Oct. 23, 2011
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -
Postgame quotes following Maryland's 41-16 loss to Florida State.
Maryland Head Coach Randy Edsall
"We didn't make all the plays that we needed to make today. The one thing is - we started a little bit slow today - and then got our feet back underneath us and got it to a 14 point game and then I thought in the second half we had some momentum going and we weren't able to overcome their speed and athleticism to change the tide."
On quarterback C.J. Brown:
"He got hit, came out - he was able to come back but I decided to keep Danny (O'Brien) in there. What we will do is we will evaluate it and watch those guys during the week and then make a game time decision next week. I don't want to get into the injury part other than the fact the he got injured then our doctors looked and him and they did come back and say that he was cleared to go."
On Brown's play while he was in the game:
"I think you have to give Florida State credit. Florida State is very athletic and has tremendous speed and they did a good job. You give all the credit to Florida State's defense. Those guys are very fast, very athletic."
On why the team began slowly:
"I wish I had that answer. Again, I thought we were ready to play but again, the other thing too, is I think Florida State had something to do with that. I thought our kids fought back and then there in the fourth quarter we just didn't finish the way I would have liked to finish."
On Brown throwing short passes:
"When you put a game plan together, you are putting a plan together to try to take advantage of what you have seen and what you can be successful with. The things that we saw from Florida State, we thought that those were the way to go. And plus with their pass rush."
On the state of the team right now:
"The thing is - the kids are working and again I think what we have to do is we just have to continue to get better. That's all we have to do. We have got to coach them better, the kids have to do their part and that's what we are going to continue to do. We are just going to continue to keep getting better. There are some very positive things out there. We are just not doing enough positive things. We just don't match up with the speed and athleticism of Clemson and Florida State. That's what we are going to have to do from a recruiting standpoint."
Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher
"It feels good to be in victory lane again. I thought our kids came out and played really well early. Set a good tempo then lost focus, jumped offsides, dropped the ball. Got out of rhythm, just didn't convert as well- just a shame. I would have liked to of stayed hot and kept going, but I thought the defense played very well. We got the running game going- I was very proud of the running game. It's like a tale of two halves. Threw for 250 in the first half and ran for 250 in the second half. Had some young guys making some plays, still made some mistakes but we are getting better. Special teams were solid. We're a body of work."
On Jermaine Thomas giving them a spark:
"That was why he was a captain and I've felt that for the last week or two. I've seen him and his attitude and his body language and his read and he's starting to feel it and he's fast. He's starting to look like the old guy and it wouldn't be bad to have him fresh down the stretch."
On starting the year as to where they are now:
"It's great. You've got to continue to have balance and we're getting better in the running game and with what we're doing. We've got a long way to go. We are nowhere close where we need to be but it does feel good to put two good running performances behind you and also be solid in the passing game. We're getting there."
On if it felt like a blowout on the sidelines:
"No it didn't it was a very tight game. I'm glad the way we responded, it makes me feel better as a coach because it wasn't a blowout in the game. We had to run the ball when it mattered when it was a two-score game and Danny O'Brien is in the game and when he's in the game and the ball is in his hands, I'm going to tell you anything can happen. I was more proud the way we did it than if it was a blow out."
On the defensive line:
"I thought the defensive line was very dominant in the game. They put constant pressure on the quarterback and they ended up with six sacks. That was very good. They still deflected some balls, caused some problems, got an intentional grounding call. I say that if you have good guys up front, it changes the ball game."