Postgame reaction (North Texas): Jeff Monken

Jeff Monken said he was “embarrassed” with his team’s execution or lack thereof after Army’s 52-49 loss at North Texas Saturday.

Monken accepted blame for, “too many mental errors” as the Black Knights had their six-game winning streak snapped.

Here are Monken’s comments from a phone interview:

Opening statement and team’s miscues
“A ton of mental mistakes. Undisciplined errors. Foolish penalties. Turning guys loose. We score a touchdown (Darnell Woolfolk’s 32-yard run) and we have two guys in motion. One of them is not supposed to be in motion at all even when the ball is snapped. We jump offsides at the end down there and we (Mike Reynolds) intercept the pass. If we aren’t offsides, we are going to overtime. Too many mental errors and it starts with me. It was not very disciplined football tonight and I’m really disappointed. But give North Texas credit. They made a lot of plays. They were on fire on offense.”

“You look at the second half, we had a 2nd-and-22 and we let them have an 18-yard pass and then they convert that third down. You sack them on first down, it’s 2nd-and-22 and we stop them, it’s going to be 3rd-and-20 and we late hit (by Elijah Riley). Automatic first down and they go down and score. There’s enough mistakes to go around, it’s embarrassing. I’m embarrassed with how poorly we executed and how undisciplined we were with assignments and foolish penalties.”

“I thought we played hard and tried hard. I thought our guys gave a great effort. We never flinched. We just kept playing and trying the find a way. You said it, the team that had it last (was likely going to win). They put themselves in position to win the game.”

On the thought of going to a two-point conversion and the lead after Andy Davidson’s touchdown with 1:23 left
“There was. That’s why we kind of hesitated and took a while and we talked about it and really deliberated. We thought maybe we’ll go for two here and go up by one. But the fact was they had a lot of time left on the clock and with as fast as they were moving the ball, all they had to do was get in field goal range and they would have beat us by two instead of three. If there was far less time on the clock, if it was a minute or under a minute, then certainly, we would have gone for two and likely try to hold them because we weren’t stopping them very much.”

On if he thought North Texas would send its offense on the field after Army iced kicker Trevor Moore before a 48-yard field goal attempt
“We thought they would send the kicker again. But when they sent the offense out, that’s fine. The defense is on the field so we just made a defensive call, the one we would have made. We should have been passing the (sideline) route a little tighter. It’s something that we discussed and we just didn’t get it executed. That’s our job as coaches to make sure they get it executed. Give them credit. They made a bunch of plays and made one right there and made the kick.”

On slotback Kell Walker’s status. Sophomore went down with an apparent ankle injury in the first quarter and did not return

“I think he’s going to be OK. He’s walking fine. I didn’t feel like he could change directions, plant and cut. There’s plenty of time to get him healthy (before Navy on Dec. 9).”



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