Sept. 11, 2004
New Mexico Coach Rocky Long
(On how the team hung in throughout the game)
"I thought our players hung in there through a lot of adversity. They showed a lot of heart. I'm pretty happy with them."
(On how this win compares to other big wins)
"Anytime you beat a team as good and as talented as Texas Tech it's a big win. I don't want to overemphasize this win. We beat a very good football team and we're pretty proud that we did, but there are a lot more important things that happened on this date. Our players know that and I know that."
(On getting the monkey off his back against Texas Tech)
"It's nice to beat Texas Tech when the overall record is 33-5-2. That means there's been a lot of good coaches and good players through here that haven't been able to beat them. Our players played well enough tonight to win. That's something to be proud of but it's only the second game of the year. There's a lot more football to play."
(On this year's team at this point of the season compared to the 2003 team)
"I think it's too early to tell. Obviously, our schedule's tougher. We have more quality opponents than we did last year. I think it's too early to tell how good of a football team we are or how good of a football team we can be. The last two weeks they've played better than I thought they would."
(On the key defensive adjustment to hold Texas Tech to three points in the second half)
"This'll shock you - the players made the plays. There were no defensive adjustments at halftime. We had a blitz scheme that worked and we couldn't cover them the first half. We covered them better the second half."
(On the play of sophomore QB Kole McKamey)
"I thought Kole played very well. I tell you what, the last drive, with some help from some other people, that was one of the best quarterback drives I've seen. He was good on clock management, he knew when to spike the ball, he threw the ball very, very well, he checked a couple plays and got (junior TB) DonTrell (Moore) on some draws. He played like a veteran."
(On the late timeouts called by Texas Tech and their effect on Sr. K Wes Zunker)
"Wes Zunker's the All-Conference kicker. If he misses it, we have to go to overtime and win it in overtime. It didn't seem like it was bothering him and if it wasn't bothering him, it wasn't bothering me. They can call 15 timeouts and he's most likely going to put it through."
Texas Tech Head Coach Mike Leach
(On the game)
"It's not how we wanted to finish the game. I have to give a lot of credit to New Mexico. I think they did a great job of coaching over there. They schemed us pretty good. I saw a lot of positive things on our side. We had several opportunities to put them away. We let them hang around too long and that's what we have to improve by next week. We have to improve on key situations."
(On the keys plays of the game)
"There were a lot of those. I thought we had pretty good momentum the whole game. We needed to put them away when we had them in a bind. I thought the team had really good effort. We made some mistakes - didn't capitalize on key situations - and a lot of that credit goes to New Mexico.
(On the kicking game)
"We need to make field goals, it is as simple as that."
(On the play of the defense)
"We did a lot of good things defensively. We had some three-and-outs, but the biggest thing is we need to finish in key situations. It is the time of year where everybody is going to find plenty to work on. I can't really say that they did better in key situations than us, because there were several that bit them too. If you have the opportunity to put somebody away, you need to do it. We didn't do it."
New Mexico Sr. Kicker Wes Zunker (on his game-winning kick): "It was kind of tough when they started icing me, but I tried to get in my mind and act like it was the first score of the game, like it didn't mean anything. That's how you have to look at it. Just another kick, that's how I look at it."
(on rebounding from his second quarter miss): "I hate missing more than anything in the world, but you have to shrug it off. I knew it was going to be a close game and I knew I would have to keep my composure because it might come down to something like this."
New Mexico Sr. Safety Josh Bazinet (on the overall performance of the UNM defense in the second half): "Defense came out with the mentality that we started this game off right, even though there were a lot of mistakes, and we needed to step it up even more. We came out in the second half thinking that this was our game and we were starting like it was 0-0. We played our hearts out in that last quarter."
(on next week's game at Oregon State): "Oregon State is a great team. They played two intense games and they're a team that wants to win. We want it to though because they beat us bad in the (2003 Las Vegas Bowl). We're coming up there to play."