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September 1, 2012 at 11:48 PM

A few quick post-game notes

These late games are a real jumble, so there won’t be much great organization to any of this.

But I’ll start with a few quick personnel notes:

— Steve Sarkisian said Jesse Callier suffered a knee injury and will have an MRI to determine the severity. He said there’s a chance it is serious, which is obviously why they rushed Erich Wilson II into action.

— He said Ben Riva has a broken forearm and while he didn’t give a specific timetable, he called it doubtful that Riva could play with the forearm, so that would obviously mean he’d be out a little while. Mike Criste replaced him tonight but Sarkisian said they would have to re-evaluate the OL to get the best five out there if Riva is out longterm.

— There were no other significant injuries. He said Desmond Trufant had a hamstring issue but it’s not serious. Same with Princeton Fuimaono, who got his bell rung.

And here are a few quick quotes from the coaches:

SARKISIAN

Opening Statement: “It’s good to win and good to be 1-0 and win a different style of game then we are accustomed to playing around here. We had to rely on our defense. Our offense sputtered a bit and to find a way to win that type of a game for us was encouraging on that front

“It was an odd game in that we started out with so much energy and enthusiasm and were moving the ball well offensively. We got the turnover on defense and some things just didn’t go our way and I didn’t think we responded great. That probably goes back to me more than anything. We had a couple of penalties on us offensively that negated a big play and a couple of other of big plays. We got out and got into a little bit of a funk.

“We had a couple of guys go down so the huddle changes a bit. We tried maybe a little too hard offensively. We got out of ourselves and held onto the ball too much at quarterback and a credit to SDSU, they did a nice job of pressuring us. When they were blitzing and throwing the quick stuff we just couldn’t quite step out of the tackle to create some big plays that you need to do when a team is playing that way against you.”

SAN DIEGO STATE’S ROCKY LONG

On going for two: “We went for two reasons. One, you should be able to get 50% of them, which gives you the exact same number of points. So if you make 50% of your two-point conversions you score exactly the same number of points. At the same time your improving your ability to make points on fourth downs. It’s extra practice time for when you want to go on fourth downs.”

What if you scored on the last drive? “We would have kicked an extra point.”

On not kicking field goals: “If you looked at our field goal percentage last year, we don’t have any better kickers than we did last year. At 40%, you have just as much of a chance making it on fourth downs.”

On SDSU Quarterback Ryan Katz: “It wasn’t so much the offensive line. I’m not sure. He did a nice job scrambling and a couple of nice throws.”

On Wide Receiver Colin Lockett’s fumble: “I’m not sure if it was a fumble or not. I didn’t see the replay and I thought the refs did a good job.”

On his team’s overall performance: “I thought a team with less mental toughness would have given up. I was disappointed with the turnovers in the first half and the way the defense played. For an experienced group in the secondary and linemen we weren’t very aggressive. We were a heck of a lot better in the second half.”

On UW Quarterback Keith Price: “He’s a really good football player. So you anticipate really good football players making good plays. But I don’t think he was nearly as effective in the second half. Our defense actually did what their assignments were in the second half.”

On the First SDSU Touchdown: “He didn’t even walk to the sidelines. He was still six yards from the sidelines. I was trying to be as normal as possible. It worked in practice.”

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