Postgame Duke: Player reaction

Here’s what Army senior middle linebacker Stephen Anderson and sophomore slotback Brian Cobbs and Duke wide receiver Conner Vernon had to say after Army’s 35-21 win over Duke

Army senior middle linebacker Stephen Anderson
On the five turnovers caused by Army’s defense
“The two goals we can go for every single game is win the next game and win the turnover margin. As a team when we win the turnover margin, we are undefeated. We were ball conscious on offense. We didn’t turn it over and we were ball conscious on defense. We stayed hungry. We knew our opponent wasn’t going to quit and we stayed on top of that. We swarmed as a defense and attacked as an offense.”


On the defense’s play the last two games

“We are finally playing like the defense we knew we could be playing like our first two games. We get our feet wet with a team that ran the ball and a team that passed the ball. Now that we’ve seen that we know what we are strong at and what our opponents are going to attack us with and what we want to do. Just play our defense, nothing special. Every man trusting his brother side by side, left to right and to go through your responsibilities. You saw today. We made big plays happen on defense.”

Army sophomore slotback Brian Cobbs
On Army’s cashing turnovers into points

” Our mentality is to be an attack offense. Every time, we step on the field we want to put it in the end zone. We had to focus, get our confidence, be crisp and precise in our assignment and just execute and run our offense.”

On what the wins means for Army
“This will be definitely bring us closer as a brotherhood and it proves to us what we can take care of, how we can do and how much work we have to do to get better.”

Duke sophomore wide receiver Conner Vernon
On his team’s loss

We had five turnovers today and that’s never to going to win it from the offensive side of the ball.

On his fumble in the third quarter fighting for extra yards
“We are always going to fight for every inch we can get because it can make a difference in a game. Unfortunately, I didn’t protect the ball enough and let it go. That was a big point in the game and it gave all the momentum back to them. That was my fault. I take the blame 100 percent on that one.”


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