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A few thoughts heading into the Ag Bowl
September 15, 2012 - Jeff Arenz
I'll be tweeting some updates from today's Ag Bowl matchup between the Southwest Minnesota State and the University of Mary from our new Independent Sports twitter account: @SWMNSports. Kickoff for today's game is 5 p.m. at Mattke Field in Marshall.
I have some leftover quotes from SMSU linebacker J.J. Bobrowicz, running back Gannon Moore and head coach Cory Sauter that I wasn't able to fit into the game preview. I thought I'd share them with you.
Bobrowicz on the defense's key stop near the end of last week's last-second win over Northern State:
"The defense played solid. We had a couple mistakes, but that's going to happen throughout a game. We corrected those and just flew around. We knew what we had to do when it was getting down towards the end, we knew we had to stop them and we were able to get it done. That was a major improvement from last year we've had is we've really come together. We can pull together when we need to."
Moore on the thrilling finish to last week's win:
"That game is like a classic game that you'll remember forever. I'd never personally been in a game like that before, but I mean, that was pretty exciting. The defense making the stop, the offense making the final drive and then putting it through the uprights at the end, I mean, you don't hope for that, but when it does happen, it's an amazing feeling to rush the field and then hoist the kicker up."
Moore on SMSU's history with Mary and the Marauders' desire for revenge:
"We've all been talking about that. Since I've been here we've beaten Mary every year. They'll beat people that we've lost to, but then it seems every year when we play them we beat them. They're definitely going to be getting after it, but with how we've been playing, if everyone steps up and does their job, we'll come away with another win."
Sauter on Mary's passing attack, which has put up 768 yards and eight touchdowns in two games:
"I think they're just really efficient at what they do. It's not like they do a lot of things, but they're very efficient at doing them. They've got great timing with their receivers and the quarterback does a nice job of getting the ball out and give them some time to see the field. He's not a big quarterback, so he has to find lanes and they're line has been giving him adequate time to see those things."
Mary quarterback Craig Bagnell has an especially strong chemistry with senior wide receiver Tyler Steffan. Steffan had four catches for 101 yards in Mary's Week 1 win over Concordia-St. Paul, then had an eye-popping 10 grabs for 154 yards and two touchdowns in last week's win over Augustana. It probably helps that Steffan is 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds. He'll be tough player for the Mustangs to slow down.
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