Missouri State vs. Southern Illinois Postgame Quotes
Sept. 22, 2012
There's no question we did an outstanding job defensively. I was really proud of our defense, even after we had a two-yard punt and gave them the ball on the 22-yard line they went right back out there, stopped them, and then SIU hit the upright. I thought we played well enough to win defensively, but sputtered offensively.
It was frustrating. Obviously we had difficulty in the red zone again. I think we had 240-some yards in the first half. We made some poor decisions as far as reads and gives when we got the ball in the red zone. We were forced to kick field goals, and only made two of the three.
I was a little frustrated with the quarterback (Ashton Glaser) at halftime. You don't like your quarterback to throw a pick-six and put your defense in jeopardy. And when he got sacked in the third quarter, if we'd done as we'd practiced, he would've had the ball out of his hands, he wouldn't have gotten sacked, and we would've had a 10-yard completion.
We really emphasized at halftime putting the ball in the end zone and sustaining drives. Obviously we want to put the ball in the end zone, but that didn't work out for us in the second half.
Any time you go for it on fourth down, that's a big risk. If you make it, that can be huge. If you don't, it can really hurt. That definitely hurt a little bit, but by no means did that close the door on our drive to keep going. It wasn't a nail in the coffin, so to speak.
I think our offense has the ability to strike from anywhere, so I don't think we look at third-and-long so much as a detriment as an opportunity. We can be dangerous from any place on the field. It's just whether we want to get everybody together and everybody working as a single unit to do so.
My confidence came last week. We just have to win. That's the biggest thing on my mind right now.
Turnovers are one of those things that are chance. You can try to strip the ball, and sometimes they won't let it go. We've just got to stay focused and stay after it. We harp on turnovers. We've harped on it since winter conditioning, and they're going to come, I'm sure.
Our mentality is to come to work every day and prepare. We have to go out and play Missouri State football and we'll be OK.