Minnesota Quotes vs. NDSU - 9/24

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Sept. 24, 2011

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Postgame Quotes

Minnesota (1-3) 24, North Dakota State (3-0) 37
Attendance: 48,802
Sept. 24, 2011

Minnesota Head Coach Jerry Kill

On the result of the game…
“You have to play discipline football… We have to change the culture and it’s not going to happen overnight…We have to push through it.”

On the last play of the first half…
“It’s disappointing, a big swing of momentum. We’ve have to be smarter in that situation.”

On potential leaders for the team…
“The challenge we have is sooner or later someone’s got to step up and be a leader. Right now the coaches are doing a lot of that. If you get someone out there too quick, you can get into trouble… The kids are trying hard…We just have to keep pushing.”

On the quarterback situation…
“We’re just trying to win games. Both kids have done good things. We’re inexperienced. Do I like playing two quarterbacks-no but we’re still trying to figure out a lot of things in our program. Max can do some things. MarQueis can do some things. We’re learning how to play quarterback. We’re going to do what it takes to win a game.”

Minnesota Players

Sophomore Running Back Duane Bennett

On Team adversity…

“We just need to stay together as a team. The last thing we need is to have guys fall apart and go by the wayside. We just need to tip our hats to North Dakota State and make the corrections as a team.”

Donnell Kirkwood

On Offensive Play early in the game…

“Offense was rolling. The line was really moving them back and the first five yards came easy because there were holes.”

Kim Royston

“North Dakota State is a great team, the quarterback is a good player, but it comes down to what we do on the field and how we perform. Everything they got we gave them. We need to take accountability for how we play. We have to get better. We need to get this thing turned around and come out next week and play better.”

North Dakota State Head Coach Craig Bohl 

On game preparation…

“Our guys prepared well, we knew it was going to be a challenge. We came here to win, not to be conservative”

On Marcus Williams…
“Marcus was a point guard in basketball, we recruited him and he believed in us. He really showed up tonight.” 

On Williams development from basketball to football…
“He has made some big transitions but we don’t care if he can shoot, we care if he can cover.”

On playing against a Big Ten team…

“In this arena, to play against a Big Ten team, I thought we played with a lot of composure.”

“Our guys just went out to make plays tonight. We knew coming into a game like this, we had to keep our offense on the field.”

“Our players had a lot of confidence tonight. We knew if we played well we could win. We knew we couldn’t be one dimensional, we had to really spread things out today.”

North Dakota State Players

Sophomore Corner Marcus Williams
On his game day experience…
“It felt real good…It was a very emotional return.”

On end of first half interception return for touchdown after taking pitch …
“It was a heads up play by Colton. Big time players make big time plays.”

On team’s preparation…
“We studied them for two weeks to prepare. Everyone on this team knew this was a big game and wanted to be ready”

Senior Running Back D.J. McNorton
On 53 yard run…
“We have to beat the players one-on-one when in the open field, otherwise it’s on us."