Nov. 17, 2012
RUSTON, La. -
Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes
"It's a disappointing loss. We had a lot of momentum heading into overtime and we felt good going on, like we had the momentum. But then we gave them an easy touchdown and then didn't get a first down. It seemed like we were emotionally done at that point - like we ran out of gas. But you have to give Utah State credit. They did what it took to win the game."
On the final call on fourth down in overtime:
DJ's kick return gave us a chance to get back into the game. Utah State played a good game. They took away the outside and made us run the ball. Playing against a good football team, three turnovers will kill you. We hadn't done that (turned the ball over) since playing UNLV. When you're struggling you have a tendency to force some things and I think that's what happened tonight. But it was a product of all of us, not just Colby. Obviously the difference tonight was turnovers - we made three and they didn't turn the ball over."
About the Tech seniors playing in their last home game:
About the big crowd during quarter break at Tech:
About the potential of being a BCS Buster:
"It was kind of like a dream - an opportunity to do something special. You have to wrap your arms around it when you get that kind of chance to do something special."
On Kenneth Dixon's performance:
"We were just unsettled. These guys have invested a lot in this season, and with senior day our guys really wanted to win. We just let it get away from us."
"We have to learn how to win on the big stage. It's something we're still trying to do. The toughest part was that four-game stretch where we were considered to be playing against lesser opponents. But we're still trying to learn how to win a game on the big stage. It's a learning process, and once we learn that then I think we'll really break through."
"We want to be an 11-win football team. If we can win the next we'll have 10 and then we'll have a shot at 11 with a bowl game. That's our goal now."
Utah State head coach Gary Andersen
"We just had to keep scoring. It was a tremendous football game; an unbelievable victory. All I know now is that everything in between does not matter now."
"It does not matter what happened, how it happened, why it happened or when it happened. We got the game ball and we won. We are WAC Champs and no one can take that away from us."
On senior Kerwynn Williams scoring the game-winning touchdown:
"They believe in us as coaches. They believe in Logan; believe in Cache Valley. To be able to have these kids have this moment is unbelievable."
On linebacker Jake Doughty's play:
"As far as the corners go, when you are playing against a team like this that is averaging the points they are averaging and do the things they do, you have to understand it and change the game. The only way to change that game is to bring pressure and play man coverage."
"That is high risk, but all these games in my career I have been involved in, when you have that type of offense you have to change things up. They competed hard. They made plays on the ball down the field."
"You can talk about different guys, but I know this, there are kids in the back end that took great pride today in going and getting themselves in a fight against one of the top or best offenses in the country and go toe to toe with one of the best wide receivers that I have seen in college football in a long time in Patton. He is not a good player. He is a great player that will play for a long time."
"We picked off the quarterback twice that has not been picked off all season. That is a great job by the defensive coaches and players. In the end it was just enough."
On winning the turnover battle:
On Chuckie Keeton breaking offensive records in the game:
On the amount of crucial penalties:
"There were a lot of penalties, but at the end of the day we won. I am just glad it worked out for us. There were penalties on both sides. The defense did a nice job of reacting when someone was coming their way."
On LA Tech scoring in bunches in the second half:
"There was definitely a chest match between very good offensive coaches and I think very good defensive coaches; very good players on their side and very good players on our side. That is what college football is all about, and my hat goes off to LA Tech, the way those kids played, the way they put themselves in positions to be able to react when the chips were down. Our kids did the same thing. They reacted when the chips were down."
On recapturing the momentum late:
On whether Utah State should be ranked:
On Idaho next week: