Oct. 6, 2012
Louisiana Tech Coach Sonny Dykes
“It was a good, hard-fought win. The players were a little frustrated in the locker room at halftime after we didn’t get the field goal at the end of the first half. That was my fault. They went in frustrated, but that’s the mark of a good team when you have a 10-point lead and still go in angry.”
“UNLV is a very improved team. Their kids played hard. We had pretty good coverage on them tonight, but they had big guys who went up and got the ball.”
“We’re not the kind of team that can look ahead to the next game. We just have to keep improving every game. Next week won’t define our program, but it will tell us where we stand right now.”
On Tech’s defense improving after UNLV’s early second half score:
“We started getting a little more pressure on them after they scored on their first second-half drive. We started getting some hits on their quarterback, and that took its toll.”
“(No.) 81 was a big player. He’s a tall kid and we knew coming in we were going to have to be competitive plays on the ball. He just outjumped us a few times.”
“We ran 97 plays. When you’re on offense that long and run as much as we did, it wears the (opposing) defense down.”
“We had too many penalties in the red zone. We have to correct that before next week’s game.”
“We’re banged up at linebacker but I’m proud of our young guys stepping up. When someone goes down you have to have enough depth. I’m proud of the way Chip Hester played tonight. Ty Hook also saw his first major action.”
On blocking two straight punts (the first erased by penalty):
“We thought coming in we’d have a chance to block a punt. There was an inadvertent whistle on that first one. I heard it and guess it came from the stands. But to come back and block it again shows our resilient this team is.”
I give it up to the offensive line blocking the interior. It was opening up. I credit to them.
I think we called some good plays and blocked some plays.
On Tevin being out
I’m glad I could step up and help with games. I wish Tevin nothing but the best. When one man goes down, another man has to step up.
On running backs
Our running backs are so good. If you get a chance to make a play, you’ve got to make it because they are good.
On being 5-0
I’m just enjoying it. I just go along with it.
About meeting Ryan Moats at football camp
When I first met him, he was so nice, and he told me to work on my craft, to work on something I didn’t know how to do.
On the offensive line
They’re great. Words really cannot explain how good they are.
About pressure with Tevin being gone
I didn’t feel pressure. Tevin is like my brother; he told me, just do you.
Week to week, the next game is the most important. A&M is the next game, and they are the most important. It comes down to defensive execution. The game plan is set, and we just have to execute.
We gave up a couple of touchdowns, but we got fired up in the locker room at halftime, and it helped.
We have high risk, high reward defense. I’m satisfied with our defense. We keep getting better, and we’re just going to keep working.
I thought as the offense, we played well. On certain balls I threw, I thought I could have been more creative.
You can’t be perfect in a game, but we work on little things during the week in practice. It drives our team, trying to get better. We try to improve.
About one TD pass
It’s just fun being out there with the guys. It’s nice having Ray and Kenneth back there. Tevin was great, and these guys are picking up where he left off.
Penalties have been big on us. It’s frustrating but we go out to get points on the board. As the night progressed, I feel we got better.
It’s nice to know that we can make improvements, and we did, and we still put points on the board.
About looking forward to the A&M game
It’s a good feeling knowing we’re going into this game 5-0. It makes it even more special. They’ve done really well, and it makes the game really competitive.
UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck
“It’s not much good coming down here to get our tails kicked by four touchdowns. I am disappointed. We were ready to play. Our guys played hard. Give them credit. Sonny has done a nice job with those guys. There is a reason they are undefeated. That is about it.”
On missed opportunities:
“That is something we talked about in the locker room. We fought our way back into this thing from 27-7 to 27-24. We had opportunities and we did not capitalize on and we needed it to win down here. Against a team like that, we have to make those breaks and take advantage of them and we did not and they got away from us.”
On the fourth and one review:
“They review every play. The thing about review on a spot is if it is not a good yard wrong, they do not fix it. So, generally it has to be outrageous. They have to miss it by a yard. They are reviewing them all anyway, so I do not know. You guys have a better look at that than I do. Upstairs we thought we got it.”
On taking chances when under pressure:
“We knew there was a chance we would not stop them when they got down in the redzone, so we faked a punt at 4th and 10, which is not a situation we would normally do that in. We had an onside kick called in the first half. They gave us a look that was not contusive to it. We did have an onside kick at the end. That one was not a surprise. You do take some of those chances. You go for on fourth downs, which we did. It is that kind of game. That is what you do against teams like this.”
On LA Tech in the redzone:
“They are good. They have good players; good scheme. They hurry it up and get a lot of plays. They do not turn it over. They are +24 or now +26 or whatever in their last twelve games. They run it equally as well as they throw it. The screen play made it hard for us to pressure them. They did a nice job with their screen game. They just have a good team. That is what it is.”
On Devante Davis for UNLV and getting other players involved:
“The ball goes where it goes. He made some great plays. It is fun to see our young guys kind of come of age and he was the example tonight. I think with Ron Scoggins; and we play a lot of young players.”
“They are making plays against those guys who could be ranked next week. They are making plays against BCS conference teams; ranked teams. I like where we are headed. We just need to win. It is disappointing with all of their working to come down here and not get a win.”
On Devante Davis possible injury/missed opportunity:
“He is okay. Another missed opportunity was we had that kick-off return out of the gate and did not get anything.”
“He just fell. He had a good night in some ways and he had some missed opportunities. Those are things that get us over the top and we could not make the plays. I don’t know. Maybe the 45-yard line was raised. He just tripped. The first one he had a little error and tripped, so I think he is excited when he has all that grass in front of him probably.”
On LA Tech’s hurry-up offense:
“It is a different offense than Air Force, but in terms of tempo and what they are trying to accomplish with things it is the same thing we saw against Air Force a couple weeks ago.”
“We really did not have a hard time getting lined up. It is more about executing, making plays and making tackles in space. They get the ball into space and you have to make plays. Sometimes their athletes are better than our athletes in space.”
On UNLV defense:
“It is not dissimilar to what we see when we play the option teams. You have to get off blocks and make tackles. They have a couple of different schemes with running the ball, but mostly it is inside and outside zones; not all, but most of it. We did not get off blocks well enough. We need to do that. We are going to see more of it next week, and we are going to be ready to go.”