UMass Player Quotes

Junior Quarterback Kyle Havens

On the teams play against K-State...
"We came out and played a good Kansas State team and had opportunities and we didn't make plays when we needed to. But the score definitely shows that we can play with the best. We can play a Division I opponent like this and we can definitely run with everyone in our conference. It gives us a lot of confidence going into next week."

On the halftime comeback ...
"Coach told us to keep fighting, that the game wasn't over. If a couple more plays had gone the other way we would be right in there, so we just had to keep our heads up and keep fighting."

Junior Defensive Back Ke'Mon Bailey

On how the team played...
"We came out strong and had some big turnovers in the first half. I caused one of them. After that, they got some momentum going in the first half and kind of threw us under. In the second half our defense came out and rocked and the offense came out and executed really well. We just could have finished it a little better."

On switching from offense to defense this season...
"Since we practiced it and prepared for it, it wasn't too tough. I had to make some adjustments as far as the speed goes because they are a Division 1-A (FBS) school, but that doesn't make them any better than us. We still played really well.

On his team's efforts...
"My teammates played well. They put it all on the wall and gave 100 percent effort. We're going to keep coming. We're not finished."

Senior Running Back Tony Nelson

On how the offense performed tonight...
"I thought the offense did well, the offensive line did a good job on blocking.  I personally think I started off a little slow, but I picked it up in the second half.  We got it going but just did not make enough plays to finish it.

On how he and junior quarterback Kyle Havens lead the huddle...
"We were just trying to get our guys pumped up, Kyle is the quarterback and with me being the senior running back we were just trying to get the guys pumped up.  We were in it, we wanted it but like I said we could not finish it.

On how to learn from this game...
"It's the Big 12, I know most people do not expect us to hang in with these guys.  We lost by what 4 points right?  So people are probably expecting us to do really good in D1-AA (FCS).  So we can use this as a stepping stone and just go on from there.

On what changed in the second half...
"I just started being more patient when it came to the running game more focused, just making my reads and just making my reads and just did well.