Oct. 8, 2011
Final Stats |
Postgame quotes following Maryland's 21-16 loss to No. 13 Georgia Tech.
"First of all, we're saddened and upset about what happened to Andrew Gonnella. He's been taken to [Crawford Medical Center] and is being evaluated. I don't know anything more than that at this point. If he can't come back, he's going to be sorely missed. He's been a great leader for us, and a guy who loves the game of football. Now we just need to take a piece of him with us and go back out there and play for him.
"We're disappointed that we didn't win the game today, but very pleased with how hard our guys played for 60 minutes. I thought, defensively, we played extremely well. Offensively, we were inconsistent, and we had a couple of breakdowns in the special teams. But again, we were pleased with how hard our guys played for 60 minutes."
On the quarterback switch from O'Brien to Brown:
"I just felt like we needed a little bit of a spark. I went with C.J. [Brown], and we'll just go back and watch the film and move forward."
On the work of the defense holding Tech under its offensive yardage average:
"I thought they did what they were coached to do. They went out and executed the defensive game plan that the defensive coaches put together. When you do that, that's what happens. Alex had to go in and play and everybody else, but those are the expectations we want. Everybody has to go in and play as good as they can, and today they did."
On the play of C.J. Brown:
"I thought that he did gave us a spark. We'll just watch the film and evaluate it from there."
On holding Tech to 21 points:
"We wanted to hold them to zero points. But again, we played great team defense. When you play great team defense, you're able to do the things that we did today."
On the offense's reaction to the injury to Gonnella:
"I thought we got some things going even before that. He gave me a message to pass on to the team, and I did that. But that's the way we have to play all the time. If we play like that all the time, we're going to be OK."
On what you take away from this loss:
"I would hope that we would take a step forward. I think the guys learned that when you practice the way we practiced and play the way we did today, you put yourselves in a position to win. That's what we want to do."
On how the team handled its first road game:
"I thought they handled themselves really well. It was very loud out there. We had one penalty. That really says what it's all about. We just needed to make a few more plays, and we came up a little bit short."