Oct. 24, 2009
NEW MEXICO POSTGAME QUOTES vs. UNLV
Oct. 24, 2009
Albuquerque, N.M. - University Stadium
New Mexico Assistant Head Coach George Barlow
"For the most part I thought, as far as one of the things I talked to them about, was making sure that we try and play four quarters and at least play good enough to give ourselves a chance. I thought we came out with some pretty good energy in the second half even though we were down in the first half. I thought the kids continued to fight, but the thing we need to do is quit beating ourselves. We had some motion penalties, fumble on the punt, and just those little things continue to kill the momentum. I thought the effort and everything was a lot better, we've just got to quit making the mistakes to beat ourselves."
On the Intensity:
"I thought the kids had a pretty good look in their eye. I don't know if it was a lack of intensity. I thought for the most part we just didn't get in a rhythm on offense, but on defense the big thing is we just didn't do a very good job stopping the run. We knew we had trouble with them throwing the ball, but I think we played the run a lot better (in the second half). We got better and changed some things up in the second half to get some stops. We just needed to play the run a lot better in the first half and I think we would have been a little closer at halftime."
About the Fumbled Punt:
"That was just a lack of communication between the two. We always talk to those guys about how we can't let the ball hit the ground and you designate one guy to make that call as to who is going to actually catch it, they just have to communicate. It was a lack of communication at the wrong time. We just have to make sure we get that corrected."
UNLV Head Coach Mike Stanford
"I'm very excited about getting a win, especially getting a win on the road in conference. I thought our team played with a lot of heart tonight, I thought we played determined, I thought we played relentlessly. I thought our defense did a really good job tonight, I thought we made some big plays in special teams. It was a really good team win. Obviously you've got to mention that we were good in the red zone, 5-for-5 except we took a knee there in the end. And we were also good on third down, very good. You have to mention Ryan Wolfe being the all-time leading receiver in the history of the Mountain West Conference, which is a great accomplishment. And I congratulate him, I think he's an outstanding player, and I think the best receiver that I've been around. He's just special."
On scoring in the red zone and not turning the ball over:
"I think it's big. I think that's really big to do what we said we wanted to do and to go out and do it. We had some tough moments there where we could have put them away a little bit, but the bottom line is we won the game and we performed and we did do well in the red zone. We did do well in not turning the ball over, we had no turnovers which is what we have to do. It's a matter of us getting it done better and better, and I think we're improving. Now we face a very good football team this week [in TCU]. I don't know what happened to them tonight, and it really doesn't matter. There's a really good football team down in Fort Worth and that's what we're getting ourselves ready for now."
New Mexico Senior Quarterback Donovan Porterie
"This was one of the best second halves we've played offensively. In the third quarter we were able to put some points on the board. We did some good things in the running game and were able to connect in the passing game. We just didn't have enough tonight. We would have loved to get a win tonight."
New Mexico Sophomore Linebacker Carmen Messina
"UNLV is a very talented team. You've got to give them credit. I thought we were going to get our first win tonight. I'm just heartbroken. I'd give anything for a win. It's most important now that we stick together now and keep our heads up."