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Oregon State - Portland State Post Game Quotes

OREGON STATE QUOTES

 

Oregon State 29, Portland State 14, 

August 30, 2014

Reser Stadium

Corvallis, Ore.

 

Head Coach Mike Riley

 

On winning the opener …

"It's good to win; we've all been there when we lost (opening) games. I was really proud of the way our defense played in the second half. We took the quarterback away."

 

On holding PSU to no points and 40 yards in the second half …

"We just played sounder football. In the first half we got out of our lanes and not balanced. In the second half we figured out what was hurting us and took it away. When you take their best stuff away and don't give them the big pass, it's just a nice job. Our guys executed. That's a good sign. I think Tyrequek (Zimmerman) had his best game as a Beaver."

 

On kicker Garrett Owens

"He did a good job, made some kicks and did a good job on kickoffs."

 

Senior Quarterback Sean Mannion

On moving into 7th place all-time on the Pac-12 passing list…

 “I'm just happy that we won here today, it was a great team win. Certainly not perfect, a lot of stuff we can improve but in terms of records it's all icing on the cake, the win is what matters.”

On how much the defensive takeaways helped the offense in the second half…

“It was huge, they gave us a lot of possessions; frankly I think the offense needs to convert on some more of those turnovers the defense is generating. It's tough to work that on but it all feels good when you win.”

 

On the running game strength today…

“They looked great, our o-line set the tone up front all day with very physical play. The backs ran well and finished a lot of their runs. I think the offense as a whole gained momentum as the game went on.”

 

Senior Safety Tyrequek Zimmerman

On his two interceptions today…

 “I felt like the film study and scout team prep helped along with the defensive line getting a good push on those plays.”

On the defensive changes at halftime that helped gain momentum…

“We just had to focus and keep the game mentally simple. We already knew what we were doing wrong so by keeping it simple we stopped making mistakes.”

 

Senior Defensive End Dylan Wynn

On second half improvements vs the first half struggles…

“On the first half there were some obvious struggles and things that we need to work on as a unit. I like to think of it as a little bit of the first game jitters going on. The defense started to get where we should be when it comes to how we want to execute stuff.”  

 

On what needs to be improved before Hawaii...

“The big problem was there average rush was over 5 yards a carry and that is absolutely unacceptable and can't happen. We have a bunch of stuff we need to work on and fix before Hawaii.”

 

Junior Receiver Richard Mullaney

On what he takes away from the play from the offense ...

“We left a lot on the field; we're going to look at the mistakes.  We know we can do a lot better.”

On the keys to turning regular opportunities into touchdown drives and field goals …

“We had a lot of penalties down there and that probably hurt us the most. Not being able to protect Sean also hurt us as well.”

PORTLAND STATE QUOTES

Head Coach Nigel Burton

Opening comment…

“It was just how we thought it was going to be. It was a hard-fought game. We knew what we were capable of as a football team. I know this I've got some tough dudes in that room. We just hit the self-destruct button one too many times. Obviously, the turnovers were the things that changed the game. But we were resilient, and I think it is still something we can build off of even though there is no such thing as moral victories.”

On what was going well offensively and defensively for Portland State in the first half…

“We felt like we were doing a nice job offensively with our offensive line; we were able to open holes. Defensively, to be honest with you, it was kind of hodgepodge early on. We didn't have our headsets the entire game, so we were guessing personnel and it was real interesting. Our coaches, I think, set the tone early because they didn't freak out. I probably was the worst, because I couldn't talk to anybody. But because our coaches didn't freak out, our players didn't freak out, and they kept playing and that's why we were up at half.”

On Portland State's defense holding Oregon State to field goal attempts…

“Guys just did their jobs. Our guys were on the sideline, they kept their heads up and they kept fighting. We kept getting more success and pushing them backwards and missed attempts and all those other things. There's not going to be a whole lot of teams we'll ever play that are going to out-athlete us, as long as we don't get a bunch of guys hurt. We knew athletically we could pretty much hang with anybody.”

On how Portland State's two quarterbacks (Kieran McDonagh and Paris Penn) performed…

“There were some times of brilliance and there were some times that were rough. Their secondary did a really nice job, and towards the second half of the game their defensive line found ways to get pressure on them. I don't care what quarterback it is, if you find ways to him them, it changes things.”

On the lack of execution in the second half…

“I think a lot of it was just straight turnovers. So that was the first thing. I think Oregon State's coaching staff did a great job adjusting to some things. Credit to Oregon State, they did a great job creating opportunities that eventually put us under.”

 

Junior Cornerback Aaron Sibley

Feelings on Vikings defense…

“I feel like our defensive performance was really good. I feel like we stepped up to the plate when we needed to and we really improved from last year. I feel like we fed off the offense – no matter what went wrong, no matter what happened in the game. We knew we had to get out there and do what we had to do.”

 

On the current group of OSU receivers…

“The current guys are really good. They are a solid group of receivers and I feel like they will have a good year, especially behind the arm of Mannion. They have real good intangibles and are really good off the line. The receivers here at Oregon State are good – there is really good competition and I respect them.”

 

On the OSU running game…

“They definitely improved their running game since last year from what we had seen on film. I'm glad that they could get that into motion. They have two very good backs: Storm Woods and Terron Ward. You have to gang tackle both of them – they're big, bad and solid. They run hard and physical.”

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