Oct. 29, 2011
Utah Head Coach Kyle Whittingham
"It was nice to get our first Pac-12 win. It took us more tries than we would have liked. We played very well on defense the entire evening. If it wouldn't have been for that roughing the kicker penalty, we may have had a shutout, but the defense played very well. Offensively, we did some good things in the first half, but slowed down in second a bit more than I would have liked. The thing we didn't do was turn the ball over. We had one turnover and got four takeaways. When we win the turnover margin, we are a pretty good football team. We can compete with who we need to compete with. That's been the key all season long. Hopefully, we can put together back-to-back games together next week against Arizona. We did possess the ball a lot tonight and that's going to be the storyline of the season. We got a big performance by John White. He was huge, over 200 yards on 35 carries in another heavy-duty workload for John. Credit the offensive line as well. They opened up some big holes in the first half. We didn't have as much production in the second half in the run game, but we'll get that figured out. Overall, it was a good win. We're in the win column in Pac-12 and it feels good."
On John White:
"We just did a nice job with block schemes. Dave Schramm and Tim Davis are responsible for putting together the run game each week and they did a nice job with it this week. I'm surprised [Oregon State] didn't load the box, they stayed in base stuff they've been playing all season long."
On difference between first half and second-half production:
"We may have gotten conservative in the second half offensively and we just didn't execute as well. We didn't get as good of field position, but we're not asking our offense to score 40 points. We want them to possess the football and don't put the defense in bad spots. They did exactly that most of the evening.
On Jon Hays:
"He managed the game, that's the best way to describe it. He did a nice job managing the offense. We didn't put a lot on his plate and ask him to make a lot of plays. He threw a nice ball to DeVonte Christopher on that touchdown pass. He did do some good things, but we did scale some things back from what we've done the last couple weeks. We gave him fewer things to think about and fewer reads to make. A big thing was how well the defense played. They gave us a chance to play without having to open up the offense."
Utah quarterback Jon Hayes
"I'm feeling great right now, the opposite of last week, that's for sure. I'm proud of how the offense responded. We were trying to be smart and just hung in there and made plays.
"I'm getting more comfortable in this offense every week, it just comes with reps. The offensive line did a great job, the backs did a great job in protection, so we just have to keep progressing because we have a great defense. We just have to go out and keep the turnovers to a minimum and that can keep us with every team in the nation."
Utah running back John White
"We needed to start this week. Coming off a loss, we needed to run the ball hard and show that we can run the ball well. Jon threw the ball and we ran the ball well, so things went well.
"We just stuck to what we normally do and that's just establishing the run and that's what we did.
"That was never on our mind. We always have a win and our opponent on our mind, so we belong here in the Pac-12 and we can show it."
Utah linebacker Brian Blechen
"It was really important [to get this win]. We hadn't been playing the way we wanted to. That's on us and it's up to us to turn it around. This was the game to do it. We owe it to ourselves, coaches and fans."
Oregon State Head Coach Mike Riley
On QB Sean Mannion facing a lot of pressure -
"I think it probably started early, but it really came on when we had to throw too much in the second half. That's when it got really bad, and it really got hard from there. We didn't run the ball at all tonight. Our rushing total was not very good, and again that was the difference in the game. They rushed for 200 and we rushed for 20."
Did you think you'd be able to run against Utah? -
"I knew it was going to be hard. I saw other teams having a hard time against that defensive front. I made the statement that might be the best defense that we have played against so far. They're very, very physical. And yet, we had a nice drive going and we drop a third down conversion right off the bat. We had our chances. I think we had some dropped balls that might have been touchdowns. So, we didn't take advantage of opportunities and they were going to make it hard."
On how the game played out -
"I thought they had the edge on our team in the first half in every phase of the game--offense, defense, special teams. Defensively, I thought we came out in the second half and were wounded. They just ran by us, through us in the first half. Our defense came back and played really good football in the second half, and I thought that's how that game could have, should have been as far as I'm concerned"
How much did Marcus Wheaton's dropped touchdown pass change the game early on -
"Who knows? A good team should be able to come back and get it again. But, we didn't do that."
How was Utah able to get so much pressure on QB Sean Mannion? -
"I think, individually. Individually they're a good pressure team one-on-one. They can make plays and they were able to cut it loose with the blitzes with their lead late in the second half."
On Utah's short scoring drives in the first half -
"We were on our heels. They were outplaying us. We turned the ball over to them in really good field position, too. That's why those drives were so short and fast."