Doba, players talk about OT loss

WASHINGTON STATE players and coach <b>Bill Doba</b> reflect on what transpired—the penalties, miscues, and some positives, as well—in yesterday's 29-26 OT loss to Notre Dame.

Senior SE Sammy Moore

On difference in the game..
"We won one half of football and they won the other half of football. They didn't really get us on our heels, they just beat us."


On fourth-quarter, final minute touchdown reception..
"It was a post route. (Matt Kegel) just threw the ball where it needed to be."


On quarterback Matt Kegel's ability to handle pressure..
"(Kegel) was laughing, joking, pumping us up. He was cool, calm, and collected."


Sophomore TE Troy Bienemann

On fourth quarter fumble..
"I caught it, turned around, and [Vontez Duff] put his helmet right on the ball and it popped loose. I didn't even think I caught it."


Sophomore LB Will Derting

On second-half fatigue..
"We were getting tired, the humidity gets to you. But we felt alright, we have been training all summer. We were fired-up making plays in the first half, but got tired in the second-half."


Senior CB Jason David

On play of defense..
"The defense is going to have to carry this team and the offense will have to pick up the slack. Our defense is going to have to win ball games."


Senior FS Erik Coleman

On reaction to game..
"It is disappointing to come out fighting so hard for so long and not come out with a win."


On penalties..
"The penalties were huge. They were mental mistakes. We were going hard, we were going full speed trying to make a play. You can't really blame that on a particular person, you are just trying to make a play trying to get to the ball. We're going to fly to the ball, that's how we play our defense."


Senior QB Matt Kegel

On game..
"We did a great job in the beginning then had a stall out for a couple quarters. We can't have that and that's my bad and I need to fix that. They did some switching up on defense but we got to be better. I thought we played one great game."


Coach Bill Doba Quotes

On the game..
"Notre Dame ran the ball extremely well today and our defense was on the field way too long. Earlier in the ball game, our defense made Notre Dame turn over which helped us gain an early lead. We have to get first downs, and we didn't do that in the second half. Our defense took the ball away, gave us opportunities, but I think we made some really stupid mistakes on the penalties."


On quarterback Matt Kegel..
"He had a great game today and came out early poised and ready to play. He made some really key plays whenever we needed them. I am proud of the way he performed today."


On the second half..
"We moved an extra man up to the line to improve our pass rush, but they came back with the run. They made some good adjustments at the half to take away the rush that we had working in the first half. The penalties really killed us in the second half, had we not let them back into the game there would have been a different finish."


On the overtime..

"I'd prefer to defer if we win the toss and choose defense, unfortunately Notre Dame won the toss and decided to defer, which any good coach would do. I commend Coach Willingham on this decision which ultimately decided the ending to the game."

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