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November 10, 2012Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos addressed the media after his team's 34-31 win over rival Eastern Michigan on Saturday afternoon.
On being down early
Well you never want to come into a game and be down 14-0, but it was a good test. We have been talking about handling adversity in games and it was good to see our players do it. After the game, I told them that they came back and got a lead and held on to it and those are two things that have snake bitten us. I just told them that we took a step today and I'm really proud of them for hanging in there. There is never any quit and it's just a good win on the road. I'm happy the way it worked out but it took about five years off my life.
On Andrew Flory
You are down 14-0 and then potentially one of your best players is out. The forecast was really bleak at that point, but Andrew Flory is a guy that has a lot of ability. He doesn't play a lot obliviously because Titus does. He would have played last year as a true freshman, but he pulled his hamstring in camp and had to redshirt which will probably be a good thing for him in the long run and for our football program. He stepped up today and we needed him to.
On the defense in the second half
You know I thought they were up and down a little bit, but we got a defensive touchdown and a couple of stops. We are not happy having a guy wide open like that at the end of the game but we will get that corrected. For the most part, except for the opening drive in the second half, I thought they played really well.
On the fake field goal
We had it defended, they just executed it really well. It wasn't a surprise, but the guys couldn't get off their blocks and they executed it well.
On Ryan Radcliff
He played really well today. He gave us a chance to win and played well in the red zone and didn't turn the ball over. No interceptions and no sacks, so it was a good day for Ryan.
On Eastern Michigan
Eastern has been up and down this year. They played Toledo in a shootout and they have been in some of their other games. This league is so closely contested every week. This league is very good right now.
On how it feels to see your players happy and cheering after beating a rival
They are great guys. I love this team. They got a win today and can enjoy the bus ride home, but we have to get right back to work tomorrow. We have probably the best quarterback in this league coming in next week in Zac Dysert, so we have to get prepared for him.
On the chance to finish the season with a .500 record and a bowl bid
It's great. It's great for the seniors and this week will be big for us and we will have to find a way to win it and try to get to 6-6. The opportunity for a bowl bid is absolutely there and that's what we are focused on, but we won today and have to work to get one next week.
On Kavon Frazier's interception return
He is a true freshman and again, we play a lot of young guys on defense and he made a great catch, but also a great run. He was a very good high school running back and played linebacker, but we recruited him as a safety because of his athleticism. He hasn't played much safety and has only been here for three months, but he is out there playing. It was a great play by him, but he also had good blocks on the return.
On if he wanted to run the ball more with EMU's porous run defense
We try to stay balanced. They did a good job of ganging up on the run today. They brought their safeties down and as the game went on we knew we were going to have to make big plays with play action. We were able to do that a little bit today. They did a good job of having people around the ball and had a lot of guys devoted to the box. I think that causes a guy like Andrew Flory to have 100 receiving yards, but Zurlon Tipton still rushed for over 100 yards. When you are down 14-0., it changes things. When you have the lead, you can run the ball more and stay balanced.
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