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ULL post-game Mario Cristobal Q&A

What are your thoughts on the goal line stand?

“It was the best I have ever seen. That changed the game.  Our motto is let’s put the ball down and play ball we were able to get the stop. On that change of possession, we were able to go 98 yards, the length of the field, on a very tough and physical drive. That set the tone against a team that is very talented and tough and came here ready to play.”

How about Junior Mertile playing corner and getting an interception?

“We talked about the move earlier in the season because he is a very talented individual that gives us more length and speed at corner.  We experimented with it on Monday and decided to make the move. Junior [Mertile] has responded well all week. He had some great practices. And today, they sniffed out the tunnel screen and Gaitor jumped it, got a great hit, and Mertile had the catch for a touchdown. He had a couple of little mistakes, but for his first game at corner, he played a really good ball game.”

 What’s the importance of being one game away from clinching the conference?

“The word ‘clinch’ really has no meaning for us.  We are a day-by-day, minute by minute team.  The one thing that came out of this victory was that we responded well to adversity. There were situations where Louisiana had a chance to step in front of us and put some points on the board but the defense came out and made great plays. When they got the turnover, four turnovers to none, those were points for us. Every chance we had to keep pushing it and stay ahead of the scoreboard, it made it hard for Louisiana.”

 Did your defense keep you in it? 

“We only had 59 total plays. For us, we’re used to going 85, 90, 100 plays. Not much, compared to what we’re used to having, but the defense helped us by getting us on a short field. At the same time, we had a blocked punt. A real funky look that they put together and gave us. One of our tackles didn’t see and credit to our special teams for fixing it going forward.”

 How about Darriet Perry having another monster game?

“He is as tough as it gets. Sometimes it’s scotch tape and rubber bands that holds that kid together. He gets stronger each week even when he has faced injury. He ran extremely hard against a defense that consistently had one or two extra men in the box. When they do, there’s no one to block them. He’s got to beat them physically or with moves. DP, Darian Mallary, I think they played an excellent game.”

 Do you guys have it going as good as you’ve ever played?

“We’ve got to watch the tape to see what we did well and didn’t do well. One thing’s for sure. There’s a lot of corrections to be made. Today worked out well. It’s not always going to work out well.”

How about being one win away from a bowl?

“It puts us in position. We’ve put ourselves in a position to succeed. All that means is we’ve got to hop on this plane, grade some film, land in Miami, get some rest, get up and go to work.”

You really got after the quarterback today with the seven sacks ...

“There is no given. Everyone’s evenly matched. And until you get that final possession, the end of the game is what counts. We did it with a cover-2. Overall, a very strong defensive performance.”

How’s Cedric Mack?

“He strained his calf, and since we don’t have an MRI machine out here to prevent it from getting worse, we kept him out. We expect him to be back. Giancarlo went in there, starting feeling comfortable, and we did a good job rushing the ball.”

Is Junior Mertile a full-time corner now?

“He’s a corner. He’s an athlete. You might see him in the Wildcat. He’s adding a different, special dimension to our defense. You couldn’t ask for anything more in your first game. Coach Ponce is upset. I’ll tell you what. We get receivers, and the defense keeps plucking them away and making them players over there. Ash Parker was another one. They’re going to play somewhere.”

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FIU win and a Miami loss, life is good. We are in a position to win our conference this weekend. UM can't say that, they are lamenting what the future of their program holds. Look at their stadium against a rank VT team, pathetic, that is what happens when your fan base has no connection to the university. USF gets a bigger crowd and they share their stadium with an NFL team, and they don't have the "tradition" of a UM.

GO FIU!!!! Lets win this conference!!!

@ NYCFIUFan
But you gotta like the uni's, lol.

Agreed but it's not like we pack them in (yet). So maybe we don't throw stones about attendance until we sell out once at least.

Those were terrible unis for UM.

Two words for the U of M uniforms...

...simply atrocious.

Check this out from the Coral Gables blog:


A year ago I posted about my Orange Bowl curse and everyone laughed at me...I hope u guys are starting to take me serious now!! Until UM doesnt play FIU at FIU stadium, the curse will continue. Unlike UM, that allowed the destruction of my beloved Orange Bowl and didnt take pride in the stadium and allowed several loses there the last year, FIU took pride and won the final game at FIU...Therefore, I have blessed FIU and UM will continue to lose....Lose year after year...For 20 plus more years at Dolphin Stadium, until they take me serious and play FIU at FIU stadium...UM, lets see how hardheaded u guys are until u take me serious!!!

Babalawo

"
... That being said at what point does Shannon start taking the blame from the administration? In his four years, UM is 4-9 against ranked opponents and has yet to win a bowl game or even get into the ACC Title game. Virginia Tech, which came over with UM from the Big East, will be making its fifth trip to the conference title game in seven years. Even Boston College has made it to the ACC Title twice.

No, Shannon wasn't handed the keys to a Ferrari like Nick Saban was at Alabama. But when you consider that Mario Cristobal is on the verge of winning the Sun Belt Conference with FIU after being handed an 0-12 program, the current state at UM is a little embarrassing to say the least." - MANNY NAVARRO.

LOL.... now they're "fans" are talking about hiring MC out of FIU...LOL

*** Ooops.. meant to say
their "fans"... LOL sorry couldn't stop laughing long enough to catch my typo...LOL

Manny "my heart is in Texas" Navarro can go kick rocks now.

Man do you guys have a deep rooted inferiority complex with them. You should really concentrate on winning a conference title in a conference where 90% of the teams don't belong in D1A ball.

Sad, but FIU fans still act the same, even with wins in their pillow fight conference match ups.

Fomenter,

Get a clue, FIU is on the rise!! UM is out of sync & out of style...Feel free to join the bandwagon now cuz FIU it going keep going higher and higher!!!

LOL....He came out of the cave and in needs of his meds....If he meows like a cat, if he likes to chase rats, he must be a cat. Pobrecito....

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