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Fresno State Postgame Quotes
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 09/08/2012
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Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly

On the overall game, offensively…
“We sputtered offensively at times to begin the second half, but we also have to realize that we aren’t going to score every time we get the ball. We saw a lot of that today, especially in that third quarter.”

On the overall game, defensively…

“Our defense battled and handled the short field that our offensive gave them very well. Our offense used that as fuel to get them back into the game.”

On Oregon’s penalties…

“We got to clean up our penalties, those really hurt our momentum. We can’t keep digging ourselves into a hole with dumb penalties.”

 On the third quarter…
“There were a lot of things that we didn’t do right in the third quarter, we will have to look at the film tomorrow and see what we need to work on at this week’s practice.”

On overall flow of the game…
“We need to become a great first, second, third, and fourth quarter team, we can’t start letting up once we get the lead. We have to keep our foot on the accelerator from beginning to end.”

Fresno State Head Coach Tim DeRuyter

Opening Statement…
“It is encouraging to play well when  you finish but we clearly weren’t up to it at the start of the game. We have to coach better. We were out played, out coached. I think our guys had a bit of a bug-eyed look at the stadium. I think we were too concerned about the ranking. We challenged them the second half and they responded well. That was encouraging to see. But we have to come out and play from the start like we finished.”

On changes made in the second half…
“We tackled. We executed our defense. We simplified some things. We were running a couple of blitzes that we didn’t fit well, so they creased us. They have some explosive players that do that. Second half, we fit things much better. We forced some takeaways which is what we have got to continue to do.”

On Oregon’s speed…
“The tempo, I thought we lined up fine. But, the actual speed of the players was something we weren’t used to. We were taking poor angles. It took a half to figure out what angles we needed for number six [De’Anthony Thomas] and number twenty-four [Kenjon Barner]. They were getting to the edge on us. They’re a fast football team and you have got to give them credit.”

On our offense...
“We’ve got to finish drives with touchdowns. They [Oregon] move the ball well. We’ve got to do a much better job on the third down. I don’t know what our final percentage was, but we got to third down and we’d either catch the ball short or we didn’t protect. We got to do a much better job.”

“What happened during the first  part of the game was we weren’t playing very good on defense. We wanted to try to establish a run game and maybe sell our defense down and not go so fast and take maybe thirty seconds off the clock. I think that probably hurt us a little bit. We were just trying to settle everybody down. And it was the same thing on offense. We did much better the second half. I think we were okay on tempo. I think we were a little intimidated coming in. I think we learned that we know it’s a good team and we got to be able to play four quarters against them.”

“When you give them [Oregon] second life, it is like getting a turnover. We should have been off the field and we didn’t. They’re a good team and they capitalized on it.”

On taking away confidence from this game…
“I don’t know how you can take confidence away. I’m disappointed with how we played the first half. I’m encouraged by how we played in the second half. I wouldn’t say it is confidence. Our guys noticed that when we play the way we are capable, we can play with a good football team. I told these guys losing sucks. There’s no victory in playing good for a half. We should have played well for four quarters.”

OREGON PLAYERS

#24 RB Kenjon Barner

On today’s game…
“I felt good out there, I felt blessed. The offensive line blocked perfectly, our wide receivers blocked brilliantly. Overall, I’d have to say that it was a good game.”

On his leadership after the team had a tough start to the third quarter…
“I huddled the guys up and told them that it was ‘GO’ time. Our defense played really well and our offense didn’t help them out that much.”

On injuries during the game…

“We can’t change our game plan every time someone gets hurt. You never like seeing someone get hurt, but it’s a part of the game and we have great guys ready to step in and do their job.”

On team struggles…

“We just weren’t executing our game plan out there, we know what we can do, we just weren’t doing it. It’s good to be 2-0 right now, I can’t really complain with that.
 

#8 QB Marcus Mariota


On the wide receivers…
“All of our wide receivers are awesome, they are all extremely athletic. It’s fun spreading the ball to them all and watching what they can do after the catch.”

On the second half…

“We took our foot off the accelerator there for a bit and let them climb back into the game. We got too comfortable with the lead. The adversity we faced today is good for us, it will help us better prepare for upcoming games, especially for conference play.”

On being 2-0…
“Being 2-0 is a huge confidence builder, but we definitely have plenty to work on this week in practice. We can’t let up like we did today, we have to always go 100 percent.”

#6 RB/WR De’Anthony Thomas

On the game...

“We had a good rhythm, but we came out a little slow, but I think we picked it up a little bit.”
“We played a pretty good game. We could have played a little better, but I think we played a really good game.”

On Fresno State...

“We can’t take teams for granted, Fresno State is a great team. They came out hard tonight.”

On easing up in the second half...
“We have to fight to the end and play each quarter hard. It doesn’t concern me at all because we have great players.”
“Guys stopped playing a little bit, but we just have to prepare for next week now.”

#12 S Brian Jackson

On the game...
“It was a really fun game for me to play, Derek Carr is a great quarterback. At first he (Carr) was trying to test me and kept throwing it over by me at the beginning, but at the end I think he had a mutual respect for me. He knew that if he threw it near me that I was going to put up a fight.”

On the defense letting up in the second half...
“I don’t think it was us as a defense, it was hard with the short field position. We ended up holding them to just field goals a few times, which was good defense if you ask me.”

#96 DE Dion Jordan

On the defense...
“The defense had to really pick it up because the offense was turning the ball over and dropping the ball. As a defense you have to be ready and prepared from the first string to the third string guys.”

On easing up in the second half...
“Guys really need to be dialed in and with a lot of young guys, it’s tough to keep them dialed in. We can use this game as motivation. It comes down to guys taking care of their roles and being mentally strong.”

#9 DL Arik Armstead

On the game...

“I feel like we played well especially in the first half, but we made mistakes in the second half. Coach Kelly said to put our foot on the pedal in the second half and we didn’t really do that.”

On the difference between his first and second collegiate game...
"Really not much difference, I prepared the same way, just a new opponent.”

FRESNO STATE PLAYER

#88 OLB Tristain Okpalaugo

On the game…
“They [Oregon] move so fast. Their speed was ridiculous. But, all we did was beat ourselves. I give them credit, they put it on us, but we hurt ourselves with the line assignments in the first half. You can tell by the second half that we adjusted and our eyes got right. We started playing better.”

“My coach said it best, you just have to play it one play at a time. There was no reason for us to make the silly mistakes that we did. We just give up a big play and it didn’t make sense.”

On the second half...
“I honestly think we could have played better. I think we could have held them no points in the second half. They’re a really good team. They ran fast. The runners ran hard. The quarter back made some moves and he ran hard too but we killed ourselves in the first half.”

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