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UConn Football Vs. SMU Post-Game Quotes

Dec. 6, 2014

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Head Coach Bob Diaco

Opening Statement

"Give credit to SMU for the strain, fight and courage they showed in their program through a challenging cicurmstance and earning the win. I'd like to thank the people that came out today and made noise and cheered hard and everybody else that tuned in at home. Things are changing. The tide is coming back in, it doesn't feel like that after you lose and after you finish a campaign like we have this season from a win-loss standout. But the tide is coming back in. There are so many areas I can point to to show that. Specifically about the game this afternoon, you can't beat anybody when you turn the ball over five times. It's impossible. With our young, growing offense to give opportunities away it makes a hard task impossible. That was the tale of the tape today and that's why everyone is unhappy. As a program, we've built a team. There was not a team here. Like I said in the past, it doesn't represent the tradition and history. The tradition and history is rich with great teams that bleed blue with great alumni."

On if he continues to feel strongly about the direction of the program:

"Oh absolutely no question. The fact of the matter is you can easily, without trying, at least four or five games that we just gave away. We didn't get beat. There was one game where we felt that. The rest of the games have been a four-quarter battle. The rest of the games have a lot of our culture, a lot of our systems on display in a positive way. We have to eliminate the things that cause losing.

UConn Player Quotes

Sophomore quarterback Tim Boyle

On progressing into next season

"Coach Diaco calls it the new team, with all the guys that are coming back next season. We are all ready to go and attack the offseason. We are going to try and hang on to this feeling and let it motivate us.

What changed in the second half

"We ran the ball pretty well in the first half. I think after halftime they made some adjustments. I thought we just had to stick to our game plan...Really if we execute the defense really doesn't matter. In the second half we couldn't move the ball and couldn't hang on to the ball, it was just a combination of both of those things."

Freshman running back Ron Johnson

On today's game

"We really wanted to win this game for the seniors. This loss hurts more than any of the other losses because we had this game and let it slip through our fingers. When we get to the offseason this loss is going to motivate us to be better.

On continuing to develop

"For me, I just have to continue to work hard everyday and get in the film room during the offseason. If I can do those things I can put myself in a good spot heading into next year."

Redshirt junior safety Andrew Adams

On seeing progress

"The team has gotten better each week. More importantly we continue to grow as a family. The seniors who just played their last game have built the foundation and we are just going to improve in the offseason. I'm looking forward to next year."

SMU Interim Head Coach Tom Mason Quotes

On what Saturday's win over UConn meant for this year's team

"I was just really happy for the kids. We wanted to get a win because we've been in a couple games this year that we let slip by us. We finally got this one put away. I'm really proud of the seniors and I'm happy we were able to go out with a win. That locker room made it felt like we won a national championship."

On what he said to the team at halftime and what the attitude of SMU was at that point

"I thought we were real business like. I can of had to check myself because I thought I was putting us in some bad situations with some of the calls. I just told the kids that we were only down by two scores and to let's go out and finish this thing and that's what we did."

On the how much of an impact all the turnovers played today

"I thought the momentum was going our way and I felt like we had the answers for them defensively. They weren't really throwing at all and once we got the run game shut down I felt pretty good. That was one of the weirdest games I've ever been in. You can't turn the ball over in that many ways than what happened today."

On what SMU did differently in the second half to stop the run

"We shifted the defense to wherever they were putting that wing. They did a good job of scheming us early on, but I changed our strategy and it was a lot better for us. I challenged the kids and they responded."