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Courtesy: University of Pennsylvania
Press Conference Quotes vs. Princeton
Courtesy: University of Pennsylvania  
Release:  11/05/2011

Head Coach Al Bagnoli

On the game:
"It didn't unfold early the way we wanted it to. We struggled in our kick game and we thought their down kids were really the strength of their defense and we struggled more than I thought we would struggle to run the ball, but luckily our pass game was good today and it was very efficient. We made some big plays. Defensively we bent, but didn't break. We put the (defense) under duress early with two blocked punts and great field position, but they kept them to field goals which I thought was huge."

On playing the homecoming game following a loss:
"The schedule, in a way, helped us. Coming back home and to a homecoming game, you're coming against a traditional rivalry. I thought we would be ready to play and fortunately we were. But obviously we were in uncharted territories. Up until last week, we hadn't had that feeling (of an Ivy loss) in a long time. So it tested the upperclassmen and their ability to regroup, and fortunately they did a nice job."

Senior Linebacker Erik Rask

On limiting Princeton to field goals despite great field position early in the game:
"You're not expecting the first time on the field to be inside the 20-yard line. When that happens, the defense has to step up and do whatever it takes to keep them out of the end zone. The fact that we're able to hold them to two field goals right from the start, that was huge. Our defensive coaches always say when in the red zone always try to get a turnover, but if not always make them have a field goal try."

Senior Wide Receiver Ryan Calvert

On having the lead at halftime for the first time in a month:
"Yeah, it was definitely good, but we weren't happy with it at all. We need to be up more than 14-9 against that team. So we went in with the confidence that we had that lead but also knowing we need to do a lot more before the day is done."



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