Word-for-Word, Post-Game Quotes

Marshall players and coaches, in their own words, about the Bowling Green win. Quotes are from the post-game press conference in the Marshall Facilities Building.

Marshall coach Bob Pruett:
"You know, that was a great football game. That's as good a football game as I've been in. Back and forth, back and forth. Game 'em one, dropped one, caught one. That's a pretty good deal. I think our players came together as a team tonight. Bowling Green's a good football team. But so are we. I certainly wasn't excited about the penalties, and some of the rust. There's certainly some things we could've done better in the game. We didn't handle 4-vertical early in the first half, had a freshman in there. We moved Chris Crocker back to free safety, and that made a big difference. I think that was a strategic move for us. Offensively, we did some good things tonight. Byron held the ball some when he should have gotten rid of it. But you don't want to fault him too much. Watts did a good job. I think this was a very, very important hurdle for us. This is a divisional game, and we've got a number of our guys, to be honest with you, who are going to be suspended these next few games."
Talk about Michael Owens singing the national anthem before the game: "I tried to sing, and couldn't. I was crying. This is a special time in our country. And to me, these are some special kids. Our football team was excited for him to be there. This is just a special community."
More general comments: "It was really great to have Ralph (Street) back tonight. Because they weren't able to run on that side. Max (Yates) provided great leadership. I thought Franklin ran the ball extremely well. It's good to have him back. He's a big-time runner."
More general comments: "You know, you've got to compliment Bowling Green. They came in here well prepared, they're a good football team, they were undefeated. You've got to give it to those guys, they played hard. The Redd kid played really well. They've got a good football team."
On Byron Leftwich's performance: "He's a great quarterback. Great players make great plays. That touchdown pass (to Josh Davis to win the game), that thing was zipped in there, now. "

Defensive end Ralph Street:
"When the crowd gets behind you, it feels good. Especially to me, I've been out for a while. Everybody is gelling together as a team. Sometimes, I get caught up in wanting to win so bad for coach Pruett, I have to stop and count to ten or do something. I'm ready to play. I'm ready to play on Tuesday. On Wednesday. The first play of the game I'm so nervous I thought I had to use the bathroom. I just wanted to win for the university. I've got pride."
On the defensive play late in the game: "It was just a gut-check. We didn't have to make too many (adjustments). We could stop them, when we wanted. We just looked in each other's eyes, and we know we're going to be alright. I look at 'B' (Byron Leftwich) and 'B' is telling me that they're going to put it in there if we just stop them."

Michael 'Kool-Aid' Owens on singing the national anthem:
"32,000 people, that's a lot of people. I had my teammates behind me to support me, and just knowing everybody's emotions, it was just a great time."

Quarterback Byron Leftwich:
Question- Do you consider Darius Watts your number one guy? "What do you think? (Laughter) That guy is getting better and better each week. You go out there, and he's running by people. And on the next play, he's getting checked by three people, he's doing something pretty damn good. Coming into this game, we knew as a team we had to separate ourselves from everybody else. Everybody forgot that we are the MAC champions, for some reason. "We know how to win big ballgames." "I missed some big passes early. But I knew that once we calmed down…I was too hyper out there. I wasn't feeling it early in the first half. But I knew that once we got going, we could move the ball on them guys. Them guys did a hell of a job. Them guys are well-coached. We beat a good ball club today." "I was hitting some passes, and missing some passes. Once I got going, once we got into a game tempo, we were okay. All ten of our guys were moving fast, except me. I just had to turn it up and make sure I was on the same page as everybody else. " "When I say 'come together as a team', it's not just the football players. It's those people in the stands. If you heard them tonight, they did a hell of a job. They were our twelfth man out there today. And they understood that we needed them today. We just came together as a whole. The Marshall program just came together. When I say team, I don't mean just players, I mean the fans and everybody else." What did you say to your running backs during the games? "I was telling them the whole day, 'Welcome Back'! It's great to have your running backs back. "
On Franklin Wallace: "I knew he was feeling it. He got tired on me a few plays. But I knew, at the same time, just to keep giving him the ball, and he'll do things with it."
On fourth quarter comeback drives: "Personally, I like them. But I don't want to go through them. Because if you're doing that, that means you're down. I prefer taking a knee in the fourth quarter."

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