2005 FBL vs. Minnesota -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Head Coach Lloyd Carr

Opening statement ... "I think Minnesota played well and they deserved the win. Offensively we had a hard time. I give Minnesota a lot of credit for what they did defensively and certainly offensively at the end, making the big plays. They made their field goals and we didn't."

On the offensive struggles ... "I don't think we blocked them or protected the quarterback very well. I have to look at the film, but we had too much pressure on the quarterback. He got hit too many times and we couldn't execute like we wanted to in the passing game. We had good field position and we had a big chance there at the end with a big first down play. Hart ran the sweep to the right for a loss of two, then we threw the next two downs and missed the field goal. I think we need to take a look at what we are doing offensively, as far as the running game and certainly we need to do a better job protecting the quarterback."

On the play of the defense ... "I think part of the reason they got the yards offensively is because we did nothing in the second half. We left our defense out there. We dropped probably five passes. We knew they were going to run the football; they were really just trying to run the clock out. We lost Brandent Englemon and Willis Barringer. That last play, we can't make that kind of mistake there at that point in the game. That was certainly the biggest play of the game."

On where the team is headed ... "Right now we are 3-3 and there are five teams out there that are going to be ready to play. I think the Minnesota team that we saw today was their best game and I think we can expect that from every team coming up. We are going to try to regroup. It's hard, but so what. You've got to go fight. It's a challenge and we have to step up to meet it."

U-M Senior Wide Receiver Jason Avant

On Michigan's struggle in the red zone ... "I don't know what it is. We haven't been able to run the ball particularly well. We just let opportunities slip through our hands. We need to realize a little more urgency down there."

On having three losses this season ... "It's a heartbreaker. Since I've been here, there hasn't ever been anything like this. I don't think there's been a lack of effort in the games we lost. I just don't understand it, but it's happening. We still have games to play, and we're not going to just throw in the towel. The only thing I can do personally is go out there and play as hard as I can and say the things that need to be said.

On the highs and lows over the last week ... "You go up to Michigan State and get a good win. Everybody's excited, and you win by a field goal. To come back home and lose by a field goal, it shouldn't even have been down to that situation. We had so many opportunities to execute and to take control of the game, but we never did. I wouldn't call it a hangover, but we definitely didn't play to the best of our ability."

U-M Senior Linebacker LaMarr Woodley

On today's loss ... "I think we played hard today, but I think we can always play better. Obviously, we can play better. It's up to the defense to keep the points off the board. This wasn't just for the jug, it was for the Big Ten Championship. They came across and took all of that away. It's not a good feeling losing like this, and it hurts to lose early. We have to play for our pride now. A lot of people lost faith in us today, and we have to win them back."

On the emotional turns of the season ... "We have a lot of guys banged up. We're not using that as an excuse, but that plays a part in the ups and downs. Having close games, like the one last week at Michigan State and losing today, there have been a lot of ups and downs, but we have to finish off the season."

U-M Sophomore Tailback Mike Hart

On Michigan's offense today ... "We didn't execute; that's what it comes down to. Someone messed up on every play. I made the wrong cut, someone missed a block. We just didn't have 11 people on every play like we needed to. The coaches made good calls, we just couldn't execute them today. We messed up here and there, and we can't have that.

On having three losses ... "You never imagine that. It's a nightmare, but we just have to come back. The sign of a true champion is how they come back, and now we'll see what the team's all about. We're 3-3; that's motivation right there. We can't lose anymore. We're a great team, and I think we're better than all three teams that we lost to. It doesn't matter how good you are. You have to come out, want it and win. We have to have that next week and the week after that."

Minnesota Head Coach Glen Mason

Opening statement ... "The players put a tremendous amount of effort into this game, and it wasn't just since last week, and it wasn't just since last year. When we lost a couple years ago when we were up by 21 points in the fourth quarter, it really didn't sit well with a lot of my guys. So this win is special for those guys especially."

On winning the Little Brown Jug after 19 years ... "It's been 19 years since we've had the Brown Jug. We have some guys in the locker room right now who aren't 19 years old! It's been a long time, and you know even the last two times we lost to Michigan, it's always great Big Ten football. It's great college football. It doesn't get any better than that."

On comparing Michigan football to the Yankees of Major League Baseball ..."You look at Michigan and they have more wins than any college program, they have the most distinctive helmet in college football and one of the most distinctive fight songs in college football. When you think about college football, Michigan is one of the names that comes out of your mouth, just like when you think Major League Baseball, most people think Yankees."

Minnesota Freshman Kicker Jason Giannini

On saying he wanted the game on his shoulders ... "Yeah, I probably shouldn't have said that, but I did. I'm just glad I had the opportunity to get that kick. It felt really good."

On whether he enjoys the pressure of the Michigan game ... "Always. Coming from Ohio, the Michigan game is important. I've always dreamed of playing and beating Michigan, and it came true. "

On playing in front of the Michigan crowd ... "Penn State was an eye opener, because it was the first time I had been in front of that many people, who were that loud. To come in here, I thought Penn State was more overwhelming."

Minnesota Senior Linebacker Kyle McKenzie

On the win ... "It was a great feeling. It's been a long time since we had that Jug and being from Michigan and having people talk about what has happened the past couple of years, it is a great feeling. I can finally go back to my friends and say, "We got one." "

On their response to the first loss against Penn State ... "We had to prove to ourselves as defensive players that against Penn State, that wasn't us. That was a fluke. We hoped Michigan didn't look at that film, but that Minnesota defense has a new attitude. We came out and played hard, that was our main goal, our main focus."

On how this game differs from the last two they played against U-M ... "It was that more special, because the last two years we were 'that' close. To finally put an end to having it be 'that' close, and making things happen, and coming through at the end was great. The defense played a heck of a game, up front and the back end -- tremendous."

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