Sept. 29, 2012
Courtesy of Air Force Academy Media Relations:
From CSU Head Coach Jim McElwain
“You play an opponent that plays with more heart and imposes their will on you, give all the credit to Air Force. The only real hope we had for awhile was that maybe that running back would cramp up, maybe take himself out. But it’s amazing because it’s a defensive scheme that Marty (English) used that shut them down when he was at Wyoming. But you have to execute. You can’t worry about what they do. You just have to run to the ball and tackle it. Our guys hung in pretty good. My hat goes off to Troy, they held the ball down here at the end (up 42-21), class act that he is. We’re really disappointed. This was one that I really felt coming in that we would take care of business and we didn’t.”
“(Starting QB) Garrett (Grayson) obviously is going to be out for awhile. Not quite sure exactly what it is, but M.J. (McPeek) came in and did a couple of good things and we’ll move forward with that and Connor (Smith) will move up.”
(on whether he was disappointed in the effort)
“This is as low as I’ve been, but I do know we have some guys in that locker room who have heart and we’re going to get it out of the guys this week and find out who’s committed to being a champion and who isn’t. It’s that simple.”
“We had a good sound scheme against them and they just outexecuted us, and they imposed their will on us.”
“You've got to take care of the football, you've got block, tackle and take out your opponent and that's how you win. But we're not doing those things.”
From Air Force Head Coach Troy Calhoun
“Both teams certainly played quite hard—give credit to their guys too, it was just good effort for a full 60 minutes. Colorado State, I thought they did a really good job of battling back. You could just tell, they had good grit, good perseverance throughout the entire
“Early we played some solid ball. We missed some opportunities to really seal the game, specifically getting no points off two turnovers, where we had great field position to put our offense out there. What we’ve got to do, we’ve got to become much cleaner with the football. I thought today we put it on the field too much, and that cannot be us.
“Some of the pluses—I thought we gained some confidence today on the defense. I think in the second half, with the exception of one play, we played pretty good defense. You just hope some guys realize that we have a capable squad. I think sometimes they get pounded so hard at the Air Force Academy about being gritty or overachievers. Hopefully today they realized—and they should—that
we do have a capable squad. We’re just one of those teams that has to execute extraordinarily well. In stretches, we did today. In other stretches, no way, we did not.”
On Cody Getz’s performance:
“The fumbles concern you. And that has not been him in the first three games. We made some good cuts on the interior, and I thought we had some solid perimeter blocking too. But we’ve got to do a much better job of handling the ball. That’s something that we have to get fixed. For us, who we’re going to play over these next eight games, as challenging as they’re going to be—as soon as we spit
the ball out, then all of a sudden we make it more difficult. We don’t need to play that way. We’ve really got to grind ‘em up and do a great job on those small details.”
“We didn’t run too many option plays early, or at least any kind of read plays. But we did have some production early. We had a couple of larger gain plays and again, part of that is execution, part of is that I think we did a solid job of blocking some of those plays. I thought we were pretty sound on the perimeter. Whenever you have some good perimeter blocks, you have a chance for some
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