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Oregon vs. Oregon State Postgame Quotes
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 11/29/2013
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Oregon Head Coach Mark Helfrich
On his first Civil War game…
“It was a huge win and a great game. They certainly got the better of us in the first half, some of it was their doing and a bunch of it was our doing. There were the two picks, the muffed punt, the penalties and just a bunch of stuff that we can’t do in situations like that. We knew that both teams were going to come out emotional based on the day and on both of our efforts from last week, trying to bounce back, but we were able to finish.”

On responding to adversity…
“We knew it was going to be a battle and that we had to take care of the ball and then we had three turnovers in the first half. There were a lot of things that we should have done differently, but they happened, so we treated it like a zero-zero game at half time and finished the game.”

On the morale of the team…
“The heart of this football team is something I would never question. Morale is one of those things; it’s kind of a huge word. These guys love to play football. When we talk about the Arizona loss, that’s one hundred percent on me. This is an unbelievable group of guys.”

On the seniors…
“It’s an incredible group of guys and for them to go out like this, with the win first and foremost, but in that fashion is something that they will never forget.”

On what happens next…
“We’ve got recruits in, we go to the banquet and then we hit the road recruiting. Our players need to finish up solid in the classroom the next couple weeks and we’ll be in and out recruiting, and then we’ll wait and see where we end up.”

OREGON PLAYERS
#8 Marcus Mariota, QB
On winning a close game...
"It feels good, first and foremost, to come out with the win. We had to battle through some adversity. It feels great to be honest with you. Those guys in the locker room really battled and it feels great to come out with the victory."

On what Coach Helfrich said before the final drive...
"He said what he always says. He just said, 'Take it one play at a time and finish.' We had the confidence to go out there and execute. The receivers did a great job catching the ball."

On connection with Josh Huff..
"That guy is a warrior. He has been making plays like that for his whole career. I have all the confidence in the world in that guy. He made play after big play."

On bouncing back from last week...
"To be able to battle through adversity shows a lot about our character. We have a  push through attitude and I am proud of those guys but we have to continue to get better. We can always get better.

#1 Josh Huff, WR
On his performance...
"All week I have been talking to Marcus about looking for me in big plays. I told him I would do anything to get open. On that fourth and 11 play, I was able to get open and make the catch."

On the game winning touchdown...
"It was something that I dreamed of as a little kid. All my teammates were pushing me on and they told me to dig deep. They needed me and Marcus was able to find me in the end zone."

On emotions...
"I have no idea how I feel. I am happy, I can tell you that. It is surreal. I didn't imagine my last game would come down like that. It is everything I dreamed of as a little kid. My dream finally came true. To leave on that note is pretty amazing."

#55 Hroniss Grasu, C

On the last scoring drive…
“We literally practice that situation every day in practice. We call it clutch. It’s the start of practice. We get the ball, see the situation, and then it’s 45 seconds with no timeouts or its 30 seconds with one timeout. It just shows that right when we took the field we looked each other in the eyes and said this is why we play football. We’re going to tell our grandkids about his drive. I’ve never had one of these types of games in my career at Oregon—a last second drive to win a game. I think this program really needed it. It shows that even if things aren’t going your way, if you’re down you can still come back and win.”

On Marcus Mariota
“He was great. Every time we huddled, he was taking it one play at a time. Just one play at a time. Just believe in each. When Marcus talks, we all listen.”
On Josh Huff’s performance…
“He definitely went out with a bang in Autzen stadium. The way he practices and the way he plays, and his energy and effort just rubs off on all of us. I’m really happy for him.”

#12 Brian Jackson, S
On his last game at Autzen…
“I’m kind of speechless. That was a shocker. It feels great. The energy in the locker room right now is just completely aesthetic. I’m out of breath because of how hard I was celebrating. It literally went down to the wire. I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen to me in my life so it was a great way to end it.”

On the last scoring drive…
“It did mean a lot. I did go down to the wire and everyone just had to believe. That chemistry really kicked it. You could just see everybody just fight for it. It was a great way to come out by having the last minute comeback. We went back and forth all game. There were a lot of times I was exhausted… but I still had to pull it out and had to fight even harder.”

On the sideline’s mindset going into the last scoring drive…
“It’s on us. It’s time to win the game. That’s the last thing you can think of. There are no other thoughts. You get the call and you go out there and play football. ”

On Josh Huff
“He played a great game. I’m just happy he was out there catching those passes. It was him who kept the thing rolling. I’m thankful for him.”

#24 Thomas Tyner, RB
On playing in his first Civil War game…
“It was fun. I grew up always watching the Civil War games and for me to actually play in it was exciting and stayed exciting throughout the whole game.”

On the Ducks final scoring drive of the game…
“We are all pretty confident with our offense so right when we hit the field we knew we were going to do our thing. We knew we had to get the first downs and also stay mindful of the clock.”

On senior Josh Huff’s performance…
“He had a big role throughout the whole game. The way he finished and, in general, the way he played throughout the whole game helped us, as a team, push through some of the let downs that we had earlier in the game. He led the team.”

On the advice that senior Josh Huff gave him during the game…
“He told me to keep my eye on the ball and make sure that I have a lot of ball security. He also said that I have to keep driving and that I have to keep pushing hard.”

#66 Taylor Hart, DE
On having to come to the realization that he just played his last home game…
“After the game I was down on the field taking pictures with my family and I was thinking that this was it. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in my life and I am thankful for the way this career started and ended for me.”

On the team’s record…
“10-2 is not a bad deal at all. We might get a little bit spoiled around here but this program still has a lot of fight left in it and I am looking forward to a bowl game.”

On difficulties stopping the run in the past couple games…
“I am not sure what it is but we are going to have to watch film because we are obviously struggling with it. We are going to have to focus this winter break to fix it.”

On the energy in the locker room post game…
“People might be jumping around on couches right now; singing and having a good time. This is an emotional game for us. It doesn’t matter if Oregon State is ranked or not because this was our last home game.”

OSU QUOTES
Oregon State Head Coach Mike Riley
On his evaluation of his team’s effort…
“From where we came from last Saturday to this Friday is quite a long way, which is a good thing. I think that they can be very proud that they competed like crazy tonight, played a lot of good football against a good team and made a lot of plays on both sides of the ball – as did Oregon. We just left them a little too much time to make some plays at the end.”

On his rushing attack…
“We just did a better job (on the ground), and it certainly makes you think what might have been had we been able to be that balanced over the course of the year. We just did a better job blocking, running, all that.”

On his thoughts as soon as OSU scored with 1:38 left in the game…
“We had already started to burn the clock a bit as we went down because we were going to score. I felt real good about scoring. I didn’t know whether it would be a kick or a touchdown. You know, you gotta score when you have to score.”

On Oregon jumping out to an early lead…
“Well, it wasn’t good. But, I thought we were moving the ball and were still making some plays defensively. If you just keep playing, you can get a better handle of the speed of what’s happening, and we absolutely did. They’re (Oregon) capable of going all the way on every play, but I thought we made a lot of good plays defensively and it’s too bad we couldn’t stop them passing on the last drive.”

On bowl speculation…
“We should be in a bowl game. There’s no doubt somebody wants this team in a bowl game.”

On Josh Huff’s big game…
“He made a really nice move. He made plays. They got him the ball. He got isolated a couple time, and he won the one-on-ones.”

On the important of a good showing today after last week’s loss…
“I told them frankly during the week after last week – don’t tell me about the score this weekend. I want to see us play football, and then we’ll look at the scoreboard. I was totally devastated after last week in myself, the staff and the team. I think it was absolutely central that we come out and play good football and play hard. I told them to not even look at the scoreboard until they end. We had to play better, with enthusiasm, with passion, and the kids did that. I told them now at least we can look in the mirror and look at each other and be proud.”

Shawn Mannion,QB
Thoughts on the game…
"First of all, I’m extremely, extremely proud of our team. Despite the loss, no one on our team quit the entire way. I couldn’t be more proud to be a member of our team and the way we fought. In terms of our game, it was outstanding. Our offensive line did an outstanding job up front. As the game went along we got more and more success with it and we kind of built off of that."

On leaving too much time on the clock…
"We weren’t really thinking about that so much. We were down so the priority number one was scoring, and victor made a great play on it. That’s the number one there. We can’t overthink ourselves and worry about the clock. We had to go in and score and we did, and then we got the ball and had to go down and get into field goal range and we didn’t."

On not being invited to a bowl game…
"We’ll let everyone else take care of that. We were trying to win this game today and came up short but, we’re not concerned about it, other people can think about that at this time."

Rashad Reynolds, CB
Thoughts on last drive with 1:32 left…
"Thoughts were to go out there and get a stop. The offense did what they had to do and put us ahead. We had to make sure we go out there and make some plays. Unfortunately, they made a little more plays than us going down that drive and resulted in the game."

Concerned about this being his last game…
"No, I leave it up to God, if it is it is. Of course it’s going to hurt, but at the end of the day, I’ll take it whichever way it goes."
 
Can you turn this season around if invited to a bowl game...
"That was the biggest thing for us this season, being consistent. We could be great one week and next week we won’t be that great and that just comes down to us. We have to make sure we do our part to get ready every week. It could’ve gone either way and hopefully we get that bowl game invitation. Hopefully we can prove everybody we’re a good team."

 

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