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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 08/31/2013
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Auburn vs. Washington State
Aug. 31, 2013 | Auburn, Ala.
Jordan-Hare Stadium
Post-Game Quotes

Washington State Head Coach Mike Leach

On offensive improvement…

“I think we improved.  I thought we played really hard the whole game. The biggest thing that plagued us was turnovers. I am really proud of our effort, I thought we had great effort. We just need to polish up and be sharper.”

On Auburn…

“They are way better than last year. I mean they have had one top recruiting class after another so they are bound to have a great team. They always have a pretty good recruiting class and this one was no exception. I think Gus is doing a really great job of getting them circled up and playing well together.”

On turnovers…

“We were just trying to make too much happen.”

On running the ball…

“We have improved as a by-product of that. I think (Halliday) did a really good job of checking the line of scrimmage.”

On Nick Marshall…

“I am just kind of curious about him after he gets more games under his belt. I thought our defense played well and our defensive scheme was good. There were some missed tackles we would like to have back. We just did not finish the play like we would have wanted to on a couple of them.”

On distractions…

“I think we handled that pretty well. I think we handled all of our distractions pretty well. Pretty admirable for a first game when you consider our opponent.”

On facing adversity…

“I thought we handled it well. We played extremely hard we just sometimes got reckless, but I feel like we handled it extremely well.”

On the kickoff return…

“We just got out of position and lost contain.”

On Buchanan’s unsportsmanlike conduct call…

“You saw the game. You will have to evaluate that. There are other instances that you can check out and make your own opinion. It was not a head shot.”

On Gus Malzahn’s hurry-up offense…

“I have liked it over the years. I do not know him very well. I am not sure that today is not the first time I have met him. I might have shaken his hand I do not remember for sure. I became most of aware of him when he was at Tulsa. I used to see his games when I was at Tulsa.”

Washington State Players

QB Conner Halliday

On the interception in the red zone…

“I just underthrew it. I mean they were in cover 2, so there was a little hole right there.”

Thoughts on Auburn’s defense…

“We moved the ball on the on them all night. The only times we got stopped was when we stopped ourselves with mental mistakes.”

On the loss…

“It’s frustrating because it’s on my shoulders turning the ball over.”

RB Jeremiah Laufasa

On his two-touchdown debut…

“I was really excited about it, really pumped. Obviously, I would have been more excited with the win and there is other stuff I need to work on.”

On offensive line…

All the running backs were just talking about how we felt the offensive line was much improved and opened up huge holes for us, and we were able to take advantage of it a little bit and gash the defense.”

What to take away…

“We are definitely a better team than last year. We played a good team that was improved from last year but with any team you take away, the turnovers, the mental mistakes, and we could have easily win this game.”

LB Darryl Monroe

On tonight compared to last season…

“I feel like we played really hard. There’s just obviously some corrections we got to make. I feel like we are in great shape, I feel like we were well prepared. Like I said there are just some corrections we got to make offensively and defensively.”

On what he expected out of Auburn…

“We weren’t expecting nothing more than what we faced tonight.  Auburn is a good opponent and they played hard, but I feel like that’s one we let get away.”

On distractions with traveling…

“When I got here, I was completely focused.  As a team we were completely focused.  Distractions don’t affect us.”

WR Gabe Marks

Thoughts on the game…

“We lost the game. We’ve shown improvement, but we still lost the game. We should’ve won that game, they weren’t better than us. We are a much different team than we were last year, but at the same time we should’ve won that game. We’re not going to go back home and just be happy because we lost by a touchdown. We’re going to go home pissed off because we lost that game. We should’ve won. We had a lot of opportunities we let up a lot of big plays and didn’t capitalize when the defense got soft. We’re all disappointed.”

On what he expected out of Auburn defense…

“I was just focused on doing what we were doing. I wasn’t worried about Auburn’s defense. If we run our plays the way that we’re supposed to run them and we do our job then it doesn’t matter what defense we go up against. It’s the offense that works itself.”

On Auburn being an SEC defense…

“This is the first time I’m playing an SEC team. SEC is a good conference but we play in the PAC 12 and I think that’s the best conference in the nation.  It’s not like we haven’t played against great competition before.”

On the physicality of the secondary…

“They were good. They broke the ball up. They weren’t very physical. You hear about the SEC and stuff you think they’re gonna be all in your face, but they were playing a lot of off man”

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