Postgame Press Conference, Oct. 23, 1999

Go Leopards!

Lafayette 22, Bucknell 21
October 23, 1999
Fisher Field, Easton, PA

Bucknell Head Coach Tom Gadd:

Opening Statement . . .

"Obviously this was a big win for Lafayette and a tough loss for us, especially given the fact that we were up early. It is extremely frustrating for us. I called the defense on the final series. I wanted to make sure we didn't go soft and be in too much of a prevent defense. I take the blame for that series."

On the play of Lafayette . . .

"Lafayette had an excellent game plan, and you could see the entire team feed off of Brian Tuma's great running. That guy had one heck of a game today."

On the loss in comparison to Bucknell's other losses this season . . .

"This game was extremely similar to our losses to both Columbia and Towson. We had early leads. We scored on our first possession in each contest, and then allowed the opponent back into the game."

Lafayette Head Coach Bill Russo:

Opening Statement . . .

"This was as thrilling a victory as you can get. The entire team played their hearts out today, and I am so proud of them. Our defense stepped it up big time in the second half. This is a tremendous win for this football team"

On the play of the defense . . .

"I can't begin to say enough about our defense. They came up huge in the second half and really dominated the line of scrimmage. Plus, the stops we had on third downs were as big as anything today."

On the way Lafayette won . . .

"I am really happy for Harry Armstrong. He had a lot of pressure on him this week, with it being his first start. He came through in a big way. I'd like to win by a lot more, but we will definitely take this one. It was a great game from a fan's viewpoint, I'm sure. Now, we just have to feed off of this one and build upon it for next week."

Lafayette sophomore quarterback Harry Armstrong:

On the game-winning play . . .

"It felt so right from the beginning. I just dropped back, planted my back foot, and threw. The timing was right on, and Andy (May) made a great catch.

On the win in general . . .

"It seemed like everyone on our team played with extreme emotion, heart, and determination today. We wanted this one, and it showed."

Lafayette junior flanker Andy May:

On the game-winning touchdown, which was his first career touchdown . . .

"It was a great feeling. I am really glad we connected on that play, because it was an awful feeling after missing the pass before that. I was able to get just enough space between the defender to make the catch."

Lafayette senior tailback Brian Tuma:

On the career-best rushing performance . . .

"I have to give a lot of credit to the offensive line. They did a great job today. The holes were there, and fortunately, I was able to break some tackles. It was a lot of fun today."

Lafayette senior free safety Angel Colon:

On the play of the defense . . .

"We played with a lot of heart today. All week, Coach Russo told us about all of the changes to the lineup and that everyone on the team needed to step it up a notch and play better. I took that to heart and wanted to do my part."


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