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Release: 09/28/2013
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OREGON STATE QUOTES

Oregon State 44, Colorado 17

September 28, 2013

Reser Stadium

Corvallis, Ore.

 Head Coach Mike Riley

 On the team’s performance today…

“Sean Mannion made some good plays today. We weren’t as consistent in our passing game as usual but we made a lot of other plays. We also had 100+ yards rushing. This is a baby step forward, but it’s good. This is a really good win going into a bye week. We will keep getting stronger in these next coming weeks. The league is strong and well-balanced, but I like the odds with this team. They work hard and stay together.”

On Cooks’ performance this year…

“He is a really driven guy. He is a hard-worker, he’s talented and he has always been good. But he is stronger than ever now. He had a really great offseason and came back stronger. He runs through people, you can’t arm tackle him. He can run and stop. Those are the two key things to being as good as he is. He can run and make a break and stop on a dime. He is a great leader and key piece of this team.”

On pass protection and performance of the offensive line…

“A great example of this is the late TD to Caleb. It was our third choice and Sean had time to look and find him. Our coaching staff has been working with our players and there have been a lot of changes, but they have handled it. They have hung in there great and they are only getting better. It’s still not perfect, yet, but it is getting better.

On the balance between the running game and passing game…

“We definitely want to have balance. We are at our best when we can run and play. We are trying to get that back. But we also need balance within our passing game. Cooks gets the ball when others are able to get the ball and make plays as well. Our screen game is crucial here too. That came back a bit for us today.”

 Quarterback Sean Mannion

 On being 4-1 going into bye week...

“I like the way we rebounded after a rocky start. We've just got to go full speed ahead from here and look back at what we've done and be happy with it. We have to continue to work hard."

On playing with the lead most of the game...

“I think it's good, especially when you get a lot of the younger guys in. It's good when you can put a team away when you get the chance. Our defense gave us a ton of chances throughout the game. I think our offense didn't do a very good job of capitalizing on those chances early in the game, but we bounced back in the second half."

OnBrandin Cooks receiving player of the game award...

“He deserves it more than I do. He was making plays all day. The record (six touchdown passes) is all a team effort and I think it shows. Brandin made a ton of plays for me. Caleb (Smith) had two touchdowns today, which was huge. Connor Hamlett and Richard Mullaneyboth had big fourth down conversions. It was a real good group effort. The offensive line also battled all day."

On Brandin Cooks’ performance...

“He is an unbelievable player. Whenever Brandin goes for it, he has a chance to come down with it."

On Brandin Cooks being the best receiver in the country...

"I can't think of anyone better. Granted, I have a biased opinion, but I'd take him against anyone."

 Running back Terron Ward

On the running game in the first half…

“We didn’t run the ball well. We were sloppy. We didn’t come out how we wanted to run the ball, but towards the end of the game we got some good plays running outside.”

On missed opportunities and the half-time talk…

“We knew defense was playing well. We were getting the ball and not doing anything with it. At half we knew we had to have some stamina. We came on the field in the second half and did what we had to do.”

Wide ReceiverBrandin Cooks

On Oregon State’s defense…

“Our defense was lights out. It was really exciting to see and I know they’re going to keep that going.”

On Mannion’s  performance…

“He’s just amazing, I mean look at the numbers he put up. The guy is playing with confidence. Player of the Game probably should have gone to him to be honest. He played his tail off and played like the Sean we all know.”

On playing in the bad weather conditions…

“It was a little different, because it was the first game we played in wind like that this year. It did play a small factor, but we didn’t make that an excuse.”

On the upcoming bye week…

“We’re going to start prepping for Washington State right away. We’ll celebrate this win but come Monday we have got to get back to business. We’ll get a good week of practice in and get going.”

Safety Ryan Murphy

On the defense…

“Each week we want to make sure each person does their job.When we have all 11 guys doing their job it comes together as one during the game.”

On if this was the best overall defense performance this season…

“Well the season isn’t over yet, but so far, yes, I could say that.”

On what he thought of Terron’s pass to Mannion…

“It’s always fun seeing him throw the ball, because he is just so short.  So when he pushes the ball out, it’s just funny to me.  It looks like a shot-put, a little flick.He is all muscle.”

On what he will take away from the game…

“When we watch the film we can see effort, responsibility and game plan.”


 

COLORADO QUOTES

Head Coach Mike MacIntyre

 On what happened in the game…

“Turnovers. That’s what the difference in the game was. We had the mishaps there on the kickoff returns. We work catching squib kicks and bloops and all that. We send our guys out early before the game in pregame to do that. We also do it in practice, so we have to make sure we handle that. That kind of flipped the game for sure. Mainly to me it was turnovers and taking care of the ball.”

On Colorado’s offense inability to move the ball…

“That was all part of it. We turned the ball over and we had some holding penalties and that type of thing. We should move the ball better and we will.”

On how much the win affected Colorado quarterback Connor Wood…

“Nothing.”

On why they were unable to get the ball to Colorado receiver Paul Richardson…

“I have no idea. I’ll look at the film and find out. I have no idea. We got it to him in the second half. We gave it to him on a reverse on the first play and we threw it to him on the second play. We’ll just keep working at it.”

On whether any of the offensive problems were because of the long layoff…

“I don’t think so. Nope.”

On the special teams mistakes for the third game in a row…

“Those weren’t coaching mistakes -- those are kids not doing what they are supposed to do -- holding on to the ball correctly and recovering it correctly. Those are things we work on all the time. So we’ll just need to keep working at it.”

On Colorado quarterback Connor Wood’s inability to find receivers…

“I don’t know. I’ll look at the film and exactly find out. He started doing a little bit better in the second half. I don’t know why he didn’t do it as good in the first half.”

On what he saw from Colorado running back Michael Adkins…

“He’s good and fast. He can run the ball. He’s a good running back and he’ll play a lot for us.”

On the play of Colorado’s offensive line…

“I’ll look at it on film. We had too many penalties in the first half. One of them was a late hit that kind of flipped the game on us, and he didn’t play anymore the rest of the game. You can’t be doing that kind of stuff. It’s ridiculous.”

On the play of Colorado’s defense in the first half…

“They didn’t hold up. They gave up 590 yards. We can’t be doing that. We should have had three picks. We were right there and double covering the kid. We were all over him and we don’t make the play. We don’t make the play. So we need to work on making that play. We need to work harder in practice and do a better job as coaches. We should have had three picks in the first half. I mean we were right there. We had a better chance of catching it than he does, and we don’t catch it.”

On what changed in the second half…

“Did you watch the kickoff returns? That’s what changed it. When you give them the ball three times down there like that and we threw the pick. That’s what changed it. Turnovers.”

On what it will take to win in the Pac-12…

“Not turn the ball over. Throw the ball to the right guys.”

Quarterback #5 Connor Wood

On what went wrong…

“You can’t put your finger on one thing that went wrong. I think all facets of the game had some; special teams made mistakes, defense made mistakes, and our offense had their fair share as well, so there are a lot of things we can improve on this week.”

On Oregon State’s defense and their pregame preparation…

“We were very prepared for what they were going to show and they didn’t show us anything out of the ordinary that we hadn’t seen on tape before.”

 On his time in the pocket and being rushed…

“Again there isn’t really just one thing to blame. There were times where I was a little hurried to throw the ball, but there were also times where I got happy feet because I had got hit the play before. I just need to stand in there and throw the ball strong.”

On how he will move on from today’s loss…

“I’m going to look at the tape and make notes about what I did wrong personally, and there are a bunch of them. I can’t look at this as a failure, but I have to look at this as a learning experience.”

Cornerback Kenneth Crawley

On what happened in the second half…

“We just weren’t getting there, and we are going to have to do better in our practices and start developing our pass rush. “

On if they got enough pressure on Mannion…

“No not enough. I felt like he was able to sit back and through the ball down field to his guys all day, so I don’t think we gave him enough pressure today. “

On if the game is a major setback…

“This is a learning experience. We just have to forget about this game and move on. We have the best team in the country coming next weekend, so we have to forget about this game and re-group as a team to get ready for next Saturday.”

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