Post-Game Quotes

Oct. 20, 2012

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Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes

 “I thought it was a good win. It was good to see the way the team came out and played after a tough loss last week. We wanted to come out and get off to a good start after not doing that last week against Texas A&M.”

“We got hit by a bad play early with that double pass they scored on. But our guys kept their foot on the accelerator. That’s the sign of a good team when you can pull away early.”

 “It was good to see the defense play that well and keep playing through the fourth quarter. It was the best complete game for this football team this season.”

 “We did a good job of moving the ball but we have to clean up those three fumbles. We don’t do that around here, so we have to clean up that part of our game.”

On the fast and furious start for both teams:

“Sometimes when you give up a big play in a game, especially after the unusual play on the opening kick that gave us the ball at the one-yardline, things can get crazy. When we gave up that long kick return I thought ‘Uh oh, here we go.’ But the team didn’t let it get to them and came out played well.”

 “I thought Chad Boyd made a good play early on a third down play to get our defense off the field. That was a big play.”

 “Idaho was 0-11 on third down. That’s as good as I’ve seen getting off the field. (Tech defensive coordinator) Tommy Spangler had a good game plan and (the defense) did a good job making plays on the ball.”

 “It all starts with the players. We have good players who like playing and have talent. When Quinton Patton doesn’t have his typical game, it’s good to see a player like Myles White step up and play so well.”

 “I thought we came out fresh for a seventh week game without an open week.”

 “Kenneth (Dixon) runs hard. The good thing is he’ll get even better when he learns to run lower and quits taking so many shots. He’ll get better and better as he learns that.”

QB Colby Cameron

About scoring 70 points

“We just executed really well. Our offense, when it starts to click, it starts moving.”

“I didn’t expect it. Idaho has been a really physical team, but everyone has bought into our offense, and I think that helps us put points up. It’s a momentum thing.”

“We love having a long field. They’ll be more grass behind us. We’re just trying to put it in the end zone.”

About Kenneth Dixon

“He’s a great running back. He’s big and fast and quicker than people expect. With him doing so well, it helps the quarterback and is a credit to our offense.”

About Myles White and Idaho focusing on Patton

“When a team wants to focus on one person, it shows we have great people. All our receivers do a great job. We have five, six, seven playmakers out there. It makes it fun for me. I throw it to them, and they make the plays.”

OL Jordan Mills

About blocking for Kenneth

“It’s extremely fun. He’s a special talent. One person hits him, and he keeps on going.”

About blowing up holes

“It comes down to details and preparation. From the first day of practice, the coaches prep us on what we need to do.”

About having 56 points at the half

It’s very great to have it, but it’s not over. We have another half to play.

About the second string playing

“It was good to see the younger guys play and perform well.”

About Idaho

“They gave a great effort. They kept pushing and trying to make stops. We executed the game plan and did what we needed to do.”

LB Antonio Mitchum

On third and fourth down stops:

“After the [Texas] A&M game, the coaches were really happy about performance on third and fourth down tonight.  This week in practice, we emphasized that a whole lot and thinking about every down in practice as if it were third or fourth down.”

On giving up a trick play in the first quarter:

“Like any other game, big plays are what kills you and that was a big play.  Early in the game…a flea-flicker, we can’t allow that to happen, so we’ll definitely be working on fixing that.”

WR Myles White

On making guys miss:

“I was just seeing them coming up to the line kind of flat footed and our coaches talked a lot to us this week about being more dynamic on the outside.  I was really practicing doing that this week and it paid off.”

On opportunities created with double-teams on Quinton Patton:

“Quinton had a phenomenal game last week so I knew he was going to get some attention on that side, so I came out in on the first series and just tried to see what kind of defense they were in and I saw they were rolling to coverage and it created some opportunities.”

RB Kenneth Dixon

On the success he has had so far as a true freshman:

“I’m really just doing what they recruited me to do.  I’m coming in and reading the blocks the line is giving me and just trying to make plays.  In my eyes, I’m not a true freshman, I’m just a football player.  There’s not anybody wearing ‘true freshman’ on the football field.”

On being able to run upright when defenses are on him:

“The coaches do a great job with us in practice…we’re always running drills, keeping the pads low, and just finishing, finishing.  But I also just have a drive about myself and I’m always working to get into the end zone.”


Idaho head coach Robb Akey

On miscues early costing Idaho the game:

“That is a really accurate assessment. We just dropped the ball there and it really did not really help anything. When we finally did get settled in, we did not get the run game stopped.”

“We have to get ourselves making plays and stopping the running game. That is two weeks in a row we did not stop the running game. We have to get that fixed. We have to make plays. A couple of plays; to be in a shootout, you have to shoot.”

“As coaches we have to work our tails off and help these guys to make some more plays and to get stops, and as players, they will work their tails off. That is a hard thing to go through as a player. They play and they fight.”

On Todd Handley and Idaho’s miscues:

“Well, you cannot hang your hat on anything. I was happy to see Todd (Handley) respond [from the fumble]. It was not what Todd wanted to do or what anybody wanted, but he responded and scored a touchdown to make up for that touchdown.”

“That is the big thing. If we find ourselves in situations like that as a team, we have to be able to do that. That is how we beat New Mexico State. We capitalized. We talked about setting change. It was a very disappointing performance.”

On the loss to LA Tech:

“It hurts like hell. There is no question about it. I have respect for these players because they are fighting and trying to make it right. We have to play better to make it right, and we are going to fight. We are going to keep fighting as coaches too.”

“Things we did today did not work. We have to do some things to put them in positions to make things happen. We are committed to doing that. We are committed to working our asses off. We said let’s make sure we keep our heads up and make sure we stay together. Let’s get back and get our butts to work.”

“We have a bye week right now and we can get our bodies better. We have some guys that are hurt and in this game today. We have to get our sights set on beating San Jose State and we have to get our heads right. But, it hurts like a son of a butt right now. We have to recover from that and get our tails ready to beat San Jose State.”





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