IN THEIR WORDS: Oregon State sounds off

Posted Nov 21, 2010

THERE WAS LOTS to talk about for the Beavers following the feel-good 36-7 win over USC -- the proverbial chip on the shoulder, taking some frustrations out against the opponent and a strong feeling there was something to prove. And that was just the Beavs' placekicker.

Head Coach Mike Riley
On the team’s performance …
“I am really proud of the team for being able to bring this back and play like this after the last couple of weeks. I’m really proud of the coaching staff for the same exact reason. The guys went back to work and got ready for a game. That’s what we asked everybody to do; to get ready for a game. Don’t worry about what happened, what’s going to come in the future; don’t worry about it. Take advantage of Tuesday’s practice and Wednesday’s practice and get ready for the game. I’m really proud of them. They did a great job of overcoming a lot to get to that performance.”

On Jordan Poyer’s interception …
“Games that are won like that against a team like that, you need that something there - a big play. The last two times we beat them we had big punt returns; big plays that set the tone and sparked the team to get going. Jordan’s play was awesome and was a big factor in the game.”

On Oregon State’s defensive performance …
“The coaching staff did a great job of preparing the team, and then they went and played. They really played. They made plays and kept playing hard throughout the game. As you can see, a team like that is always on the edge with that speed of making a big play, and we just turned them back time and again. It was a great effort.”

On Oregon State’s offensive performance …
“They battled those guys from SC, and it wasn’t easy. It was hard to have consistency. We had some series where we didn’t really do much. But for the most part we took care of the football, and then we had some timely drives and made some timely plays. The team played hard and got the lead and finished. In the end, we won that game finishing strong.”

On the 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty called against him...
"I'm glad our team bailed me out and got some more scores."

Cornerback Jordan Poyer
On Coach Riley …
It was nice having him get fired up, because when that happens it gets the players fired up. Coach Riley and the coaching staff did what they could to put us in the position to win today.”

On big plays made, feeling this was going to happen …
“Every game I come out and say I need to be the ‘x-factor.’ I felt that this game was one of the biggest in my career so far and we definitely need to celebrate our win tonight. But we need to focus and come back next week to get a big win over Stanford.”

On last week’s ‘looking in the mirror’ perspective. The affect it had on practices this week …
“We just came to practice focused this week. Obviously that loss against Washington State hurt us and hurt us deep. And we just had to come out and take it one day at a time. Our motto was to win each day, and we came out on Tuesday’s practice where it turned out to be one of the best practices we’ve had all year. We won that day and then took it on to the next day and the next, and then took care of business today.

On how the attitude turned around in just one week …
“We just have dedicated guys, who do their assignments and execute it.”

Kicker Justin Kahut
On the game …
“This year has been frustrating for me personally. It’s not what I was expecting and it felt good to come out and have a game where I kicked like I know I can.”

On a different preparation for this game …
“I’m not the kicker that I’ve been this season. I know I can make kicks. I came out with a chip on my shoulder, I needed to prove something.”

On the frustration level of early season kicking struggles …
“I was very frustrated. I was going through a lot of things; I was changing steps, making in-game adjustments and was thinking too much. You never want to do that as a kicker.”

On the play of special teams …
“Special teams played really good today. Coach (Read) was probably a little unhappy with our kickoff coverage today but for the most part special teams played really well today."

Quarterback Ryan Katz
On being flat last week and coming back from that …
“I think it was just the attitude in practice. They say you practice like you play, and we had a great week of practice. My teammate’s energy was up, the intensity was good, and we executed all week.”

On problems that needed to be fixed …
“We got the running game going. It all goes back to the run, period. I feel like that was the best running period we have had all year. When the players set their mind to doing something, then I know we can be a really good football team.”

On the attitude changing …
“It should not have taken a couple of losses to get our team going, but unfortunately it did, and we have to take it game-by-game. We have said it all year. We are tired of talking about it, and need to just go out there and do it.“

Center Alex Linnenkohl
On the criticism over the last few weeks and the game today …
“We have had a lot of criticism over the week and I think we saw it all, but Coach Riley told us after the loss last week that we had to stick together; that that’s going to be the most important thing. He said he’s been there and that teams that stick together can still bring it around and that’s exactly what we did.”

On being in control of the game …
“For one thing, the week of practice was really good. I felt the previous week was good, too, but this one was better. I think we had that ‘nothing to lose’ mentality, our backs were really against the wall. We didn’t have anything. We just worked and stuck together and walking into the locker room before the game I saw that we were going to wear the orange and the white, I went to Katz and I said ‘I’m feeling a lot better this week, I can feel it’ and I told him he was going to look real nice in that orange and white, like I could see it on a highlight tape.”

On the offense …
“You can break it down to just five or six plays where there’s either an inch of daylight or it’s just not there and you have to go to the pass. Today our defense did great. They were just unbelievable in stopping them and I give them all the credit for letting us open up the playbook a little bit. We got to run the ball, do some sweeps and screens, we got some passes in and you know that’s fun to get going like that.”

On the different atmosphere in the stadium …
“When we came out for warmups I looked around (the stadium) and it was kind of glowing, I saw a lot of orange which I love. The music was going and I was saying to people ‘Hey, do you guys feel that? Look in my eyes right now, I’m feeling this. Harness that and let’s go, right out of the gate. We can do this. We need to do this.’ There was definitely a feeling around the locker room and around the stadium and I said the words ‘It’s a beaver evening right now.’”

Running Back Jacquizz Rodgers
On getting into the end zone …
“It’s all about execution. The line opened up holes for me. I told them at the beginning of the game I am going to stick with them no matter what. They are key to our success on offense; protecting Katz and opening up the running game.”

On beating USC at home for third time in a row …
“It’s been five years since SC has won in Oregon, including (games against) the Ducks. I guess they just struggle whenever they come up here. Guys get pumped up for that game even though we are supposed to approach every game the same. With the history SC has, guys are just looking to knock them off and make history against them.”

On dedication for the week …
“We had three good days of practice. After the losses it is hard to come back to practice with your head up. Our captains led us; we just kept fighting this whole game. The defense played great and we finally finished the game off on offense.”

On Poyer’s interception …
“That was the turning point of the game. After that we got this thing rolling. Kahut made some crucial kicks today and that really helped us out.”

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