UNLV vs. Air Force Press Conference Quotes
 
 
 
 

Nov. 18, 2010

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UNLV Head Coach Bobby Hauck
Opening Statement…
“I thought our team came out and did some good things. They did some good things as well coming out of the locker room. We weren’t able to hold up. There were a couple critical plays in the game, one was the interception right off the bat and scoring right away. Me choosing to go for it on fourth and three when we didn’t make it and letting them get back and take the lead. Up three, I’d probably still do it again, I am confident in our front and wish we would have made it.”

On going for it on fourth down…
“Well we were up three and just made a big play with the turnover, had a lot of momentum and I just thought it was the thing to do. With their style of offense and the chance to put them down by two scores, that was the goal in mind. The field goal puts us up six but our last PAT had been shaky, so it was more about trying to get up by two scores.”

On the play call…
“It was a power and they blitzed into it. It’s kind of a feast or famine, one of those ones where you get a crease you go into the end zone. If you miss you have to bounce and out run somebody, and we ended up a yard or half-yard short.”

On Air Force running for 169 yards in the third quarter…
“That’s something I can watch the film and diagnose a little better. They’re awfully good running the ball. I thought as the game wore on, we don’t have a ton of guys to go to and it is tiring when they keep hammering the fullback and running their style, it’s a hard offense and as the plays mount it’s difficult.”

On the effort against the Falcons…
“I thought we were physical on both sides of the ball. There’s some good and some bad in there. I think Air Force’s offense makes your freshmen look like freshmen, they get you out of place and make you pay, which we knew going in. I wish we would have sustained it offensively after halftime.”

Air Force Head Coach Troy Callhoun
On the team effort…

“You just wonder how much is in the tank. We played 12 games in 75 days. To be able to dig down and be able to find a little more, it was an incredible effort by these kids. We got a little concerned when [Zach] Payne and [Bradley] Connor went out there early in the first quarter. I looked around to see who else could go in. We haven’t played well in the first 25 minutes of the game. That was unacceptable. Sometimes you’ve got to have the kind of attitude to know that that is unacceptable. I thought our guys had that.”

On the change in the second half…
“I think we altered our chin strap as much as anything. We tightened it up a little bit. When you have a team with a ton of character and leadership, you’re able to persevere a little bit better, which I think we did. The first series of our defense in the second half was beyond gigantic. We had a position where they had a chance to go up by two scores. They go for it on fourth down and we come up with a stop. To have no points on that drive and then to turn around and take the ball and drive it down the field and score a touchdown. That was a key, little change right there.”

On having time off between now and the bowl game…
“Huge. And yet, what they’ve done all year long. These guys, when it comes to spirit and character they’re incredible. They’re able to rejuvenate week in and week out.”

On the team’s play in the second half…
“The last 28 minutes there we played really, really good football. Probably, some of our better, in terms of the stretch was really, really terrific football.”

On the team’s plans with time off before the bowl…
“We’ve got to get them out of here. It’s not going to hurt these guys to go home for a few days. Not just one bit. It’s not the wisest approach in what we had them do in terms of week in and week out. And yet, we made the most of it and did a terrific job of it too.”


 

 

 
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