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2010 Coaches Quick Hits

Sunday October 18, 2009

Quoting Al Groh: "That was a magnificent effort by our players. They dealt with everything that we encountered today, whether it was guys having to step up, circumstances within the ballgame, they refused to be distracted by any issues. We had a target for what the mission was today. They took that aim on the target, they weren't going to be distracted by anything. As a result, they did something they can be very proud of."

Quoting Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins: "I'm happy for our guys," Hawkins said. "It's about digging in on the process and continuing to improve . . . . We have to know how to handle a victory; you take it in and enjoy it.

"But after tomorrow, it's over. You have to move on to the next one - that's how it has to be."

"The fans here have been really great. I said that from the first year I was here, even though there weren't a lot of wins. If we all want to get where we all want to get, we have to buy in and do this thing together. For them to show up and support us like that is huge. I think we are starting to get the students in at kick-off time and that's big. Folsom Field is one of the best places to place in for a lot of reasons. It's a great thing to be a part of."

Quoting Mark Mangino (very complimentary of Colorado): "CU had a good plan. They came out with several different looks with a lot of line stunts and blitzing. We didn't respond quickly, but we did get a beat on it in the second half. We moved the ball extremely well and got a feel for it, it took us awhile. It wasn't just that. They had some break downs. We didn't take care of the ball and that kind of put us in a bind in the first half."

"It was a great game. Give Colorado credit, they made some big plays at the end of the game. We've got our best receivers going up for the ball in the end-zone and down the field. We dug a hole for ourselves. We can't blame anybody but ourselves. Credit to Colorado, their kids played well."

Quoting Idaho head coach Rob Ackey (on being bowl eligible): "Now," Akey said, "that doesn't mean we've got one. It just means we're eligible. Now we enjoy this victory today and, starting tomorrow, we start planning for win No. 7."

"Being 6-1 means a whole lot," Akey said. "It means this team has done a lot of things a lot of people told them they couldn't do. It means we are another step closer to reaching some of the goals we set earlier in the year.

"What I appreciate most is the fact these guys have continued to work their tails off the entire we have been together."

Quoting San Jose State head coach Dick Tomey (very complimentary of Fresno State): "They were a much better team than us tonight. Mathews has given a lot of teams a lot of problems. He really is something special. He without a doubt runs among the top backs in the country."

"Coach Hill has a good football team here. They are very tough and physical and they are going to win a lot of games. We didn't move the ball well enough when we needed to, to stay close enough in this game. I believe we competed better in the second half but again there was no question that Fresno was better."

Quoting Tulane head coach Bob Toledo: "I was really pleased with the effort of our football team in the first half. But it was like a 12-round fight. They eventually wore us down and knocked us out. One of the big plays was obviously the blocked punt. Our right guard missed the punt block and then the guy broke through our shield and blocked it and they scored. I don't think we stopped them in the second half. And you know, you're talking about one of the best offensive teams in the country, the best quarterback in the country. They score a lot points, and they did. In the second half, they cranked it up. We did a great job in the first half and held them under their average of yards. But we didn't score points."

Quoting Jim Tressel: "They did the things you need to do to win a good Big Ten ballgame," Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said. "Obviously, we were disappointed. We felt we could play better than we did, but the true test of a team is how you handle difficult situations."

Quoting Larry Fedora: "The players understand tonight was the start of a new season," coach Larry Fedora said. "We started that whole deal this week. We're at 1-0 and our goal is to be 2-0 next week."

Quoting Gary Patterson: "With the BCS standings coming out to (today), we could have scored another touchdown," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "It's not about that for us. We've got our twos and threes in the game. It's about preparing your team for the second half of the season.

"When you hold somebody under 200 yards, that's not good enough for some people. If 44 points isn't enough for some people, what do you do?"

Cal offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig gets message across: Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig vividly conveyed the urgency during a meeting Friday at the team hotel in Pasadena. Ludwig, typically soft-spoken, loudly lectured his offense about the need to get going, "shocking" (Best's word) some players in the process.

Quoting Mike Sherman: "We got our butt kicked every which way," Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman said. "There's no question about that. It goes with everybody. Offense, defense, special teams, coaches, staff, everybody. We all got our butt kicked tonight."

Quoting Purdue quarterback Joey Elliott: "Drew Brees texted me last night and said: 'Hey, go out there and shock the world. Have fun. I'll be watching."

Quoting Miami (FL) wide receiver LaRon Byrd: "I don't want to sound arrogant," said Miami's LaRon Byrd, who caught five passes for 85 yards against UCF, "but I play for the University of Miami, and I don't think there's anybody better than us."

Quoting Bill Snyder: "It's meaningful, for obvious reasons after last week's loss and the way we played last week," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. "Were we going to play that way again or were we going to play better? We did play better."

Quoting Tom O'Brien: "I can't be concerned with that," O'Brien said. "I've got to be concerned with coaching the football team. I knew this was going to be a process and it certainly is going to be a process. We're going to be a good football team. Sooner rather than later would be good. We're not going to take any shortcuts. We're going to do it the right way and build a strong foundation, so that when this thing turns, we're going to win a lot of games and win for a long time."

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