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“There is not much to say, other than that the first few minutes went well. I’m real disappointed. The players are real disappointed. We had a great trip out here, and I thought we had put together a unit of defense that could hold up and do some things. We thought we had a good plan. And obviously we didn’t play well enough and we didn’t coach well enough to get those plans executed. We had a lot of injuries out here tonight. I wasn’t sure I was going to have a team to even play the second half. But give Utah a lot of credit. They’re obviously a fine team getting a lot of yards, and they probably surpassed that double tonight. I understand we’ve probably set a new record for yards given up. And obviously that’s very embarrassing.”
On the play of Utah quarterback Alex Smith:
“We said coming in he’s very good. He can throw the ball well; he can run the ball well; he runs that offense quite well. He’s a really, really good player.”
How does Utah compare to the other teams you’ve faced this year?
“They’re very good. I was very impressed coming into the game with this style of offense and the way that they execute. If they keep that quarterback healthy, they’ll hurt a lot of clubs.”
Have you ever seen that many injuries on one team in one game?
“No, I haven’t. I’ve never seen that in my life. It was mind-boggling at one point. I didn’t think I was going to have a team by the end of the first half.”
Does Utah deserve a Top 10 ranking?
“Well, they’re a fine team. We’re not, so they didn’t beat anybody good tonight; that’s for sure.”
On the lack of depth at tailback:
“It’s real disappointing. No, I certainly didn’t [think we would be out of tailbacks]. Even Madison had to get his ankles taped. It was a very interesting evening, relative to the running back situation.”
Was that the key?
“No, we couldn’t stop these guys. It didn’t matter. We just didn’t do a good job. We failed miserably as a defense. That’s on me and the staff and the players.”
How difficult was it trying to stop them?
“I really hope that at one point this season, we actually play defense. We’ve got a bye week coming up, and my No. 1 objective is to get healthy to see if we can play good defense. Occasionally, we do some good things. But we’re just so doggone inconsistent. We’ve just got to get back to work and try to get something done.”
On the play of the linebackers:
“Larry and Tommy Richardson played hard. I thought, from the sideline, that Tommy did some really good things. He played with a lot of enthusiasm, I know that. We’ll have some decisions to make next week as to where we go with this linebacking situation. It’s not one that I’ve been real comfortable with all season, starting with training camp, and now it’s even less comfortable. So it’s a real problem that we’ve got to address.”
How do you feel the guys were prepared for this?
“I felt like these guys had gotten over real well the disappointment early in the week. We had a very good couple of days out here, and I thought we were real anxious to play. And I do think we were, but this football team just took us down.”
Where do you go from here?
“You’ve got to make a decision at this point. It’s a four-game season from here on out, and those are games I think we can win. It’s up to us as a staff, our players and everyone involved with our football program, to decide what we want to do with it. Because if you don’t want to do anything with it, then you won’t have a chance. If you want to bust it, get after it and try and get better, and stay together, then you have a chance.”