Oct. 29, 2011
TULANE QUOTES Head Coach Mark Hutson "I think offensively when you look at the redzone opportunities we needed to punch the ball in the endzone instead of settling for three points and we missed a makeable field goal in the first half when we had the wind at our backs he pushed it left. In a tight game in this environment against a quality team like East Carolina, you need to make the most of your chances. We knew this would be a tough challenge because they weathered a tough non-conference schedule and they are hitting their stride."
"The turnovers were crucial as well. We're on their side of the 50-yard line with the chance to cut it to one score and we throw an interception. Later, we have the same opportunity and our receiver gets the ball knocked loose. Those are things we need to a better job of doing and that's hanging on to the football."
"Defensively, we knew they would get their passing yards and we wanted to rally up and keep their receivers in front of the chains and tackle. We did that for the most part, but their quarterback had another outstanding game and made several plays with his feet. He was able to get loose on the some read-zone plays in the redzone and score. We need to correct this because we're going to see more read-zone offenses down the road. The defense made several stops inside the redzone and held them to field goals."
"Special teams were very good today. After getting two blocked punts the past several weeks, those groups stepped up and coach John Hendricks worked his butt off this week. I thought Robert Kelley and Derrick Strozier and both the kickoff and punt return teams played great today."
#20 Linebacker Trent Mackey
"We had a pretty good game defensively. We gave good effort and played hard, but just came up short. On special teams, we were mistake free. Last week, we had the blocked punt and we shored up that area up tonight."
"We knew they were going to drop the ball of short and we just need to keep the cup. We did for the most part and the quarterback made a few plays with his feet but we expected that. We just needed to rally to the ball better and make more plays tonight."
"We have a four games left and we need to go back to work on Sunday and play for ourselves and get a win at SMU."
#26 Running Back Orleans Darkwa "I feel like we were able to execute early. We were able to drive and our defense forced a turnover. But when we got in the redzone, we needed to score more than three points. We need to score touchdowns when we get down there and make the most of our opportunities. They really didn't do anything we weren't prepared for."