Post-game Quotes


 

 

Oct. 29, 2011

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Post-Game Quotes
Louisiana Tech vs. San Jose State
Oct. 29, 2011

Louisiana Tech Head Coach Sonny Dykes

Opening Statement

“It was a good win for us. It ended up being a little bit tighter than we wanted it to be. It was frustrating in the fourth quarter. We did not make some plays to be able to run out the clock and then we ended up giving up a 99 yard touchdown drive. The biggest play in the game was stopping the two point conversion after they scored because that would have made it a one possession game. They probably would not have onside kicked. Our defense made a great play stopping the conversion. We made extremely well the first half only giving up a cheap touchdown after a fumble and a punt. We gave them the ball at the one yard line. It all started with our ability to stop the run and that was very critical in winning this game. It kind of made them one dimensional and our defense made some big plays with sacks and interceptions. I was a little disappointed we didn’t get some pressure on the quarterback at times. Offensively, we had a great drive to start the second half, but we have to do a better job at making some plays and running the clock out. We did a great job of this against Utah State and were able to run the clock out in a one possession ball game. We had some opportunities and fumbled. Allen punted them to the one and then they went on a long scoring drive.”

“I’m really proud at the fact that we are learning how to win. Whether it’s on defense, special teams, or offense, we made some great plays and have been doing so the last couple of weeks. We knew coming in that it was going to be a competitive and hard fought game. San Jose State came into the game winning three of their last four. We’ve been playing with a lot more confidence. We had a lead and weren’t able to add to it. If we were able to score once more and add a cushion to our lead, it would have made it a lot more relaxing for me in the second half, especially the fourth quarter. Our defense played extremely well on third downs, holding them to 4-13 on third down conversions, something we’ve been doing all year. We did not play well on special teams; missed a short field goal, fumbled and gave them the ball at the one yard line. Ryan Allen did a good job of punting, and punting them into the 20 four times. We need to do a better job on special teams, but it’s always good to win, especially against a good team in our conference.”

On Penalties Being a Concern

“Yes it is and I had a penalty and it was my fault. I was having a hard time with some things on their end but it will not happen again. We did a better job tonight, even though we hit a point in the game that reminded me of Hawai’i. However, our players were much more mature at handling that and just got together and expect something good to happen and made good things happen.”

On Position in WAC Standings

“We just spoke to our team about this. We are only concerned with practicing this week, and playing as well as we can play on Saturday night at Fresno, and not worrying about bowl games.”

On Fourth Quarter Troubles This Year

“We had a bit of a cushion, and when you have a lead and your defense is playing well, you want to do a good job of keeping the ball, not turning it over. The key is to make plays, and we’ve been doing a good job of making plays to win games.”

About the Defensive Performance

“They played great, and the thing is, that we played a lot of power offenses early in the team with Southern Miss and Houston. We played pretty good defense against them, but we’ve played better and better in conference play. We did not play well against Hawaii, and that lose kind of haunts us, but we’ve done better as the season goes on.”

On Starting Colby Cameron

“It had more to do with Nick’s injury and practice time. Nick is a young quarterback and when you are a true freshman, and are not able to practice until late in the week, then you may not execute very well. Colby made good things happen and played well in our win, with the exception of the fumble. We had 88 snaps and every time you have 88 snaps, you will get better as the game goes on. You try to simulate it in practice, but there’s nothing like doing so in a game. So, we will see what goes on in practice this week and see who gives us the better chance to win at Fresno.”

On Running of Hunter Lee

“He runs in the right spots. Usually, when a running back gets the ball, you say he should have done this instead of that. Today’s game was Hunter’s first should have moment, when he took the ball to the left instead of the right and that’s the first time that we’ve handed him the ball and that’s been said. He has a great feel for the game and goes to the right spots. He runs well, especially behind the blockers and he and Lennon played great. We will get better as a team as the season goes on.”

 

Junior Quarterback Colby Cameron

On balanced attack offensively:

“When we first started we had a good game planning going in where we had a good balance of running and passing, but in the second half we were just trying to use up some time.”

On Creer’s and Lee’s play:

“It makes it easy because they are a huge threat and are able to run play-action to get the linebackers to come up some.”

On defenses play the past few games:

“The defense played lights out the past three weeks. If it wasn’t for the turnovers that they have I don’t think we would be able to play how we are. I give them a lot of respect.”

On vertical passing game:

“We had a good game plan going in and hit a couple of deep balls. You always has to try and spread the defense because if you don’t they are going to be all over it. We spread them pretty well and it helped out the passing game.”

 

Senior cornerback Justin Goodman

On interception:

“I was waiting because the receiver gave me a double move and when I saw the ball I spread my wings and went for it.”

On defenses play the past few games:

Practice has been intense, hitting and picking off everything that comes our way. We are on the heavy train that is not stopping right now. I just feel like the defense puts in a lot of work and you see it during the games.”

 

Senior linebacker Jay Dudley

On forced turnovers the past three games:

“We have just been practicing hard and breaking on the ball when it is released.”

On run defense:

“We just practice hard and play fast. Have to give it up to the defensive line because they have been playing lights out the past few games.”

On forcing San Jose States quarterback into mistakes:

“The defensive line got pressure on him and forced him to throw quicker than he wanted to which we were able to capitalize on.”

 

San  Jose State Coach Mike MacIntyre

On turnovers:

“We had way too many turnovers. We keep doing it; we can’t stop turning the ball over. We got the first down on the fake punt and fumbled it. The kids fought hard but you can’t give a football game away.”

On surrendering 28 straight points

“We turned it over for 21 of those points, and they only had one drive. We got too far behind and shot ourselves in the foot with turnovers.”

On playing in Ruston

“It seems San Jose State loses all the time here. I thought we could put an end to it but we couldn’t. If we didn’t turn the ball over, we would have had a chance in the game.”

On Matt Faulkner being unable to run the ball

“He has to learn from it and play fearless again. I am sure Matt will do that.”