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"He's hurt bad. He's fighting through an injury that is significant. He's probably one of the toughest human beings I have ever known.
As a point in the game we realized he wasn't going to be able to give us everything that we needed him to give us, and so we made the change."
On when they decided to make the QB change:
"We almost made it a series earlier. Riley asked for one more drive, and we gave it to him. I've got a great deal of respect for Riley and who he is, and what he represents to this football program. So we let him have that next drive, and he threw a pick on that drive, and that's hard, knowing that you are mounting up the pressure on yourself, and it probably was a little unfair of a situation for him, but great to see Taysom Hill come in as a true freshman and play as physically as he did.
It wasn't a perfect display of offense, but it was pretty gritty.
And I will take grit over anything all day long."
On defense playing so well and losing:
"It is sad. I mean, it makes the job really hard on them. ... We might start winning some football games in some tough environments if the offense would just stop giving the other team some points.
We have done it two weeks in a row. Our defense has done everything they've needed to do to win the games, and offense hasn't done our part."
On the two-point conversion decision:
"The decision to go for two was coach Mendenhall's decision, which I supported all the way. The [play] call was my call. You know, the guy got his fingertip on the ball. Our guard missed his block and so Taysom got flushed backwards. I was hoping that if he couldn't throw it in, he could run it in.
But that wasn't the case. The guy dove parallel to the ground and made a heckuva play. It is similar to the ball bouncing off the goalpost last week. I don't why it bounced off the goal post last week. I don't know why the guy got a fingernail on the ball. But probably due to the fact we made just enough mistakes to take ourselves out of having a chance to win."Next Page >
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