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Postgame Quotes: Richmond 41, Gardner-Webb 8
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 09/09/2012
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Richmond Head Coach Danny Rocco
On Richmond's overall performance against Gardner-Webb:
"I'm really happy to win. I felt really good about the game as we were coming into the game. I think our football team was a better football team and more physical with a little more talent and a little more speed. I thought we pretty much controlled the evening. I was really pleased with our physicality and the defense played really well for an extended period of time. Offensively we showed some balance. We had some really good rushing yardage. John (Laub) got into a rhythm and made some big explosive plays in the passing game, so I felt real good about a lot of different things. Our kicking game was solid except for a bad snap, and they had one kickoff returned that chunked up some yards. But I think our football team has gotten better here in a week's time. I'm very much looking forward to going up to Lexington next week to play VMI and try to get this thing on a roll."

On the rain delay prior to kickoff:
"Well, I had a lot of time to think about it. I actually met with the team this morning and talked to them a little bit about the possibilities. There was some discussion about playing the game earlier, and I just wanted my guys to be alerted to that fact. Once I found out that the game was not going to be moved up, I immediately sent a text out to everybody about how kickoff is going to remain the same. I decided to go back into the Robins Center instead of going back here to the Halftime House. I addressed the team and gave a target time that I would come back in and we would take the field. Coach Stewart did a good job getting them stretched out and keeping them loose. They were ready to go and when I walked in. They were jacked up and I was really excited about that."

On consistency in tonight's game:
"We were consistently inconsistent. We went through some periods when we really looked like a good football team, and that's the perspective that I have to continue to offer to the team. That is the way we need to look, and it is not okay to look like we do now. We weren't in-sync in segments of the game and we didn't protect the ball in parts of the game. We had too many penalties. I do think we showed some legitimate signs of what we are capable of doing when we are at our best. What you can't do is beat yourself and against the type of opponents that we are going to play here in our league and down the stretch, we can't give them breaks to allow them to gain momentum. I talked all week long about trying to seize the momentum of the game. We have to always be probing for those opportunities because you never know when they are going to come."

On defensive effort against Gardner-Webb:
"I liked our effort a lot. I thought we were really physical and tackled really well. I thought we were well coordinated. The players understood the team they were playing against and understood what the opponent was trying to do to them. We were physical and we controlled the line of scrimmage. I thought we were in good spots in the passing game. We got out there in a couple of situations and held them to field goals. We really rose up. Even at the end, we put the first defense back out on the field and they stopped them and forced a field goal that they missed.  I didn't like that we didn't finish as well as I would have wanted us to finish. I did have some younger players in there at the time, but that would probably be the one element that I didn't like. We got a lot of our guys in, so I liked that. Anytime you get your young players in there, competing and playing, there is a lot of positive morale, experience and depth. I think we took a big step forward with that tonight."

Senior Fullback Kendall Gaskins
On his four touchdowns and moving up to fourth on Richmond's all-time touchdowns list:
"Records are great, but I'm happy we won. It's been a while and if it's all said and done and I have records, it's fine. But I just want to have a winning team my senior year. I want to go to the playoffs and make some noise, so I'll wait for that after the season."

On being able to rest a bit when substitutes entered the game in the second half:
"I felt pretty good. Then we started putting the younger guys in and I felt kind of like a coach. I was coaching them up and telling them to do this and that. We have Jacobi Green and we got George Boston into the game. He's a senior and has been working really hard. We have James McKinney and Seth Fisher, so it felt pretty good to see those guys get on the field after all the hard work they have put in."

Redshirt Senior Safety Cooper Taylor
On returning to competitive action:
"The delay about killed me. I've been looking forward to this day for what has been 372 days. That was the last time I played. I wasn't hurt and just getting out there with the guys was great. This team is so close and it was great going out there and playing ball and loving it. I can't even explain how excited I was to get out there."

Redshirt Senior Quarterback John Laub
On this potentially being his best game as a Spider:
"Based on stats, I would say yes. We had a couple of drives where we moved the ball really well today. I was just happy that our overall offense was moving the ball. Kendall had a career day and Jovan rushed for close to 100 yards. We just did a very good job moving the ball offensively tonight and like Kendall said, records are great, but he's just happy to get the win. I'm just happy that the offense moved the ball and took pressure off our defense so as to get them get off the field."

Gardner-Webb Head Coach Ron Dickerson, Jr.
On his team's effort against the Spiders:
"We played a really good team tonight, and they absolutely whipped us up front. We didn't do a good job of capitalizing on opportunities and they did a great job with that. When we made mistakes, they turned those into points. We can't turn the football over and be successful."

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