UNLV vs. New Mexico Postgame Quotes
 
 
 
 

Sept. 25, 2010

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Head Coach Bobby Hauck
On getting his first win at UNLV…
“It’s good to get a win, our assistant coaches did a nice job putting the plan together. Our players did a much improved job on executing the plan and we’re certainly glad to get our first win. New Mexico did some good things, in particular in the run game that we weren’t ready for, gave some new looks and did some things that gave us trouble. I’m glad our guys were able to adjust, both the coaches and players.”

On his feelings for the players on the win…
“It’s exciting, I’m excited for our kids. A lot of times when you get into a bit of a losing streak your character flaws show up and we didn’t have any of that this week, all we had was a good work ethic and attention to detail and the guys went out and practiced and understood that in order to win you have to improve and you have to work, so I’m excited for our kids.”

On plays going UNLV’s way…
“It’s kind of nice to see us make some plays. As I said earlier this week, the mental part was pretty good the last few weeks, our errors were more physical. We did a good job making the plays when we had opportunities tonight and the times we didn’t, our effort and our pursuit carried us and kept us from giving up other plays.”

On New Mexico’s game plan…
“They gave us a couple different looks, some things in protection that were pretty good early in the game. The touchdown pass they made a play on and we weren’t pleased with that, but they made a nice play. Our guys played well, well on defense tonight, it was a pretty good defensive effort.”

On having their quarterback frazzled…
“He’s a freshman and he took some shots, it’s always hard to play a freshman quarterback. It’s extremely difficult to go into a game playing a freshman. It’s hard to do in a scrimmage, but I thought that he did a nice job. They were behind enough in the second half that they had to throw more than they wanted to, but I thought they had a good plan and played a freshman really well in the first part of the game.”

On scoring back-to-back touchdowns after UNM struck first…
“Neither team has played from in front. I was interested to see how we’d respond, and really interested to see how we’d respond coming out of the locker-room at halftime with a big lead. I thought our guys were locked in and focused. It was a decent second half, I’m not pleased with the third down execution, I didn’t think we sustained enough drives in the second half and part of that is New Mexico doing a nice job against us.”

Quarterback Omar Clayton

On this week’s game plan…
“Coach Phenicie did a great job, he really stressed being able to pick up the blitz since we had a harder time doing that. When you go through that, the next team coming up is going to make that a point of emphasis. Coach [Phenicie] did a great job this week of getting our whole offense prepared. I think we went through our blitz pick-ups in walk through and video about five times in the last two days. He just pounded it in our heads and had us really ready to go and counter the blitz, not let it stifle the offense.”

On receiver Michael Johnson’s play tonight…
“I think Mike just did a great job making plays, which is what everyone on offense has to do. I think when Mike got the ball in his hands, making plays and just doing the best he could. He had touchdowns where he made a move on a guy and cut across the field and just did a great job of taking advantage of what he got.”

Wide receiver Michael Johnson

On being the first receiver in 14 years with three touchdowns in one game…
“I had no idea it hadn’t been done, but it feels good. Anytime you score it’s great, and to do it three times makes it that much better and when it’s a big game, like the one we needed today, it feels good to do good for your team given the situation we were in.”

On getting the ball in open space

“As a receiver that’s what you want and my game is best in the open field. I had a chance to do that tonight and tried to take advantage of that and Omar found me, so it worked out pretty well.”

On big touchdown plays…
It’s just a big momentum swing for the whole team. We just hoped that the defense could keep it moving and get it right back to us. We wanted to keep doing that throughout the whole game.”

New Mexico Head Coach Mike Locksley

On UNLV’s play tonight…
“I think they played well enough to win. They came out with a lot of energy. Hats off to Bobby [Hauck] and his team, they did a great job of executing.”

On the game being a measuring stick of where they are…
“Obviously, we are a long ways away. It starts with me as the head coach. It is my responsibility to get these guys ready to go play. I thought we came out with good energy. I thought the freshman quarterback [Tarean Austin] did okay for his first career start. It’s a lot of pressure on a freshman. We were able to run the ball, but our turnovers and penalties, the one thing that we continue to preach continue to show up. We are not a very good team right now and I’ve got to get us to playing better.”

On being worried about the emotional makeup of the team…
“I’m not concerned about our team, the emotional part of it. I’m concerned about us getting better. We need to continue to make strides, whether it is small strides or giant strides of improvement. I thought there was some improvement today with the freshman quarterback [Tarean Austin]. We didn’t create the turnovers on defense and we gave up to many big plays on the defensive side of the ball. I thought our special teams were improved, but still not enough improvement to be a good team or a winning team.”

On improving for next week’s game…
“We just have to watch the tape. We’ve got to evaluate again the personnel; the guys that aren’t producing won’t be out there if we can afford to get them out. I’m a little concerned about the depth of our team. We’ve been beat up pretty bad with injuries the last couple of weeks. We are going to keep evaluating our personnel and keep developing our young players that are playing. Hopefully, with each game they continue to get better.”

On being certain of being able to turn the season around…
“There’s no doubt about it. We’ve just got to continue working at it. We’re not a good football team right now. That sits on my shoulders as the head coach. I’ve got to find a way to coach them better and get them playing a little better.”


 

 

 
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