NIU vs Buffalo Postgame Quotes

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Oct. 13, 2012

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NIU HEAD COACH Dave Doeren

On Martel Moore...

"Martel played like a senior today. The window's closing; we're going to miss the dude. We only have seven more weeks together, if we keep on rolling. I just love when seniors play their best. I think that's a testament to your coaching and to the development of your program."

On executing the game plan...

"We knew we had to run the ball and stop the run, and we did that.  We knew we had to be better on defense on third down and we were.  We knew they were going to throw slants and fades and we contended those balls. We knew there was going to be some throws for Martel; he took advantage of them and Jordan put them on him."

On fourth down conversions...

"I really don't look at them as gambles. I think our offense should be able to get a first down on fourth-and-one. Put the ball in his hands and `Let's go.' That's what I believe in. All week I would run down to the other end of the field, put it down, say fourth-and-one, and scream in their faces, challenge them. They did it. I'm not going to go down not swinging. I think fourth-and-one is what we have to do; we have a team that can get it. I know our defense responds to the aggressive nature of our offense as well.

"It keeps our defense off the field and changes field position. Particularly when it's a fourth-and-three and you get a touchdown out of it; those are big plays. If I didn't go for it, these guys would probably be mad at me too. You have to be that kind of guy if you're an aggressive coach. Backing down on fourth-and-one, that's not what you stand for. I'm not going to do that."

On Jordan Lynch as the primary rusher...

"It's part of what we do. He would tell that he wants it more; 15 carries today. We try to spread it around and what we do is try to make the defense have to defend the entire field. All of our runs have passes built into them for the receivers to take advantage of soft coverage. When people roll up and play cover two on those guys, then he gets to run the ball. I'd like to get our tailbacks going some more, but that was a challenge today too. Those guys need to break some tackles. Our tailback run game will continue to get work at practice and would like to get it going.  But if this guy's running the ball well, I'm not going to take it out of his hands if I don't have to."


NIU PLAYERS


 

 

Jordan Lynch, QB

On seeing Martel Moore dragging defenders into the endzone...

"That was something special. Like Coach Doeren said, his family was here. I thought Martel stepped up really well today, did a good job. That's always nice. A receiver throwing it about 30 yards and dragging them into the endzone, so that's always a nice thing to see. I thought Martel did a good job today."

On his confidence in the offensive line in short yardage situations...

"I have tons of confidence in them. It's only a yard and sometimes a yard can be a long way, but all we need is to make contact, stand them up, strain - as we call it - and if I find a little crease, I'll get it."

Martel Moore, WR

On his 43-yard touchdown catch...

"The squats are paying off. I saw it from 10 yards away. I was hungry for the endzone and I knew that we needed a new start in the third quarter. I knew if I scored that touchdown, we could really kick it off."

Luke Eakes, TE

On playing for an aggressive coach...

"That's awesome to know that he has the faith that we'll get the first down. It's just good to have."

On his 32-yard run on a fake punt...

"It was awesome. I saw all the players slant. I knew I had Jason Schepler as a lead blocker. With Jason Schepler in front of me, no one is really going to get to me. Pretty easy on my part. Just get the snap and run."

Marlon Moore, CB

On playing as a true freshman...

"Coming out as my first start as a true freshman, Coach always said `What will you do with the opportunity?' I think I answered your question well."

On feeding off of Jimmie Ward's play...

"When Jimmie went out and he leads our defense and we look up to him like family. We put him on our backs since he was ejected from the game and we came out and showed him what a family would do."