Riley ready for challenge

Oregon State head coach Mike Riley met with the media earlier in the week and had plenty of positive things to say about Oregon State and Arizona as well.

Oregon State head coach Mike Riley met with the media earlier in the week and had plenty of positive things to say about Oregon State and Arizona as well.

Riley was especially complementary of quarterback Nick Foles, who he feels is a major threat.
"I think he's talented and a great thrower, but I think probably one characteristic that stands out to me is his poise," Riley said. "I think that he's got it, as a quarterback. He's just one of those guys that sees it all and makes the plays."

The UA offense is designed to use quick passes, which is something defenses need to adjust to.

"When you're getting rid of the ball fast on those kinds of things, more pressure doesn't help you, frankly, it hurts you," Riley said. "You've got to really pick and choose your times you're going to do that because it leaves your vulnerable on the perimeter. You got more people rushing, you got less people to run to that bubble screen out there. That's kind of the beauty of that play, really.

"When a quarterback is a quick-release guy and understands the offense well, then you really do have to pick and choose your moments to send extra people because that's also when you get hurt very easily. Just watch the great quarterbacks play, like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, and see how much blitzing people do against them, and you'll get a good idea of how people have to be very careful."

In order to come out on top Saturday, Riley realizes that his team must improve as a whole.

"It's not a whole different game," he said. "It's just going to have to be amped up. I think a theme for this game is that it's a good example for our lives in general. As a football team, we have to get better to win.

"You anticipate the good teams in our league getting better as they go, so if you don't it's probably going to be a bad day. This is a great example of how you have to improve to continue to win."

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