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Postgame Quotes at Washington State

Oct 27, 2022
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Postgame Quotes
No. 14 Utah 21, (at) Washington State 17
Pullman, Wash. (Gesa Field at Martin Stadium)
Thurs., Oct. 27, 2022
Kick: 7:06 p.m. PT | End: 10:26 p.m. PT
Attendance: 21,179

Head Coach Kyle Whittingham
Opening Statement…
"This was a gutsy performance by our guys, and we found a way to win, which is the bottom line. I am proud of Bryson Barnes. He came into a pretty tough situation and performed well. He did a good job running the offense and moving the chains. The key was defense. The defense played well, and they had 264-yards of total offense, and 42 of those were rushing yards. When they are one-dimensional, you have a chance to take over the game. Their quarterback is a really good quarterback, as he didn't miss many throws. He was on the money with most of those throws. The pass rush did a nice job, but we probably let him out of the pocket too many times, but we did get four sacks and kept pressuring him and knocking him off his spots. I am proud of our guys; we had guys step up and perform when needed. We are fortunate to have a couple of extra days off again and hopefully heal up and get some of these guys back."
How do you assess how the young running backs played…
"I thought Jaylon Glover gave us some good runs. Ja'Quinden Jackson also had some good runs, although there was an exchange problem there. I have to watch the film and see why. It was not a clean exchange."
How do you feel you graded out in the run offense…
"I would say we graded out as a B. We had 169 on the ground, but 200 is our benchmark. If we can get 200 plus, then we are clicking, and that is ideally what we would like to do, but we have fallen short of that for a few weeks now, but we will keep on working at it."
Summarize the game in a few short words…
"Gutsy. We showed a lot of toughness. They are a good football team. They had a good victory at Wisconsin."   

#16 Bryson Barnes, Quarterback
When did you know you would be starting…
"We talked about it right before the game started."
What was it like for your first career start to be on the road…
"I knew what was at stake, but you must be prepared and treat each game the same way. Right now, we have to keep things rolling and keep getting these wins."
#3 Mohamoud Diabate,  Linebacker
On the change of quarterback and the pressure on the defense….
"No. We feel comfortable with Bryson [Barnes] as we see him every day in practice. He is just as good as anybody in the country. I did not lose confidence when we saw him step onto the field. We knew we had to do our job the same."
#21 Karene Reid,  Linebacker
On simplifying the defense made it successful today…
"I think you said it. Coach Scalley has been simplifying things, but the game plan was perfect this week. We did a lot of film study and were able to match our calls with what we were seeing."  
#1 Jaylon Glover, Running Back
What was it like out there tonight… 
"It was a good feeling. Just like everyone is saying, we prepare every week. We are coming out of practice being starters. It was good, and it was fun being out there with the guys. It was great to come in here and get a win."