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Utah vs. New Mexico Postgame Quotes

Nov. 7, 2009

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Utah Head Coach Kyle Whittingham

Opening statement:
"It's good to get another win under our belt. We performed much better in the second half. Jordan Wynn played well and we were happy with his performance. He's not playing like a true freshman. Eddie Wide had another big night and really got loose in the second half. We know next week we have a big game. It's going to be a big game next Saturday night [at TCU].

On the defense:
"The defense gave up a long drive early and near the end, but overall, they did what they should have."

On Jordan Wynn:
"He's a great decision maker. He understands the game and sees the big picture. He has a high football IQ and in that regard, I think he compares to Alex Smith. The most important thing that we have to do to help him next Saturday night is get the running game going and take care of the football. We put the ball on the carpet five times tonight, but we were fortunate to only lose one. That is something we definitely have to improve.

"Jordan is so savvy and he is able to understand everything that we throw at him. The playbook has been expanded. It's wide open now."

On the offensive line and long drives:
"They were able to wear out New Mexico's front seven. They helped us put together some long runs. The plays were called very well and we did a nice job of executing. But we have definitely become more consistent and have played with more of a rhythm than at any other time this season."

On Eddie Wide:
"Eddie's play has been the most important facet of our offensive production during the last six games."

On switching quarterbacks:
"From the get-go, we were looking for an opportunity to get Jordan in a game. We struggled on offense against Air Force and Wyoming and thought about making the switch. Just because you're winning, doesn't mean you can't improve. I don't regret not starting Jordan earlier this season but I'm happy with how things have progressed."

New Mexico Head Coach Mike Locksley:

"This was the first game I felt like we didn't come out with the effort in the third quarter we needed. We played with a short field in the third quarter and that's where the game got out of hand."

"This Thursday was the first practice that I felt like when we came out we didn't get better and I was concerned about that going into tonight."

"We have a lot of pride and I know we can play. Right now the big thing for us is to finish this the right way for our seniors. We still have two big games coming up at home and we want to finish them right."

"In the first half our defense executed well and contained the run. In the second half we didn't come out as strong as we hoped."



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