Utah football: Whittingham went to In-N-Out and had a Double-Double to celebrate his 75th coaching win
Full transcript, audio and video of Kyle Whittingham press conference
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah football head coach Kyle Whittingham addressed the media Monday in advance of Utah's first out-of-state trip to play against the Arizona Wildcats Saturday.
Here's a full transcript of that press conference.
Note: The section referenced in the headline takes place at the 18:25 mark of the recording. Can't sit and watch the whole video? Download the audio and take it with you.
Kyle Whittingham (KW): Ok, uh It was a good win for us — a much-needed win. Our players have fought and competed all season long. We were due to come out on the right end of one of those close ones. So, I'm very proud of the way the guys finished and hung in there start to finish as they have all year, as I said.
The biggest difference in the game or the biggest reason for our success, in my opinion, was our ability to run the football efficiently against a very good front seven of Stanford. That really was, in my assessment, the biggest factor in being able to win the game was to put up the rushing numbers that we did. The offensive line was, obviously, a huge reason for that. Bubba Poole ran the ball exceptionally well.
Coach Erickson and Coach Johnson's scheme with the bubble screens on the perimeter loosened up the front and softened things up in there for us a little bit. Receivers blocking downfield were key to making those bubble screens go. We did a great job with our receivers blocking that up, and Travis did a great job of putting that ball right on the money.
That's not an easy throw to make. It may look easy, but to put the ball right where it needs to be, in stride, with very little margin for error is really the key to the play to get that thing underway. Travis did an outstanding job of managing those throws.
A lot of other good things. Andy Phillips continues to be a weapon for us. He hit two field goals. One was about 48 yards there in the early fourth quarter, which extended the lead to I think it was 27-14 at that time.
And then defensively, outstanding plan by Coach Sitake and the rest of the defensive staff. We really only gave up two scores: the first drive of the game — that's two games in a row where we've given up touchdowns on the first drive, so we've got to get that corrected, but other than that, there wasn't an offensive touchdown by Stanford until the midway through the fourth quarter.
A lot of positives to build on. This game is big like I said, but it can be magnified if we're able to build on it and do some good things going forward. We're playing a good Arizona team this week. Ka'Deem Carey, one of the best backs in the country, gave us fits last year, and we've got to try to have a plan to try to not let him do to us what he did to us last year.
Reporter: Coach, you bring up that first drive touchdown for Stanford. Was that an issue where you guys made adjustments to shut them down after that or was it settling the nerves?
KW: I think it was the latter — settling the nerves. Really, there were the two big plays that were the catalyst for the drive where we missed a tackle earlier in the drive — I think it was the first play of the game — and then we blew a coverage. We turned a man coverage. They ran a cluster formation. We had it defended as far as structurally with our alignment we had. We had practiced it, but then one of our DBs lost his eyes. Looking back at the quarterback, he lost his man and left him wide open. Those two plays were the things that did us in on that first drive.
It wasn't necessary to do anything adjustment-wise after that, but it was just doing the things we'd been practicing during the course of the week.
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