Oct. 1, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - Postgame quotes following Maryland's 28-3 victory over Towson.
Maryland Head Coach Randy Edsall
"I thought it was a good win for us. It's hard to win, but I'm very proud of our assistant coaches and players for battling for 60 minutes. I want to give Towson credit. Rob [Ambrose] had his guys ready to play and came out with a lot of new wrinkles in the first half that we didn't see, which I knew that he was going to do. I thought our defense really hung in there and did a good job. We forced four turnovers which I thought was huge, so I'm just very, very proud of our players for getting that win and now we can stay humble and stay hungry and build on it and continue to work real hard to get ourselves ready for Georgia Tech next week."
On losing momentum after the opening touchdown:
"I'm glad that we came out the way that we did and scored right away and stopped [Towson]. Then we go down and don't execute the field goal properly and could have gone up and built even more momentum. It's hard to get momentum going if you're not getting first downs and, plus, we weren't getting off the field on defense on third downs. So, offensively we didn't have the ball that much and then when we did some things it wasn't real good for us. Those are things that we always look at on film and try to figure out why [they didn't work] and get them corrected."
On the play of running back Justus Pickett:
"With Justus [Pickett] it was just one of those things where we wanted to get him more repetitions. That's what we'll continue to do and when you get him in the flow I think it makes a difference. I think we always have to analyze to see if it's better just to play with two backs or four backs based on the situation. [Pickett] showed that he deserves more playing time based on his productivity today."
On his team's rushing defense:
"We still had some mistakes [on rushing defense]. The biggest thing for us is we just have to get our guys lined up and fit things right. When we fit things right, we're pretty good and we make stops. But when we don't fit things up and then we don't tackle well, it's not pretty. So, that's just something we're going to keep working on with the young men and practice it and just keep getting better. We're going to have to do that because as people watch us on tape, they're going to see things and until we start taking those things away, they're going to do the same things week after week."
On his halftime message to his team:
"I came in and I just told the kids to not panic. I said `don't panic, we're fine.' It's a 7-3 game and I just said, `don't panic, we'll go out and execute. Here are the mistakes we made defensively. Here are the mistakes we made offensively. And all we have to do is just execute the defense or offense called and we'll be fine.' And we went out there in the second half and we did that. That's just the message that we're going to continually give to our team."
On his team finding an identity:
"I think now after four games we have a pretty good feel as to exactly who we are and who we need to be going forward. When you're installing new systems it takes some time to just figure out your own kids and what they can do. The bottom line is we want [the players] to do the things that they do best, so I think that after looking at things today and the other three games, I think we have a much better feel as to what they can do now going forward. I think we have more continuity with what we need to get done."
Sophomore Quarterback Danny O'Brien
On half-time adjustments and team morale during half-time
"We just kept our composure in the locker room. We hung in there and stuck to the game plan. We'll take a win any way we can get it. It was not necessarily pretty or the easiest win, but we got it."
On the return of Quintin McCree and Ronnie Tyler and the team's success
"I'm glad they [Quintin McCree and Ronnie Tyler] got back in this week to get ready for ACC play. But it was good to try and get back into the flow of things. It wasn't the prettiest passing game on my part and all around wasn't the prettiest. Towson threw some things that we haven't seen and they executed their game plan well. It felt good and we can hopefully shake off what happened last week and build on what we accomplished today."
On low offensive possession in the first half
"It's tough. It was similar to last week. With our offense going that fast and then not getting the ball back for a while, it's hard to get the train rolling again. That's on us. You can't go three and out in two minute drives. With the speed that we play, we have to get the first downs. We are learning this first hand, so hopefully we can get back to the drawing board and eliminate that because when you give the ball up you never know when you'll get it back."
On what's ahead on the schedule
"We know what's ahead of us, but you have to take it one game at a time. We have a tough schedule and it will be a tough eight more weeks. There are no gimmes. You can't swallow that all at once; we'll focus on one game at a time. Right now we're focusing on Georgia Tech and Georgia Tech only. They're a great top-25 team and it's an ACC game. We'll have to execute at a high level to beat them, but we're looking forward to that challenge.
Junior Linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield
On holding Towson in the red zone
"The goal line stands - whenever they got close we just bowed up as a defense. We didn't let them score and we take pride in that today. We did our best not to let them score."
On stop in the red zone:
"It was really close to the goal line. When I hit him, it was probably on the first or second yard line. He was probably inches away. I'm glad Dexter [McDougle] and some of the other guys were able to come and push him away from it and a little further. They tried to run the same play again but we knew what they were trying to do."
Freshmen Linebacker Lorne Goree
On his interception and start in the game
"When I caught the interception I was reading the receiver and the quarterback. The rest of the defense had everything covered and I was able to step in front of the play. I didn't expect him to throw the ball, but he did and I just jumped up and caught it. It's relieving because I need to start making big plays to contribute to our defense."
Freshman Running Back Justus Pickett
On scoring a touchdown:
"I was definitely excited going into this game; knowing I could probably get a couple more touches and some extra opportunities. [Scoring the touchdown] was probably one of the greatest experiences I've had. I wasn't thinking about it until I got up and was like `Wow, I just scored a touchdown.' I really felt it then."
On the offense in the second half:
"In the second half, we came out with a little bit more fire. We knew what we did wrong in the first half; the little mistakes we made. We corrected them during halftime and came back out ready to perform."
Junior Wide-Receiver Kevin Dorsey
On Towson's defense:
"They surprised us to a degree; some places on the third down that we weren't used to, some places on the backside that we haven't practiced. It was a little different, but it was something where at halftime we were able to make adjustments".
On Quintin McCree coming back:
"It was nice. Overall, it felt like a sense of relief. It helped out Danny [O'Brien] a little bit. I never really felt there was pressure. My job is to simply do my job, regardless of the situation. We're all expected to do the same thing."
"No concerns. Halftime is there for a reason, to make adjustments".
Senior offensive lineman Andrew Gonnella
On running the ball:
"We have multiple backs that can run. Pickett had a great day today. Meggett always runs hard; he's like a bowling ball, that kid is always falling forward. That's the offensive lineman's biggest pride; if you can't run the ball you don't have any pride."
On going forward:
"Hopefully this is the start of some momentum. Good time for it to happen, going into some big ACC games. I think it is also good too because sometimes you can get into bad habits. Unfortunately, we didn't want to let those two games slip away, but now we know we can dig ourselves out of a hole".
On Justus Pickett:
"He's impressed me a lot. The biggest thing that stands out is he's mature and composed. He knows how to handle a game situation. I think you can literally see him get better and better every play."
On halftime: "At halftime, we just picked it up. We had a completely different mentality this week in practice. We were just having fun, playing competitive, kind of like we were back out there as freshman in high school again. I think that's what we needed to get us back on track. Unfortunately, I don't think we won the game the way we wanted to, but we were able to dig ourselves out of some holes we put ourselves in, and that's the thing that counts the most."
Towson Head Coach Rob Ambrose
"I give a lot of credit to Randy [Edsall], his staff and his kids. They had a very good plan, they were very efficient and they played really hard. We made too many mistakes to get a W. You can't turn the ball over that many times in a game and get a win."
On the motivation to score at the end of the first half:
"Honestly, offensively we were taking it to them in the first half. So, not getting the points didn't change the motivation. What annoys me is that I had to blow three timeouts because we were dumb. And then, I couldn't waste a timeout to line up to kick the field goal. Peter [Athens] made the wrong read. If he had made the right read he would have scored a touchdown on that play. Todd [Ryan] didn't get deep enough so the clock didn't stop. We couldn't kill it, but it wouldn't have mattered anyway because we still missed the field goal. We left too many points on the field, period.
On if he was happy with the effort defensively:
"No. We tackled incredibly poorly in the second half. The team game plan was to keep their offense off the field, which we did in the first half, so our defensive could play hard and fast for 20-some plays. We tackled really poorly in the second half, so I'm not happy in any aspect whatsoever."
On committing multiple turnovers in the second half:
"Missed opportunities; we had chances for touchdown passes and they were big. We put our defense in a hole. You can't win games against good opponents with turnovers like that, period."
On what play changed the momentum in Maryland's favor:
"Honestly, I never thought they had the momentum. They were kind of holding on the whole time. They were up tempo, but it wasn't like they were doing anything we didn't know. We didn't tackle well in the second half and we turned the ball over. Even after the third turnover, we were coming back and fighting. These players are never going to quit. They're going to play hard as a team and I'm proud of them. We just made too many mistakes to beat a quality opponent."