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Oregon State vs. Utah Post Game Quotes

Oct. 20, 2012

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No. 8 Oregon State 21, Utah 7
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012
Reser Stadium – Corvallis, Ore.

Oregon State Post-Game Quotes

Head Coach Mike Riley
On being 6-0…
“It is an exciting time and I really appreciated the awesome crowd, it was just electric out there. It was one of the neatest nights and we appreciate that support. We made some timely plays defensively and some big time throws to Kevin Cummings and Marcus Wheaton. I am proud of how the kids kept playing and the coaches prepared them.”

On the Utah defense…
“They really beat us up last year on both sides of the ball. Our kids did a much better job of protecting and the best thing about a tight game like this one was our turnovers. I believe that Utah has had one of the top three defenses in this conference for the past couple years.”

On OSU leading the Pac-12 in turnovers…
“When you look at why you win, turnovers can be great indicators. It wasn't the case tonight, but it is also about who runs the ball the best. They (Utah) ran the ball better than we did but they turned the ball over in very bad field position and that was big for us.”

On the camaraderie of the OSU team…
“This is truly a team and they encourage one another. People like (Jordan) Poyer, (Markus) Wheaton and Andrew Seumalo created that energy as the season went on.”

On becoming bowl eligible…
“It is just a start and we will see how good of a bowl game we can go to as the season goes on. I just can't say enough about the fans, our team and our coaches' effort.”

Junior quarterback Cody Vaz
On becoming bowl eligible...
“It's awesome. We aren't going to be complacent and were going to keep this thing going. It was an ugly win for us tonight, but the defense played great so hats off to them.”

On Utah's defensive performance…
“They threw a lot of stuff at us, but we came up with a big drive in the fourth quarter. I am just really proud of our guys, it's a big win for us.”

Senior wide receiver Markus Wheaton
On his game plan going into tonight…
"I wanted to focus on my alignment assignment and execution. Those were the two main things I wanted to make sure I completed tonight.

On what the team will work on in practice…
“N
ext week in practice we are going to focus on our execution and keeping the same mentality we have had all the way up until this point. (That means) all of the small things it takes to win a game, as well as keeping that positive energy going with the players. We couldn't do it without the support and love from our fans and family. Beaver Nation has truly stuck behind us through this incredible journey."

Sophomore wide receiver Brandin Cooks
On the Reser Stadium atmosphere…
“It was electric. This was my first night game in Reser Stadium and it was amazing. I am looking forward to another one.”

On what he will take away from the win…
 “The offense has to come out better and be more consistent. We can't be good one game and poor the next.”

Senior corner back Jordan Poyer
On the victory…
“A 'W' is a 'W'. We didn't play perfect at all. I gave up a double move on the first play of the game and I knew it was coming. We have a lot to work on this week. We are going to work hard and get ready for Washington.”

Sophomore safety Ryan Murphy
On getting after Utah quarterback Travis Wilson…
“Coverage and pressure go together. The guys on the D-Line did what they had to do and the secondary did what we had to do also. That's all that matters.”

On the OSU offensive performance…
“We trust in our quarterbacks. We trust in both Cody and Sean no matter what. Today, we just had to pick it up as a defense, because that's what a team does.”

Redshirt freshman running back Storm Woods
On what the rest of the season has in store for his team…
“I think the sky is the limit for us. We have to keep going, respecting ourselves and staying humble.”

Utah Post-Game Quotes

Head Coach Kyle Whittingham
On his team's performance…
“I'm proud of our defense. I thought we controlled things from start to finish defensively. Our run defense was very good tonight. We got stuck in a couple of short field situations in the first half where they gave up touchdowns, but other than that they were very good.”

On Utah's defensive performance…
“If there was one negative defensively it was that we needed to get some takeaways to set up our offense on some short fields. Special teams were a nonfactor. Nothing really went on special teams wise to have an impact on the game. We missed a field goal, a very makeable one, so that was disappointing.”

On Utah's offense…
“The biggest disappointment offensively was turning the ball over four times and scoring one touchdown. You're going to win exactly zero games doing that, so our biggest issue tonight was taking care of the football. The number one rush defense in the conference was Oregon State and we had 142 yards rushing on them, which is pretty good production. We did some good things offensively, but you can't turn the ball over four times. You just can't do it. The name of the game, other than points, is winning the turnover margin and we aren't doing that right now.”

On the lack of players making big plays…
“I thought we ran the ball fairly efficiently tonight. We made some plays in the throw game but not enough of them. I think we have good leaders, we have good attitude. These guys work hard. Monday through Friday is not a problem, it's about making more plays on Saturday.”

Quarterback Travis Wilson
On his team's performance. . .
“Our defense did great tonight and shut them (OSU) down, but I made mistakes on offense and set them up for points.”

On the Oregon State defense. . .
“They're a good defense. They played hard and they played physical.”

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