Oct. 20, 2013
Final Stats |
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
Utah State Head Coach Matt Wells
"First of all, I thought it was a tremendous team effort by all three sides. We had big plays in the kicking game and almost had another one. I thought the defense shut the run game down and were dominant. We ran the ball. That's what we said before the game, the front seven on both sides of the ball had to play well. We had to have some big plays in the kicking game happen and it happened. I thought that Darell (Garretson) played really efficient, spread the ball around, was stingy with the ball and went through his reads. I thought he did well."
On bouncing back after back-to-back losses:
"Every win is big. It is hard to win games in Division I football. I always say that you can't go down to Wal-Mart in row 8, third shelf up and pick up a bunch of wins. It's hard to win and it's hard to win on the road. Every win is special."
On the play of the offense:
"I thought the O-line played really well up front, the tight ends and every different personnel group that we had to play. I'm just so proud of these kids. They have battled and we have changed stuff around and positions on guys. We pulled Wyatt (Houston) out of a redshirt position and I thought he played well. We did a lot of stuff trying to win games. I thought that the kids responded well and I am really happy and proud for them."
On the defense setting the tone early with the fumble recovery:
"That was huge. It was a shot of adrenaline in the arm and to be able to hand the ball off with seven points right out of the gate was huge."
On the defense:
"I think we were solid against the run and we were stingy. We know how to play our gap control. We have good players."
On special teams and the fake punt:
New Mexico Head Coach Bob Davie:
"It was not a fake punt, they gave it to us. It's their (the Lobos') job to contain the punt and that wasn't on. It was something that the kicker did and we do it in practice all the time and it was not called."
"Just like I told our team in there, now is not the time to do a lot of talking. It was humbling. I give them a lot of credit. The immaturity of our team showed big time, both physically and just from a performance standpoint. We got overwhelmed. We turn the ball over the first series of the game, they score the first play untouched. I give them credit. Offensively, we really struggled. We struggled with how physical they were across the board. We tried to throw the ball a lot. I thought we actually did do some things throwing the ball. But basically, got overwhelmed. The thing that's been solid for us was special teams. We gave up a punt return for a touchdown. We gave up a fake punt for a touchdown. Again, the immaturity showed. We have a young guy who should have been rushing from the outside, protecting it and he didn't. He got burrowed down inside and the kid takes the ball and runs 70 yards for a touchdown. So there's some things that shouldn't happen. I take responsibility for that. That's what it was, we got humbled."
On Utah State's four-man defensive front:
"Smart. They came out with four, big, strong dudes in there. And so much more powerful than us on both sides of the ball. They're a three-man front team but they played four-man front on us. They covered those guards and lined up and played us like I would play us with that personnel. Lined up and played a four-man front, played a lot of Cover 3. Really pretty simple, but kind of engulfed us in there. We had a hard time -- hard time -- running the ball. So they went to a four-man front and went after us."
On the immaturity of the team:
"I've said that from day one. We're a young team. I just think that when you stand there and look out there, there's some things just from a physical maturity standpoint that they were impressive. But, more than that, I don't want to put it all on that. Because there's things that happened that shouldn't happen from a coaching standout, which is from an execution standpoint."
On what should have happened defensively with the offense struggling:
"Well, that's the point. You all know what we are. If we can't run it successfully, if we can't run triple-option, run the ball successfully, we have a hard time. Let's call it what it is. They put the wildcat quarterback in there and took the ball down the length of the field without throwing a pass on us. There's not many things we can stop. So if we're out there a lot on defense -- if our offense isn't controlling the ball -- we're in dire straits. And that's what you saw."