Post-Game Quotes


 

 

Nov. 3, 2012

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Louisiana Tech Coach Sonny Dykes Quotes:

“This was a tough, hard-fought game. We knew coming in they were well coached and would play hard. We faced some adversity tonight and it was good to overcome that and get the win.”

“We did some good things out there. We got on our heels defensively with the busted coverage where they hit the tight end on the seam round for the score, but we recovered and that was a good thing.”

On the numerous penalties:

“I’m not sure what was going on with all the penalties or why. That’s not our team. I wasn’t real fired up about some of the stuff happening out there. (When he got flagged) I was trying to find out what Oscar Johnson was ejected for and went out on the field. I had to let (the officials) come to me.”

“It was one of those games where we had to forge ahead and keep driving. We missed some tackles we’ll have to make next week and we have to do better (defensively) on third downs.”

“There are not many 8-1 teams out there. That’s hard to do. Great players find a way to win and that’s what we’ve been doing.”

On the busted coverage on the 57-yard TD reception by UTSA TE Hubble:

“When you play defense the way we do, the safeties are going to get into a bind sometimes. We’re still a work in progress in many ways.”

On Tech’s kicking:

“Ryan (Allen) punted the ball well. I think Matt (Nelson) has lost his confidence with the misses last week and tonight, but he’ll get that back.”

On Hunter Lee’s rushing late in the game:

“Every time Hunter comes in to the game he looks fresh and runs hard. We have to find ways to get him the ball more.”

“The crowd was great. They gave us good support and really got into it. We’re coaching 18-year-olds out there and emotion comes into it. The crowd got us back in the game tonight.”

On the fake field goal for a touchdown:

“We had worked on it all week and it felt like the right time to call it. “(David) Gru made a good throw and (Malon) Lee made a good catch. It was defended well. Sometimes players overcome a bad play and bad coaching. That play justified all the time we spent this week working on the fake field goal.”

 

Chad Boyd

About UTSA’s first two touchdowns

“The first touchdown was a miscommunication. We were letting our eyes deceive us. The first two times, they caught us on our heels. The next time, we executed well. Overall, I think we did pretty well. We were able to shake back.”

On third-down conversions

“They were able to get good first and second down yardage. It’s hard to maintain coverage. They’re a good team. There’re a lot of talent and great coaches.”

On penalties

“On the defensive side, everything felt normal. They wanted to win. They came win with the mentality they were going to win.”

 

Colby Cameron

“There’s always little things we can improve on. We played well. It’s always fun to play well.”

About tying record with Terry Bradshaw

“I had no clue about records. It’s pretty unbelievable to be mentioned in the same category as Terry Bradshaw. It’s pretty cool.” 

About having no interceptions

“I just try to play. I don’t think about it too much. At one time, I had a good chance of getting picked.”

 About Quinton Patton

“It’s awesome. It’s great having someone like him on the field. He works hard every day of the week. He never takes a day off.”

 About coming off of NMSU’s game into one against UTSA

“We knew they were a good team. The good thing about my defense is that we don’t focus on the past. We improved on a lot of aspects.”

Kenneth Dixon

On breaking Ryan Moats rushing record…

“It feels pretty good and we had a good talk and he let me know some things I could do to be better, so it felt pretty good to break his record.”

On UTSA’s run defense…

“It wasn’t so much that they were stopping the run, but it was them rotating their safeties down and they just put a lot of stress of trying to stop our run game.”

On the personal foul penalties…

“It wasn’t so much about what they were saying to us or what was being said between players on the field…sometimes it just gets rough out there and we just need to do a better job of keeping our heads, keeping on our game on track.”

Quinton Patton

On the long touchdown play…

“I was kind of upset about getting the personal foul penalty a couple plays before , so I thought ‘I just gave up 15 yards on my team so I need to make a play some way, somehow’ and the football Gods blessed me with that play.”

On helping the offense when the rushing game is not going…

“We always try to have a balanced attack, but when one part isn’t working like the rushing game, we try to as receivers…me and Myles [White] and DJ [Banks] try to step up  and make the plays that we can and try to help out Colby [Cameron].”

On the development of Kenneth Dixon as a running back…

“It’s been amazing!  The sky’s the limit for him.  When I first saw him out on the field when he came out for practice, he was always trying to shake and bake and everything, and I told him, ‘you’re too big to be doing that shaking stuff…just run through people, run over them.  And you’ve seen where it’s gotten him.”

 

UTSA head coach Larry Coker

Opening comments:

“Like I told the guys, we did not come here to play close or scare anybody or make some kind of statement. We came here to win a football game, and I think we played that way. I think we played well.”

“Honestly, we made some mistakes that made us not win the game, but the thing that I told them is ‘you know, you are a Division I football team,’ and that is on paper. I think tonight we were a Division I football team.”

“I think we did some things that showed us glimpses of how good we can be. Again, it is a short season left. We have three games left, and if we keep pressing like we have been, we will have a good season and be a good team.”

On UTSA’s offense:

“I think we did. I think the thing I saw offensively that we did pretty well was run the ball and throw the ball. Some guys really made some nice catches and gave us some opportunities. I was really pleased about that. Eric Soza had four touchdown passes and over 300 yards passing and no interceptions, so he had an outstanding night.”

On Eric Soza’s (UTSA QB) performance:

“Well, he played awfully well. We played a good team tonight and he just stepped up and played like he had not missed anything. I am really proud of him, and I think the guys really surrounded him and stepped up.”

“I really think what was impressive was our offensive line. They did a good job at pass protection, and I do not know if we had a sack, but our pass protection was good and our blocking was good, so I think that our offensive line doing good really helped Eric (Soza).”

On UTSA TE Cole Hubble’s two touchdowns:

“It is a little slant that is designed by Kevin Brown, our offensive coordinator, and there was an opportunity, a soft spot in the middle of the field.”

“Of course Cole (Hubble) is kind of a wide receiver in a tight end’s body. He made some really nice plays and he hit him in stride and had some big touchdowns for us. Really, that is what we needed; to get some confidence when playing a team like this.”

On No. 22 ranked Louisiana Tech:

“I thought they were awfully good on offense. I think defensively they probably were not as good as some of the teams we have played. I think they can score with anybody, and they were as good as probably anyone we have played.”

“Again, I think they can score with anybody, and I do not know if anyone can play defense anymore with the way the scores look. They will have a chance to win every football game with the way they play offense.”

On the two-point conversion attempt late in the game:

“It was a two-point play we had, and obviously it did not work, and really with Ryan (Polite) being cold, it is really not fair to ask him to do that, but he is a smart kid and we felt like it was a good opportunity. We did not try to cut the lead as much as we should have.”

On going for it on fourth down rather than kick a field goal:

“Well, a field goal was not going to win the game for us. We came here to win, and we knew we had to score touchdowns. We had a good call, and we felt like it was pass interference on our player. He grabbed the tight end on the call, but it was not a penalty. It was a good call. We just did not execute. We did not score touchdowns. You cannot beat this team with field goals.”

On the team feeling confident after this game:

“I think it depends on how we build on this. If we do that, I think we will be a Division I football team before the year is over with.”