Utah State is 0-2 and would love nothing more than to get their first win against Utah. Here are comments from head coach Brent Guy and a few of their players.
Head Coach Brent Guy:
was obviously the team we knew they could be as far as their explosiveness on
offense. (Darren) McFadden - we saw the reason why he was the Southeastern
Conference (newcomer) of the year. At times we moved the ball better than we did
in the Wyoming game. If you look
at the stats we had 18 first downs and so did
Arkansas, but the difference was
their ability to make big plays. They made some big throws and a big, long
run... The biggest thing that has us in a bad spot is we are not scoring points
because we can't finish drives. The reason drives are stalling is because we are
getting too many third and longs. Most of our first downs came on second and
short or second and medium."
"We are doing a good job hanging onto the football and
creating turnovers when we can. We cleaned up our penalties. I was pleased about
that. We were down to three. That was one area I was real concerned about that
had caused us a lot of problems against
Wyoming. We did get a sack and did
not allow a sack, which was a real positive for us, because that is a very
tough, fast defense that attacks you."
"The area that concerns me the most are (special) teams,
where we have to help ourselves in field position... Leon
(Jackson) is punting the ball very
well. We are just not doing a very good job in covering punts."
"We have got to score points. We have got to start
faster, score points, and give ourselves a chance to be in the game in the
On Leon Jackson
"I think he got frustrated the first game with the way
things went. We could never get first downs. We got more first downs and drives
started (against Arkansas). The
thing that I thought
Leon did the
best, even though he didn't complete as many balls, was when he had to throw the
football away, he did. When he scrambled he was always looking down the field
and two different times he found receivers and continued drives... We are not
taking sacks... He did a good job in the run game, checking it... He is doing
what we are asking him to do. He is not playing perfect yet... I think he
understands and knows what we want to do with our offense and will help us win.
He can win football games for us."
On the offense not scoring in two games
"I think they need to watch the film and understand that
when you get into third and long it is very hard to continue drives. We had 14
third downs and I believe nine of them were seven yards or more (against
Arkansas). That is in the
defense's favor. We have got to get more of those to medium distances, which are
four, five or six (yards) and then convert on third and short. It comes down to
them to finish drives and when you look at what happened on those drives, when
we got into a third and long, they couldn't convert it."
On the team
"The kids are still with us... They are fine. They are
frustrated like the coaches are. The defense is frustrated that they get into a
second and two, which is a waste down and they
(Arkansas) raise up and throw one
over our head. Those are the things that you get frustrated with. The offense is
frustrated that we get into the Red Zone and we get a fourth and two and let the
clock run out or we get a penalty. We break off a nice run early in the game and
Kevin (Robinson) gets a holding penalty on the side. Those are the little things
that they see where we have chances to do stuff and go score, but we don't. I
feel good about our kids believing in what we are doing. We don't have a lot of
seniors on defense and we do have some seniors on offense."
"Their offense is still pretty much the same as we saw a
year ago. You see some of the
Oregon protection in it and their
style of passing, but you still see the quarterback read zone stuff where they
motion guys in the backfield. I think the biggest difference in watching the two
games was against UCLA they had a hard time throwing and catching the football.
They didn't catch and throw the ball near as well as they did against
Northern Arizona. Obviously they were playing against a
lot better personnel. They turned the ball over three times against UCLA. They
got it going pretty good against Northern Arizona and
scored pretty quickly on them and didn't have any turnover issues."
"They give you a lot of different looks... They are very
multiple... They don't have quite the depth and speed at receiver they had a
S Terrance Washington
"It is a big game for us being in-state rivals. We are
looking to come out and get our first win of the year. We are playing at home
and want to defend our home turf."
On playing at home
"Playing in front of our home crowd - that little extra
boost that we will get playing at home - should help us a lot."
QB Leon Jackson III
"As a team this is very important. It is against our
in-state rivals. Since I have been here we haven't been too successful against
them, but we are pretty poised and grateful to have this opportunity to play our
in-state rivals at home."
On the offense
"All we have to do is execute what is being called and
those plays will happen. It is not necessarily throwing a 40-yard bomb. A
five-yard pass can easily turn into a 40-yard play, especially against a team
like Arkansas, which ran a lot of
man. Those short passes can end up being deep passes so it is executing what we