Oct. 28, 2012
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -
Head Coach Gary Andersen
Opening statement ...
"Overall, it was a great victory for us to go on the road and play well. UTSA is a youthful, exciting football team. They play hard and physical, and there is no quit in them. That is a credit to the players and a credit to their coaching staff. We knew we were going to have to come here and play well and play physical. I thought we were able to do that, but we didn't run the ball very well and it was a little disappointing. We were able to get the ball on the sides of the defense consistently. To make plays we knew we were going to have to spit the ball out sideways if they stopped our run game. That was a big part of it. The offense executed that side of taking what's there and that's important. Defensively, I thought we were solid. We had to scratch out the fourth quarter. It is difficult sometimes to get these games to end. The defense played very well and did a nice job. They gave them a couple plays, but other than that they were consistent and my first team defense was solid. Not so much on either side of the ball when we got to our young players. That was quite disappointing. We need to step up as a program in executing with the young players. We need to be better as coaches and they need to get better as young players. That is a challenging point from this game for our team. We need to answer that bill, but overall it was a great victory to come here and win that convincingly. I am proud of them."
On what is making the offense click ...
"I think it's all about the players. That will never be any different for me. They are the ones who are making the plays, executing and putting in the practice time to get themselves where they need to be. Number one, they are executing at a high level, and they are good football players. Number two, I think the coaches are doing a nice job of scheming who we are, understanding who our playmakers are and understanding who the defenses are, and we know how to take advantage of these defenses in certain situations. Once you get to game seven, you know who you are. UTSA is a solid and good defense. They play good course coverage. They know where they are going, but every coverage in America has a weakness. I felt like they did a nice job and they stopped the run. It was their mindset to stop the run, so we had to look for something else."
Head Coach Larry Coker
Opening Statement ...
"Our guys played hard and we played a very good team. They (Utah State) have great personnel and outstanding coaches. They did a good job today. Our special teams let us down, especially punting the football. Our defense had a short field and you can't play like that most of the game. We really gave ourselves no chance to win the game. We made a few plays here and there, but our special teams and ability to not run the football hurt us today."
On the blocking ability of Utah State ... "They didn't block us; they knocked us down. They are the best I have seen at that. That's hard to coach against because you don't want to practice like that with your own players where you are chopping and cutting guys down low. They did a great job and were very impressive."
On Utah State QB Chuckie Keeton ...
"He is really good and we knew that coming in. He is a great young man and you can tell he studies the game. He's the type of quarterback any coach would like to have."
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