QUOTES: "It's fun being able to score 60"

COACH MIKE RILEY and his players had plenty to say after their 66-13 win over Washington State Saturday. Riley praised his offensive line and defense while Lyle Moevao vows to learn from his mistakes. Also, quotes from Slade Norris and Jacquizz Rodgers.

Head Coach Mike Riley
On Washington State...
“In our conference, you don't get many games like that. That team will be back. Washington State is in one of those cycles. Paul will pull the Cougars out of it, but with the transition and the number of injuries they’ve had, this is what you’ll get for awhile. That’s football life in the Pac-10.”

On the first quick touchdowns...
“That was all good to see. It was a terrific effort in a lot of areas of the game. Mark Banker and the defensive staff did another great job, and the plan was not that easy to put together because Washington State has done a lot of different things offensively. I thought our kids were really ready to play and they had a good plan put together for them. I really liked the mix we had early. With the run and play action pass fit together, we are at our best.”

On the defense...
“They made a play down the field early, which I knew they were going to do with those good receivers that they have. After a while, I thought our coverage got better and our pressure got better. Our guys looked really quick. Playing fast is a big deal in football and the team that can play fast has confidence and I thought our guys looked and played fast and really dominated the line of scrimmage. Defensively, a lot of guys flying around. The players had the right edge today. I was impressed with our kids’ speed of play. It’s about using your speed coupled with your preparation. We were really on top of them defensively. That was the best part of the game, and it kept getting stronger.”

On the backup running backs...
"It was fun to see those three guys run tonight. I think it gives us a good idea of the depth we have at this position for awhile, because two of them are freshmen and Francis has another year left after this."

On the offensive line...
“Our offensive linemen did a tremendous job adjusting. The design was good, the execution was outstanding the run-blocking was about as good as we could have hoped for.”

On the Cougs second quarter surge...
“It was kind of scary, and also good for the Cougars, what they did. And it added a lot to the drama of the game. I was disappointed, because we’d been so efficient and looked so sharp. That’s why the game is always about you, and being sharp. For a time today, we squandered that ability. We weren’t sharp there for a period of time.”

On the mood at halftime...
“Frankly, I was kind of worried about us being so tight. I made everybody nervous. It was a close game. I didn’t want them to be tight. I wanted them to go play. I knew we had a bad quarter there, but we did have a lead. I could have been mad about the plays; that’s pretty obvious. It felt like coming into the locker room when we’d just lost. It kind of scared me. I was actually worried when I saw what our players were acting like.”

On going for it on 4th and 3 on their first possession in the second half...
“It was, ‘Let’s go get this thing,’ We were not going to turn around from it at that point. I thought the fourth-down play that Lyle made to Shane was huge and a really good quarterback play. He had a full-time blitz coming off the edge, he got rid of the ball, we got the first down. That was great."

On Canfield's touchdown in the fourth quarter...
“It was second-and-12 and we called a pass play. When we get into those situations, whether we’re ahead or behind, I don’t think about it too much, except I try to play all of our players. But I’m going to let them play. Sean hasn’t thrown a pass in a game for a year; I got a chance to have him do that today. I don’t feel too badly about that. “If somebody does that against us, I’ve never said anything about it and will never complain.”

On Moevao's first interception...
“It got started with a tipped ball. A bad location of the ball. Lyle ran a bootleg, had all sorts of time, threw it high, it gets tipped and turns into an interception. Then we get another tipped ball that turns into an interception and then we have I think just a couple of bad decisions and there’s four interceptions.”

 

DE Slade Norris
On the game ...
“It’s nice to come out and play a complete game. With Utah, we didn’t get to finish so it’s nice to play with our best ability. We’re proud of the way we have played. We’re just going to keep on winning. We’re rolling right now. We feel very confident. We have that old feeling back. We're just going to try and keep it going."

On the defense ...
"Overall, I think we did pretty good if you look at the statistics. It was a good game, but there are always things you could have done better and those are things we need to work on before we play Washington. The defense came out and played hard and well.”

On predicting if the game would turn out as it did ...
“I knew we could win. I just wasn’t sure we would play to our best ability and frankly we did. You want to get pressure on the quarterback, especially when he’s a little inexperienced,” Norris said. “We got in there early today and made him a little tentative. He kept getting back up. We kept trying to knock him back down. He’s a tough player. Same with their whole team. They kept fighting and almost got us there in the second quarter. After the loss at Utah, we wanted to emphasize finishing the game. I’d say we did that.”

On the blowout...
"The greatest thing about games like this is working on our depth. Victor and I didn’t play that much last year. The younger guys played a lot, which is great for us. We’ll be more comfortable rotating guys in for the future.”

On the mood at halftime...
“We still felt we had total control of the game. We just needed to go make our plays and do what we do. We weren’t frightened.”

On taking every opponent seriously...
"Look at all the point spreads referring back to us, USC, or this game. Any given day, any team can beat anybody. You have to come into every game ready to play your best because you might need it no matter who you're playing."

 

Running Back Jacquizz Rodgers
On how well the first quarter went ...
“We started off really well with the running game. I found a couple of holes and was able to get to the secondary. I stuck to the cut-back lane, and it was open. They started to stop it in the second half, but that opened up the passing game. To be able to score on every one of those drives, it was good. We kind of fell off in the second quarter, but we picked it back up to come away with the victory.”

On dominating when the Beavers were supposed to ...
“Well we were supposed to, but it was a character test for us as a team to get better. We knew this week was going to be mainly a pretty easy win. We just put it on ourselves to get better during this game."

On getting the taste of the Utah game out of your mouths ...
“That was a hard fought loss and we bounced back with this win.”

On going into next week...
“When it comes we’re going to celebrate this win and then be ready for next week."


On the game...
"It was fun being able to score 60 points and give up 13. Everybody contributed to the win. Damola was the only player to score two touchdowns. That shows you that any player can go off at any point.”

 

QB Lyle Moevao
On starting out fast and then struggling...
"It’s scary when you’re able to start off fast and put a lot of points up. It’s like the concentration has to stay there. We broke down a few times the second quarter. I made a few mistakes, some pretty costly. There’s a lot of stuff that still needs to be done, even though the game turned out the way it did."

On his four interceptions...
"You always wonder what's going on when you throw anything more than two picks. Anything more than one pick you try to figure out what's going on. I've got to take care of the ball a lot better than I did. Leading up to this game, I felt I did a good job of doing that, so tonight was an eye opener and helped me to stay humble. Because you always want to look at the good things you do, but at the same time, you don’t learn from the good things. You learn from the things that you did bad, so obviously I’m going to go back and watch that quarter over and over again and see what some of the better things I could have done and be able to learn from that and build on it in the future."

On his first interception...
“I was trying to get it to Sammie. I thought he was going to be over a little bit farther and actually be able to go up for it, but like our coach said, any time you throw it high, tip balls are pick balls.”

Worse game ever?...
“If I remember correctly, last year at Cincinnati I think I had three, but that was late in the game, too. I think that was the worse situation I was in at that time because it was like their second-team defense or something like that. It was just a bad time. Tonight was pretty bad, too, in the second quarter.”


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