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Courtesy: University of Pennsylvania
Press Conference Quotes vs. Cornell
Courtesy: University of Pennsylvania  
Release:  11/19/2011

Head Coach Al Bagnoli

On the game:
"I knew they were much improved and I knew that the matchups -certainly from the defensive side - were not good. You never want to use excuses because you really have to play with who you have. But we lost Twamley, Schmucker and Jackson in the secondary. We were playing with a lot of really young kids. This is not the offense or the wide receiver crew that you want to play some first time starters and some young kids against. They exploited us and I thought that they did a good job in terms conceptually. We just did not have enough answers. And we tried to pressure them and get the ball out of their hands, we tried a little zone, we tried a little man, and we really did not have enough answers when the smoke cleared. Kudos to them, and we will move on and try to get our kids healthy, and see if we can play better than what we showed today."

Senior Linebacker Erik Rask

On Cornell's offense:
"You got to give a lot of credit to them, their offensive line did a really good job picking up our blitzes the entire game. We brought pressure, and even when we hit the quarterback he still got the ball out and he put the ball on the money pretty much every time. Hats off to them, it's hard to go out like this in your last game, that's the stat line, but they earned all they got."

Senior Wide Receiver Ryan Calvert

On the game:
"We knew they were going to score points and we knew we had to, and I feel bad that we didn't score more than 48. We couldn't really do anything against them. They were playing their hearts out, [Matthews] is a good player. In the huddle at the end of the game we were disappointed we didn't finish more of those drives and get more than 38 points."



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