Postgame Quotes

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Nov. 28, 2009

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Postgame quotes following Maryland's 19-17 loss to Boston College.

Maryland Head Coach Ralph Friedgen
Opening remarks:
"[The game] was a hard one. Our kids played with everything they had, they just couldn't find a way to pull it out. I'm very proud of them. I've been proud of them all year. I've never seen so many kids put so much in and get so little out. The last two games we played two pretty good football teams and probably should have won both. We have to get better, but we have a lot of kids coming back. The fact that Jamarr [Robinson] played very well again, I think that's a very encouraging sign for us."

On what he told his players after the game:
"I just told them how proud I was of them and I told them how I expect to be back and if not, tell them how much I love them and appreciated their efforts this whole year."

On going for it on fourth down:
"If I had to do it over again, I probably would have punted the ball. We were in a hurry up offense and James [Franklin] called the quarterback sneak. I thought we might catch them. If it was any further, I probably would have punted the ball and tried to play defense and get the ball back. I was kind of all in at that point."

On the state of the team:
"The kids have been very resilient and Senior Day was fairly emotional for me. I've been on good teams and coaches have complained that we don't have any leadership. We're a 2-10 team and we have good leadership."

Maryland Players
Senior Defensive Lineman Travis Ivey

On finishing a losing season:
"I mean it hurts, but at the same time, I'm proud of the guys and I'm proud of the fact that we never gave up. Something I talked to you guys about all season is the fact that even though things didn't go our way, we still practiced hard and gave great effort. At the end of the day, even though I wished that we could have come out with a W, one thing I will remember is that we fought all the way to the end. That's what's important. If you don't fight, then you definitely won't win."

On what made the difference in today's game:
"I just think that we needed to take advantage of some of the opportunities that we had. A lot of times, people like to blame the coaches and say we weren't in the right position or they didn't do the right scheme. It felt like the coaches had a pretty good scheme. We had opportunities to make plays, and we didn't make them. That's how football is - the team that makes the most plays is the team that's going to win the game. They made more plays than we did today."

Junior Linebacker Alex Wujciak
On finishing a losing season:
"It's definitely frustrating. We've seen it a bunch throughout the season. I don't know what the problem is or what's going on. I think it's something that we do have to go into the off-season with the mentality that we have to learn how to finish games and learn how to finish teams off."

On what head coach Ralph Friedgen said to the team following today's game:
"He was just upset for the seniors and that we couldn't send them out with a win. He told us he was happy with our effort throughout the season and he loved us. That was pretty much it."

Sophomore Wide Receiver Torrey Smith
On the team as a whole this season:
"Probably the best losing team I've seen. We fought hard all year. I wouldn't trade playing with these guys for the world. Things didn't go the way we wanted. It seems we had great leadership and we fought all year, that's something to be proud of. It just gives us more motivation for next year".

On in play of the quarterbacks:
"I mean, it was tough for them trying to get in synch, obviously, due to both of them being banged up, but they did a good job fighting through it. We just had to make the players present themselves. Basically just shorten up on that short yardage. We know we'll find it.

Senior Offensive Lineman Phil Costa
On the loss:
"Yeah we kind of just fell short again. We really needed it with about five minutes left; we needed to score. Then we scored a little too late and we needed that on-side kick. But we missed that fourth-and-one when we had the QB sneak".

On the fourth-and-one play:
"I mean it's tough to tell under the pile; you're just digging. But someone told me they jumped over the top and got Jamarr pretty good".

On playing with two different quarterbacks:
"It's actually an easier transition then it was in the past. I just think that we spent enough time with both quarterbacks in games that it was an easy transition"

Boston College Coach Frank Spaziani
On the game:
"It was a testament to the kids. We knew we had to come in here and play well. I give them a tremendous amount of credit."

On the defense:
"I can't say enough about how that group has grown. There's a lot of new stuff. They've taken the bull by the horns when we needed them to step up. When you play on the road you need a good defense."

On the season:
"What we accomplished, from where we started and what we have - and I don't mean that by talent - all the potholes, all the situations, all the things we had to overcome, it was a testament to the kids and they should be very proud of what they did"

On moving forward:
"It was important for us in this respect, what we're trying to build here is a long term deal. Though the season is important, this game was important for our future and how we need to play in November and what we're trying to build for two, three, and four years down the road. We have a long way to go. That's where it was important."

Boston College Players
Kicker Steve Aponavicius

On his missed kick:
"I'm just really glad I got the chance. I was so mad that I missed it that kick for a number of reasons, but obviously it was a big kick too, it would have put us up nine rather than six. So, I was so mad. It felt like losing a no hitter in the ninth inning. There's just nothing you can do about it. I'm really glad I was able to get the chance to kick another one. I know we passed up a similar opportunity a few possessions before so I was really happy that they gave me that shot. It was a nice way to end the year, with a kick like that."

On his thoughts going for the final field goal:
"Just put it through. Your mind can be your worst enemy. I just tried not to think too much about it. I've made that kick a 100 times before, so I just had to block it all out."

WLB Luke Kuechly
On what was going through his mind on the fourth and one play:
"They hurried up to the ball real quick, and they ran five wide, so I was like `they're probably not going to throw the ball.' So I just kind of hoped that I timed it right, because I knew that if I didn't time it right, there were going to be some consequences. If I had miss-timed it, that would have been bad."

"The guys were kind of leaning forward a little bit, so I was like `that's probably what they're going to do.' So I gave it a try."

On the onside kick:
"He just jumped up and got it and I was just [relieved]. It's weird. You always practice it you wonder if you're ever going to use it this week, and then we finally use it so it's kind of a good thing because you're always practicing it. Colin did a good job of getting up there and extending for it. It was a great catch by Colin.

MLB Mike McLaughlin
On the defense stopping Maryland on the fourth down play:
"We had a couple fourth down stops that were huge. It was unbelievable. I've never seen anything like that before on a fourth and half yard. It's almost a guaranteed first down, but fortunately it wasn't."

"They always tell us the quarterback sneak is going to happen to the bubble, so I assume he probably just knew that and predetermined it. When you do something like that you have to predetermine it because that's not really a natural thing, that's pre-determined, `I'm going over the top.' That's just Luke being Luke."

On the significance of this win:
"Oh it's huge. Like I was telling the guys last night, this game is more about the passion of football and the respect for the game than any other game we'll play. Just the fact that there's really nothing ahead of us that this game didn't really affect too much, but it's just for the love of football, and I think we showed, both teams really, you have to give respect to them, they came out playing hard, but our guys, you go back to the BC guys, and I think that's what we had."

Quarterback Dave Shinskie:
On the defensive play by Luke Kuechly:
"Well I've only seen one other player do that and that was LaVar Arrington. I mean he just connected helmets with the quarterback and I knew that we were on the field. That was an amazing play, he's such a player."

On his feelings about getting the win:
"I feel great. It's a lot better than 7-5; 8-4 is a pretty good record. They came out to play. Their defense came out to play. They hit hard. They hit Montel [Harris] hard, they hit me hard. But they were ready to play. They weren't ready to give up on their last day of senior day. It was fun playing against that defense."