Opposing Coach Quotes

Illinois State Head Coach Denver Johnson

On the decision to go for two late in the game...

“We didn’t come here to tie the game. Our best chance to win was right there at the three-yard line going for two. I’d do it a hundred times in a row in that situation.”

 

On having second thoughts about going for two late...

“I have no remorse about going for two. Some decisions you make with your head, some decisions you make with your heart, some decisions you make with your gut. All three my head, my heart, and my gut told me that our best chance to win the game was right there, right then. I have absolutely no remorse, no second thoughts about that. You can always look back when something doesn’t work and second guess it. It’s my job to make those decisions and I made it. I have absolutely no remorse about it, none, not a bit.”

 

On his team’s defensive performance...

“I think we did good. If you look at the stats save a couple big plays in the kicking game and we might win this thing but no ifs and buts, candy and nuts. We let one get run back for a touchdown and then they caused the fumble that they recovered for a touchdown.”

 

On the big plays on special teams...

“We talk about all the time, GAP plays game altering plays and a disproportionate amount of those plays happen in the kicking game. That showed up tonight. When you play up a division like this that’s where a lot of the difference starts to show up in the personnel on special teams. They made two tremendous plays there. They made a tremendous play to return the punt and then they made a tremendous play to pop that ball loose and recover it. You have to tip your hat to them. They made those plays and we gave them up.”

 

On Illinois State’s offense...

“We kind of scratched out a living there. We weren’t consistent in our running game. We got it going pretty good there but it was kind of hit or miss. A couple receivers made some big plays out there. Luke (Drone), I thought overall, played well but left a couple short.”