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Oregon vs. Washington State Postgame Quotes
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Release Date: 10/20/2013
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OREGON

Oregon Head Coach Mark Helfrich
Quick Thoughts on game…
By the time we got our starters out of there, it was right where we needed to be in terms of response and how we were playing. Happy with our response in the second half.”

On Hunt …
“I think he’s got a really bright future for us. Like any O-Lineman, you just need to play. He’s seeing guys he’s never seen before, fronts he’s never seen before, blitzes he’s never seen before full speed at this level, so there’s going to be a little bit of adjust. He’s one of those guys that just tries to run through the wall and thinks about it later.”

On defense …
“I think up front we got to them a little bit with our offensive line rotation. I think every pick was forced by the D-Line almost, I think we did some good things in the back end too.

On UCLA…
“They’re a really talented team. We know a lot of teams in this conference pretty well. They’re very well coached, great quarterback, great defense. It’s going to be a huge challenge.”

On Marcus taking the Heisman attention…
“I think Marcus is a stud. He played great. We had a couple broken routes where he was waiting on and it was somebody’s fault one time and one time it was his. Marcus is an amazing, driven guy. He prepared really well this week.”

On running backs…
“They ran hard. I don’t know the percentages of productions. Part of that is what makes our team fun, neat and unique is that nobody cares.”

On wearing pink…
“I think the neatest part is it came from the team. It was the players’ idea that kind of drove both the relationship with Nike and then the relationship with the Kay Yow Cancer foundation. It was an all-inclusive deal. Every cent of the auctions, every cent of the money raised from this will go directly to research. That’s what makes it so neat is that everybody is involved and everybody wins. We’ve all been affected by cancer in some way, shape or form, directly or indirectly, and it’s a fight the media coaches and players can agree on.”

 

QB #8 Marcus Mariota

On the two fumbles…
“Well you know our coaches around here focus on one play at a time. It doesn’t matter the outcome of that play, you have to focus on the next one. I have always been able to shake that stuff off. I know it is in the past. The coaches really kept my head in it.”

 On Thomas Tyner
“He made an unbelievably catch on the goal line there, to be able to see that out of a young guy like him is pretty special. I mean he is still trying to learn the offense. He is able to catch out of the backfield and make plays. He’s a huge asset for our offense. He is going to be special.”

On the defense…
“I am really proud of the defense because we gave the ball up a couple times but they were able to keep us in it.”

On the close game in the first half…
“There wasn’t any type of worry or panic or any of that stuff. As an offense we knew our defense would be there for us. We know if we execute we will be successful. The defense was able to make a couple of stops for us. It was really a team effort in the second half.”

On Washington State…
“They played well. They got some guys up front that play really well. But our guys up front were able to control the line of scrimmage which opened up the running game and the passing game.”

 

CB #27 Terrance Mitchell
On Washington State…
“They were up for the game. They were really hyped up. We just had answer on offense and defense today. This is a high throwing team. We could have done better in some situations. They were doing a lot of drive-arounds tonight.

On moving forward…
“We’ve now probably seen every pass pattern we’re going to see for the rest of the year, so this is going to be a good frame for us to study. We just have to keep playing and keep winning, and on game 12 see where we’re at.”

On Washington State throwing 89 times…
“It was a busy day. I don’t even see that many passes in a video game. It was crazy. It was a great game for us to grow from seeing 89 passes. We can only get better from that we just have to keep at it.”

On his first touchdown of the season…
“It felt good. I haven’t been in the zone since the spring game of 2010, so it was definitely cool. The play was tip-drill. Brian Jackson had great coverage, so when I saw the ball in the air, I immediately turned it over.”

 

RB #9 Byron Marshall
On his overall reaction to the game...
“I felt good about today, I think that it was the best game I have ever had. As a team, we did get off to a bit of a slow start but we picked it up and played a much better second half. Overall I think it was a good game.”

On what the team discussed during halftime...
“We talked about staying focused and picking it up overall. We had a lot of turnovers in the first half plus three fumbles and that is unacceptable no matter who we are playing. We talked about not turning the ball over, picking up the pace, and just staying on the blocks to finish strong.”

On how has mentality has changed being the feature back the past couple weeks...
“My mentality hasn’t really changed that much. I have always had the mindset that once I get on the field I have to dominate the way I know how to. So now that I am on the field more I just get more of an opportunity to dominate.”

 

S #21 Avery Patterson

On his reflection of the outcome of game...
“You have to go into practice every day with the mentality that you have to stop the pass. They don’t really run it that much so coming into this game our mind set was to stop the pass. We did our best.”

On blocking WSU’s offense...
“It is frustrating. Everything is in front of us and we just have to come up and make the key tackles in the open field. I feel like we did that.”

 

WR #1 Josh Huff
On the difficulties of the game...

“The first half was all on us. We turned the ball over too many times and let those 21 points in by Washington State. That is what kept them in the game.”

On learning from the mistakes of today’s game...
“There is something you can learn from after every game and there will always be something to improve on. Come tomorrow we are going to watch film and see what we can do better next weekend.”

On his view point heading into the rest of the season...
“Of course we like where this season is going and how we have played so far but we really try to not pay attention to the rankings. We take it one day at a time, one week at a time, and just continue trying to get better.”

 

WASHINGTON STATE

Washington State Head Coach Mike Leach

On Connor Halliday’s attempt record…
“At Iowa Wesleyan, we broke the record for attempts and completions. The record had been around for 10 years, and then the very next week somebody broke our attempts record.”

On the Cougars’ performance…
“We did a lot of good things and I think we played hard. We certainly weren’t error free. I felt like we played for 60 minutes.”

“I thought we overpursued, sometimes. We were a little hesitant when we had opportunities to make tackles.”

“We didn’t win today, but we played a really good team and I thought we improved.”

“The times we had pressure and held our coverage, it worked for us.”

On Oregon’s decision making…
“One thing that’s impressive about how Oregon plays is their decisiveness. They’re probably the most decisive team in the country. They made us look worse than we actually are. They deserve a lot of credit. As we get older and develop our players, that’s the way I’d like us to play.”

“Whether it’s an offensive or defensive player for Oregon, he does a great job committing to the play. They don’t hesitate on anything they do.”

“Up to this point, I think Oregon’s the best team in the conference. If they’re not the best team in the country, they’re easily in the top five. That’s clearly where they belong.”

 

QB Connor Halliday
On setting the NCAA Division I record for pass attempts…
“That was pretty cool to be able to do that.”

“I knew going in, on about Monday of last week, that we were going to throw it a lot. Nobody ever thinks 89 is going to be the number.”

On the game plan…
“Oregon is so athletic up front and so athletic at the linebacker position they don’t really give us many run looks and then running the ball kind of isn’t what we do best offensively, so just kind of doing what we thought would be the most successful for us was throwing the ball around.”

On Oregon…
“I think their team speed rivals anybody.”

On the offensive line…
“O-line played great, they brought a couple exotic blitz’ that we missed. I missed a couple hot throws so that’s kind of on both of our shoulders. Other than that the o-line’s playing great and they’re in a good rhythm.”

 

Deone Bucannon, Sr., Safety

On the Ducks…
“Oregon’s a great team. They speak for themselves. They’re a fast team, fundamentally sound, and they don’t make many mistakes. As a defense, we gave them too many opportunities. We should’ve been a lot more physical.”

“We created some pressure around Mariota. I think that hindered his reads and made him get out of his comfort zone. In the second half, they came out with a plan and executed it.”

“It makes it difficult when they [Oregon] get to the ball so quick. Sometimes we missed the call, because their tempo was fast.”

On preparing for Oregon…
“You can’t simulate this in practice. The scout team can’t simulate Oregon’s speed. In a way, it took us by surprise, because we weren’t seeing anything like that speed earlier this week.”

 

OL Gunnar Eklund
On the amount of pass blocking…
“I definitely knew we ran a lot of plays. It felt like we ran quite a bit of plays but I didn’t know it was that many.”

On Oregon…
“What they do a really good job of is playing fast and never hesitating on every play. We can learn from them on that. “

 

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