Nov. 21, 2009
NEW MEXICO POSTGAME QUOTES vs. Colorado State
Nov. 21, 2009
University Stadium - Albuquerque, N.M.
New Mexico Head Coach Mike Locksley:
"I'd like to start off by saying that last week I told you I had 105 guys in there that gave great effort. Today I've got 105 happy guys in there. It's been a long time coming and it's been a long year, but as I've said many times after some tough losses, I haven't been more proud of a team than this team and I've been a part of some great teams in my 18 years of coaching. I've learned as a coach from this team and the character that this team has shown week in and week out, through adversity, through losses, through injuries, losing some key guys. They stuck together and that's what families do. This team is a family and we won it together."
"It was a four-quarter ballgame like we expected. We had all three phases come through and make plays for us to win this game, which makes it even sweeter. I told you last week that I had the utmost confidence in (kicker) James Aho and that if I needed him that I had no hesitation putting him in, and James Aho came through big for us. My hat goes off to that team in there. It's easy for us to take the credit as coaches, but those 105 young men that have stuck together through a very tough year - I am very proud of them. For the 17 seniors, I couldn't be happier than to send them out of their final game in University Stadium a winner."
Colorado State Head Coach Steve Fairchild:
"I was not pleased at all. We should have won that game. We got a bunch of kids in there playing hard and doing some good things. We just can't get everybody on the same page. We continue to do things like line up wrong and drop balls. It is our own doing. You get what you deserve."
"We gave it back twice on special teams. That is two possessions there. Then we threw a pick in the end zone and fumbled on the five. I find it more disappointing than the others (losses) because of the way it happened. The next six days we will just go like heck and take one more shot at it to get a win. We just have to play smarter and more consistently which we haven't done since spring football."
New Mexico Sophomore Kicker James Aho
(on the game-winning FG)
"I was thinking of my seniors and how hard they've worked this year. I had to repay them for all the hard work they put in. I was thinking of them and my aunt, who died of breast cancer. It's Breast Cancer Awareness night here and she was in my thoughts as I lined up."
New Mexico Senior Offensive Guard Joshua Taufalele
"I can't explain how I felt when that kick went through the uprights. Those were the longest two seconds of my life. When that kick went through the uprights, the world just was lifted off my shoulders. I can't put into words how amazing getting this win feels."