Stockstill: We Played with Greater Toughness
Here is the interview with MTSU Coach Rick Stockstill:
“I thought it was an awesome win. I am happy for our players that they could feel the excitement of the fans running on the field to celebrate with them. I am proud of the coaching staff because we were good in all three phases. To beat a good Maryland team I thought we were the team that played with the greatest passion and toughness.
“We talked all week that it was not about Maryland, it was about us. We had to play with conviction, heart and passion and have a love for the game and we did that. At the half we talked about not letting up, keeping the pressure on and finishing the game. We did that in the second half.
“I thought we did a nice job offensively. They were so much bigger than us and we knew it would be tough to run the ball but we had to do something to establish the run and Phillip Tanner helped us do that. We had to keep them honest and we did that. Joe Craddock did a nice job executing and running our offense tonight.
(on the fake punt)
We worked on it all week and I told our safeties coach that I was going to run it early in the game. We had to do it against their punt safe and they were in their punt safe so it was good for us. We executed it well and it gave us a shot in the arm.
Our defense did a great job. Our front got pressure. You can’t get interceptions unless you get pressure on the quarterback so it was a team effort. Those were some big interceptions and they keyed the win.”
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