Postgame Quotes From CSU vs. WoffordSeptember 11, 2010
Quotes from CSU Head Coach Jay Mills following the Buccaneers' 34-23 setback to Wofford:
"We’re past the point of moral victories in this program. There’s no such thing. We expect to compete nationally with anybody that plays against us at the Division I FCS level. I think we showed that; at the same point in time, it’s just unacceptable for us to come up short. We really expected to win this game, we expected to win it all the way. We tip our hat to Wofford. They’ve built an excellent program."
On the opportunity to respond:
We have a chance to have an outstanding football team. We have a chance to compete on par with anyone else on the rest of our schedule at the FCS level. I’m looking forward to seeing our guys respond, rebound, and collect and pull together and get it done.
On the defense's trouble stopping Wofford in fourth quarter:
Well, I think we slowed them down. We had some opportunities not only defensively, but offensively. A couple more first downs in the fourth quarter, and the defense stays off the field. It was a game that was closely contested. It could have been won by either side. I really felt, going into the fourth quarter, that we had them where we wanted them, and then we let them off the ropes.
On the team's prospects against top opponents:
Again, we’re taking the program from a level of where it used to be, “We’re trying to get a win. We’re trying to get a winning season.” Now we’re trying to compete with the best nationally, and we’re close. We’re going to keep pushing and one of these times we’re going to be able to get it done. It’s going to come sooner rather than later.
On missed opportunities on special teams.
Well, we had a touchdown on a fake field goal as well, that we didn’t execute at the end of the first half. Nobody else knew it, but we had a bobbled snap, and he might have walked in the endzone. There’s four points right there. That’s what happens in closely-contested ballgames. When you take two excellent teams, and that’s what you have.
On the caliber of competition displayed Saturday:
You had two excellent teams, you had a very good representative of the SoCon and a very good representative of the Big South Conference. We said we’re going to treat this as a bowl game, and that’s what it really was. They were teams that were equal as far as toughness, discipline, and instinct. It couldn’t be a better bowl game matchup. And that’s what it is this year. It used to be a playoff game, but we haven’t lost anything with regard to opportunity to compete for postseason play. That’s what this team has had on their minds from the beginning.
On the decision to punt late in the game:
I think our defense had played well overall. They gave up a couple big plays, but for the most part our defense played very well. So, I feel like we had to have confidence in them, and we had to give them a chance, try to get the long field. We were going to see if we could get the three and out, and get the ball back. So, percentage-wise, I think that I would do that all over again, and hindsight’s 20-20. Maybe you go for it on fourth and 1 if you knew what was going to happen. But, I really felt like we had confidence that our defense would be able to stop them.