Baylor Post-game: Dan McCarney

Quotes from Dan McCarney's post-game press conference.

Obviously a very disappointing outcome of the game today. Congratulations to Guy and his team and his staff. I've been trying to tell you it's a good football team. We saw it as the season went on and the tape that we broke down and we specially saw it last week against A&M; we especially saw it here today.

 

We just didn't make enough plays, we had opportunities. Two turnovers are the obvious things. Our program has improved so much through the years in many ways and one of the main things to turn this thing around is to take care of the ball on offense and get some turnovers on defense. Turn it over on the one, I think the other was on the 19 yard line and it's real hard to win games doing that.

 

Baylor played better, they executed better. They made the plays when they had too. Very disappointing loss today for Iowa State. We've got to reach down and you find out a lot about the resolve and character of a team after a tough loss like today. I'm glad this isn't the last game of the season and there's a lot of football and a lot of games left to be played and all of us starting with me need to do a better job this week. I've got to get this team back, we've got to get the confidence back on this team after losing a game like today which you can lose some of that and we've got to really get our kids and come back and get a great game plan for Missouri.

 

 

On whether Coleman's fumble was questionable…

Yeah, but I got the worst seat in the house, I really do. You have to rely on the officials and that's what they're paid to do whether it's replay or an instant call. I have the worst seat in the house, I could not tell. I could not tell anything from where I was at.

 

The ball should never come out down there obviously the No. 1 thing is ball security, respecting the ball. We talk about it all the time, we've got a great tradition with our offense through the years of taking care of the ball and we didn't take care of it in that situation.

 

 

On whether he asked for a replay…

 

Yes, I asked and we can't get one from the side just like you said. They said it was a fumble. Period. End of story. We're moving on, there's a next position. I just asked.

 

 

On whether or not Coleman said anything when he came off the field…

 

Yes, he didn't think it was a fumble.

 

 

On the impact of that play…

 

It was a huge turn of events, a real big turnaround. You have a chance to go up by 10 if you knock that in and get the extra point. We score no points, go all the way down to the other end, he knocks it down to the one yard line and showed why he won the Ray Guy Award last year. Just complete and all most a 100 yard reversal of field position at a time when we really were executing doing some good things out of halftime and going down and hopefully putting some points on the board and we weren't able to do it.

 

 

On whether or not his team played with a lot of fire…

 

I didn't sense that they weren't ready to play. I thought there was real good preparation. The locker room was good before hand.  I really did, I thought that was all good going into it. We had a three point lead at halftime. Very confident I think at halftime that we would win the game. If we went out and executed. The turnovers really, really hurt our football team. We've got to get back to taking care of the ball on offense and hopefully getting some more turnovers defensively.

 

 

On playing Jason Harris

 

Every week we go into it not relying on Stevie or Jason. We rely on the doctors and trainers as we've said a lot of times, when they can practice, how much they can do. Can they do a little bit? Can they do some? We had to move on with the season, so we decided to make that move. We let Jason know and it's good to see him get some playing time and he'll get better and better with each experience that he gains.

 

 

On the league race…

 

As you mentioned there's a lot of games left to be played. Missouri will be extremely tough. We've had some great games in my years here with Missouri and they came in and played a tremendous game, a great defensive game to beat us and knock us out of the title game.

 

I understand they got a good victory today on the road and we're going to do everything we can to try to win this game. We've got to get some mistakes corrected and we've got to come back and show strong leadership as a coaching staff, as a head coach, my seniors, my captains, to get back and get this thing turned back after today because this is a real disheartening loss.

 

 

On the defenses performance…

 

We did a lot of good things but when we needed to be at our best - the last drive of the day we were not and that's the thing that's disappointing thing. They weren't getting big, big plays and we had a mental error on the first touchdown and it had nothing to do with a mismatch physically. Overall we did a lot of good things defensively until the last drive when you need to be at your best and we weren't and they were and that was real disappointing.

 

 

On how last years win at Baylor turned the season around and how he will try to make sure this loss doesn't send the team spiraling…

 

That's my job to make sure they understand we lost to a good football game team. We had a lot of chances to win this one. All of us have to do a better job, coach and players alike. Don't accept this but know there's lots of thing to play for, there's still a lot of football to be played yet. We still have one more win than loss and we have to go out in the season and be a much better team when we go down to Colombia this Saturday.

 

 

On no turnovers from the defense…

 

We need to do a much better job no doubt, one last week, one this week. We've got to do a better job. We'll look back and see if there were opportunities. Were we close? Did we just about get there? Did we almost knock a ball out? Was our coverage good enough if we just break a bit better? We've got to start to get some turnovers because one is way below our standards per game.

 

 

On the running game…

 

We did some good things today with our third and fourth string tailbacks. They had some good tough runs in there. We're not where we want to be and offensively when you get shut out an entire half, which we did in the second half. There wasn't anything offensively I was pleased with, but the turnovers had if we take care of the ball could have made a real big difference in this game and we'd all feel a lot better about the things we did offensively and that's the thing that really takes away from an offensive performance.

 

 

On the play of the special teams…

 

The punt returns really hurt us. We know what they're doing they're doubling our gunners. We've got to get off and a do a better job inside because you can't out number them in coverage inside. They're going to have a guy blocking each of our guys and we've got to do a better job and we got to work the techniques, do a better job of coaching it, improve our punt coverage.

 

Blanks capable of hitting the ball better than he did today and he will, he's a consciences player, he's a senior, he's a great young man.

 

That whole unit has to improve and do a better job because we're capable of doing a better job on our punt return team.


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