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September 19, 2013

Enos: 'We have to learn how to finish games'

Central Michigan is coming off a tough 31-21 loss at UNLV that saw the Chippewas squander a 21-0 lead. Look below for quotes from CMU head coach Dan Enos on the loss and his teams upcoming game vs. Toledo.

On the teams loss to UNLV

"It was a heck of a trip, we went out to Las Vegas and a lot of our guys haven't been out to that part of the country. They got to see the mountains and everything, and what a great setting for a football game. It was about 98 degrees on Saturday and there are a lot of positives. We had a great first half, a 21-0 lead and it was 21-7 at halftime. Then we didn't execute in the second half. As we watched the tape yesterday, a lot of opportunities we had to separate ourselves in all three phases and we just didn't do it.

A lot of credit to UNLV and Coach (Bobby) Hauck, great coach . There backup quarterback really came in and gave them a spark, really similar to what we had done the week before with Cooper Rush. But we have to learn how to win on the road and we have to learn how to finish games. We didn't do that on Saturday unfortunately, but there are a lot of good learning moments from the game for us to move forward on."

On what worked offensively vs. UNLV

"We were making plays, early on we were very balanced and I think Cooper was 15-20 and had two passes dropped in the first half. He was very efficient and our wideouts were making plays. In the second half we were out of sync a little bit, they had the ball a lot in the second half, but we had some opportunities. They had blown a coverage on a play and Cooper missed the throw, we would have had a big touchdown pass on that play. We had a couple of dropped balls and then we had enough time on the interception going into the fourth quarter. But we just didn't execute, but offensively we had things going in the first half. Guys made plays and we doing what they were coached to do. We had good protection for the most part in the first half, and I thought our balance was very good with the run and the pass."

On Cooper Rush's progression from the first to second game

"At times Saturday night he played very, very well. He made some great throws and I really think there is a bright future there. He's tough, he's very smart and he is the type of young man I think will learn from the mistakes he made and won't allow them to carry over. He's competitive as well. And that was a good defense we played, they were fast and big and I thought he handled himself well on the road. There are about two of three plays he wishes he could have back, but you know what, when you have the ball in your hand every play you are going to have some of those."

On the upcoming game vs. Toledo

"They have an outstanding football team on both sides of the ball. Very impressed with their offensive line, the way they block people. I have been for several years now, very big offensive line that is big, tough and athletic. Quarterback is a very good player, and defensively they are playing very well. They are one of the best teams in our league."

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