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November 19, 2012

CMU head coach Dan Enos on Miami and UMass

CMU head coach Dan Enos spoke with the media on Monday in his weekly MAC media teleconference, addressing several key topics prior to the Chippewas trip to Massachusetts on Friday.

On the victory over Miami

"Well, we had our final game at home so we were certainly excited to be able to have our seniors end their career here at Kelly/Shorts Stadium with a win. We had a lot of good performances out of a lot of different people. We ended up running the ball pretty effectively and we won the turnover margin. We had some pretty good special teams play and I thought it was a really good team win."

On going to UMass

"I know they are a football team that continues to get better every week. I've been impressed with their football team on video from what I've watched so far."

On the keys for success versus UMass

"I think first and foremost, we have to win the turnover margin. Obviously, it's a key every game. But with us and our formula, it's how we win. That's a pretty key ingredient. Also, our ability to run the football is important. If we can take care of the football and run it effectively, we should be alright. It's very important that we play with a lot of effort and toughness. It's important that we are a strong football team in all three phases."

On the positive changes CMU has made in winning its last two games

"We have a lot of young players that are still playing in our program and I think gaining experience helps every week. I think the other key is that offensively we've been able to stop turning the ball over these last several games. We've been able to keep them to a minimum. I also think we've gotten much more consistent play out of our defense."

On whether he is using the chance at a bowl game as motivation

"I think to get to .500 and to be bowl eligible is something that is very important to our team. Yes, we've talked about that. But more importantly, we've talked about winning our last game. There's nothing guaranteed past this one and we understand that. This is the only game guaranteed to us and we want to make sure we play very well."

On his seniors playing their final game at Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Saturday

"I feel it was a very emotional day for our players and to be able to see them and their families before the game. It's why you coach, to have an impact on people. It's really neat to see these guys come along the last couple of years. The maturity of these young men these last couple years has been amazing. We talk about it all the time as coaches how far these guys have come with their lives. The other thing is that they are going to be moving onto the next phase of their lives pretty soon and it's exciting for them. It's exciting for us to watch them and I know they are going to be successful because they are really, really good people."

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