get NIU within 23-20…
I dropped the snap. It was like how we run a quarterback power, pretty much. We saw the linebacker had been coming down all day on ‘Tel. ‘Tel did a little slant behind him and I got the option of just running it or throwing it. ‘Tel was open, so I just threw it to him.
On the offense’s fast tempo putting a defense on their heels…
It feels good. Like I said, that’s our tempo. When we do what we have to do and play mistake-free football, there are not a lot of teams that can stop us when we are on the same page. With our playmakers and everything, just get them the ball and making explosive plays and, with our tempo, that’s going to wear defenses out.
Northern Illinois Wide Receiver Martel Moore
On the quick change in momentum…
The miscommunication was a big thing. I just knew I had to come back and help the team out and make a spark, basically. If I make a spark, then the defense is going to spark up. Basically, I just wanted to go out there and help the team.
Northern Illinois Defensive Lineman Nabal Jefferson
On combating the Wildcat…
They had some really good backs and they had a lot of options with guys going every which way. They had a lot of options there, so they were effective on some of them.
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