OSU player/coach quotes - OSU at UW

Post game quotes from Mike Riley, Alexis Serna, Derek Anderson, and Mike Hass.

Oregon State Coach Mike Riley

On the importance of today's win: "Well, we kind of talked about it before that there were two programs that have not started out the season the way they wanted to, so in order to get kick-started in some fashion, this was a big, big game for both of us. I was just really proud of how our kids came up here and they played hard, made plays and came back from some adversity throughout the ball game. That quarterback is an athlete; he's a pretty good player. It was a hard-fought game and it was a very good win for our team."

On winning for just the second time in Husky Stadium in many years: "The first thing is that this win was a very good thing for this team in particular right now. We just needed to win a game and get that feeling back and win a Pac-10 game, so we can build on it. Now it gives us something to hang on to and go on to the next one. But the second one is that it is always good to win on the road and it's great to win in a place that's been hard. Those are two other residual accomplishments that are big for this program."

On what the win means for the WSU game next week: "That's it. We have a win. What that means will only be told in the next game but it feels a lot better going in with a win, I'll tell you that."

On the 55-yard FG and the long Wright run: "Big plays. To go back to the lead at the half after really making a lot of plays and just coming away with field goals, it gave them a chance to be ahead. But then I thought the response to their touchdown started in the third quarter with the drive and then the run by Dwight (Wright)."

On having zero rushing yards at the half: "We just talked as coaches about, `Where are we going here? What are we going to focus on?' So we picked out our top three [plays] and started going after them."

On Derek Anderson's play: "I thought he played very well. He played with poise; he found receivers. One thing that happened today was the linemen gave him more chances today to progress through his receivers out in the pattern. He made some big time plays."

On Dwight Wright's long TD run: "That was great to see. You know we hope to keep building our run game. We are nowhere near there yet but it was good to get a long run in today."

On keeping the momentum: "We played tough-minded today. There was a lot of stuff near the end that was crazy. We had a lot of big third-and-longs, and they'd convert them, and with almost any stop in any of those situations, the game would have been over. Then of course, there is too much time on the clock to take a knee so we put in a lead blocker, which we haven't done all day long, so we have that extra protection and we fumble it. And then our defense comes up with the stop again. It was kind of crazy. It was back-and-forth like that, but overall it was just a really good win with a lot of really good football players."

 

Oregon State Players

PLACEKICKER ALEXIS SERNA
On record-breaking day: "It was an exciting day. Darrick Bruns did a great job of snapping the ball and Colt Charles did a great job of holding it for me. Overall, it was awesome."

On 55 -ard field goal: "When you get in the 50-and-above range it is rare that you get the opportunity to kick. Coach Riley gave me a shot and I was able to put it through. That was the longest field goal of my career. This is the longest that I have kicked off of a snap and a hold."

On building confidence: "IIt is nice to have confidence in yourself and have the coaching staff have confidence in you. I tried to do the best that I possibly could and I am glad that I had the oppotunity to do that."

 

WIDE RECIEVER MIKE HASS
On converting on third downs: "It felt good to be able to keep the drives going and get the chance to score."

On chemistry with Derek Anderson: "That comes from playing with him. We practice together every day and when you do that you can be on the same page a lot of the time."

On Marcel Love's big game: "That's huge when other guys are catching balls. It takes pressure off me because the other safety will cover him and not me, to help out on Marcel a little bit. It just makes my life a lot easier."

On winning at Washington: "It's pretty big for us to get this win on the road. We kind of caught them on a down year, but it doesn't matter to us because we are having a down year, too. We need to ride this win and get ready to get going."

 

QUARTERBACK DEREK ANDERSON
On importance of game: "Our record was on the line, our support was on the line, and we came out and really played well. It was a lot of fun. We were able to make some big plays, but not scoring on the goal line was kind of frustrating for us."

On 55-yard run: "That was a big bounce-back for us. We went down there and scored to get the momentum back. We were trying to force the run a little bit in the first half and it wasn't working, but we were able to finally break one."

On holding on to win: "We just kept fighting. It was a back and forth type of game. We had some good field position early on and we were trying to get some touchdowns, but it wasn't working out that way. We kept fighting and it worked out good for us anyway."


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