I went though my notebook and recorder to find some quotes from Wyoming’s 30-6 loss to No. 9 Utah this past Saturday in Laramie.
–“The coaches mixed it up and did a lot of different things this week. We threw them at Utah, and some worked and some didn’t. Either way I think we were excited about what they were calling and what they were doing. We do what we were asked to do. We went out there with that intent and the result was the result. I guarantee there was 100 percent out of all of our players.” — sophomore quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels on the play calling in the game.
–“We knew how good of a returner Shaky was. We worked extremely hard on in it (in practice), had players in position and didn’t make plays. We need to get that corrected.” — coach Dave Christensen on UW’s special teams play on Utah senior return specialist Shaky Smithson, who had 111 yards on four punt returns and one kickoff return for 11 yards.
–“It would have felt better if we won.” — senior cornerback Marcell Gipson on his first-career interception. That came in his 37th game with the Cowboys.
–“In practice Marcell and Tashaun help me out a lot. They’re brothers, but I feel like one of their brothers because they look out for me and let me know about my mistakes.” — true freshman cornerback Marqueston Huff, who had his first-career interception in the game after Marcell Gipson left the game with an injury.
–“In my mind it’s all overshadowed by throwing three interceptions. There were a lot of positives out of the game, but our turnover margin this year has been abysmal.” — Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. The Utes’ turnover margin is minus-6.
–“You deal with what you’re dealt. The coaches didn’t want me in there, or they wanted Dax in there. It was my opporutnity to learn from that and go watch. I did what I could do. I always like to be on the field. That was the coaches decision and I embraced the decision and did the best for my team by watching and learning what was going on out there.” — Carta-Samuels on being benched in the fourth quarter with UW down 30-0 for senior backup Dax Crum.
Carta-Samuels also was asked if he was frustrated about throwing a towel on his last series of the game after a sack. He said he was frustrated that he was sacked, but the towel he picked up belonged to a Utah player and once he realized that he threw it away.
See Monday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle www.wyomingnews.comon a story on Huff, who bounced back from a rough game at TCU with a solid game against Utah. Also see how I voted in this week’s Harris Poll.