Here are some leftover quotes after Wyoming’s thrilling 30-27 victory over San Diego State last Saturday night in San Diego.
“Hope we can carry this in the next game and the rest of the year because that first half is what we’re capable of being.” — true freshman quarterback Brett Smith, who was 2o of 24 for 287 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, and he also ran 10 times for 39 yards and two scores.
“Josh Biezuns was a man amongst boys out there.” — coach Dave Christensen about his senior defensive end. Biezuns finished with two tackles, but both were for losses, including a sack and a forced fumble on San Diego State’s final possession.
“That’s what football is all about. It’s a great team effort, both offense and defense. All the credit goes to the defense for holding them to no points in the fourth quarter.” — junior receiver Chris McNeill, who had career-highs with eight catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns — all in the first half. If he plays like that the rest of the season, look out!
“We have a lot of guys in that locker room that believe. I knew we were big underdogs (18 points), but that’s motivation for us. … Everyone deserves credit for this win.” — senior safety Tashaun Gipson.
“It’s awesome to watch, but it also hurts a little bit when we’re not doing our job on the other side of the ball.” — Smith on what it was like watching the defense fend off San Diego State scoring chances in the second half.
“They have play-makers and when you let up for one play it shows that they can do.” — senior linebacker Brian Hendricks, talking mostly about San Diego State sophomore running back Ronnie Hillman, who had 224 yards including a 99-yard touchdown run and a 71-yard touchdown reception.
“He is our teammate, we need to bring him up. He is our teammate first and foremost.” — San Diego State senior quarterback Ryan Lindley on senior kicker Abel Perez, who missed two fourth-quarter field-goal attempts from 39 and 27 yards.
“Obviously in preparing for the game, we didn’t show them the right things and get them used to reacting to the right things because they killed us with screens early in the game.” — San Diego State coach Rocky Long.
“I thought our defense played well both halves except for three or four big plays that was really disappointing, but other than that I thought they did a tremendous job of shutting down a pretty potent offense Bottom line is they found a way to win.” — Christensen.
“It was crazy, I really have no idea.” — Smith on UW converting 8 of 9 third-down attempts in the first half, including three of 16, 20 and 26 yards.
“I did dig a little deeper, put my nose to the grindstone and just went after him.” — Biezuns on his play during San Diego State’s final offensive series where he got a sack and forced a fumble.
See Monday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle for more from this game.