It was a heck of a football game and you have to take your hat off to Utah. They came back in the fourth quarter. We had a lot of opportunities in the game and couldn’t capitalize. I thought we had a lot of opportunities in the first half. We hurt ourselves with a couple penalties and a turnover. The second half, we came out and got all the momentum in the third quarter and then to be truthful, in the fourth quarter, we couldn’t block them. Up front, they just kind of waded through us and we had the chance to get something going, couldn’t do it. Just didn’t make enough plays. Missed three field goals and I guess they converted on one fourth and 13, so you feel like somebody kicked you in the gut. I don’t know what to say.
On the injuries:
We were down a lot of guys. Somebody else has got to step in and play. We still had our chances. We had our chances. We should have put the game away in the third quarter.
On if there was any complacency after taking the 24-10 lead:
I don’t think we let up. We had a lot of different guys hurt. We were shuffling around, trying to get guys in the game.
On the playcalling in the fourth quarter:
I think we were trying to run most of the same plays we ran the rest of the game. We were getting kind of knocked back and couldn’t get anything going.
On impact of Preston Lyons‘ injury:
It’s hard to say. We had a hard time on the inside. We hit a couple kind of trick plays where he popped for big yardage and after that, we had a hard time in there.
On special teams:
We overcame the big kickoff return bcause we got the turnover and scored, but the punt return there at the end was a killer.
On David Scully taking the field goal at end of regulation:
He’s got a stronger leg. I asked Coach (Mike) Sewak who he thought and I think he felt like from that distance that he’s got a longer leg and gets it up quicker. What we wanted to do was make sure we got it up. I thought he hit the ball good. I couldn’t’ see from our side. Actually, I thought he’d made it. But I guess he said it was three or four feet off to the right.
On if it hurts worse than losing badly:
It does. It hurts. If you’re a competitor and you lose, it hurts.
On his concern that the first-half production generated only seven points:
You’re always concerned. You’re always concerned when you don’t cash it in when you have a chance to cash in. we really kind of had ‘em short a guy in the first half and for the most of the third quarter to the back side with trips. We didn’t take advantage of it as well as we should have. And they adjusted and put a guy over there.
On play of backups like Quayshawn Nealy and Shaquille Mason:
Well, Quayshawn had one big play I know. We’ll look at the tape and see how they did. Inside, it’s hard to tell. Those two guys inside (Utah’s defensive tackles) are good players. If the guy (Star Lotulelei) decides to come out, scouts tell me he’s a first-round pick. You’re trying to block him with an 18-year-old guy, he’s 23. It’s tough.
On play of Jemea Thomas:
I thought he played well. the play at the end was the tough one. It looked like he got pushed. In that situation, their kid made a nice play.
On first play of overtime:
It was a pass play. We were trying to hit a play action and they brought the corner and we didn’t pick him up and he had to throw the ball really fast so he didn’t have a chance to look, so he had to dump it.