Nov. 4, 2003
SENIOR LINEBACKER Billy Strother
Question: After the loss to UNLV, Coach Long said all of you are ready to go out and play right now. Is it like bad cooking and you want to get rid of the taste?
BS: "That's what it is. We want to get it out right now. We're ready to step on the field now because we're all frustrated that we let that game slip right through our hands. We had many chances to take that game over and lock it up."
Q: They will be coming in like that too, with their loss at Wyoming, right?
BS: "Yeah it's going to be a real head-banger. It's going to be a game where I think a lot of people will come out bruised and may not be able to play the following week. I think it's going to be a really emotional and physical game because both teams know what's on the line and what's at stake."
Q: Last time you guys were on ESPN you lost badly. How much do you guys want to get out there and show people that is not who you really are?
BS: "Last year was nasty. It leaves a bitter taste. I don't want to think about it. It makes my mouth dry now just thinking about it. When you think about being on national TV, it really doesn't bother you. When you're on the field during the game you're not even noticing that you're on national television. You're just focusing on the ball and who has it."
Q: What do you think about the crowd? Does it matter if the crowd is a sell-out or not?
BS: "The crowd was great for Texas State and for New Mexico State. The New Mexico State game was the biggest crowd in UNM history. I would like to see a sellout because the crowd should know how much they really do help us and mean to us. It's real good for the team to know that we are supported by the city and state that we are representing and the school that we play for."