Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Dan Enos

Opening Statement ...
"It was a great game. Give and take on both sides. The momentum changed a lot. I couldn't be more proud of everyone involved in our program for handling the adversity and everything we've been through this year. It was a great win."

On celebrating with coaches and team after the game …
"It means a lot. I'm sure it will mean more to me after the season is over and I have time to think about it. Our assistants know how bad everyone wanted to win and how bad our players wanted it. It's a good one for everyone and I'm real happy for those coaches and players."

On final defensive stand …
"I kept saying on the headsets, 'hey we got to make a play, someone has to make a play.' It just so happens we've done that this season, dropping the ball on the one-yard line. Our defense did a great job of forcing the fumble and jumping on the loose ball. That's what football is all about, playing the next play. Momentum can change at any time in the game."

On implementing a 3-4 defense …

"We are very short on defensive lineman right now. Our defensive coaches thought that playing a 3-4 defense would get our best 11 players on the field."

On play of junior linebacker Armond Staten ...

"Armond Staten is a guy we believe has had a great year. When we look back, he may have had the best year of our all our linebackers this year. He's an outstanding young man."

On seniors finishing career 4-0 against Western Michigan …
"We had a team meeting like I've never been in before. I never could have imagined having underclassmen talk about helping the seniors win this game. Every single one got up and talked about it. Our seniors have been through a lot and I'm very, very happy for them."

On play of Cody Wilson
"You can't say enough about him. I always say I wish we had 105 players just like him. We constantly try to find ways to get him the ball. He just makes plays. He gets open and catches the ball. He even played quarterback today and made the right zone read."

Sophomore wide receiver Cody Wilson


On being on the winning side after the six-game losing streak …
"It feels awesome. When they were driving in, I prayed to god and said 'give us a turnover' and on the next play they fumbled. It felt awesome going in the locker room and seeing everyone smile, especially the seniors."

On pressure of the rivalry game coming in this week …
"I don't know if there was that much pressure on the game, we just didn't want to let the seniors down. They had never lost against Western and this is their last home game so we wanted to send them out right."

On having a career-high 12 catches and 185 yards …
"I was just trying to make plays. It's awesome being against Western. With the rivalry, that made it a little bit better."

Senior linebacker Matt Berning


On how special the night was …
"I told Nick, that this is probably one of the best nights of my life. Senior night, running out early with the captains and the show put on with the fireworks. It was cold, it was snowing under the lights. That's some stuff out of a book."

On play of Armond Staten
"I couldn't be any prouder of somebody who truly understands what it means to be a Chippewa. He plays with unbelievable effort and gives everything he can every play."

On fellow seniors …
"As a senior I feel as if we need to carry the team. I feel they definitely stepped up and did that today."

On importance of rivalry with Western Michigan …

"This game is just so important to everyone involved. You can be 9-0 or 0-9, but if you win this game, you have something to look back at."

Junior linebacker Armond Staten

On playing with seniors Nick Bellore and Matt Berning
"It's a great experience. Ever since I stepped on campus, they took me under their wing and taught me the trade. This win means more to me because I know how much it means to them."

On forcing his third fumble towards the end of the game …

"I didn't even know I had forced a fumble. I knew my assignment and went as hard as I could. When you play hard the ball rolls your way."

WMU Head Coach Bill Cubit
   
On quarterbacks Ryan Radcliff and Alex Carder …
“They were outstanding. They were two men out there battling to win a football game. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough for us.”

On the final drive…
“We drove the ball down the field, we were running the ball really well and we just fumbled. We were doing a couple things well. You want to run into the end zone and it just did not work out.”

On the decision to try for two points after the early touchdown…
“We wanted to try to tie it up. I guess looking back at it, maybe you think about it differently. But I thought we had a good play called. We just did not block the backside.”

On key plays in the second half…
“I thought that holding them to only three pts after the fumble return inside the 10 was big. That goal line stand really turned us around. But then that 4th down play where they throw it up and just made a play on the ball hurt.”


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