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Post-Game Quotes
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 10/11/2008
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Oct. 11, 2008

Washington State Head Coach Paul Wulff

On seeing Kevin Lopina get hit so often...
"Yes, it was very frustrating. The offensive playbooks are about 20 percent. The kids are trying, the players are trying."

On starting the second half so slow...
"Yeah, pretty close. Pretty close. We're not very smart sometimes. They need a lot of education still."

On the second quarter defensive surge...
"The kids started believing and made a few plays. That's what I've been trying to get our players to do all year: to make some plays, whether it be on offense or defense. But generally when you make some plays you build momentum and confidence. We've struggled to make plays this year so far in all phases of the game. We're still looking for some playmakers. We had some in the second quarter, which was encouraging. But we just couldn't sustain it past the half.

On the experience of having 66 points scored against him...
"No, I've not even been close ever. Two years ago at Eastern Washington was the only year we had a losing record, but we played a lot of freshmen. But we also played Oregon State, and that's the difference. We're not a fourth-quarter power, and all those factors, but we'll get out of it. We've just got to get better and work ourselves out of it.

Oregon State Head Coach Mike Riley

Opening Statement...
"That team will be back. They have been hit not only a transition with a new program and a lot of injuries, and I think they are going to be on their fourth quarterback, but our league has prevented games like that from happening very often."

On the first quick touchdowns...
"That was all good to see. It was a terrific effort in a lot of areas of the game. Mark Banker and the defensive staff did another great job, and the plan was not that easy to put together because Washington State has done a lot of different things offensively. I thought our kids were really ready to play and they had a good plan put together for them. I really liked the mix we had early. With the run and play action pass fit together, we are at our best."

On the defense...
"They made a play down the field early, which I knew they were going to do with those good receivers that they have. After a while, I thought our coverage got better and our pressure got better. Our guys looked really quick. Playing fast is a big deal in football and the team that can play fast has confidence and I thought our guys looked and played fast and really dominated the line of scrimmage."

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