Post-Game Quotes

Sept. 15, 2012

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Post-Game Quotes

Louisiana Tech Head Coach Sonny Dykes

“It was a great crowd out there tonight. It’s our job to give them a quality product and keep them coming back.”

“We had some chances early to pull away. That was a little disappointing in the first half. We didn’t score as many points in the second half, but our play was better and cleaner.”

 “Because of the nature of our offense, our defense is going to have to play a lot of plays. We need more stops on defense. We need to get better on third down defensively.”

On his feelings heading into game:

“It was a good win. As a coach, there are games you get nervous about knowing you’re going to face a good team, and I was concerned coming into this one. We thought their quarterback (Taylor McHargue) was a dual threat, and he played well tonight both running and passing. That’s a good team we faced tonight and I really think they’ll end up being a bowl team.”

On 65-yard TD pass from Colby Cameron to Quinton Patton on Tech’s second play from scrimmage:

“We actually called the same play on the first play (from scrimmage) but didn’t get the look we wanted and handed off (Tevin King ran for 12 yards). When we saw the safety roll up (on the second play), we wanted to get the ball downfield and Colby made a good throw and Quinton made a good catch.”

On his two freshman running backs, Tevin King and Kenneth Dixon:

I thought they ran the ball well. It all starts with the five guys up front and our offensive line did a great job out there tonight. King and Dixon both ran well and Hunter Lee did some good things. That allowed us to hold out Ray Holley, who was a little nicked up. I was disappointed in the fumble (in the first half), but I thought our running backs really ran tough.”

On his defense vs. Rice QB Taylor McHargue:

“We have to do a better job of tackling. We missed some stops we should have made. He (McHargue) was a tough guy to stop.”

On preparing to face Illinois:

“I think you have to remember Houston was a 10-win team last year. And that was a good team we faced tonight. We’ll have to play better (vs. Illinois) then we’ve played the last two weeks, but I think we will. We have to do better on third down and make plays when we need them.”

On Tech QB Colby Cameron:

“Colby played well tonight. He was very efficient. He did a great job on third downs and was more accurate and poised than in Week One.”

On RB Tevin King:

“I’m not that surprised -- I watched his high school tapes when we recruited him. You never know how a player will handle the move up to college. We knew he’d be a good player, but you’re never really sure how they will play early in their careers, but Tevin is playing very well.”


Colby Cameron

“Going into the first game, there’s a whole year’s anticipation. We settled in, had a good game plan, and the better game plan you have, the more confident you feel.”


(about scoring more than 50 points)

“It keeps the blood flowing, especially because we’re so well balanced. It makes it nice having a split flow of running and throwing.”


(about having two freshman running backs)

“Being so young, you expect young guys to be young, but they don’t act young. Each week they’ve matured, and they’ve done an awesome job the last two games. It helps us so much to balance the attack. It’s great having them.”


(about the linemen)

“They’ve always done a great job for us. They do an awesome job on the running game and passing game. They always try to get better, but I’m not sure how they could get much better.”

(about being sacked)

“That was my fault. I wish I could take the sack and have it on my record and not theirs.”


Quinton Patton

“I got back to the basics. I got a little complacent, so I had a heart-to-heart with my position coach and got back in the right frame of mind.”

“It’s Louisiana Tech football. There’s no quitting for sure.”

“We always like to take shots at the beginning of the game to see how the other team takes it, but it’s our game plan to go deep early.”


(about being 2-0)

“It feels good to get off to a really good spot. A lot of credit goes to the O-line.”

(about the Tyrone Duplessis tribute at the beginning of the game)

“It was really special. I think we should do it every time. That was our teammate, our brother.”


Rufus Porter


Do you feel you are still a work in progress?

“I personally feel our linebackers are still a work in progress.  We need to do our best to continue to do what we do as a linebacking corps, go out there and pick up the team, pick up the defense because we are the quarterbacks of the defense.”


On the negative that you can’t tackle in practice?

“I don’t really think it’s a negative because if we did tackle like we want to tackle, the guys like [Tevin] King and Kenneth [Dixon] wouldn’t be able to run for over three hundred like they did tonight.”



Tevin King


Did the game slow down more for you this week over last week?

“Actually, it did.  Last week, those guys just seemed huge and things were moving so fast, but this week it was just kind of slower, so I feel good about it this week.”


On the tandem of King and Dixon producing so much at this early point in both careers.

“You just have to stay humble and we have to continue to do what we do.  We have a long way to go and we really haven’t done anything yet.”



Rice head coach David Bailiff


Opening comments:

“Everything in this program starts with me. I did not get them over that Kansas win. We were flat at the start and really could never get it going consistently defensively.”

“Even the offense showed some sparks, but it was never consistent enough to beat a team. You look at the flip side and they are flawless in their execution and that is what we have to be. I have to get these guys ready to go and I did not.”

“We have to get it going. It was a great week last week when we tried to emphasize the little things and did not get it done.”

“We have to evaluate certain things we are doing offensively and defensively. I am not talking so much the scheme as it is preparation. Whenever we step off the bus, we need to be ready to play a football game.”


On Tech’s offense:

“That is a lot of what they do. It is a very frustrating offense. We worked on that all week with the tempo. They get in your head with the deep ball and then they attack the perimeters when your safeties are backed up a little bit.”

“You have to stay confident and you have to stay focused when you play that type of offense and we did not.”

“There are going to be lessons learned. I look forward to watching this video tomorrow. It is great when you score 37, but we have a hurt locker room. These young men want to win.”

“We have some pretty lofty goals that we are going to have to bear down to achieve them. They know it and I know it.”


On starting conference next week:

“Next week, our focus changes. All the lessons learned these first three games are over, and we need to play our best football game of the year against Marshall.”


On changing schemes:

“We just have to be technique-sound. We have to be confident with what we are doing. We have to work harder. We tried to put them under a lot of stress this week with practice being really up-tempo and trying to operate that fast.”

“We need to look at some of the things we are doing as coaches practice-wise where we can put them in more game-type situations.” 




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