Nov. 30, 2013
Final Stats |
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State Head Coach Matt Wells
"I don't know where to start except to praise those players. It's been a long but short road since the Boise State game. These kids put their blinders on and shut out all the noise from the outside to rally together. Today was just another testament to that and I'm just so proud of them. All three phases did things well at times, but I thought the defense was exceptional. Bottom line is that it's the best defense in the Mountain West. They proved it again and again and again this afternoon. Defense wins championships; everybody says that, especially late in the year. Being able to run the ball, be great in special teams and play exceptional defense, and we did all three of those today and found a way to win. It's unbelievable."
On having another game to prepare for:
"We look forward to going to Fresno and facing a great team. They're a very well-coached team and I have a lot of respect for them, but let's see if we can bring the trophy back to Logan."
On playing in the inaugural Mountain West Championship game:
"It's one of the best feelings I've ever felt. It's what you get into this for, to play for championships. We said it in January, we said it in August. Our goal around this place is to graduate our senior football players. Right now we're on track for six-straight years of graduating every single senior. We're on track and we want to play for a championship. Here we are on Nov. 30 with half a championship.."
Senior Running Back Joey DeMartino
On hitting the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season:
\"I think the offense played a good game today. We're still a little shaky in some areas, myself included. We just really wanted to come out and put on a good show today and get this win for the home crowd and our seniors. When we look at the film we'll always find something we can fix, but looking back right now I think we had a good game."
"It's really not an individual accomplishment to me. It's my linemen up front with the push. It definitely feels good. It's a dream come true. It's a tradition here left by Robert Turbin
, Kerwynn Williams
and Michael Smith
. I hope it just keeps continuing on. I'm glad to be a part of it. I'm grateful, I'm blessed to be in the position I'm in."
Redshirt Freshman Linebacker Nick Vigil
"I thought the defense played pretty well. We were able to limit some of their big plays. They had the one deep pass and a few where they gashed us a little bit on the run, but overall we played well. We were able to contain the quarterback who we knew was very fast and athletic. I think we did a good job overall."
Senior Cornerback Tay Glover-Wright
"It was beautiful out there, to be honest. Everybody executed what they had to do and took care of their assignments. The backs, the linemen, everybody played good assignment football. We went out there and wanted it more."
On playing one of his best career games on Senior Day:
"It feels so good and surreal. I'm still trying to take that all in. All glory be to God, it was amazing. I wish I had started like this much sooner, but things happen."
Wyoming Head Coach Dave Christensen
On reloading for next year:
"I don't know that we're that far away. We're going to have 18 starters from this team back next year. I can't control injuries, but 11 kids that would be playing today didn't make the trip. We get those guys back and we have to continue to recruit. We have to get more depth and we have to get more speed. The speed of our skill players and the speed of their skill players showed today. We have to do a better job with that and continue to build the depth of football competition on both the offensive and defensive lines."
On the end of the season after the promising start to the year:
"We lost to Nebraska, so if you base our season upon a loss, that's not a very forward-thinking way to do it. A lot of things happened in the first game of the year. I thought we executed well, we had all our players in at that time. And then we had some ups and downs; some times where we played well offensively. We weren't as consistent in the latter part of the year."