Northern Illinois 45, Buffalo 14- Post Game Quotes

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Oct. 16, 2010

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Northern Illinois 45, Buffalo 14

Brigham Field | Huskie Stadium

DeKalb, Ill.

October 16, 2010

POST GAME QUOTES

 

NIU Head Coach Jerry Kill

 

Coach Kill on Buffalo…

 

“We played a team that was a very hard-nosed team and that reflects their head coach. I thought they played very hard. We’re excited about the win, and we played very hard also. We came out with the win, any win is a good win. I’m proud of the kids, they came out and worked hard”

 

Coach Kill on the game…

 

“We knew we were going to have to throw the ball.  On a windy day in DeKalb, it’s not easy to do.  We did what we needed to do to win and we played much better in the second half.”

 

Coach Kill on coming out of halftime…

 

“Let’s concentrate on playing smarter football.  Really, we just needed to play smarter.  They did some things in the blitz game offensively that we didn’t block very well at times.  When you play a team like that it’s going to be ugly at times.  Then all of sudden you squirt out of there with a 40-yard run.  We had a feeling it was going to be a little bit ugly, but we just wanted to get out of there with a win.”


 

 

 

Coach Kill on the wind…

 

“(With) the windy conditions, it’s not easy.  I remember (Chicago Bears head coach) Lovie Smith telling me when he was out here in the spring, ‘When the wind is  blowing in this part of the county, you’ve got to be able to have a strong-armed quarterback and you better be able to run the (ball),’ and we have that.  I think that helped us prevail today.”

 

Coach Kill on  Spann’s career high 31 carries…

 

“I don’t pay attention to all that.  He got it 31 times; I guess Coach Reeves thought he was playing hard so we didn’t substitute.  Sometimes Coach Reeves plays nine (tailbacks).  (Spann) earned his yardage.  He knew coming in, I told him, it wasn’t going to be easy.  You got to find a way to get 100, and I guess he got 100.”

 

NIU Players

 

Chandler Harnish on keeping confidence up…

“You have just got to keep coming back and have an excellent mentality. That’s one thing we’ve been coached very hard for the last few years. I think because of that mentality, we were able to come out and keep going and keep working and we found that rhythm in the second half.”

 

Chandler Harnish on flipping things around the second half…

“It shows the mental toughness of our team. We came in at halftime and we had just went for one touchdown. We weren’t sure which way they were going to go. Our guys came out in the second half strong. Our defense played a heck of a game, they really kept us in it.”

 

Chad Spann on having to run Buffalo’s defense…

“I talked to the offensive line when I came off the field a couple of times after they stopped us a bit and just told them, ‘we’re going to keep running and keep going at them, and they’ll break sooner or later.’ In the second half they really opened up for us and let us pick up those yards.”

 

Tyrone Clark on the defense’s performance this season…

“I feel like there is always room for improvement and you can always get better. I feel like we’ve been doing pretty well.”

 

Buffalo Post Game Quotes

 

Coach Quinn opening statement…

 

“Northern is a very good football team, and it was displayed out there. It was very disappointing for us. It’s unacceptable the way we came here and played the football game. I do believe now, after watching Northern Illinois and their quality of players and schemes and coaching, that this is going to be one of the best teams in the conference. I can see them taking this all the way to Detroit.”

 

Coach Quinn on difference in the second half…

 

“It’s a four-quarter game, and that’s what you have to keep in mind. No matter what you do in the first half, there’s still a second half to play. That’s what they did, certainly that’s the mark that they’re a good football team. We haven’t been able to quite finish games in the second half yet.”

 

Coach Quinn on Buffalo quarterback Jerry Davis…

 

“We know Jerry’s got the physical capabilities. To me, it’s more locked in to the mental aspects and understanding what Northern was doing. We had some three and outs, and we just couldn’t get a grip on what they were doing. We came in at half time and our defense came up with a big play, but obviously we have to play four quarters and the second half it just didn’t happen today.

 

Coach Quinn on the Northern Illinois football team…

 

“Northern is a good football team. It is their [coaching staff’s] third year. They’ve been running their system. They’re a physical football team. Today, there were a lot of good plays being made out there by Northern’s team. Their receiver made some great catches, they made some great plays, and obviously we couldn’t beat their quarterback and receivers and that’s why we weren’t in any rhythm.”

 

Coach Quinn on Buffalo’s field position…

 

“When you go three and out, it just doesn’t pay off. With what we were trying to accomplish, being three and out is unacceptable. We couldn’t get any rhythm going at all, and when we did we put the ball on the ground, or when we had a punt, we had a punt block, or somebody missed an assignment, and we had some foolish penalties. These are things that aggravate you as a coach. You work too hard, you expect your kids to perform to their very best and we weren’t able to do that today.”

 

Buffalo defensive end Steven Means on the Bulls’ second half play…

 

“We just tried to execute our assignments . We tried to use everything that happens to us as a positive thing. Our offensive struggles, we try to use it as a positive thing where we can step up and motivate them with our good defense. Unfortunately that didn’t happen in the second half.”

 

Means on defending the Huskie offense …

 

“It is difficult for anybody to start inside the 10 yard line. But we tried to look at that as a positive thing for us and try to come out, but that didn’t happen today.”

 

Buffalo quarterback Alex Dennison on his opportunity to play ….

 

“Coach said continue work, everyone is being looked at on the team. We obviously want to win, so we need to continue working. We realize that we do have a great football team, we are just hurting ourselves right now.”

 

 

 

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