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Transcript of Utah State football Monday press conference
On having back-to-back home games the next two weeks:
“Me and Tyler Larsen were actually talking about this earlier today. Just to be able to sleep in our own beds and get ready for the game is so nice. Football season has obviously already started, but it doesn’t really feel like it around here as much. We haven’t had the home crowd and stuff like that, it’s going to be nice.”
On the added motivation of playing well enough to win the last two games in Provo but end up losing:
“I think back two years ago when (Robert) Turbin had that big run at the beginning. We came out hard, but that’s been the big thing for us, we need to finish these games. That’s big for us this game.”
Junior defensive end B.J. Larsen
Recapping the San Jose State game:
“The San Jose State game, obviously we were coming off a pretty good game last year against them. We had 13 sacks, almost an NCAA record, but we knew going into the game last week they were going to be ready for that. The quarterback (David Fales) was obviously passing a lot quicker than he had before. We did the math and it was something like 1.3 seconds that he would get the ball out, so that’s quick, so they obviously were ready for us. Right out of the gate, they came out and paced us a little bit and they did a good job. They usually pass the ball a lot, which they did, but they tried some stretch run plays, they tried running on us a little bit and had some success, but we adapted to it. We were able to roll with the punches and do what we do best, stop them in the red zone and on third downs. When it came down to crunch time we were able to do what we do best as a defense and keep them out of the end zone, which you can see by the scoreboard. They are definitely a good team, they prepared for us well and they were able to scheme against us pretty good, but we were able to come out on top.”
On the bad snap that led to a turnover in the red zone by San Jose State:
“A couple plays before, I noticed the center had jumped a little bit, he had an offsides before that. Maybe they were a little antsy, I’m not sure. Our defense does stunts every now and then, maybe they were thinking about that.”
On returning home against BYU:
“It feels great, it feels good to be home. You don’t have to travel, and you don’t have to worry about getting on the airplane and into hotel rooms. It’s good to be home, especially for me since I’m from Logan so it’s kind of special for me to be able to be here in Cache Valley and play in front of my friends and family. There’s nothing better and we have the greatest fans in the nation, I love Aggie Nation. It doesn’t get any better.”
On what an in-state game vs. BYU means to him personally:
“It’s big, it’s really big. I kind of have a sour taste in my mouth from last year and hoping to get rid of that. This is why you play sports, for rivalry games. I grew up around BYU and the University of Utah, I’m from Logan, my dad actually went to BYU, but I’ve converted him to an Aggie fan. I bleed Aggie Blue and I want this win more than anyone.”
On having associations with BYU players and what it adds to the rivalry:
“A lot of them are from Utah and a lot of them went on (LDS) missions, as I did. It has a point of familiarity and similarity, but as soon as they put on that BYU uniform I’m not really looking at that at all. I’m just getting ready to play the Cougars.”
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