Navarre: Loss was a 'Double Punch'
Jeremy Navarre offered some insight about the flight home from Tennessee after Saturday’s game. Maryland did not get home until 3:30 in the morning. The flight was quiet, as players stewed over the loss. Here are some quotes from Navarre and one from Jeff Allen:
(Fans are saying, ‘How does a team that could not stop an average Sun Belt team have any chance against a Cal team that just scored 66 at Washington State?’)
They are fans. They see what they see on the field and that’s what they see. That’s all they know. We know we played a bad game. We know we’re better than that. We know if we can get this win everyone will hop back on the bandwagon. We are expected to lose, so we have nothing to lose.
(What was the flight home like?)
It was bad. We haven’t lost a game like that since I have been here. It was a team we should have beaten, and I feel they wanted it more. It was a really [crappy] feeling. I didn’t listen to music, I just kind of sat there. I couldn’t sleep, just replaying it in my head. It just wasn’t a good feeling.
(There are games in which you play well in but lose, and then there are games in which you play very poorly and lose. What was the feeling like Saturday?)
It was kind of a double punch. I don’t know. Especially when you know you need the game to achieve some of your goals like being ranked. We still have 10 games to play, though, the ACC is still there, and there are a lot of goals we can still accomplish if we put this behind us. We played poorly. We still gave effort, but we made too many mistakes. We played horribly on defense and gave up only 10 points in the first half.
(I asked defensive back Jeff Allen about the perception that they have no chance to stop Cal’s offense.)
“Let them say what they want to say,” Allen said. “The way we prepared this week will show off on the field.”
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