Football Press Conference Quotes - 11-19-07
Nov. 19, 2007
Football Press Conference Quotes - 11-19-07
USU head coach Brent Guy and junior tight end recap the Aggies' first win of the season at New Mexico State Saturday and preview the season finale at Idaho.
HEAD COACH Brent Guy
Recap of New Mexico State game:
"After watching the game film again and reviewing the things we did good and bad, which is what we always do every week, win or lose, the one thing that was evident at New Mexico State that at times would have helped us win more games this year was all three phases of the football team responded at critical times. If we were having some trouble defensively, the offense responded with a long drive and points. (After) We turned the football over, the defense goes out and gets the football right back. They scored on a busted coverage and then our kickoff return team takes the ball back, when the score was 21-17, and really changed the momentum of the football game. I felt like as a team, we really played off of each other and it was a great group effort to win the football game by all three phases. At times, our special teams or offense or defense has kept us in ball games throughout the year. I felt like this time it was all three phases that were a factor. We did some great things on special teams all day. Going in, I felt that we had an advantage on special teams and I thought turnovers would be a factor and we won the turnover battle and got two big turnovers, especially the one right after Curtis Marsh fumbled it when Alan Bishop intercepted the shovel pass. Then at the end of the game when we needed to seal it and not let allow them an opportunity to get back in the football game, Marquise (Charles) picks a tipped ball and runs it back. We later punched the ball in. So that was the biggest impression that I had again after watching the game, was that it was a true team effort from all three phases."
On excitement and emotion of the A being blue:
"The A was blue when we came through so that was nice... The players were talking about it in the dressing room was `the A was going to be blue tonight Coach!' They mentioned that me a lot and we had talked about it. More than anything it was fun to see their faces. It's a small thing that a lot of people don't probably think about but Jimmy Bohm getting the opportunity to score that last touchdown. I wish that was what we had to show our team because everyone on the sideline erupted when Jimmy got the opportunity to score because he's a guy that's been here a long time, he's been through a lot of offensive coordinators, some head coaches and not very many wins. For him to get to put the topper on it by running the football in. You could tell everyone on the sideline was just elated, because the guy has been here for so long and to get a chance to score the final touchdown of the game and end it for us, I think that was the topper of it all, as much as the blue A because on our whole sideline, you would've thought it was the game-winner when it was in fact just closing it out the way that they erupted and got excited when Jimmy scored the touchdown."
"They have a very good running game and they have a running back that averages 100 yards, and I think they'll try to run the football on us. They've played well at home and they've played some close games like we have against similar opponents. Fresno State, they played pretty close, Louisiana Tech they played pretty close there at home. They seem to play well in the dome and they've got a new staff, but they're very sound fundamentally. I've known Steve Axman, the offensive coordinator for a long time; Mark Criner was actually here with me when we first started when I was a linebacker coach. He's a very good football coach. I've had a lot of respect for Robb Akey, I've played against him several times when he was defensive coordinator at Washington State and I was at Arizona State. So they're very sound in what they do and the kids are playing hard. They're just kind of like us and had they had some balls bounce some different ways in some of the WAC games they've played, I think they would've won one by now. I know they're hungry and they don't want to go through the WAC season without a win so we can't look at them and say there's any advantage anywhere. We have to go play better than we played last week to beat this team on the road. For their seniors, it will be their Senior Day so they'll have a lot to play for."
On defensive improvements and vindication of Saturday's win:
"They took the challenge that we gave to the whole team, that these games at the end, where we're not playing for a bowl game and we're not playing for a conference championship like Hawai'i and Boise State are Friday night, that we're playing for pride, passion and desire to win a game. Those guys have a lot of all three of those things, all of them do. We busted some coverages and gave up some big plays that we've got to get eliminated this weekend, because Idaho will throw the ball down the field. We've got to make sure that we correct and cannot make those kind of mistakes to allow them to get some big plays down the field. We did a good job of tackling those guys in the open field, better than we've done, and we challenged them this week in practice... They all played well."
What would it mean to program going forward to turning around this tough season and end with a winning streak:
"I looked it up and we haven't won two road games since 1999 back-to-back, so it'd be the first time this decade that we've had two road wins back-to-back, especially WAC games. So we could finish with a winning streak instead of a losing streak, to build on and send our seniors out in a proper way and just give us some momentum. We're not going to prepare or do anything different than we did a week ago. We will treat Idaho just like we treated New Mexico State or any other team that we're playing. We're going to have to execute and do the things we talk about. Each week we give them three goals in offense, defense and teams, that we talk about all week and doing those things are what wins the football game."
On handling losing individually:
"This team, I've always believed, was a better football team than I've had the last two years. We haven't won as many games, but we've been closer especially in the WAC. I think we're closing the gap a little bit. We saw what this football team can do this weekend when all three phases played together. They've been much easier to coach as well. Like I said after the game, for a coach in my situation, having not won very many football games, I've received more positive e-mails than negative e-mails and more positive phone calls and support than I do negative. That win was as much for those people that have done that for me, and that's why I've been able to keep a positive frame of mind in all this because there are so many people out there that say positive things and not negative things. It was a win for those people and all of our fans that have been supportive through all of this."
JUNIOR TE Rob Myers:
"We're definitely excited to end the 16-game losing streak. I said after the game that I forgot what it felt like to win and I think a lot of people had. I think that now that we have that feeling back, everyone wants that feeling again next week. We've just got to get the ball rolling and end it on a good note this year and carry it over to next year with a two-game winning streak. Like Coach Guy said, the last time we won two games on the road in a row was 1999. It was good that we won last week, but we've just got to focus on this week."
On reality of keep thinking they could win:
"We had a really good week of practice this last week. I just felt really, really good on Friday. Scouts gave us a good look and special teams went good, everything just definitely clicked and you saw it on Saturday."
Explaining the feeling of having the weight of losing streak on shoulders lifted and the difference that the one win makes:
"It definitely lifts everybody's spirits. You do it once and you know you can do it again. Idaho is in the same boat we are with only one win. It's hard losing every week and taking the criticism and everything. I think having this win made a world of difference. Going into this last game at Moscow, it's given everybody a lot of confidence and everyone is ready to do it again."
On catching more passes as the season as gone on:
"I guess all my catches have really been in the last six games. I think that (offensive coordinator Darrell) Coach Dickey saw that after I made a couple catches I could do that. This last game we put in a couple plays for me and the other tight ends. We kind of knew what their defense was going to do and we got open and Leon just had to throw the ball up. We're (tight ends) are kind of getting overlooked when you've got a guy like Kevin Robinson. Everyone kind of overlooks us on the field."
On offensive scheme for this week against Idaho's defense:
"I think that with last week playing together, we're wanting to get one again. We just need to find some weakness in their defense. If one of the tight ends doesn't do it, one of the running backs will do or another receiver is going to do it. We've got a great group of guys and everybody has play-making abilities."
On not letting fourth quarter mind-set slip:
"At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Coach Guy brought everybody together and said `let's finish this game.' It was close at that point and everybody just wanted to win so, so bad. That thought (fourth quarter letdown) never even entered into my head. At the beginning of the game, everyone was in the locker room saying, `we're not going to lose this game, we're not doing this again.' I think just everybody just telling themselves that over and over again. I don't think there was never any doubt in anyone's minds that we weren't going to pull it out. Kevin had his kickoff return and that was huge, and then Jimmy sealed the deal with his two-yard run. I think everyone just took a huge sigh on the sideline."
Thoughts on being so wide open several times:
"I just started running and knew that when we ran that play, they had the corner over to the opposite side. Will (Fausel, senior tight end) told me to take the inside release. I took the inside release and there was nothing but space. Once I got open past the line of scrimmage, I just thought `I hope Leon throws me the ball.' I'll take care of the rest from there."
How does he avoid overconfidence and keep concentration to prepare like they did last week:
"I don't think anyone is overlooking Idaho, the seniors do a great job every week of keeping everybody in mind. I just had a really good feeling about the practices last week. Just the way that we practiced I knew that we were ready. I think just practicing this week will tell us if we're really ready or not. I don't think anybody is going to overlook anything. It's the seniors last game and we've got a good group of those guys and I don't think they're going to let anybody start thinking that we're going to lose this game."