Postgame Press Conference, Nov. 6, 1999
Lafayette 27, Fordham 7
November 6, 1999
Fisher Field, Easton, PA
Fordham Head Coach Dave Clawson:
Opening Statement . . ."We got beat by a much better Lafayette team. They just beat us in every aspect of the game. Their defensive line did a real great job. At times we ran the ball effectively, but just not consistently. They really had our defense on their heals early in the game. We got beat by a much more prepared team."
On Fordham's Offense . . ."We were really trying to speed up the huddle to try to give us some of the things that a no huddle play would give us."
On Fordham QB Matt Georgia . . ."If the quarterback has an off day, you really don't have a shot. A lot of throws, and a lot of plays we needed him to make, he didn't do it. He just didn't have a good day. We just need to play better to win. We just didn't execute a lot of plays the way they were practiced all week."
On the team . . ."A lot of plays show what a young and in experienced team we are. We really need more experience to give these kids a shot. We're playing 18 freshman and half of them start. These guys are playing against experienced juniors and seniors. That's what gets us every week. We're still going through that learning phase of experiencing college football, and getting that weight training under their belts."
On the frustration level of the team . . ."This is the first game of the year that I am frustrated. Every other week we have improved in some aspect. Something positive has happened in every other game. I thought this was a game that we should have been more competitive."
On Arthur Gaskin . . ."In the past few weeks he has been doing a great job at practice. He has a great burst, and today was the first time he got real playing time."
Lafayette Head Coach Bill Russo:
Opening Statement . . ."I am very pleased with the playing by the team. There was a total effort be the defense, offense and the special teams. The offense was able to stop run and use other weapons in their plays, such as throwing effectively. We work on this kind of playing all the time and today we got the opportunity to do it. Special teams made an impact. The punter had to get the job done and he did."
On the play of Lafayette's defense . . ."We usually have more time with 3 men, but when you are covering with 8 men, there are not as many places for the ball to go. Defense played well and were able to read Fordham's plays well."
Opening the condition of Brian Tuma . . ."Tuma has a sprained knee, and will have to go through rehab. We don't know when he will be back, but he will probably not be back this week."
Opening the team . . ."There was a good intensity the whole game. We had to keep working hard to get the job done. The last couple of weeks, we were playing better. There were contributions from all three teams, defensive, offensive, and special teams. They made the most of it."
Lafayette QB Harry Armstrong:
On the victory building Lafayette's confidence level . . ."Today was a definite confidence builder. We were jived up and ready to go."
On his comfort level . . ."I think in any game, any position, more reps and more games you play, the more comfortable you become."
Lafayette LB John Fistner:
On his performance . . ."We have been waiting all week for this game all week My game plan, what I have been practicing, was blitz, knocking down and blocking."
On the team . . ."We are coming together as a team, and it is fun to be the dominant force. I am looking forward to the game next week."
Lafayette flanker Joe Luke:
On his second touchdown of the game . . ."I didn't want to go out of bounds or get hit. They were trying to strip the ball and I just didn't want to get hit."
On this, his fifth season, now being worthwhile . . ."After last year and all the rehab that I went through, the past couple weeks have been worth it."