bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on the BYU game?
DeWayne Walker: Well I tell you what, for about two and a half quarters, almost three quarters we were in there swinging and fighting with them. Obviously when you can't match them, whether you need a defensive stop or you need to score a touchdown to stay with them, when you can't do that consistently the game usually gets away from you and that's pretty much what happened to us.
bc.net: What were some things that you saw from your team in those first two and a half quarters that you were really pleased about?
DW: We probably put more of the pressure on our defense to keep us in it. They were playing with their backup quarterback and he turned out to be a pretty good player. I kind of wanted our defense to keep us in it until we could try to get something going offensively because going against their defense, it's one of the top defenses in the country and Bronco [Mendenhall] does a great job and I figured they would stymie us from their defensive standpoint. I thought the one touchdown before halftime really kind of put a damper on us a little bit but at the same time you're not going to hold a BYU offense down for very long if you can't keep up with them.
bc.net: Defensively from your perspective what did your team do well for those first two and a half quarters, the game was only 23-14 about halfway through that third quarter.
DW: Just trying to keep them out of the endzone. Any time, despite how many yards or how many big plays, if you can keep teams out of the endzone, that's always going to give yourself a chance to win. Even though they had only scored 23 points we were able to stay within that seven to nine point range to try to get something going to try to really steal one. I just think the ceiling kind of fell in on us after a while because we just were able to continue to match what they were doing offensively and defensively.
bc.net: Since the San Jose State game, your team has kind of bounced back from the standpoint of their energy level and have continued to play hard. Would you agree with that?
DW: Yeah. That's something we talk about, I've challenged them all along. Every meeting I'm challenging them to compete and let's not worry about our record, let's go out there and try to win a game and that's the same thing we're going to try to do this week. Continue Reading This Post >>