Aggies travel to Norman to play Oklahoma at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
NORMAN, Okla. --
Utah State head coach Brent Guy and junior linebacker
Jake Hutton met with the media on Tuesday to recap
their latest game and look ahead to playing Oklahoma.
The Sooners host Utah State on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
at Owen Field.
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UTAH STATE HEAD COACH BRENT GUY
Recap of Wyoming game:
"It wasn't any easier watching film and going
through it with the kids, than it was talking to the
team in the locker room after the game. I told the
kids that I thought we played better in the fact that
we were behind this time and came back and played much
better in the second half. Defense came up with some
big plays and gave us the chance to win the football
game, but again it came down to the same thing, where
we had a lead and couldn't hold on to it. Probably
the most disappointing thing for all of us is that
statistically for our 10 goals, they won six and we
won four. We lost net punt by a half a yard, we lost
a couple other things by real close margins, but the
one that was real obvious was third downs, it wasn't
"We didn't convert a third down on offense
and they completed eight-of-fourteen and they were
four-of-four in the fourth quarter, which was a critical
time in the game. We had to make a play and they were
able to sustain a drive and go down and take the lead.
The only turnover of the game we have was at the end.
We won the turnover battle, but lost the game because
of a turnover really in the end because it didn't give
us an opportunity to come back and try to hold them
and get one more shot at the end zone and try to tie
"I was encouraged that the kids fought back
and the defense made some big plays to get us back
in it. We've got to do a better job of scoring in the
red zone. We were down there twice and didn't get points.
We know we've got to score touchdowns, we can't just
kick field goals and expect to win games. We've got
to score touchdowns and the offense knows that. Our
running game improved a little bit. We've got to get
it to the point where we really make people have to
walk down and respect it. We're getting some seven-yard
plays on first-and-10, and getting some good down and
distances where we can convert it but we've got to
get some explosives out of it. We've got to get to
the next level and make a guy miss and get a long run.
We're one or two steps away from that.
"Curtis Marsh had a couple of chances where
if he could have stayed on his feet he might have had
a big run. We've got to continue to do that, we're
getting better at it, and then continue to add on with
our play-pass stuff. We saw that Saturday where once
we were able run the ball well enough that we can raise
up and get a big pass play like we were able to do
when we had Omar (Sawyer) wide open like we did in
that game. We've got to continue to build. I told the
kids to keep fighting."
On 0-of-13 third down conversions in Wyoming game:
"The sad thing was there were a lot of third-and-two
and you get one, third-and-four and you get three,
third-and-six where you get five, and that's why we
went for it so many times on fourth down (successful
on four-of-five fourth down attempts), because we had
a lot of fourth-and-one's. So that's what we have to
do is we've got to get that extra yard. I don't think
it's a matter of not calling the right plays, it's
a matter of we've got to get one more yard. We've got
to run over the guy or make the guy miss or block the
guy one yard better. That's why we ended up going for
so many fourth downs is that we had so many ones that
were close enough that we could go for it and we were
in the right field position where we could go for it
with two in the red zone and one there at about midfield.
We've got to finish those plays and get the extra yards
On third-ranked Oklahoma:
"We've got to go and play what is about as talented
of a team as I've seen in a long time. When I was in
the Pac-10, USC was one of the most powerful teams.
I think Oklahoma is like those teams, I don't know
that they have anybody who can win the Heisman, but
top to bottom, watching their offense, defense and
special teams, they have about as much talent as the
USC teams I saw when I was in the Pac-10 and competed
for the national championship every year. So we're
going to be playing that caliber of a football team
that is very big. They're one of the biggest offensive
lines that they've had. They're athletic.
"What's been impressive is they have a redshirt
freshman quarterback that has not thrown an interception
in their two games. They do a lot of things with him.
They spread him out sometimes and they throw bubble
screens, like Wyoming did. They can line up with two
backs and two tight ends and run a power game, so they're
good at all of them.
"What it is going to be a challenge for us
is to get down there and we've got to play four quarters
as good as we can and give ourselves a chance to be
in the game, which the first two teams of North Texas
and Miami have not even been able to do. It was little
closer for Miami, where it was 21-13 in the third quarter,
but you just have to play very sound and not give up
big plays. We certainly cannot turn the ball over.
We've got to make some plays in the special teams area,
which they are very good in. It will be a challenge
for the entire football team and staff to come up with
a game plan where we can control the ball and not give
up big plays."
On attitude for this week:
"Attitude is always the most important thing going
into the game. I think our kids will be excited. This
is a lot better team in Alabama and a lot better team
in Arkansas, who we played my first two years here
in big arenas. This is a lot better football team we're
playing this week than those two teams. I'm going to
make sure they understand that and know that.
"They'll be excited to go play Oklahoma. The
West Coast kids probably don't know quite as much about
Oklahoma as the kids from Texas do. Those kids from
Texas have watched and seen these guys play on TV a
lot. Even the guys on the team from last year know
a lot about Oklahoma because they're the team the played
Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl last year. They'll be
excited to go play but the excitement will wear off
after the first snap and the reality is we've got to
compete with these guys every snap for four quarters,
and that will be the hardest thing to do because right
now they have a lot more guys that are bigger and stronger
than we do."
On being an Oklahoma State alum playing rival Oklahoma:
"That's not what the game is about. The game will
be about our guys going in there and playing against
a team that's ranked in the top three in the country.
Of all 119 teams in the country, here's number three,
so here's the opportunity to play against what is right
now, the very best in the country. That's the challenge
that guys like. This is an opportunity of a lifetime,
you may not ever get to play a team ranked this high
again, so what are you going to do with it. So that
will be a challenge that we face."
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UTAH STATE JUNIOR LB JAKE HUTTON
Recap of Wyoming game:
"I thought we played pretty well. Wyoming has
a good O-line, a good running game, and they obviously
have a good defense. Our offense was moving the ball
on them and I think our defense shut them down pretty
well, but when it came down to it, I put it on the
defense's shoulders because we couldn't stop them on
third downs. We didn't convert on offensive third downs
either, but there was a point when we were ahead, 18-17,
toward the end of the game where they had a third-and-10
and if we would have stopped them, we would've had
a great shot to win the game. The momentum would have
shifted and the offense would have got the ball back.
So I think in times like that the defense needs to
step up and shut them down."
"One big thing I've realized in college football
is that momentum does play a big part and I really
think that if we would have stopped them on that one
drive, we would have won the game. So that's why defensively,
I put it on our shoulders. I think we did play pretty
well, we came up with some big plays. De'von picked
one off and scored and then Marquise picked one off
later, but when it comes down to it, we just didn't
get the job done."
On Oklahoma and how not to get overwhelmed:
"When I was a freshman we played Alabama and last
year we played Arkansas, so I'm kind of used to going
in and playing big games like that. This is probably
the best team we've seen. When we played Alabama, they
were ranked fifth when we played them. I don't think
they're as good as Oklahoma is right now. Oklahoma
is blowing teams out. They blew out Miami, so they
are the real deal right now. I think we've just got
to focus on the job at hand and go in there and play
as hard as we can."
On excitement of environment of big games:
"It's really exciting, when you go and play those
big games, those are the funnest games. It's a great
atmosphere and it's fun to play in front of all those
people. When you make a big play it's really fun. Oklahoma
is a great team and we've just got to work hard."
On biggest challenge in these big games:
"I think we've just got to stick to our assignments
and be gap sound. When we played Alabama, we all went
in and looked around the stadium, and gave it oohs
and ahhs because we weren't used to that kind of thing,
and then they came out and scored 14 quick. After that
we started shutting them down. We need to not give
them as much respect and think so high of them, I think
that if we give them too much respect, in that sense,
that we come out and we know they're awesome and we
treat them like they're awesome, but we know that we
can play with these guys. I think we did that with
Arkansas, we played well against them. They are bigger,
faster guys, but if we stay gap sound, I think we'll
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- Quotes courtesy Utah State Athletics Media Relations