OSU Quotes: "Totally unacceptable"

MIKE RILEY DIDN'T have an answer for the penalties in Oregon State's 39-32 loss, calling some of the more egregious ones, "totally unacceptable."

Mike Riley

On the game …
“This is the story so far for us and the story for how the games are played in our league. It’s another fourth-quarter game you have a chance to win. They made the plays and we didn’t and I’m really disappointed about all of that.”

On penalties …
“I have already addressed that with the team. The ones that are totally unacceptable and we won’t have, the guys won’t even play if we keep doing it are the unsportsmanlike, the late hits, the (stuff) at the end that is totally unacceptable. I don’t even know what happened over there, I couldn’t see it. Obviously we made a stupid play or retaliated and we just can’t do that.”

On the onside kick …
“We wanted to make that guy handle the ball by himself. We kicked it a little deep. With all their people up there for the onside maybe we could take a chance and pin them deep and get the ball back maybe with a minute to go.”

On field goals …
“We definitely would like to be 100 percent touchdowns in the red zone, particularly with the points that are needed in this conference to win. You also have to look at the idea that points are also good, and you have to make a tough decision about going for it and not getting any points or take a higher-percentage chance and get points by kicking the field goal.”

Senior linebacker D.J. Alexander

On WSU’s Luke Falk …
“He did good – we expected him to do good. They are a good passing team, as we saw in the last three quarters. In the Pac-12 you have just got to be ready at any time. When your number is called you just got to jump up and I wasn’t surprised. I knew he was going to come with his A-game and we had to come with ours.”

On the current Beaver streak …
“We just have to keep our heads on our shoulders – show up every week, keep practicing hard and there is no doubt in our team. We just keep fighting. We’re going to have those ups and downs, but, like I said, we have to show up every week and play our ball game.”

On the loss …
“We just had too many ups and downs. We couldn’t control ourselves at points, but we just have to come back next week and keep playing.”

On WSU’s touchdown near the end of the first half …
“That was just a miscommunication and we have to take care of that – that’s on us.”

Senior Running Back Terron Ward

On the losing streak …
“It’s hard to swallow. All we have to know is these things happen in sports and not let it get to us, even if it’s hard to swallow. I think as a leader that I need to set an example for the younger guys and not let it get to me and keep working hard at practice.”

On having to kick field goals …
“I think our biggest thing is scoring touchdowns. We went in the game knowing we had to get touchdowns. It’s kind of disappointing knowing that we couldn’t get a touchdown and had to go for a field goal. Garrett Owens did a great job at kicking field goals and making them - I had faith in him.”

Senior Quarterback Sean Mannion

On the game …
“It’s Disappointing to lose that one. I thought that offensively we battled hard all game. I know for a fact it was never a question of effort. I’m really proud of the way this team has been able to fight our way back in the game and fought our way back to take the lead in the second half. We have to be able to sustain drives early and late in games. It’s just raising the level of execution. I think we have done that to a certain extent but we are still looking for that perfect play, perfect game. We are never going to get it but it’s the pursuit that gets you close. I think we are getting closer to it but there is still work to be done.”

On leads in the fourth quarter but still ending in losses …
“It in a sense shows that are team can adjust and really battle are way back into a game. The way we fight to the very end and I think that is something to feel good about. I’m proud of the team’s effort. In practice, in games, when we are working out, watching film it’s never ever an issue of effort or tension or wanting to be good, we just have to go out there and do it.”

On the early lead …
“You can’t think about the end of the game after the first drive. Certainly we were happy with how efficient we were, I think it was only four or five plays but you can’t turn that into what you think the game will be like for the next 58 minutes.”


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