Post-Game Quotes

Furman 44, Western Carolina 38

Paladin Stadium

Greenville, S.C. – Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018

Att: 7,201


Western Carolina head coach Mark Speir

Opening Statement:

“I’m very disappointed in the loss. Any time you give up 10 points in the kicking game and two turnovers in the red zone going in to score, it’s hard to win against any team. Our guys keep battling, kept fighting; they kept trying to win the ballgame. Physically, we just didn’t make plays when we had opportunities. Offensively, we’ve got to take care of the ball.”

On response in second half:

“I thought our team kept battling, they could have laid down. Our guys fought but we made way too many mistakes. We played well at times on defense, but when it came down to it we didn’t make plays when we had to make plays and Furman did.”

On QB Tyrie Adams:

“Tyrie (Adams) is a competitor. He battled today. He got a little dinged up there before halftime, took a helmet to the ribs but he was fine the second half. I thought Will Jones came in and did a good job for us when he was in. Tyrie made some great plays, kept some plays alive. Great pitch to (Mullen) there at the end…you don’t coach that stuff. He’s a streetfighter, you need more of that.”

“We can’t put a complete game together. It seems like we can’t put the O and D together at the same time. We’ve got to get better defensively. We’re not playing disciplined football and that’s on us as coaches because we’ve got opportunities there to get better.”

On heading into next week’s game at Samford:

“We’ve just got to get better. Offensively, we’ve got to hang onto the ball. Defensively, we’ve got to tackle better and be more disciplined in the back end. We’ve got to get the right people on special teams, and that’s my fault. A lot of the stuff that’s bothering us right now is fixable and that’s a good thing. Our guys are fighting, you saw that in the second half. They could have shut down real easily and said ‘go home’. Our guys are fighting, we’ve got to do a better job coach and we’ve got to fix ourselves.”