EMU Coach Reacts
Eastern Michigan Coach Jeff Genyk had wanted to stop Maryland’s running backs. The Eagles did a pretty good job, holding Davin Meggett and Morgan Green to a combined 63 yards. The problem was that Darrius Heyward-Bey had two runs, one for 46 yards, another for 35 yards. And Josh Portis rushed for 98 yards in the fourth quarter.
“Our object was to defend the run, and I really felt like we improved our tackling,” Genyk said. “We gave up some big plays. I think both of those reverses were really big plays. They threw the ball down the field. They tried to take what we were giving them. The bottom line is that when you come in as a MAC team, you want to keep the game close in the fourth quarter. Exactly like we did. Thirteen minutes to go, we were down by 13. We were rolling down the middle and then we dropped the ball. We just have to execute and make two wide-open plays and get a touchdown, and all of a sudden it is a six-point game. Our young quarterback has to execute. Our plan worked very well. We just have to make sure that we execute when the plays present themselves.”
Eastern Michigan had 25 first downs, compared with 20 for Maryland. And the Eagles amassed 453 total yards, compared with 486 for Maryland.
“I was really surprised we were able to move the ball the way we did,” Genyk said. “I think our offensive line did a great job blocking. I thought Kyle McMahon made a lot of plays in the passing game. Red-zone efficiency is something a young quarterback is really struggling with. The second possession and he throws the interception at the 5-yard line. Getting in there, we should be able to score when we get the ball down there inside the 10-yard line.”
McMahon said: “They got more pressure on us with their four-man rush. We did a good job all game throwing it up, but they put more pressure on us near the end. I have to make my check downs that much quicker and still make the plays we need in those situations.”
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