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Utah vs. USC Postgame Quotes

Oct. 26, 2013

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Utah Head Coach Kyle Whittingham

"If you're looking for a positive, the defense played really well. If you're looking for another positive, the defense played really well. That's about it. We struggled on offense obviously. Really the key to our game was, as it's been in most of our losses, was turnovers. It's tough to overcome. Not impossible, but tough. We have to do some soul searching offensively and figure out the deficiencies and get them corrected. We have no throwing game and the running game wasn't a whole lot better. We have to get rid of the turnovers because that's hurting us. The bottom line is if we play offense like that, it's hard to win games.

(Is he getting tired of seeing the offense like that)

"It's not fun. Am I tired of it? Yea, I am. We've got to get better. We have to keep working and trying to find answers."

(How well was Travis Wilson today)

"He was out there, so he was fine. If you're out there playing, you're fine."

"A lot of credit goes to USC's defense. That's the No. 1 defense in the conference for a good reason. They have a lot to do with our deficiencies. I'm not trying to paint the picture that they don't deserve credit. They took the ball away and were the ones that made things happen with their defense.

"There's a big question what we'll do at quarterback. We have the week off to try to figure things out. Got Arizona State at our place next. Another top 25 team, so we have our work cut out for us."

"The thing we lacked the last four years at QB, the consistency and continuity, has shown up the last two weeks. We were pretty good the first six weeks, but two weeks of not very good production there. The coaches have to get it fixed."

"We should've scored a touchdown instead of a field goal (on opening drive). It was pleasant to get a field goal, but field goals don't win games typically. We have to get touchdowns."

Utah LB Trevor Reilly

"It was a defensive battle. In the first half, defensively we gave up one play on a pass in cover 2 when a corner route caught us. Other than that defensively I thought we played well.

"I don't really think so much about our turnovers but our lack of causing turnovers. It could have been the difference in the game if we had got a strip fumble or a pick or if we could've scored. That was the big difference. We didn't get enough turnovers.

"Our main goal has changed to we just want to make it to a bowl game. We have to win at least two of four. We want to win all four. We have a bye and need to get ready for Oregon State.

Utah LB Jared Norris

"We didn't get any takeaways ourselves. Any time you play and there are takeaways, you have to get some yourself. We forced a fumble on that one play but didn't come up with it. It doesn't matter. We're all one unit. It doesn't matter if the offense is playing bad or the defense is playing bad. The other side has to make up for it.

"We're coming up short in a couple areas. We've been working the same. The mentality coming in was that we honestly that we would win today. No doubt about it. But the outcome obviously wasn't what we were playing for, but you just have to keep playing.

Utah QB Travis Wilson

(On if his finger affected his performance today)

"Everything is good. I thought I was throwing well all week but I wasn't making throws today. And I definitely put this whole game on myself.

(On if today's struggles was due to USC's defense or Utah's offense)

"I think it was more our offense. I wasn't playing well and I needed to make better throws and decisions and having this many interceptions is not going to help us win football games.

(On how good his throwing hand was)

"I'd say it was probably 80%, it's still bugging me a little bit, but it's not an excuse. I should've still made the throws I needed to.

"I was glad I got to come back home and play in this stadium, but didn't play well enough to win.

(If coaches said anything when they took him out at the end of the first half)

"I pretty much did it to myself. I can't turn over the ball if we're going to win the game. I've got to make sure I make smarter decisions.

"I was felt I was reading everything well, but on some throws I wasn't hitting the target and not making smart decisions.

(On not scoring a TD for the first time since 2010)

"It's really frustrating. Our offense worked super hard throughout the whole week and to not score is a huge let down. It's something we have to get corrected."

Utah QB Adam Schulz

(On not scoring a TD for the first time since 2010)

"It's extremely frustrating. We work way too hard not to score a touchdown. I think it was a lack of execution.

"In our offense, a lot of it is on our shoulders and if we don't perform well, we can't operate.

"It's not a good feeling (to lose). The good thing is we are all together and united. I don't see us breaking apart.

"I want to credit USC's defense. That's a good defense and we knew that. They knew what they were doing and were executing."



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