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Oct. 13, 2012

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(On the game)
“To start with, you can’t turn the ball over inside the 30 like we did and expect to win a football game against anybody. I don’t care who you play. Those are mistakes that come back and kill you. I was very disappointed in taking the sack right before the half. (We) had a little momentum there and had a chance to put some points up on the board. You can’t do that. Just take care of your responsibilities and do your job. There’s a reason we (coaches) are here. I’m going to teach these guys all the way through. Then we get a good chance with a bye this week. We get a chance to work on ourselves and get some guys some opportunities to be in different situations this week in practice. It will tell us a lot about guys that are committed.”

(On quarterback M.J. McPeek’s injury)
“He’s hurt. He’s a tough guy and tried to come back and that shows a lot about who he is and what he’s all about. It shows a lot about his character and his commitment to the football team that he did try to go back out. Obviously, we will get it looked at when we get back and get a good read to see what direction we’ll go from there.”

(On quarterback Conner Smith)
“For the first time out there, he obviously did some good things. You have to take care of the football. You have to throw it to your guys with your color jersey. I don’t care how many passes he completes in a row. You end up turning the ball over and it doesn’t do any good. To play the quarterback position the way it’s supposed to be played, you have to understand and cherish the football and understand every possession and everything you need to do to win. He did some good things and he’ll learn from some of this. It’s things that have to be done every single day of your life.”


(On why the team struggled stopping the SDSU running backs)
“(We) missed tackles and some of us got glued to blocks and couldn’t get off. We saw (they were good) on film, and they came out and showed it today. We need to get better at tackling and getting off blocks.”

(On fumble to start the second half)
“You never want to start off a half like that, but we came back from it.”

(On playing his first career game)
“I prepared for it all week. It was all right for my first game, but I could definitely do a lot better.”

(On the team’s turnovers)
“Today we just couldn’t get it done. We had long drives and then turned the ball over. It’s definitely frustrating as an offense.”




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