Nov. 18, 2017
UTAH STATE HEAD COACH Matt Wells:
“First of all, what a great team win and a great way to send our seniors out of Maverik Stadium. A shoutout to those guys on defense, because shutouts are hard to come by and that one against Colorado State was a long time ago. What a special day. There was a lot of pride in that defense in the fourth quarter. A lot of backups got to play. It was a tremendous performance by our defense. Red zone defense and fourth-down stops were outstanding. I thought we did a great job running the football on offense. Our O-line did a great job protecting Jordan (Love). Both quarterbacks got involved in the run game. Great game planning on offense by David Yost, then credit to our defense and defensive coaches for the shutout. I’m happy with win number six, but there’s one more week to go. A big emphasis for us coming off the bye week was to finish strong. We’re on a two-week sprint to get to number seven.”
On getting all the seniors in the game today:
“That’s pretty neat. That was a concerted effort on our part this week. There are some of those guys who got extended playing time there at the end of the game. That’s something they will always remember. You can’t ever take those feelings away. This is a year we were able to do that, and I think it’s pretty neat that every one of them got to play.”
On the strong senior performances and seeing them leave:
“We’ve got a few more weeks with them, but these guys have meant a lot to this program. Kent Myers, LaJuan Hunt, Jalen Davis, Braelon Roberts, Dallin Leavitt all played extremely well. What a great setting today. Great weather, you get the shutout, you score a lot of points and get to enjoy the fourth quarter. You can’t write a better script for those seniors.
UTAH STATE SENIOR SAFETY Dallin Leavitt:
“That’s the first time we put a full 60 minutes together this season. Being a younger team, a little bit more inexperienced, guys are getting reps, guys are coming into their roles. They’re understanding what they’re supposed to be doing and they’re doing their jobs. Tonight was not perfect, but getting there.”
On getting USU’s first shutout since 2013:
“It’s special. We don’t really talk about it during the week or anything like that, but when we went up 14-0, we started looking at each other and were like, ‘Hey, let’s finish this right.’ It was special for us to go out in front of our fans and in front of our family as a group to finish with a shutout.”
On the energy of the team:
“This team is really close, and they talk about a brotherhood and all that stuff, but there really is a deep connection, a deep love for each other, especially in our defensive room. They wanted to do it for us, for us seniors, and us seniors wanted to do it for each other. It was probably the most selfless game that we’ve played as a whole, just in regards of energy and where we were putting our heart and soul into it.”
UTAH STATE SENIOR RUNNING BACK LaJuan Hunt:
“I thought the offense came out fast and physical. We were dominant from the beginning. The only reason we couldn’t sustain certain drives was because we shot ourselves in the foot. It wasn’t anything that they did. Credit to Hawai’i, they did come out and play hard. We needed this one to get bowl eligible and we did. We came out and played fast, and we executed.”
On reaching the 100-yard rushing mark in his final home game:
“It’s big time. I wouldn’t want to go out any other way. I give credit to my O-line and all the receivers that blocked for me, because without them I wouldn’t have been able to do that. It feels good to leave Maverik Stadium with 100 yards, a touchdown and a win to make us bowl eligible. Overall it was a great day.”
On the effect of the successful running game today:
“If you can run the ball, you’re more likely to win the game. That’s always a focus coming into every game, establishing the run. We want to do that early and often. That’s exactly what we did and that’s why we came up with the win.”
On reaching bowl eligibility:
“It feels great. Last year we had a really nasty taste in our mouth. It was a disappointing season and not the season that anyone wanted, or how Utah State plays football. This year we wanted to focus on that and get back to where we were before. That’s what we’ve been doing, playing with an edge. We’re coming out, executing and winning games.”
HAWAI’I HEAD COACH NICK ROLOVICH:
“It was just a bad-looking performance by us. We felt that this team, if we could go fast, we could eliminate some of their movement stuff. So, that was kind of our thought process. In hindsight, we should have used one timeout.”
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