Postgame Quotes: No. 15 Maryland 47, Troy State 14
Nov. 3, 2001
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland ran its record to 8-1 on Saturday, winning for the eighth time for the first time since 1985. Following last week's loss at Florida State, Maryland averted a possible letdown and blitzed Troy State for a 47-14 victory. Next week, the Terps host Clemson in a game with bowl and conference championship implications. Following are postgame quotes:
Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen
On the offense:
On defeating an underrated Troy State team and what it means on the national level:
"I was worried about this game, because we were kind of in a funk all week...Our warmup wasn't very good. It was like they were in a trance."
On avoiding a letdown:
On being in contention for the ACC Championship:
On Troy State's game plan:
"I think Troy State did a good job trying to play our tendencies and had a good game plan against us. They were gambling and that's probably what I would have done, too."
On winning:"We need to keep it new. We need to keep winning every week and fulfilling the goals that we set for ourselves. We have surpassed most of our initial goals, so now we have to set new ones."
"This was a very important game. We were a bit down during the week because of the loss and we realized that we just needed to start over. We really pulled together during our practice on Thursday."
On Maryland's offense: "We were trying to run the ball a lot but they loaded the box so we went downfield with the ball."
On getting motivated: "Before the game, we came out flat in the warm-ups. Coach gave us a pep talk and it really worked. He said that if we didn't come out to play that we were going to get our butts kicked."
On next Saturday's game: "Clemson is a real good team so we will need to be up-tempo to beat them next weekend. We can't have a lot of mistakes that we have had. I had a couple-I will probably get chewed out for them. We just have to play smart and we will be fine."
On the offensive line: "The Georgia Tech game gave us a whole lot of confidence that I am not sure we had going into the game. We beat North Carolina but we weren't sure how we would stack up to Georgia Tech and the big time schools that have handled us in the last couple years. Also in that game we did not play particularly well on the offensive line. After that game we turned up the heat a little bit and focused on getting back to the basics.
Troy State Head Coach Larry Blakeney
On comparing Maryland to Nebraska and Miami:
On the game:
On the first half: