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October 17, 2010 at 6:39 PM

A few more post-game quotes

Transcribed a bit more tape from last night in putting together the story for Monday’s paper, and figured I’d pass along a few of the quotes here.
STEVE SARKISIAN
On the play of Hau’oli Jamora: “I think he provides some real quickness off the edge for us and I thought hau’oli as a young freshman is growing. We are at the halfway point of the season and for a true freshman he is doing some nice things and we are going to need him to.”
On the defense: “(What you do) When you come together as a staff after a loss last Sunday is believing what you are doing. We run schemes on both sides of the ball that have withstood the test of time and let’s not panic, let’s keep coaching, we are good coaches, our kids are believing in what we are doing. Let’s just continue to get better and what should happen is you get better from week to week to week and I really thought expecially last week kin the second half against Arizona State our defense played good enough to win and they did it again tonight so credit to those guys.”
On the offensive struggles after the 21-0 lead: “We couldn’t get out of our own way on offense for a minute there. We had four false starts, a delay of game penalty. It wasn’t so much about them we were just putting ourselves in bad down and distance situations.”


On the revamped offensive line and Colin Porter: “I thought he did a nice job. He’s a big guy, he’s physical. His ability to take up space there is good. They are a hard team to run the football against when they get penetrated, so something we tried to get to that created some runs for chris is to run the power play behind Colin because of his mass to take care of things and get (Ryan) Tolar pulling through and we were able to get some yards that way.”
On the tackling: “I thought we were better. Quizz (Jacquizz Rodgers) is tough to tackle, his low center of gravity, his ability to spin out of tackles. But I thought once we got settled back in especially at the line of scrimmage we were much more stout than we’ve been.”
On what led to the fast start: “We talked to that, let’s come out and play the way we are capable of playing with a sense of urgency right off the bat. That was the first thing – a mindset, I thought, was there. And we were able to have a plan put together could explit some of the things we thought we could take advantage of in their defense and two, do the things we’ve been doing well and not try to just go make up plays to go after their defense. What do we do well that fits up against their defense and let’s go do it.”
CORT DENNISON
On defending the final two-point play: “We had a field goal block call and the second call was a base call and in that call I had the middle part of the field. They spread everyone out wide so my first instinct they are on the 2-yard line is they might run a draw. (OSU QB Ryan) Katz had been scrambling the whole game. I kind of got up there and realized he wasn’t going to take off and then I saw No. 87 (OSU H-back Joe Halahuni) run a little go route and I just did anything I could to make him not catch it. I tried my best and it worked.”
On whether he touched the pass: “I thought I did. I don’t know. All that matters is we won. So I don’t really care if I got my hand on the ball — he dropped it. … I saw him looking that way and I saw 87 coming down the middle of the field and so I just had to be a playmaker. I saw that he was open and I just made a play on it.”
On what he thought when they went for two: “I wanted them to go for two. That’s a challenge for the defense. If you are a competitor that’s what you want. They are testing you, so anything you can do to respond to that, that’s what you are supposed to do. I’m glad they went for two. It was time for us to gut it up and make sure they didn’t cross that goal line.”
On rallying from last week’s defeat: “We just said fight. Times get hard in seasons and the teams that are good are the ones that respond. They aren’t the ones that hold their heads down and let things happen to them, thye are the ones that throw puinchs back, and that’s what we did. We had everybody against us, had a lot of negativity thrown at our team and we just came together as one realizing we are all one team. We put hard work in in the off-season, we bust our butts every day at practice, let’s do this on Saturday, put a total team effort on Saturday and get the win. It was kind of hard in some parts but we competed and that’s all that matters. You can’t ask for anything more.”

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