Oct. 14, 2002
LOGAN, Utah - MICK DENNEHY UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL COACH PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES Oct. 14, 2002
On The Bye Week
"Coming off the bye week has allowed us to do several things. Number one it has allowed us to get healthy... It has allowed us to go back and look at some of the things we have done well and some of the things we haven't done well and address those issues. We have kind of looked back at some of our goals, some of which we have achieved and some which we haven't achieved and kind of re-establish some things for the final half of the season. The big thing is that we are healthy. The kids are anticipating the final half. I am really pleased with the way they have kind of jumped back into it. I know they are really looking forward to playing a very good New Mexico football team on Saturday for our homecoming."
On New Mexico
"They played a new quarterback last week. They did some things that they discovered they needed to do to win football games with the new quarterback. The kid's name is Milea and basically he is another running back in their offense. He gained 100-some yards on 20 carries. They have become a little bit of a different football team. I think what they want to do offensively is they want to pound the ball and run the ball, run a little bit more option. They want to do some things with him that some of their other guys weren't doing. Obviously they have found a way to win games and that one last week was a huge game. They rallied around him. They won the game by running it right at UNLV and also got some turnovers and defensively converted some things. They did a great job in the special teams area, return game as well."
"We are going to have to do a great job focusing on stopping their running game, making sure we are heads up on play action passes are concerned. They don't appear to want to throw the ball a whole bunch. With Milea I think they threw it eight times last week. Defensively they are a big concern because they are drastically different than the teams we see week in and week out with the amount of pressure that they bring and so on and so forth."
On The First Part Of The Season
"I think we have found out over the last six weeks that nobody is going to give us anything. If we are going to get them, we are going to have to go out and earn them. We are going to have to bring our level of play up to the point where we do that and we win games because we deserve to win them."
On Bouncing Back From The Loss To Brigham Young
"It was a very, very difficult loss. I hesitate to be real emotional as far as my comments right after a ballgame because so much goes on within the context of the game. Going back and analyzing, I don't think we could have played any better than we did in the first half of that football game and I don't think BYU could have played any better than they played in the second half of that game. They did everything they had to in terms of keeping our offense off the field by their offense being extremely effective and patient more than anything else. It would have been nice to see them maybe feel like they had to get in a hurry and start throwing the ball a little bit more and things like that, but they did everything they had to do in terms of making plays, converting third and fourth downs, and eating clock. We didn't have many opportunities in the second half and with that being the case you have to make do with what you have and we didn't do a very good job of creating first downs and making plays to keep the ball in our own hands. I think they played a little bit better and tightened some things up defensively."
On The Players Bouncing Back
"I think kids are sometimes a little more resilient than we are as adults. It was a tough one, no question. I am not going to lie about that. It was a tough one to swallow because of all the plums that we had out there to pluck out, that would have been the one that would have healed a lot of ills. Of all the games we have played, in terms of opportunities, that was probably the biggest opportunity we had and we had it in our grasp and it slipped away from us. The one thing I am pleased with is that the kids have begun to focus on the University of New Mexico, knowing that one is over. We need to be at our best. We need to put the past behind us and take everything that we have mentally and physically, to make a run over the next five games, beginning with a very good New Mexico football team."
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