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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 10/25/2003
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Oct. 25, 2003

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Bill Doba, WSU HEAD COACH:

On the emotional win over Oregon State...
"That was a heck of a ball game. We jumped up on top of them but they battled back. On offense, we struggled early, but when we had to have it down at the end, Matt (Kegel) threw the ball in there and we made some great catches."

On the erratic play of quarterback Matt Kegel...
"Matt threw four interceptions all year, and at least that many tonight. That is uncharacteristic for him."

On overcoming the 11-point halftime deficit...
"It shows great character for this team to hang in there, stay in there and keep battling. I couldn't be prouder of them."

On the message the coaching staff had for the players at halftime...
"I thought our coaches at halftime did a great job of staying positive."

On the character of the Washington State team...
"I think this a great bunch of kids. They have sacrificed so much they are going fight to the end. They have worked all summer and spring and preseason. They are not about to give up."

On the defensive game plan to stop Steven Jackson...
"Hats off to Coach (Robb) Akey and that whole staff. They had a great plan. Steven Jackson is as good a running back as you are going to see. He is strong, big, and fast."

On playing USC next week...
"I haven't even thought about USC yet. We just played a tough ballgame. That is going to be real big. They are a good football team and we will start working on those guys tomorrow."

On senior wide receiver Scott Lunde's big day...
"It was his time. Chris Jordan was hurt. It was a makeshift offense. We have a lot of guys banged up."

QUARTERBACK Matt Kegel, WSU:

On the injury to his shoulder...
"It felt good, not great. It felt good enough to get a victory. It's day by day right now."

On the lack of a running game for WSU...
"It's kind of hard to throw the ball when they know it's coming, but we will get that worked out. The offensive line did a good job of giving me enough time to throw, and I have a great group of receivers."

On his five interceptions...
"This was a nightmare. If we wouldn't have won this game, I probably wouldn't have left this place alive. I lived to fight another day. I won't quit. I'm a Coug true and true and this team is full of champions."

"I have never dreamt of throwing five interceptions, or six, or however many I threw. Shoot, after four I quit counting. We got the "W" and that's the only stat I care about."

On connecting with receiver Scott Lunde in the second half for two touchdowns...
"It depends a lot on what the defense is giving you. Scott (Lunde) was in the right place at the right time and he had a hell of a game. He gets my game ball."

CORNERBACK Jason David, WSU:

On WSU forcing turnovers in the second half...
"That's what we do, turnovers. We make big plays. That's how we've been living all year. We know that once we get the turnovers rolling, we're not going to stop. We have to play with emotion and get turnovers."

LINEBACKER DON JACKSON, WSU:

Playing against Oregon State's Steven Jackson...
"We feel like our defense is one of the best in the nation and we knew that he wasn't going to get that many yards on us."

OFFENSIVE GUARD Billy Knotts, WSU:

On the struggles of quarterback Matt Kegel in this game...
"I attribute a lot of that to the offensive line. He has been taking some pretty mean hits the last three weeks. We have to come together and give him more time. That is unacceptable and we need to get better."

DEFENSIVE END Isaac Brown, WSU:

On what he said to quarterback Matt Kegel...
"I was telling him to make sure he kept believing in his skills as a quarterback and believing in the team. Adversity is going to happen in the game of football. He is our quarterback and without him we aren't going to win."

On the play of the defense in the fourth quarter...
"We want to be out on the field in crunch time. We haven't had any games like that this year. We played our hearts out and kept believing in each other. The fans really helped us out and we pulled out a victory."

WIDE RECEIVER Scott Lunde, WSU:

On losing playing time to freshman Chris Jordan this season and coming back to score a pair of touchdowns against Oregon State...
"I'm pretty much a team player. I just tried to come back and fight and have a good attitude."

On Matt Kegel's up-and-down day...
"He has a warrior's mentality. He can bounce back from that."

On WSU's passing attack in the second half...
"We just tried to march the ball down the field anyway possible."

MIKE RILEY, OREGON STATE HEAD COACH:

On having control of the game...
I don't know if we ever had control, but we had the lead. We had some opportunities and they made some plays. That's how it came down.

On defensive play...
A lot of good football was played tonight. It was a very, very hard game. It was hard to get a yard for both offenses. Every yard was tough to get and I thought our kids really played hard.

We got down to our third long snapper and it ended up costing us points, but nobody ever quit or gave up and that was really evident when we got down 14-0 early.

On Steven Jackson's running game...
He never really got on track, but he made a lot of good, tough runs. Our totals weren't good, but he was running pretty well.

A five yard run was a big run tonight for either team. We knew it was going to be this kind of game

We didn't even come close to establishing what we wanted tonight.

On not running the ball more...
I would like to have some of that back, but it was hard to find anything to rely on series to series.

On team's effort and what he said to the team after the game...
I thought they played real hard and no one left anything out there tonight. It's a bitter pill to swallow but we'll come back.

On game in general...
We needed a couple more plays to get another shot. It was a game of big plays and momentum changes. Both teams had a number of turnovers and nobody really sustained any long drives.

Both defenses played hard nosed football.

On WSU's quick passes...
One thing they really did well was on the blitzes throwing it quickly, and if we didn't blitz they threw it to him a little bit farther down the field.

On Lunde's performance...
I knew he was a good football player and he did a nice job reading some blitzes and making some plays.

DL BILL SWANCUTT, OSU:

I think quite a few guys got banged up tonight and it's just another hard loss we have to swallow, but we'll come back out ready to play.

We pass rushed almost all game because they weren't running well.

I felt it was our game until they went up on us. I kept telling everybody that we had the lead , but things just didn't go our way.

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