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Utah vs. BYU Postgame Quotes

Sept. 16, 2012

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Utah Head Coach Kyle Whittingham

Opening Statement
"Where do I begin? We should be 4-1 because we won this game three times. I couldn't be more proud of our team tonight. We were tough, resilient, and bounced back from a tough loss last week and played with grit and determination. As a starting point for this game, there were a lot of positives. The defense played well, but couldn't recover a fumble. [BYU] put the ball on the ground about five times, but we couldn't get one. The offense didn't get a lot of yards, but didn't turn the ball over either. You're not going to lose a lot with no turnovers. There were so many storylines in the game, but the bottom line was that we got what we wanted. I am very proud of the coaching staff and players."

Quarterback Jon Hayes

On his performance
"I can't describe that ending. That's something I'll remember when I'm 85 and with Alzheimer's. That was the craziest finish I've ever been a part of and probably one of the craziest I've ever seen. I'm happy and proud of this team."

"Having a leadership role was nothing new for me. It was just last year, déjà vu, but I'm more prepared and my play showed. Now there are no surprises."

Wide receiver Dres Anderson

On the game
"[His fourth-quarter touchdown catch] was a great play call and we went over it all week and luckily I made the play. Right now, I'm just enjoying the win with my teammates."

BYU Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall

General thoughts on the game -
"Our team didn't play clean enough football today to win the game. I really liked their heart, how they fought back, how they played until the last second and gave us a great chance right until the very last play. But, [we made] too many mistakes from the beginning of the game through [the end] to have a clean enough victory, and Utah capitalized on them to their credit."

On the amount of mistakes his team made -
"Completely surprised me, especially with the maturity of our team. I didn't expect it. A lot of similar mistakes too. It wasn't in a bunch of different areas."

On the amount of penalties -
"I'm disappointed in any penalty that helped our opponent, and any penalty that was unnecessary, and those certainly were."

On the chances to win the game at the end -
"I was really impressed that we converted the fourth down play. That was an amazing play that gave us a chance to extend the game. And then from there, to Utah's credit, they blocked the field goal. Give JD Falslev credit. He fights and scratches, picks up the ball and is trying to get a first down. Then there's a personal foul that extends the game. So, without his extra effort... man, that was phenomenal on his part, which gave us a chance to kick it again. You can't ask for more than that. We had two tries, and you ought to be able to kick the ball through the uprights."

Is he disappointed in his field goal kicker -
"I'm disappointed. That won't be the reason the game wasn't won. There were plenty of mistakes leading up to that. But when you have a chance to make a play, at any position, that's what you would hope."



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