Sept. 19, 2009
New Mexico Head Coach Mike Locksley
"Once again the effort from the team was there. Anytime you score touchdowns with 30 seconds left, you know your guys are still playing hard. On offense the same things reared their ugly head again - the penalties, the drops, the interceptions, the fumbles. You know all the things we talked about the last two weeks."
"The good thing is I saw some light right there in the end. I saw the light [coming from] the team and that's what we're going to do, we're going to build on that little bit of light I saw out of our team and the fact that they don't quit on us and they won't quit on us leading into our big rivalry game next week."
"I'm disappointed like all our fans are, like those player in the locker room that were not getting the job done. The only thing I know to do is just continue to come out, put the work in evaluating our personnel, evaluating what guys have done production wise. We'll get in and watch the tape and we'll continue to tweak this thing until we have the right mix of players on the field with guys that are producing and hopefully put an end to us beating ourselves."
"Obviously there is some work to do. The coaches here are going to find a way to get it corrected and get it done. The players are committed to getting it done. I see some life out of this team. I was proud again of the effort that they gave and the way we played. Again, I said it last week, it's on me, it's my job as the head coach to find a way to get it corrected, and we'll continue to plug away at finding answers. Our offensive line executed their assignments. I've said it for the last couple of weeks, it hasn't been missed assignments, it's been execution and today we executed against a pretty good defense. We've got some guys in there that have the ability. I think today in the run game we did some better things. All three of the backs ran well."
Air Force Head Coach Troy Calhoun
"We played alright, but we have to play a lot better and we're a group that's still learning a lot about college football. I thought it really started with the pass rush. Without needing to bring a whole lot of five-man pressure we won some one-on-ones, and when you do that then it gives you a chance to play with your eyes. What's got to happen with our football team is, just because you see them do it in practice, it's different on Saturdays. Now it's not so different that you absolutely hyperventilate and that's where some poise and composure comes into play."
"I thought we rode our offensive line. Defensively, coming into this game, we thought that was the approach we could take. We gave up two offensive scores and those are things we can get fixed. I was pleased with some of our pass rush and making some plays on the ball, but as far as the guys who made those plays on the ball, we see it fairly frequently in practice. Anthony Wright and Jonathan Davis, those guys do a good job of that in practice as well."
New Mexico Running Back James Wright
"I was just trying to stay up-lifted and keep my teammates encouraged. We tried to make big plays and get the offense going. I think we got better tonight. We ran the ball pretty well. We are all just looking forward to getting better and getting our first victory next week. Any time you do anything good or bad you look at it and learn from it and excel from it. This let us know that we have been a running team in the past and it kind of faded away in the first two games. This game was a boost for us and let us know that we can run the ball efficiently on offense."
New Mexico Defensive Tackle Kendall Briscoe
"We just didn't play good enough. It's as simple as that. We have no excuses. We gave up too many points and we have to play better as a team. The option is always difficult to cover, but it's possible to cover it. We had a couple of drives where we had some big stops. We held them to a field goal on a few drives as well. They gutted us a couple of times, but we bounced back from that. We just had to stop them a few more times."