Post-Game Quotes

 

 
 

Sept. 14, 2013

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LOGAN, Utah -

Head Coach Matt Wells
Opening statement:
"It was a tremendous atmosphere with Homecoming weekend, and I thought it was a great turnout from our fans. It was a great crowd to play in front of early on. It was a total team victory and a team effort. I liked the way these guys focused throughout the week and continued to stress it in the game. I'm happy with both sides of the ball. We were explosive early, and that's what we wanted to do, start out aggressive. I thought our defense played really well, really early. As we move forward, we continue to look to our goals. Our main goal again is to compete for a Mountain West Championship in November. We have a big game coming up and we all know about it. Hopefully we'll prepare and focus right during the week and that will give us the chance to play well next Saturday."

On seeing action from the second and third string players:
"It was good. On offense we got those guys in right before halftime. It was good to get Craig (Harrison) a lot of reps. I'm happy for him with his performance. The biggest key was to get those five guys in up front. We were able to get them some playing experience because I understand what's coming up next year."

On Kyler Fackrell's touchdown:
"That was fun. He was a high school wide receiver. We've had him in there the last couple games, so it's not really a surprise. We just continue to expand his roles. He's athletic, and it's neat for him to get that touchdown pass."

On the upcoming USC game:
"We'll be in a national spotlight. It will give us a chance to continue to brand our image. It's about marketing from a recruiting standpoint. We've knocked on that door for four-straight years and we'll see if these boys can knock it down. They'll be ready to play, they won't flinch. They've been on big stages before and it will be a fun game."

Junior Quarterback Chuckie Keeton
Opening statement:
"Great game as a team, so far probably the best one I've been a part of. Overall as a team, we executed on offense, defense and special teams. The turnover we had at the end I'm going to say is rain-induced, but at the same time it was small things that kind of led up to it that need to be avoided. That's a plan as our entire team is knowing the system."

On Kyler Fackrell's touchdown:
"I can tell you that was probably the biggest celebration I had. I think I ran like 30 yards and no one really understood why. It's special to get him out there. He's one of the kids on the team who we're happy to have because he's such a great athlete. That being said, we were able to utilize his ability and go up and make a play. It was a little bit tougher of a play than we wanted, but we got the same results. We got a touchdown, and I'm happy about it. Kyler has a lot more fight and a lot more aggressiveness than the corner expected. You just have to trust players. Big players make big plays."

On not getting his sixth touchdown pass:
"I had the opportunity. I just missed on a couple throws. It's nothing a receiver did. If anything, he did his job more than exceptionally because he was wide open. I missed Travis Van Leeuwen right down the middle. That's a ball I'd like to have back. Hopefully next week we'll have the same opportunity, and we can hit it for a touchdown. It's fun to get out there and play and have the ability to break a record, but winning is the most important thing at the end of the day."

On scoring seven-straight touchdowns on offense and forcing seven-straight three-and-outs on defense:
"That was much-deserved by our defense. Ever since the first game they've really put a burden on themselves and have been walking around with a chip on their shoulder. This was one of those games that they definitely needed, shutting them down from the beginning. Ultimately, we had good field position. Our special teams played a great role today. JoJo (Natson) had some great returns and gave us great field position. When you're working with a short field, you're doing something right. It was a team effort, and I think we played one of our best games tonight."

On heading to USC:
"It's long overdue. There's been so much hype. We always take it one week at a time, but now the week that everyone's looking forward to is here. It's going to be a fun trip. We're playing college football and there's nothing better than going in to a big college stadium with a whole lot of tradition. Hopefully we come back with a win."

Senior Running Back Joey DeMartino
Opening statement:
"All the credit goes to the O-Line and the perimeter blocking on the outside with the tight ends and wide receivers. They opened up the holes and as a running back you run through it. It wasn't much I did, all the credit to them."

On the reward of contributing to the team's success:
"Man, it's a dream come true. There have been so many days I just didn't know. I had to keep fighting, I didn't know if I wanted to do this anymore. To come around with the support I've had kept me fighting every day. I'm just excited to be out here playing with my teammates and having their respect."

On the quick start to the game:
"If that could happen every game, that would be beautiful. The defense came out and did their job. The offense came out. The game plan was to start out explosive and put on a show for our crowd on Homecoming. We did just that. Everyone executed their assignments and when everybody executes it's easy to put points on the board."

Sophomore Linebacker Kyler Fackrell
Opening statement:
"I think we played really well. We came in with a game plan and we executed that game plan. We were happy about holding them scoreless even though they did end up getting six points, but the defense played well."

On the team's first-half performance:
"Even when the two's and three's came in they still played really well and still held them scoreless. I think they answered the call; they played hard. They played well, and we expect there not to be much of a drop off to the two's, so they played well."

On is touchdown:
"It was cool. It was fun celebrating with all those guys - all the linemen. I landed out of bounds, so I wasn't sure if I was in or not. The refs kind of argued about it in front of me and decided it was a touchdown. I let them decide, but I was happy with their decision, obviously."

On playing USC next week:
"It's very exciting to be able to play USC at their house. They're a great team and we're excited to see where we're at by playing them."

Weber State Head Coach Jody Sears

Opening statement:
"Well, I'm a little disappointed because there was some bad football out there. We dropped that kickoff, I was disappointed. There were some things that we did on both sides of the ball mistake-wise that was disappointing. We've got to get some stuff corrected."

On the similar result to last week against Utah:
"Like I said, it's disappointing. When you're playing up like this, they're bigger, they're stronger, they're faster. They have two freshmen on their two-deep, we have 14. A year ago, these guys were playing high school football, now you're throwing them into the fire. That's a tough pill to swallow, but you've got to swallow it and move on and stay together."

On the positives he saw from his team:
"I think our kids stayed positive. You didn't see any, you know, undisciplined play. We had one foolish penalty there at the end, but the guys were in it, and they were playing hard."

On "playing up" to the FBS level:
"From their side of the ball, it moves differently, it sounds differently, and when they grab a hold of you, it looks differently. They're more seasoned and they're a veteran football team."

On Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton
"Well, he's Heisman-worthy to me. He's a good player; that's a good football team. I can't wait to watch him play USC next week. That'll be fun to watch."

 

 

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