"This is the first time since I've been here that a team had us in a one game and they win situation. Marist played a great football game. They played very well and we struggled. I remember when I was young hearing Chuck Noll say that in a championship season there is usually one game that you shouldn't have won, but you did. Am I pleased? No. Am I glad we won? Yes. We played much better in the second half. I saw some good things out there. In the second half, the defense dominated and Bruce Hocker dominated.
On Hocker's touchdown catch in the fourth quarter:
"I always tell our young receivers that once you make that first great catch,the rest come a lot easier. Bruce has made some great catches this year and he did again today."
"The defense came out slow on that first drive. You never like to get driven on, or to give up any points for that matter. We knew going into the fourth quarter that our backs were against the wall and that we needed to keep the game tight until the offense got one."
On a key fourth down stop he combined with Javonn Bradley to bring down Marist QB Brian Kiraly on a bootleg with just over five minutes left:
"They burned us on that play at the end of the first half, so for the rest of the game we had been yelling "watch the boot!, watch the boot!" I thought we had a good chance to win the game after that stop."