Post-Game Quotes

Nov. 2, 2013

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LOGAN, Utah -

Utah State Head Coach Matt Wells:
Opening Statement:
"It was an all-around team victory. I thought we played well on both sides of the ball. The big thing for me is being really happy for our seniors. This is the winningest senior class in school history, in 121 years. We wanted to get that record for them, and we wanted to do it today. It was a big thing for us all week, so I'm really happy for them to get that here at home in front of their friends and families. It was big. I thought we played pretty efficiently on offense early on whether we were running the ball or throwing it. It was a really good team victory, I'm very happy with the outcome and the way our guys finished all the way to the end."

On Darell Garretson's big game and record:
"Well, it wasn't my record that he broke, I can tell you that. That's what we want out of him. We want him to play a little bit better each and every week. I thought he was very efficient, except for the pick which was all technique. I thought he played really well. He played within the system, he knew when he was in the redzone. I'm happy with his maturity and his progress over three weeks. He's got to keep getting a little better for us down the stretch."

On Kyler Fackrell's interception and touchdown return:
"I think that was check mate. That changed the momentum. Anytime you can score a defensive touchdown, that's huge. I'm happy for Kyler."

On winning the fourth quarter:
"By the time I got up to talk to the guys at halftime, every assistant coach had already drained them on that. We knew all week how tough (Hawai'i) played all the way to the wire. We knew that they made comebacks on people, that was the theme. We had to finish this thing strong."

On the team's performance since losing Chuckie Keeton:
"It's just a testament to their resiliency. It shows the character of these kids in the locker room and the character of the program. All four guys on offense that we've lost had a huge impact. It was the defense guys stepping up verbally and the offensive guys rallying around a young quarterback and replacements. It's been next man up and I'm proud of those guys. It all goes back to your character - the way you act and the way you train. When it's tough times, the character of people comes out. It's easy to have a good attitude and to practice and play hard when things are going good. When you face some adversity, that's when you find out your metal."

Utah State Senior Wide Receiver Travis Reynolds
Opening Statement:
"Overall the offense played very sound in the first quarter. We didn't finish a lot of redzone plays, but as an offense we continue to execute and make our assignments. I told my guys that we had to finish strong. The second half we came out and did that, so I'm very proud of our offensive group."

On Darell Garretson:
"I knew this day was going to come. He's been practicing very well and this doesn't surprise me. As a freshman he has poise. I see him as a leader. A lot of people on this team see him as a leader. I'm not surprised by his accomplishments today."

On staying strong through all the team's injuries:
"That means we're loaded on this team. This team is not about one person. We have other people who can come in and fill those spots. A lot of people know that now. It was a big question mark when Chuckie (Keeton) got hurt, but we have a freshman who came in and put on his big boy pants. He did a great job of that today."

Utah State Freshman Quarterback Darell Garretson:
Opening Statement:
"I think I just did my job, mainly. I facilitated the ball to the wide receivers; the offensive line did a great job. I trusted them and they gave me a bunch of time. Especially on, I think there were four or five times, I was hanging in there for four or five seconds and getting the ball to the wide receivers and they made the plays. All I was doing was facilitating, just like the coaches tell me to do."

On learning the process of learning the offense in the middle of the season:
"I think it's been good. Just getting timing down with the wide receivers and knowing where they're going to be at, how they break out of their routes and everything. Once you get that down, you're good to go and I feel good now."

On the impact of Joey DeMartino and Travis Reynolds making big plays:
"They make plays all the time, especially Travis Reynolds. He had a great three or four catches today, and Ronald Butler made some really good catches today as well. And like I said, going back to the line, the line did a great job to give me the time I needed to do that so, kudos to them."

Utah State Sophomore Linebacker Kyler Fackrell
Opening Statement:
"I think overall the defense played pretty well. They were able to get some rush yards, falling forward in the pile, that we weren't satisfied with. And there were a couple deep balls that they made plays on, which, in man-to-man you expect it every now and then. I think there's obviously some things we can fix, but overall I think the defense played pretty well."

On the in-game adjustments made:
"I think we just kind of settled in. We were able to feel them out a little bit after the first drive and then coming out of the half we knew they were going to be slinging the ball around and their receiver made a great play, and that's fine. We were able to the next five or something series go three-and-out, so the way we answered was really positive."

On his interception and touchdown return:
"They kind of tried to pick me. I was supposed to buzz underneath the number one receiver, and he came in real quick and I followed the running back coming out of the backfield immediately. I went over the top of him and started to close a little bit. The quarterback threw a high ball, and I was able to make a play."

Hawai'i Head Coach Norm Chow
Opening Statement:
"We got beat by a very good football team. I thought they played very well. We couldn't get to the quarterback, and we couldn't move the ball like we wanted to on a consistent basis. We tried to make some things happen maybe too quickly, and we couldn't do it very steadily. I thought they were very well prepared for us. They picked up our blitzes very well, and we're obviously very, very disappointed."

On the travel being a factor:
"No excuses. We got beat by a better football team. We should have played better, we should have picked up their blitzes better, we should have blitzed better, we should have covered better."

On the play of Utah State quarterback Darell Garretson:
"I thought he did a very nice job. I thought up until now they managed him very well. It looked like they cut him loose a little bit today, and I thought he responded very, very well. He was very impressive. I thought that as a young one, we'd have a chance to get after him some. But he was very composed, and he made some nice plays."



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