Oct. 5, 2013
Chattanooga 42, Western Carolina 21
Western Carolina Head Coach Mark Speir Opening Statement
"Congratulations to Chattanooga. They have a great football team, and they did a nice job today. I thought we played really solid defense in the first half except for one big play. One of our guys didn't take the back out of the back field and that got the Mocs up. I think we had four picks tonight and couldn't get anything going offensively. We didn't have any rhythm throwing the ball and couldn't run the ball. Chattanooga took the opening drive of the second half down for a score and it really took the wind out of the defense. We have to get the right guys out there. We put Blake Metcalf on the kickoff because we weren't getting anything out of our kicking and field position. Blake hit a nice kick deep and to the left like we called, but we were out of position and they took it a long way against us. It is hard to rebound against a great team like Chattanooga. Our offense seems to take turns with which halves they want to play, and we have to get that together. We have a big game coming up next weekend against Auburn."
Coach Speir on personnel changes at quarterback
"We were just trying to get something going with trading in and out Eddie and Troy. Troy got a little flustered so we went to see if Eddie could give us a little spark. Eddie threw a pick, and we went back to Troy, who settled down. We've lost some guys up front on the defensive line. Late in the fourth quarter we really got wore down. We were down to three defensive tackles and trying to roll those guys in. We just have to get ourselves healthy this coming week. We have to get them healthy and play well for an entire game."
Coach Speir on moving forward with the season.
"We are looking for consistency on little things. That's something every football team has to do. We told our team that since the first game of the year that there are times we can play with anybody. It's all about consistency. We just loosened up and gave up some big plays. We screwed up a few calls and some details that we're missing. It's hard to get 22 moving parts moving at the same time and in the same direction, but we have to get them to get their heads on straight and play football all four quarters."