Postgame Press Conference, Nov. 13, 1999
Duquesne 28, Lafayette 17
November 13, 1999
Fisher Field, Easton, PA
Duquesne Head Coach Greg Gattuso:
Opening Statement . . ."This was a huge win for our kids, and for our league. The Patriot has not been kind to our league in the past. Hence, beating Lafayette, a school with such a great reputation and stature, was a big thrill for us and I am really proud of my team."
Going into the game . . ."We came into the game thinking that if we can throw well against their secondary then we could win. We knew that we could not come here and pound the ball- because Lafayette is much bigger than us. Our advantage in today's game was our passing skill. In actuality, we were a bit surprised that their defense backed off. We are not scared to go down the field and that is what allowed us to win today."
On the game in general . . ."Both teams played well in the red zone. We tried some new things with our defense by trying a more aggressive approach. Sometimes it was a wing and a prayer, but we managed to pull through. This game today gives us great confidence and we are extremely happy with our performance.
Lafayette Head Coach Bill Russo:
Opening Statement . . ."I wish we had an opportunity in the second half to run. We needed to throw and complete more short passes in order to maintain our lead. But . . . "
On how interceptions changed the game . . ."We had three turnovers in a row, that weren't even critical plays. This turned the game around. We really put defense back on the field way too much. A couple of poor decisions were made that came from inexperience. Harry should get credit for all of the good decisions he's made. But here, he made stupid mistakes. We have to remember that this kid went from a freshman player to a first year starter. Sometimes, he is just trying to do too much with the football. He shouldn't throw the ball to make a big play. If Harry takes anything away from this game it should be to use better judgment.
On the game in general . . ."Even though we went into halftime with a lead, we should've had at least ten more points. We didn't perform well in the red zone in the second half. But you have to give Duquesne credit because they took control of the game when they had to and made big offensive plays."
On next weekend's game with Lehigh . . ."We just need to play the game next weekend and get physical. We need to play the whole time how we did this first half."
Lafayette freshman tailback Bill Stocker:
On gaining 100+ yards in his first collegiate start . . ."Well, it was a nice day for myself, however, obviously this was overshadowed by the loss that we had. I basically followed the momentum of the team, where my performance in the second half went way down."
On whether or not he envisioned himself starting as a freshman . . ."I envisioned myself playing wherever I went, simply because you never want to consider the option of not playing. I knew how good (Brian) Tuma was and because of him I didn't think that I would start. It's too bad that he got hurt, you know, but that is just part of football. I put on about eight pounds from lifting, but basically I am in better shape.
On next weekend's game with Lehigh . . ."We had three wins coming into this game and would've like a four game winning streak going into the Lehigh game, but we can shake today off. We are all college athletes who have lost games before. No matter what happened today we will all be excited to play.