Utah Post-Game Quotes

Athletic Communications   09-15-2013

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Oregon State 51, Utah 48 OT
September 14, 2013
Rice-Eccles Stadium
Salt Lake City, Utah

Oregon State Head Coach Mike Riley

On the win –

“I’m just proud of them, that was really a gutsy, gutsy game; and their team too, they played like crazy. It was a great football game and our kids just would not lose. That’s what I really appreciate.”

On what led to his team winning -

“What probably ended up being the difference in the game was how we played defensively early, and that we made some key turnovers and got the ball. Then it was hard, they had the whole thing rolling. He was throwing the ball well, they were making catches, they were hitting some angles, they were making some fades. The screen game was going for them, then they had the zone read stuff. They had it all going on. I don’t know how many drives in a row they scored.

“We were having a hard time running the ball, so we had to scramble around and found a way to make some plays. Richard Mullaney, Kevin [Cummings], all those guys took turn making plays. It was pretty neat how everybody battled out there, both teams”

On the trick play for a fourth down conversion on their last possession in regulation –

“I thought that was a crunch time in the game the way they were playing. And I thought if we don’t get a first down here and give the ball back to them we might not see it again with a shot at winning the game. We called a running play first, then we had that timeout and I thought, let’s go for it. So away we went. The kids executed it really well.”

On the difference between being 2-1 and 1-2 –

“It’s really big. It’s a chance to build some momentum and confidence, obviously, and you don’t want to fall in a hole early. It’s great to win an opening conference game. Maybe this is an indicator of how our conference is going to go this year. It’s going to be really, really competitive.”

On RB Storm Woods going down and being taken off the field on a stretcher -

“That, understandably so, takes the wind out of you. Everybody was worried. Then when the doctors and trainers came over and said that he was responsive and moving, everybody lightened up. They gave him a big applause and just started playing again.

“All I know is that he is stable. It seemed to be a very positive outlook.”