Oct. 4, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State Head Coach Matt Wells
"It was obviously a tough night out there for us. We didn't start out very good and it didn't finish well. It wasn't the script that we had written or planned. The one thing I liked was the fight in those kids. They fought, they didn't give up, they didn't quit. Right now we're facing a lot of adversity. That's three offensive starters we've lost in the last two weeks. We're going to have to find a way to regroup. The bottom line is this - I said it before the game and I'll say it now - we're 2-0 in the Mountain West Conference. To find a way to compete for that championship we're going to have to regroup and win as a team. This is the greatest team sport ever invented and not one kid can win it. We've said that in this program that we're not a bunch of individuals and we're not about one kid. We're about to find out if we are or not."
On knowledge of Chuckie Keeton's prognosis:
"No, not yet, but it doesn't look good."
On Craig Harrison coming in:
"I was proud of him for coming in because I don't think he flinched. He played well at times, he played not-so-good at times. We have to clean him up and do some things with him. That's a hard situation for that kid to come in to because they're pinning their ears back after him. I thought he did some good stuff, I think he did some stuff he's probably going to want back. It's a difficult situation, but now he's going to have to respond and lead this group."
On the defense:
"I thought they bowed up in the red zone and played really tough at times and got a couple stops. They gave up shots in the back end and we weren't doing anything in the offense to keep grace anyway. At that point, it is just more salt in the wound."
On changing the offense if Keeton stays out:
"We're going to have to fit to Craig's strengths, to our running backs' strengths and play behind the big O-Line. We're going to have to find a way to score points and it's going to have to be in the throwing game and in the running game. It will be a good test for us coming up."
Junior Quarterback Craig Harrison
"Offensively I thought we performed well at times. We were able to move the ball. The biggest thing we needed to do was sustain drives. We'd get a first down, we'd get a big play and we were fighting for a chance from there on out. It's difficult to win games when you don't score points. We have to be more explosive and take shots."
On Chuckie Keeton going down:
"It's a lot like seeing your brother go down. It was very difficult and very emotional for me for many reasons. Knowing that I was going to have to go into the game was a flurry of emotions all at once."
On taking over as starting quarterback if needed:
"I feel prepared. I'm not Chuckie. He's an outstanding player and those are big shoes to fill, but I have faith in the coaches and faith in every player that we'll be able to shape and mold the offense to my strengths. We'll be able to come out and be successful."
On the emotions of the loss:
"The biggest thing is that it's an in-state game, so it hurts to lose. The real goal is to win the Mountain West. We're 2-0 in the Mountain West and we have Boise State coming up which is a very good program. The biggest thing is what we want to do in conference and that's to win it."
Utah State Linebacker Zach Vigil
On bouncing back from Chuckie Keeton's injury:
"Obviously Chuckie's a great leader of this whole team and of this offense. Losing him is obviously a huge blow to us as a team. But at this point of the season we have to move past that and depend on another guy. I know we can do it; we have the people to do it. When you have an injury on the offensive side of the ball, the defense has to play better. We have to play better or we will lose, and we will continue to lose.
On Tayson Hill's play:
"We planned for him to get out of the pocket and he did. He did escape because Taysom Hill's a great player. He threw the ball very well tonight. He adjusted and executed well tonight."
BYU Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall
"It's a difficult place to play. Utah State has a strong defense. I'm really sad to see Chuckie (Keeton) get hurt. I could tell right at the beginning by the sound he made that he wasn't going to be good. I'm hopeful he can return and lead his team. I thought our offensive balance improved. I thought our execution also improved, and we took the ball away a few more times. So overall, progress and a good win."
On quarterback Taysom Hill's efficiency:
"It was just a matter of time and our staff and players coming together and getting adjusted to what we're doing this year offensively. I think he's made progress every game, and I thought he had a strong game this evening."
On the overall play of the defense:
"We really focused on the ball not being able to go around us or over the top of us, and we're willing just to be patient, and then try to knock as many balls down as possible on the quick game and Kyle (Van Noy) started that right from the beginning which was an awesome start. We got a chance to play a lot of players, which is fun especially toward the end."
On scouting quarterback Craig Harrison before the game:
"Never even mentioned his name. We spent all week just thinking about Chuckie and etc. He did a nice job for the number of plays he got, and it was fun to see him lead the team at the end down there and get in the end zone for Utah State. I'm sure that will be something they build off of."
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