Hoya Notes: From the Desk of Head Football Coach Kevin Kelly

Sept. 18, 2012

Hoya Notes - Post-Game Yale, Preparing for the Hoyas National Television Debut vs. Princeton

From The Desk of Kevin Kelly

Dear family, friends and fans,

This past week, for a lot of us, was the toughest loss since we've been here. Yale deserves credit, they are a good football team, but we feel like we had the game in our grasp and squandered it. It was like a tennis match the way the game went back and forth, but we just couldn't capitalize on our opportunities.

Even before watching the film we know we need to do a better job in the red zone. We were 0-for-four and Yale was three-for-three in those situations. We won the turnover battle, five-to-four, but it was where we turned the ball over that hurt us. We had two turnovers in the red zone and another one inside our own 20-yard line and Yale was able to take advantage.

On the positive side, we rushed for over 250 yards and our defense forced five turnovers. Usually when you do those things you are going to be successful. I thought our defense played very well in the fourth quarter to put us in position to win that game. Jeremy Moore showed why he was a preseason All-American, he is just able to see things that other players don't see. Kevin Macari showed how dangerous he is in the punt return game with a 79-yard punt return for a touchdown.

With the shortened week it is a quick turnaround. The coaching staff was back at McDonough early on Sunday morning to break down film. When we met on Sunday afternoon, I told the guys that it's the start of a new week. We had a heart-to-heart talk and then went out and had a great practice on Sunday afternoon. Everything has been pushed up by a day because of the shortened week, but this has been one of our best stretches of practices in the last three weeks. The guys have done an excellent job bouncing back and are antsy to get back on the field after Saturday. I anticipate seeing an angry football team when we take the field on Friday night.

Everyone is excited about the opportunity to play on national television. This has been a game that has been circled on a lot of calendars since we found out we would be playing on Friday night on ESPNU back in the summer. It is an opportunity to show the nation what our program is all about and how far we've come.

If you cannot be there in Princeton on Friday, we hope you'll be watching the game at 7 p.m. on ESPNU!

Win the Day!

Coach Kelly

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