SUNDAY NIGHT CONVERSATION: Mike Riley

MIKE RILEY talked all things Wisconsin, the bye week, the tilt against UCLA in a couple weeks and more. Things went well for the Beavs this weekend against the Badgers, who came into town ranked No. 13. But one thing Riley did not appear all that thrilled with was the officiating.

  • After watching the tape, Mike Riley said the pass interference call against linebacker D.J. Welch was a "bad call" and that "it didn't compare to what they did to () Markus Wheaton on the other side."

  • Riley also thought one of the holding calls on true freshman center Isaac Seumalo was "really, really questionable…kind of a phantom call, frankly."

  • Riley had plenty of praise for Welch, who had seven tackles including two for loss. "I just love how he plays," said Riley.

  • Riley didn't say whether Tyrequek Zimmerman would remain the starter if/when Anthony Watkins is healthy and ready to play. "We feel real good about (Zimmerman's growth and play.) Right now he's the starter."

  • Asked about what he learned after watching tape, Riley said he liked that the Beavs played hard and with confidence.

  • OSU has Sundays off this year, with Monday the first practice of the week. Players who dressed are required to check in with the trainers, and then they work out on their own if they want, Riley said. He also said OSU came out of the Wisconsin game in good shape injury-wise -- there were no new injuries that will affect practicing this week. The only thing might be on Andrew Seumalo - -it's also not a new injury but rather an ongoing hip issue. The Beavs might keep him out a day or two since they have a bye.

  • Riley said heading into a bye week with a loss is tough, and it's really good to go into a bye with a win.

  • Riley says winning is contagious, but wants to maintain a level of confidence, not cockiness, saying the Beavs have just played one game, it was a great win, it was a great football game, but now it's just one win and after you watch the film, you always see a lot that the Beavs need to work on. And he said he certainly saw a lot the Beavs need to improve on. "We didn't get enough points," Riley noted.

  • Riley said they're only focused on UCLA and nothing beyond that, saying UCLA is a very good team. "I think we'll have to improve to do that (win over UCLA)."

  • Riley saw improvement on both sides of the ball up front on the lines over the past couple years (but said they've now gotta do it over a period of time). He liked the blocking, even though OSU didn't run for a ton of yards, and thought they pass protected well.

  • Riley said you're probably not going to see both Agnew and Woods in backfield at same time because it would require learning new things, changing up their scheme, etc. But both guys will continue to play. Despite being listed on the official stat sheet, Chris Brown didn't play (didn't dress).

  • On calling the plays, Riley said it was "relatively smooth, I enjoyed it." He would have had to take it over regardless for a quarter or so anyway since the phones went down for a while in the booths. He joked that it was strange on the sidelines with Mike Cavanaugh up in the booth this year.

  • Riley thinks the Pac-12 is "as good as it's ever been," and this week's conference wins just reiterated his feelings prior to the season.

  • OSU will "slightly" start prep for UCLA on Monday but mostly the practice will be about cleaning up stuff. The Beavs will work more on their two-minute drills, he said, and then more and more UCLA as the week goes along. The coaches, however, will be busier on UCLA than the players will this week.

  • With the bye week, on Thursday, 10 Beaver coaches (an NCAA rules change this year, used to be 7 max) will go out on the road, Riley too, on recruiting. OSU will hold a 9AM Thursday practice, and then the players will have the rest of the day off, plus Friday and Saturday. With school not yet I session, Riley thought a number of players would be going home and then coming back Sunday evening. He indicated he was not concerned about players getting in trouble during the off time.

  • Riley said the Beavs don't hold back in early season games, they don't go "vanilla" so as not to reveal too much for conference opponents to come. He said the game plan and what they run is more about "the particulars of the team you're playing, we don't hold stuff back, we put it in if we think we need it to win the game."

  • Riley said he does have special teams concerns, particularly after a game where the OSU units did not perform well. "We've got to play better in the specialist area for sure, you just want perfection. He said one gaffe could have been a game changer but the OSU defense came up big.

  • On Trevor Romaine's missed 40-yard field goal, "We're just going to continue to work there," Riley said, also mentioning that he continues to have confidence in his kicker.

  • Jordan Jenkins after a drop didn't play as much the rest of the way but Riley said that was more coincidental than anything else, saying he's still definitely in the mix for third down rotations, but that they don't have set numbers of times anyone will go in.

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