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Arizona Postgame Quotes
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 09/23/2012
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Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly

On the win…

“I thought they came out right from the start and Arizona matched us. They were taking every hit we were. Our defense really set the tone for us. We prepared--had a great week in practice. We don’t expect to come in and have our way with anyone. We play every game like it’s the Super Bowl.”
“We need to be confidence to be good; it’s going to be a long season. You gain a lot of confidence from preparing—that’s what our guys did. You get out what you put in.”

On Colt Lyerla…

“As Colt Lyerla continues to get involved in offense there’s becoming certain things he can do and we see that. We don’t want to put too much on his plate. He’s a package we’ve been working on. We’ve been tying it out in practice.”

“He had to be prepared the whole game. It’s an opportunity to get Bryan Bennett in the game and Colt in a new position. It’s nice, as a coach, to have those weapons to bring in. It’s nice to have that kind of depth.”

On Marcus Mariota…
“I’m happy with Marcus (Mariota). He has grown every game. His performance is never the same as the week before. You don’t know what to expect on the field. No one plays a perfect game so you just have to get out there. He’s a prime example of that.”

On being in the red zone…

“A lot of it was us on offense not finishing. We don’t have a lot of finger guys—we have a lot of thumb guys. We have a lot of guys who embrace the situation.”

Arizona Head Coach Rich Rodriguez

Opening Statements...

“For us, offensively, it was a tale of four bad quarters. We’ve got to do a better job of giving our offensive guys the chance to execute better especially in the red zone. You can’t afford to do that against anybody, let alone Oregon. Our lack of execution and not finishing off drives.”

On Oregon’s Defense...
“They’re good, they did a nice job. I’ll have to watch the film to see where some of the breakdowns were. Again, it falls back with us, as coaches. We need to make sure our guys are in a position to make a play. When we’re going to try to beat a team like Oregon, you have to finish off those drives. We had a lot of opportunities, especially early , and didn’t do it.”

“They’re athletic and they play hard. They’re well coached and they do a good job and we helped them. So, it was a combination of things. It wasn’t all us, they had something to do with it too. But we certainly helped them.”

On Quarterback Matt Scott...
“He got hit and he took a good shot to the hip. He has a lot of courage. He came back and battled and I gave him a lot of credit.”

On the similarities between the Arizona offense and the Oregon offense...
“We see it [similar offense]. If they see it, we see it. Who really gets the edge? They executed better than we did. They won.”

On the two missed field goals...

“It was a bad hold. It looked like to me. The second one had a little penetration, low kick. I have to see what the breakdown was there. If you can’t make chip shot field goals, you have a serious issue with your kicking game.”

On the bright side...
“I think all the guys played hard, but I have to watch the film because then I’ll be able to give a better judgment. But I thought all the guys played hard, played physical and the defense played their tails off for the most part. It is disappointing that we didn’t finish the way we could have finished tonight.”

Oregon Players

#12 S Brian Jackson

On the defense…

“We just came out and had a phenomenal game. Everything was clicking and everyone knew what they had to do at all times. Ifo (Ekpre-Olomu), Troy (Hill) and Terrance (Mitchell) were all making good plays on the ball. We were everywhere at all times.”

On practice this week…

“This week at practice, we knew we were ready. We were very well prepared. We knew we’d play well, but we didn’t know it was going to be like this.”

On the shutout…

“We just made plays and kept them out of the end zone. It’s a product of great defense and great communication.”

In the secondary…

“We have total faith in everyone in the secondary. We just all love each other.”

#96 DE Dion Jordan

On the defense…

“As a defense we worked hard and made plays. We just understood what we needed to do. We knew what we had as a defense and we were very prepared.”

On people questioning the defense…

“People questioned the opponents we faced, but to us each week we face a faceless opponent.”

On the shutout…

“It felt really good. I give props to their quarterback, he did the best with what he was given. We all just stood up as a defensive unit and the shutout is a result and feels wonderful.”

#15 TE/TB Colt Lyerla


On being able to play tailback again…

“I was excited about playing tailback again. It meant the world to me that I was given the opportunity, especially since I was able to be successful with it.”

On having tailback experience in high school…

“Just to have any experience even from high school really helped a lot.”

On the defense’s play…

“The defense was insanely good. I was just so impressed.”

On the touchdown with Bryan Bennett…

“That was my fault, he was supposed to keep it, but I held it too long.”

#6 RB De’Anthony Thomas


On the Arizona defense being on him all game…

“It really helped open up other players to make plays.”

On his performance…

“I feel like I did good. I’m a young player, so I’m learning every day. I’m still getting better every day.”

On Arizona…

“They came to bring it, they are a real physical team.”

 

 

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