Dec. 31, 2011
Head Coach Kyle Whittingham
On team win:
"There's no quit in these guys. They kept believing, coaches kept believing, and we found a way to win in the end."
On Sun Bowl:
"I just want to thank the Sun Bowl. It was a great week, fantastic week. One of the best bowl games I've ever been to, and I've been to a lot. The way they handled their business and the things they had outlined for our team and the staff and the coaches was absolutely first class."
"Defensively real soft against the running game in the first half, they had a nice scheme and showed us stuff we didn't practice. It took us a while to adjust to that and we gave a bunch of rushing yards in the first half however only seven points, which is the bottom line. We did find a way out of a couple drives, they missed a couple of field goals and turned the ball over, so even though we did give up a lot of yard rushing in the first half we still came away relatively unscathed.
Second half, much better in the running game, but we still gave up some big plays in the throw game. The thing we did defensively that was disappointing was the big plays, the running plays in the first half, and the throw plays in the second half. However, the fourth quarter came around and we stiffened and got every stop we needed to get, thought about going for it on fourth and three down in our own territory with like 2:55 left, but we had all three timeouts our defense had been playing pretty well. We thought if we could get a three and out we could get the ball back with like 2:30 or something like that.
Almost went for the two-point conversion with about a minute and a half left"
Quarterback Jon Hays:
On taking over at quarterback during the season:
"It started out fast but as the season progressed it started to slow down for me."
On running back John White:
"Can't say enough about him, he's a great running back, couldn't wait to go over and celebrate with him and my teammates."
Running back John White:
On scoring the winning touchdown:
"They trusted me with the ball, so I saw Shawn Asiata blast somebody and I knew I was going to go in. As soon as the ball crossed the plain I looked up to the ref and saw his hands go up and knew it was a touchdown so I just wanted to go celebrate with my teammates."
On turning the game around:
"We just had to find our hearts and just try to go out there and win the game. We're down two touchdowns but after we scored one I knew we had a chance."
Wide receiver and kick returner DeVonte Christopher:
On meaning of game:
"This win means a lot, it's a long off-season like six or seven months of conditioning, lifting weights, just to be going to the off-season with a win definitely keeps the moral up and makes you work harder in the off-season because you know what you're capable of."