Oct. 3, 2013
Utah Head Coach Kyle Whittingham
“I’m proud of the way our guys played. We played exceptionally hard. Didn’t play well the entire time, obviously, but we hung in there. When you’re minus five in the turnover margin especially against a team the caliber of UCLA, you’re not going to win. It was amazing that we had a chance at the end, but came up short. I’m very proud of our defense in the second half. They were dominant in the second half, except for the QB draw. We couldn’t quite figure that out until the second to last series, but we got a pick six. We did some good things on defense. We didn’t tackle very well in the first half, but settled down in the second half. We played really good defense, but had six interceptions. I can’t remember how many on tipped balls. There were a lot of things that happened, but give ULCA credit. They weren’t necessarily six bad throws, I can tell you that.
“We have to pick ourselves back up. We have Stanford coming in next week, they’re fifth in the country or whatever it is they’re ranked, so it doesn’t get any easier. We have to keep our heads up, can’t feel sorry for ourselves and just keep fighting. That’s one thing this team does. They have a lot of toughness, resiliency and the fight until the bitter end. I’m very proud of the effort, but we just have to get better and do things better.”
“You have to handle [losing two winnable games]. We have to handle it. We just have to keep working. We’ll watch this film tomorrow and make corrections. Our guys are willing. They have a great work ethic. It is frustrating, but we have to find a way to make a couple more plays. If we can do that, we can find a way to win.
“[Travis Wilson] has to keep his head up. He is a good football player. We’ll watch the film, but I know a few of those interceptions were just fluke circumstances. Balls being tipped so it’s not all on Travis, but he’s a tough kid. He’ll come back and be ready to compete next week against Stanford.”
Utah Quarterback Travis Wilson
On the interceptions:
“We had way too many mental errors, but ultimately they were my fault. Some were deflected, some were off receiver’s hands, but it happens so we just have to keep on playing.”
On the late-game opportunity:
“We definitely had that mind-set that we were going to score and come back in this game. That didn’t happen on that last play, but we had the mindset that we were going to score.”
Utah Wide Receiver Dres Anderson
On the team’s performance:
“We’re a great team as you can see when you’re minus five in the turnover margin and you still have a chance to win at the end of the game. We showed that we have heart, but we have to make sure we make plays at the end.”
Utah Defensive Back Keith McGill
On his interception return for a touchdown:
“We were in man coverage and they threw across the field and the quarterback was scrambling. I saw it coming and just seized the opportunity.”
UCLA Head Coach Jim Mora
“First of all, I want to commend
“I’m very proud of our football team tonight. We knew it was going to be a real hard-fought game. And we came in with the mindset that it was going to be kind of a slugfest, and it was. It wasn’t a beautiful thing offensively. I think defensively was played very, very well. But I think there’s a lot we can learn offensively from what transpired. They did an excellent job with their pressure packages, and that will give us a chance to look at some things and clean some things up in regards to protection. Overall, we came up with some plays on defense, got some stops on defense.
“What I told the guys after the game is we can be a really good football team if we learn to get out of our own way; by that I mean the penalties. I’m a little bit befuddled right now. We’ll get it figured it out. We’re trying everything to figure it out. I certainly don’t want to make excuses for our penalties. I don’t think we are an undisciplined team. I think an undisciplined team is one that doesn’t do things right, is late for meetings, doesn’t go to class, doesn’t practice hard. We’re an aggressive team. I think sometimes we might have lapses in concentration—maybe that’s our youth, I don’t know, it doesn’t matter. We’ve just got to get it fixed. That’s what holding us back.”