bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on the game against BYU?
DeWayne Walker: I thought we started off pretty good first quarter, you can even talk about the first half. We were still in striking distance. We're not good enough defensively right now when our offense is not clicking, we're going to struggle. It was just unfortunate, it wasn't one of our better offensive nights. We tried to hang with them as long as we could. A couple turnovers and not being to get stops on third down really hurt us. I thought the kids fought like they always do. You can't have hiccups playing against a team like BYU.
bc.net:Defensively, what was the biggest challenge facing BYU because it seemed like they, moreso than any team you've played this season, really put together some long sustained drives.
DW:I just think third down we did a poor job. We had opportunities to get off the field. I thought for the most part our secondary held their own for the most part in the passing game. The running game has been our nemesis since I've been here and obviously we're going to have to get that corrected here pretty quick. I just think they were savvy enough and good enough offensively to keep moving the sticks and get their first downs to keep our offense off the field and not really allow us to get off the field. It's just a good offense that knows how to hold the ball.
bc.net:The Aggie offense didn't have a great night, what was BYU's defense able to do to keep the offense in check?
DW:I just think they made Matt have to make throws. Matt's an out of the pocket guy, movement guy. I thought they played more zone coverage and I thought Bronco did a good job of disguising his coverages and making him have to make plays and unfortunately we didn't make the plays that we normally have been throughout the year.
bc.net:You face Louisiana Tech on Saturday and they're coming off a huge come-from-behind win over Nevada this past weekend.
DW:Yeah, it's going to be another challenge for us. These are good teams. They're flying high right now, playing good football. Sonny's done a hell of a job, they've got good players. I know they're going to have the Poinsettia Bowl there so if they win they're going to get invited to that bowl game. They've got a lot riding on this game with a chance to go to San Diego. Obviously we're trying to improve our football team and we still have work to do to get our team to that level but at the same time we've got a chance to play the role of the spoiler. We're going to go out there and play loose and have some fun and try to win us another football game.
bc.net:You talked a little bit earlier in the season about Louisiana Tech's defense and how you were impressed by their front line. What do they do that make them so successful?
DW:Yeah, I just think their front seven, that's what really makes their defense go. Not to take away anything away from their secondary but they're front seven is good against the run. I think they get after the passer a little bit. That's something Coach Dykes really wanted to improve. My deal was trying to improve our offense which we did and I think his deal was trying to improve his defense which they've accomplished. I think you have to give their defense a lot of credit for giving them a chance to be in the position that they're in.
bc.net:Louisiana Tech has forced 25 turnovers through 11 games this season.
DW:Yeah and most of them have been off of interceptions. They have 17 interceptions and that's something that they're pretty opportunistic in terms of taking the ball away. We've done a decent job all year not giving the ball away and our giveaway/takeaway ratio is pretty good so we're going to have to protect the ball obviously.
bc.net:Donyae Coleman had another interception on Saturday in the game against BYU. When you've got a play who is coming into their senior season and they have the type of season that Donyae is having, how rewarding is it for you as a coach to see that?
DW:I've been very impressed with him. He's having a great year. He's leading the conference in picks, he's one of the top tacklers in our conference and even in the country. He's just a kid that plays with a lot of passion and a lot of heart and he's also a kid that does every thing right. You like to see guys like him have success.
bc.net:What are the keys to the game on Saturday both offensively and defensively?
DW:I just think our offense has to get our mojo back in terms of scoring points. I think they ignite our whole team so if we can get back to scoring some points and defensively if we can just not let the game get away from us I think this could be a pretty interesting game.