Minnesota Defeats Syracuse: Quotant Quotables

Doug Marrone's night summed up in one image.

As you might imagine, there were some choice words following the Syracuse Orange's 20-17 loss to the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Let's listen in...

Doug Marrone on his football team:

"I told the players. We know that we are a good football team. The perception of it is, we are 1-3. The three teams we have lost to are a combined, probably, 11-1. That doesn't make us feel any better. I told them that we have to do a good job of not listening to what goes on on the outside.

I told them that perception is what other people think of you. Character is who you are and we have to work extremely hard to keep getting better. Correct the mistakes we have been making. When we do that, and it is not as much as people are going to say or talk about, but when we do that we will be a very good football team and we will win a lot of game. And I believe we will do that."

Remember that. 1-3 is a perception, not a reality.

Doug Marrone on whether or not you can have four turnovers:

"We can't have four turnovers. One was obviously inside the five. Two on the 25 going in. When you do those things, it is very difficult to win a game. Pretty unbelievable when you have four turnovers."

Doug Marrone on whether or not Syracuse is cursed:

"We're always trying to get off to a quick start. Offensively, defensively and special teams. You know, turn around, the ball bounces off, bounces back inside the field of play...honestly, what I think about...why do we deserve so much of this bad luck? That's the first thing that went through my mind. And that's the truth."

Ryan Nassib on Minnesota's pressure:

"They did a good job getting pressure (on me). They ran a lot of blind stunts...A lot of it, we really did shoot ourselves in the foot. Some bad plays by myself."

Ryan Nassib on what the team can do to get better:

"We gotta go into this bye week with a full head of steam and try to get as much better as we can. We gotta get our bodies back. We've been in four dog fights so far this year. We gotta...get back to the basics."

Sir Alec Lemon on being Syracuse's all-time leader in receptions:

"It means a lot. It would mean more if we won the game. I don't play this game to get individual records, I go out there to win the game."

Jay Bromley on how hard it is for the SU defense to respond to so many offensive turnovers:

"You know, that's what we're built to do. We're built to go out there and get stops. Even though it is harder, because they practice just like we practice and give an offense enough opportunities they're gonna put some points on the board. It's difficult but we practice it."

Jay Bromley on if Minnesota did anything that SU didn't expect:

"No, they pretty much did exactly what we thought they were gonna do. We knew they were gonna run the ball, pass when they needed to. That's what they did and they did a decent job. We did an okay job of stopping the run cause they average over 200 yards a game."

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