Nov. 14, 2009
NEW MEXICO POSTGAME QUOTES vs. No. 22 BYU
Saturday - Nov. 14, 2009
University Stadium - Albuquerque, N.M.
New Mexico Head Coach Mike Locksley
"Tough loss for our team. I can't say enough about the 100-plus guys in that locker room. We don't believe in consolation prizes and close victories. That is not what we are all about. Obviously I am most disappointed for my senior class. My heart goes out to those guys. They have pulled and pushed this team forward as a class. They have motivated us as coaches to stay the course. They gave a valiant effort today. We played for four quarters. My team hasn't quit. They won't quit. We are going to show up here on Monday, business as usual, prepare ourselves for our seniors last opportunity to play here at University Stadium. We are going to do everything we can to get the win (next Saturday)."
"We have made steps the last three or four weeks in the right direction as a program. There is definitely improvement that has been shown, improvement that we will use for the rest of the season as a catalyst into our future."
(on kicker James Aho hitting the upright three times):
"I told him 'Be ready to kick then winning field goal, James.' He is one of the best kickers I have been around in my young coaching career. I had no problem with it. That is the luck of the draw. I had no doubt in my mind that I was going to have to put him back out there to win the game, and I would not have hesitated."
"I would like to have seen us finish the two-minute drive to win the game. I thought we showed confidence today. When we needed stops, we got stops. When we needed to force a turnover, we got the turnover. We missed some plays. That's part of the game. There were small victories in this loss. They are taking the steps to learn how to win."
BYU Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall
"It was a good ballgame today. I was really encouraged and excited to see New Mexico's kids play that hard and make as many critical plays as they did. And that's really what this place is about - I'm talking about Albuquerque. It should be difficult to come in here and win a football game. I was proud of our guys, how hard they fought, and the heart and determination they showed. They played well enough again to help us win a football game. I think that gives us every road game we've played this year with a victory. None of them are easy, though some look easy. I was proud of them for that."
(on being undefeated on the road, first time in regular season since '84):
"It's not easy, regardless of whom you're playing and where. It usually reflects maturity, determination, and execution. Some games are cleaner than others, but it's not easy to do. Otherwise it would have been done sometime between '84 and now. So I think it's worth dwelling on for a second."
(on why BYU was unable to maintain the momentum and sharpness from its game at Wyoming):
"Maybe New Mexico had something to do with it. I think they drew a line in the sand and were really motivated to play a good football game today, and to their credit they did. When it comes to momentum, we did win the football game and that to me is something that I'll dwell on most. In addition, they played very hard to win the football game. That's a positive thing in my eyes."
New Mexico Senior QB Donovan Porterie
"It was a game that went all four quarters. Both teams came out well prepared and it went down to the wire. We had plenty of opportunities to win it. Some of the freshmen made big plays for us today. I'm appreciative of the offensive line for giving me time to find open receivers and the wide receivers who made big plays for me. Over all I think this was our best game."
"This game says a lot. CSU will be another tough opponent. I think these past two weeks we put together a good first half. I think this is the first game that we played all four quarters of the game. We did positive things throughout the game. This just shows that the team is maturing and people are understanding what they need to do."
New Mexico Sophomore DE Jaymar Latchison
"We knew we had to come out hard and that this was a big time game. We knew that if we came out and played the way we could, good things would happen. A lot of good things happened out there. But at the same time we let a few little things get us. If we clean up those little things we have a bright future."