Sept. 8, 2007
Washington State vs. San Diego State
September 8, 2007
FINAL SCORE: Washington State 45, San Diego State 17
WSU HEAD COACH Bill Doba "I thought offensively we played a great ball game. Alex Brink was awesome; we caught the ball and made some great catches. Defensively the first quarter scared the hell out of me, we didn't tackle very well. But we fought through some adversity I thought. The stop we had (at the goal line) was huge. We were aided by a couple of penalties so that was big and we gained a little confidence. In the second half we played base stuff, we didn't try to pressure, we tried to get better. Get better on the coverages, get better on the pass rush. We got a couple of sacks, we got a little better. But we still have a long way to go defensively I think."
"As the game progressed I thought we got better (defensively). We were looking for screens and draws and they were getting the field, we just couldn't guess right. We need to polish up our blitzes a little bit."
On Husain Abdullah injury
"It puts us in a bind. He is the defensive captain. He got nicked a little bit and had trouble remembering, but then it came back. We just didn't want to take a chance. But we jumped in with some new guys who hadn't played a lot so it gave them a chance. (Xavier) Hicks got a lot of work and that is good for him."
WSU QUARTERBACK Alex Brink
On the early catches by receivers
"Early on the receivers made some great catches, especially that first drive. It took me a while to get my rhythm. Charles came up big. Bump had one, Brandon had one, so they started fast."
"It was a little bit of miscommunication. Brandon had the DB beat bad early on and I hadn't finished my drop. When I recovered it wasn't really a bad throw or a bad route as much as it was a good play by the defender."
WSU DEFENISVE END Kevin Kooyman
On the difference between this weekend and last:
"Last week we really didn't get much push on the line at Wisconsin, but this week we definitely stepped it up and put some pressure on the quarterback."
On moving Ropati Pitoitua to the inside:
"I was excited when the coaches moved him inside, it gave me more of a chance to play and make a difference with the team."
On next weekend's game.
"I'm looking forward to playing at Martin Stadium and facing Robb Akey and the Vandals. It's going to be very fun, I'm excited about it. I will be going 110 percent."
WSU WIDE RECEIVER Charles Dillon
"It was a great day. I have never seen us execute like that. It was a happy day to be a Coug. All week at practice I felt we had a great week on the offensive side moving the ball around and not making many mental errors and everybody was just focused after the upset because we felt we should have won the game last week."
SAN DIEGO STATE QUOTES
Head Coach: Chuck Long
"Well, I will say that I appreciated the guys fighting at the end. There at the end, they were fighting and that's a good sign, especially since they're young. We've got to go through the growing pains with some of the young guys, but we have to do it. It's something we're going to do because of our depth."
"Hats off to Alex Brink and his receivers. He threw the heck out of the football. It was really a clinic out there."
"We knew we had a young secondary going in. We'll get better. We're getting a lot of playing time right now and we'll get better. It's our first game and tomorrow is another day."
#7: Kevin O'Connell, Quarterback
"I think people saw some flashes of what our offense is capable of when we don't shoot ourselves in the foot."
"We need to be able to come back from plays and thrive off the different changes in the game and stay constant."
"We had some personnel issues going in and out of the huddle and, for whatever reason, we had some things going on but that's just the first game. This stadium was built for noise and it got loud, but we need to be able to handle it."
"You just grow as a football team. We had a lot of young guys play today and we saw some guys grow up a little bit some guys figured themselves out over the course of the game and that's just where we're at right now."
"Offensively, we moved the ball well for the most part and just had some problems with penalties. It's just a matter of cleaning things up as we go along. We have a football team with a lot of fight in there and we've just got to roll up our sleeves and go to work."
#4: Darren Mougey, Wide Receiver
"We were beating ourselves. This team can play; we have playmakers all over the field. We're a good football team, we just kept shooting ourselves in the foot. It was frustrating, but we got another opportunity next week against Arizona State. Washington State is a good football team and you can't take anything away from them. We definitely beat ourselves out there a few times with mental errors."
"This is a great football environment and it was louder than we expected. You know, we had some center change issues but those are things we'll have to talk about. They had a great environment and a good football team and they made some things happen."
"I think we just slowed ourselves down. The first half we came out, we were fired up and we were making some good plays. We are an explosive team and we can make things happen fast but it is hard to do that if you keep shooting yourself in the foot and committing penalties."