The POST: Marshall-Appy State Post-Game Quotes

Marshall players and coaches post-game quotes, from the 50-17 win over Appalachian State on August 31, 2002. For Club members only!

Marshall coach Bob Pruett:
"I thought we were a little sloppy tonight. I'm not trying to demean Appalachian State's effort, or anything like that. With their quarterback situation, their guy came in and played hard. Defensively, we were sharp tonight. Offensively, we were not sharp tonight. We scored a bunch of points, and got some yards. We weren't as sharp as we needed to be. I'm not apologizing, just explaining. Certainly in our kicking game, we wanted a good kickoff return and we got it, and got a holding call. We've got a lot of work to do on our kicking game if we want to be successful down at Virginia Tech. It's one of the things they major in. Certainly, we've got a lot of room to work with. They say you make the most improvement between your first and second ball game, and I think we've got a lot of work to do. I'm not trying to demean the victory. As you know, Appalachian's got good players, they played hard. We were fortunate to play well. Our defense played well, and I think they made a statement tonight. I know their quarterback wasn't there, but our all-american wide receiver wasn't there, either. Maybe it's a trade, I don't know."

Marshall quarterback Byron Leftwich:
"They were going three down, and dropping eight. We started seeing that in the middle of last year, so it's something we were used to. And that's what teams are going to do to try and stop us. They're going to try and force us to run the ball. But what we did was a great job of running the ball. The plays we were running were real basic."
"You look back at last year, somehow we find a way to get into third-and-25 situations. I don't know how we do it, but we just somehow find a way to get them. But, the key to putting ourselves in that situation is that we've got to understand that one time it's going to kick us in the butt. We don't want to be in third-and-long situations."
"I'm sitting here looking at the stat sheet, and the first thing I look at is Appalachian State. Those guys had 140 total yards. As much bad stuff as I heard about our defense in the off-season, can I please get all this good stuff tomorrow? Please praise them for what they did tonight. I just want to see how many people on the front page are going to have a guy on defense, saying something good about them. Those guys knew they had to get better and they came out here and held this team to 140 total yards. I don't care who you play, I don't care if you play a junior high team, that's hard to do."

Marshall defensive end Jonathan Goddard:
"Our coaches have been telling us to get our hands in the air. Stuff we didn't do last year, little things. We've got speed, so we can get around the corners. We've got good tackles now. I try to always keep the quarterback from seeing downfield. I was real happy. I think we can do a better job. Some of the plays we slipped, but he was a quick quarterback. I can't feel bad, but I think we can do better. I think it was the first game, everybody getting used to it."

Marshall end Marcus Hairston:
"Our main concern coming into this game was to make a statement that they will not run the ball against us, compared to last season. The team, we kind of took it upon ourselves to step up and make more plays. If we can't move, basically we're targets. So we had to keep a good rotation so the legs would be fresh and the lungs would be fresh. And that helped a lot."

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