2011 Coach's Corner #3 - A Letter From The Desk Of Coach Priore
Sept. 15, 2011
Stony Brook, N.Y. - After playing what I thought was a close to perfect game from a standpoint of the execution of offense, defense and communication, this past Saturday at Buffalo we did not handle the magnitude of the game the way we did at UTEP. I felt we lacked a little bit of focus, and had more unforced mistakes that were controlled by us as a unit, which caused us to give away opportunities that led to the loss.
College football and Stony Brook rely on the ability to turn the ball over and create positive field position. Two of their touchdowns were the result of turnovers and one came off good field position. When you look at that 21 points, that becomes the difference in any football game. We played very hard, we went down early, but I think we showed great composure. We were able to tie it up in the second quarter, but we hurt ourselves by allowing them to drive on us. We did not execute in the second half on offense, but defensively I thought we played a good game.
The disappointment I have in the game is that the score should not have been 35-7. We understood Buffalo's skill level and tradition at the FBS level, but I liked the matchup and our team's strengths. After these two weeks I think our team has a good idea of where we stand going forward. We just need to continue to get better as a football team.
This week's game against Brown affords us the opportunity to play at home, and take on a team that's on our level. I'm proud of our team for their ability to go on the road two straight weeks against better opponents. Travelling is not something that's easy to do.
Looking at Brown, consistency is something they've shown year after year. They have a lot of upperclassmen at key positions. Our job for this week is to be able to take week one and two and put it in the closet. I think we're looking at Saturday's game as a 0-0 team. We're focused on continuing to emphasize the little things to be successful. At times during the past two weeks, we were inches away from something special happening. We need to reach the optimal goal, which is to win these games.
Playing in front of a great crowd at LaValle Stadium is what we as a team are looking forward to. The crowds have been great since I've been here, and we love how the fans get behind our guys. It's our first home game, it's going to be great weather, and we're excited to bring our fans quality football.
Get Your RED On, it's what WE do!
Head Football Coach