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Utah vs. Colorado Postgame Quotes




Nov. 24, 2012

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Utah Head Coach Kyle Whittingham

Opening statement:
"There was a lot of excitement, particularly in the fourth quarter with back-to-back kickoff returns. I can't for the life of me figure out why they kicked to Reggie Dunn, but we are glad they did. There was some good and some bad in the game. I thought the defense did well in spurts and got soft at times. Our offense was really sluggish for too long of a time but came alive later in the second half. Special teams was give and take. We did some really dumb things on special teams, but created some things as well. It was kind of a mixed bag but it was good to come away with a win and I'm very happy for these seniors to finish their careers with a win."

On answering Colorado's kickoff return for a touchdown:
"We have done that three times this year, but I didn't think they would give him a shot too. I felt like we had some momentum on offense, but it turned out to be a non-factor since we took the kickoff to the house."

On a feeling of a rivalry with Colorado:
"No, not really. We respect them and it was a close game last year and a close game this year, but it does not feel like it to me. Not yet."

On if he was surprised by the halftime score:
"I was surprised about a lot of things. They played hard. It was senior night for them. Another thing that was key in the game was takeaways. I think they turned the ball over five times and we only dropped the one ball so we were plus-4 and you're not going to lose a lot of games when you're plus-4."

On his thoughts with Colorado leading 28-20:
"We knew that if we did score, we were going to dial up the jump pass on the outpost. We have worked on that all week. It was a compliment to what we have done the previous times with the outpost. It was a great job by [special teams coordinator] Jay [Hill] diagramming that and getting that as the next progression for the outpost play that we have already used. So that was the plan."

WR Reggie Dunn

On the last game of his college career:
"It was unbelievable. As the last game of my collegiate career, to endthe game like that, it was unbelievable. I'm thankful for this team, I love all of my guys. My kickoff return team, all of the fans that came out to support us, it was a great way to go out."

On the game:
"It was like a chess match all night. I would run up and they would kick it deep. There was a ton of crazy stuff going on. We kept talking about it and we knew if we got another chance, we knew it would work. Whatever we did, it finally worked. I got my hands on it and everyone was ready to go. I'm happy it ended that way."

On back-to-back kickoff returns for touchdowns:
"We knew we had to match it. We knew we could do it. We feel that we are the best kickoff return team in the nation. We've shown that the past few weeks. It was amazing. Colorado returned one back and then returned another one and hushed the crowd."

DB Eric Rowe

On back-to-back kickoff returns for touchdowns:
"Two kickoff returns back-to-back, that was wild. I don't know why they kicked it to Reggie [Dunn] but I'm glad they did."

On Utah's four interceptions:
"We had a good week at practice. Every day we worked on getting our ball skills up and it showed up in the game. Me, Brian [Blechen], Trevor [Reilly] and Moe Lee, three picks in the secondary and one for a linebacker. That's what we need, more turnovers.

LB Trevor Reilly

On Colorado:
"They played as hard as they've played all year. After a loss last year and a tight game today, I guess you can say it's turning into a rivalry.

On the win:
"5-7 sounds a whole lot better than 4-8, I can tell you that much. We look forward to a possible bowl game, we'll see what happens if some teams that need to win, lose, maybe some cards will fall into place and make a bowl game possible."

On the fourth quarter:
"Offensively, we just ran it down their throat. Obviously, Reggie Dunn's kickoff return was great. If he's not an All-American it's a crime."

RB John White

On his back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons:
"It means a lot to me but it means more to my team. They got me there. Without the line, tight ends and wide receivers, and quarterback, I couldn't have made it here."

On coming out strong after the half:
"I was pissed. I got mad and it worked. That's all it was. I knew I had to do it some kind of way. I knew I had to put the team on my back and just run."

On frustration with the first half:
"We just weren't getting it done offensively. We were in the red zone three times and didn't score. That definitely fired me up. I knew we could come out in the second half ready to go.

 

 

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