Dec. 8, 2013
FRESNO, Calif. -
Utah State Head Coach Matt Wells
"First of all I want to congratulate Tim DeRuyter and his staff. They run a really good program."
"This team (Utah State) has won with resiliency and character. Our kids showed that tonight. I am proud to be their head coach. We will walk out of here with our chin up and chest out, and proud to be Mountain West Divisonal champs."
On the team's defense:
"Well, I think they played really well at times. The highlight to me was the back-to-back turnovers in the third quarter. Unfortunately, we couldn't capitalize on offense. They eliminated the run, but couldn't stop the passing attack. However, I am still proud of these guys.
On Fresno State's defense:
"I thought they did a nice job pressuring the quarterback early in the game. It got us off rhythm. We made some contested catches, but there were also a lot of drops. We missed a couple open receivers a few times. We can't pinpoint it on the drops in the perimeter, nor pinpoint it on the offensive line. Credit to them and their defense."
Thoughts on his players:
"I am extremely proud of them. The kids that we have in that locker room are quiet. They fully expected to come here and win. They don't hope to win, they exepct to win. The thing that I am proud of the most is that they continued to move this program step by step. They earned the right to be in this league. We will be a player for seasons to come. It has been three straight years this program has done this. All the credit goes out to these kids."
What are you going to remember most about this season and this team?
"I am going to sound like a broken record, but the character of these kids. The fight in them, when we were 3-4 after losing to Boise State. Just to show these kids here is the big picture and narrow focus, and week after week we just chipped away on finding ways to win. We had so many kids step up. Those are the kind of kids in this program that make me proud to be their head coach."
Junior Safety Brian Suite:
On the play of the defense:
"When things are not really going our way we aren't the team that points fingers on each other. We are a team that encourages each other, by having one another's back. I am proud to be on this defense and proud to be a part of this team. We left it all out there."
Junior Wide Receiver Ronald Butler
On the team's performance:
"Our team is going to keep fighting regardless what the scoreboard says. With that being said, we come out with the mentality that we are never out of reach to win the game. That is something we will continue to do."
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