Northern Illinois vs. Massachusetts Postgame Quotes

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Nov. 3, 2012

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NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOOTBALL 2012
NIU vs. UMass - Nov. 3, 2012
Huskie Stadium - DeKalb, Illinois

UMass Head Coach Charlie Molnar

Opening statement...
I'm very, very disappointed in the way we preformed this afternoon.  We knew that Northern Illinois was a very, very worthy opponent. There is no doubt about the quality of that football team.  We knew they were big, fast, tough, all those adjectives.

I thought our team was a tough team. I still think our team is a tough team, and we played hard. Our guys usually finish the game each and every week that we play. Today, I was a little bit disappointed. I don't think every guy played until the end of the game. I think some of the guys started to think about the trip home, getting out of DeKalb, and not about finishing the afternoon the way I like to see it get done. 

On how NIU compares to the top competition UMass has played this year...
Arguably, they're right there with the best teams that we've played.  You could make the point that they're as good as Michigan. They're really good in a lot of ways.

On his impressions of Jordan Lynch...
He's everything that he's been billed to be.  I don't know if he's one of the top five players in the country.  I don't get to see them all in this particular conference and in who we've played so far, but he's certainly the thing that makes this offense go here at Northern Illinois. He is really, really a dynamic player for them. 

On what makes Jordan Lynch so difficult to stop...
He's just so hard to tackle.  Everything you do defensively, you have to defend him every single play.  You take your eyes off him, and they're really good with their deception.  You don't know if he's got the ball or not.  If he's got the ball and you didn't maintain eye discipline, you're going to lose him. Then, he's going to take off and kill you, which he did multiple times today. 


 

 

On the quality of the MAC as a whole...
Here's what I think about the Mid American Conference: If we played in stadiums that were packed rather than half filled, or sparsely filled, the perception of Mid American football would be much better. If we were wearing uniforms of different teams in a big conference, playing in front of a big stadium, I doubt there's a fan in America that could tell you the difference in the football.  The quality of football is excellent in this conference.  It's very, very good.  It may not be comparable to the top one, two, or three, but after that, this conference is just as strong as any other conference from top to bottom.



Northern Illinois Head Coach Dave Doeren

On not looking past UMass...
"I wanted to make it clear that we weren't going to look past UMass. Their staff, their players played hard; coached hard on film. They came out and tried to fake a punt. They had some gadget plays that our guys did a nice job of staying home on.  Just playing the game and I'm really proud of that."

On committing offside penalties...

"I think if you just whisper, we jump offsides right now. Pretty disappointed about that; it was an emphasis and it didn't get done. It's something we'll continue to talk about. Our guys want to make plays in the backfield, as evident by the number of TFLs and sacks were getting, but we can't jump offsides."

On Martel Moore's exit...

"He was fine. He just got hit in the shoulder. He could have come back, but at the point in the game I didn't feel the need to put him out there. He said he could go. We definitely need him more in the next one than we did at that point. Juwan and A.J., those guys needed the reps too, so it was good for them."

On Matt McIntosh's progress...

"Lightyears from the spring. He's confident now; he's finishing runs. He's trying to live up to what Jordan's doing. Be physical as a runner, make good decisions, protect the ball - he did a good job today.  He had one throw maybe to Brinlee that he could have thrown a little better, but other than that he threw the ball well and gave us a chance to continue to march down the field. He did a nice job of eating clock there in the second half."

On forcing turnovers...

"Like I said after game four, we were forcing them, but we just weren't getting them. Ball was getting knocked out all over in those first four games, and they'd just go out of bounds or right back into their hands.  It's just a matter of time if you keep doing it. Looks like we recovered three fumbles today and Courtney had an interception at the end. That's big. We did the same thing last year; we had 16 in the last four games last season. We'd like to continue - if we can get two to four a game to close it out, that's big for the offense."



Northern Illinois Players


Jordan Lynch


On Matt McIntosh's performance...
"I thought Matt had a great day. I was talking to him. It always feels good. I remember in that position last year, it feels good to just run the offense - Get the whole half to yourself. Matt's always out there every day. We pretty much split reps in practice. He's getting a lot of reps in practice. He knows the game plan and I thought he did a heck of a job today."


Tyrone Clark


On defensive line's performance...
"It's always good to be out there with them boys. I was real excited to see them, especially Anthony Wells getting two sacks today. I was excited to see them break loose like they always do."


Keith Harris, Jr.


On getting into the endzone...
"It was a great opportunity. The offensive line was opening up the biggest holes for us. When they open up those big holes, it's easy to score."