Sept. 29, 2012
Minnesota Head Coach
Postgame Press Conference Quotes – Sept. 29, 2012
“I think the first thing is congratulations to coach and his team. They played hard and played well and
played physical. They outplayed us today. So congratulations to Iowa.”
On How Iowa controlled the line of scrimmage:
“I think it is just like anything when you play a football game like this and you have a young team on
the road. I thought we played a little bit tight early. I think most of it had to do with momentum. I don’t
think there is any question that they got some momentum early in the game and we couldn’t get it
switched off. We had opportunities early in the game too. It’s a team game. Offensively we had some
opportunities. We had a ball that was caught and they did a good job of stripping the ball away and
that took away a big play. We missed one down the middle on a post route and then they get on the
field and it is a three-and-out and the fence is back there and the wheels are spinning and you get a
little tired. You can’t get things shut off. You can’t stop the bleeding so to speak. I felt like once we got
a young team in at half time I thought they played hard and better, but we couldn’t get the bleeding
stopped in the first quarter and they got momentum and got the crowd behind them. That happens in
college football. It’s a big lesson for our young guys to learn and we will move on from there.
On OB Max Shortell getting caught up in being on the road in Big Ten competition:
“I think that you are talking about a young man that hasn’t played very much. I mean we are a young
football team. Let’s not square out Max, we have a whole group of young people that are playing.
They are all red-shirt freshmen and we have a young offensive line. We have had some injuries and
we haven’t talked a lot about it. You know, next man up is what we tried to do today. This was the
first game on the road and in an environment like this. Did the kids handle it as well as they could
have? Evidently not or we would have played better, but I give Iowa credit for that. They came out and
executed better than we did. We will take what we see on film and coach our young kids up and try to
get healthy and get ready for the next one. That’s all you can do. ”
The Gophers have 43 players from Minnesota on the current roster. Head coach P.J. Fleck has made it a mission to lock up recruiting within a six to eight hour radius of the Twin Cities.
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