Larry Fedora Postgame Quotes from Marshall Game

Sept. 11, 2011

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Southern Miss Head Coach Coach Larry Fedora
Overall Statement...
"Let me make sure that you know that Marshall understands how much credit I want to give them. They played a tremendous game, were well coached, and they didn't make many mistakes. They won a football game today."

"On our part of it, we had five turnovers and a punt blocked. We, as a football team, didn't give ourselves a chance to win a football game today. We need to go back to the drawing board and make things better. We need to work on a lot of things. We still have major breakdowns in our special teams and offense that need a lot of work, and can improve quite a bit. We will get back to work tomorrow and make things better for our team."

On Vinny Curry and who won the line battle...
How many sacks... 3? There you go. That's not very good. You give a guy three sacks in a game and that's too many. But give those guys credit, they got it done."

Talk about the pressure on QB Austin Davis...
Yeah there was pressure on him (Austin Davis). You can play for four years, but you're always going to have guys around you. Yes, they had plenty of pressure on him. He was shaky early on, but he settled in. He did throw three interceptions, including one that was on a Hail Mary, but truth betold, no one played well enough to win."

You had a tough time running the football today. Did that affect your game plan?...
Any time you can't run the football, you have a hard time winning. If they make it one-dimensional for you - it's going to be tough to score. Marshall probably blitzed 75% of the time, whether man or zone, maybe more of that, and despite our efforts to get a running game going, we could never cut their defense."

Were you surprised by Rakeem Cato's play?...
"I wasn't surprised. He looked good last week against WVU. He shows great poise. I told Doc, that you've got a true freshmen that is quite special."

Was it tough to battle given their special teams today?...
"How many times did Whitehead punt inside the 10 yard line... five times? Stats tell you that its hard offensively to move the ball when you are pinned inside the 10-yard line five times. Even moreso, they stepped up a bunch of times defensively and kept us from getting going offensively."

Would you say your squad was flat after halftime?...
"We weren't flat. Even though we turned it over in the third play, it was more bad execution offensively, rather than flat. It just put that much pressure on the defense, especially after allowing a touchdown right before the half."

What's the biggest difference between Marshall today and 11 months ago?...
"They play a lot harder today. Last year I didn't think they played that hard. In the WVU game, they played a lot harder too. They played hard last week, they played hard today. Our offense never got them on their heels today. Marshall was in control the entire game."

Turnovers on offense...
"We didn't get anything going offensively. None of our offensive line, wide receivers, running backs, etc. has done anything special, or even normal. We shot ourselves in the foot several times. Take the thirds and shorts, and several times we jumped offsides and made it even longer. I mean the game hasn't changed. We couldn't complete third downs and turned the ball over, thus giving them more chances. But yet, we STILL had a chance. And yet, we didn't get it done."

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