Nov. 17, 2013
Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain
“We knew going in and talked about first part of the week that it is important that our offense scored every time they had it. I was really proud and we attacked that mission all week. We gave one up at half and we had to punt and settled for a field goal, but other than that I was proud of how they did. Obviously, our special teams had to get things organized and gave up that big play that allowed them (UNM) to get a cheap one back and back on track. We had to make them earn it and we didn’t, but with that, I am happy we are starting to learn how to travel. We are winning on the road a little bit, and that is important with developing this program and moving forward over the years. I am proud of our guys. We gutted out a good win.”
On Kapri Bibbs’ record-setting game....
“I just love how Kapri attacks every play like it has a history and life of its own. That is really what great players do. They don’t care about what the score is and don’t care about situation. I thought his best run was the fourth-down run we had when he was hit in the backfield and stopped a little bit at the line of scrimmage, moved the ball forward and got us a fourth down. That was probably the biggest run that he had all day. He is playing pretty good.”
On the importance of this game...
“I was proud of the offense because they knew that we were struggling in the other two phases, special teams and defense. They had that swagger every time they got in the huddle; “coach we are going to make something happen; don’t worry about it”. That is good. They didn’t really shoot themselves with negative plays. They had a little swagger going, and I liked that.”
On the Lobo offense without Gautsche and Carrier....
“They did what they needed to do when they came in and they still were hitting creases. I think that is a credit to the system and they will recruit to that system. I told Bob after the game that we were going to spend a lot of time in the off season studying on how to get this handled because that was embarrassing.”
On the offense...
“I thought it was good. Dave (offensive coordinator Baldwin) does a great job with putting the game plan together that will give us an angle here or there and a way that we can take advantage. I thought we mixed it up well so they couldn’t just sit at the line of scrimmage. Ideally, I would love to have the same amount of passing yards that we do running yards because then I know that we are keeping guys off balance.”
On the defense in the fourth quarter...
“They did their job. At the end of the day they were playing and getting thundered. There was no confidence and no juice, they were just hanging on. That fourth down was a huge relief, especially for the two inside linebackers that made the tackle. We could feel like we finally did something.”
On becoming one step closer toward bowl eligibility....
“It feels good. Our guys deserve it, and they should be proud of what they have done. We threw some games away early this year and to not step back but continue to work shows a lot about what we are building. We are coming to work, and today is an important day that we have and what can we do to get better today? I told our guys that when we get in there and have a chance to look at it there are only two things that are going to happen. You’ll either get better or you’ll get worse because no one stays in the same. I think that the way we are playing, they are starting to get that.”
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