Defensive Back Chase Hansen
Hansen made a great hit that led to an interception that the referees initially flagged for targeting but correctly picked up the flag.
"I was mad because when he went to throw it, I thought I had a good enough bead on it to pick it. Then when I saw him catch it, I tried to dislodge it. Then I went to the chest because Coach Scalley works a lot on making sure we target below the head so we don't get penalties.
When I watched the replay though I knew they would overturn it."
Utah’s safety in the second quarter was a big momentum shift in the game.
"It was huge because everything was a mess. It was such a mess that it pumped us up. The crowd booing and everyone being mad … Pasoni Tasini made the play. In the first half, we missed a lot of tackles, myself included. They had a lot of great players making good moves but that was the big play that jumpstarted the whole team."
The defense has areas that need to be fixed after allowing big plays against both Cal and Arizona, but they are working hard to improve.
"We wanted to continue to fly to the ball, play together, play team defense. Once everyone tries to do it on his own, that's when we get in trouble. Coach Scalley is always preaching to stay aggressive and that helped in the second half."
Defensive Back Marcus Williams
Williams made one of the best interceptions you will see this season.
"I got this guy (Chase Hansen) on the other side of me making a big hit. I saw the ball up in the air and I took it off his back."
Here is a clip of his amazing interception:
Just...watch this. And watch live on FS1! #goutes #AZvsUTAH https://t.co/pm9huNNzMQ— Utah Athletics (@utahathletics) October 9, 2016
Arizona gashed the Utah secondary for multiple big pass plays, including on the first play from scrimmage.
"We had a few big plays made on us but we bounced back. Whenever they happened, we never put our heads down and kept grinding to get the win. We are looking forward to playing better next week."
Arizona played both Brandon Dawkins and Khalil Tate at quarterback in the game.
"We watched film on different quarterbacks. We were not dialed in on just one quarterback because we knew they had a lot of injuries coming into the game. We make sure we watch every individual quarterback as they play and find their tendencies. We are not worried about who's coming in because we know we can stop anyone at any time."
Quarterback Troy Williams
Running back Armand Shyne went down with a bad looking knee injury in the game.
"I started praying when he first went down. It looked bad when he went down but it seems like a sprain. Now it's just the "next man up" mentality that Coach Whittingham preaches every day. We will be fine."
After Shyne went down and running back Jordan Howard hobbled off the field (he would return later), Williams was the primary runner for the Utah offense at the end of the game.
"I have no problem running the ball. I'm a pass-first guy but when I need to, I have no problem pulling it down and getting yards."
Utah struggled with false starts, especially in the first half.
"Arizona's defensive line was calling out our cadence. That was a big issue and there were some "move" calls that got us a few times. Them calling out our cadence was the main problem."
The win over Arizona marked head coach Kyle Whittingham’s 100th career win.
"It means a lot. I didn't know until we gave him his jersey in the locker room. It's a great accomplishment for him and I'm happy for him. I'm glad we could get that win for him."
Video of the press conference can be found here on the Block U Facebook page.
We also caught up with left tackle Garett Bolles on the field after the game.