Quotes from the local papers

Mack said that the bye week is:
“needed. We’re a tired team.” (HA)

Mack said that the team needs the support from the fans:
“We’ll need the fans more than ever because our goals are still in front of us.” (HSB)

About how Oregon State won the turnover battle and the 3rd down situations, Mack said:
“We talked before the game that we had to win third-down situations on both sides of the ball and we had to win the turnover battle. And you have to give credit to Oregon State for winning those two things. Those are important statistics and those are two areas we really have to improve on. We’re going to put them in competitive situations in practice to work on those.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Of UH’s 11 turnovers, eight have set up opponent touchdowns, including two interception returns for scores by Florida. Oregon State converted all three UH interceptions into touchdowns on Saturday.”

About going 1-11 on 3rd downs vs. Oregon State (and 2-11 on 3rd downs vs. Weber State), Rolo said:
“Sometimes when this offense is on, you don’t get to a lot of third downs. In our offense you can be a little bit less than average on third down because you’re getting so many big plays on first down and second down. But when it’s that low, the offense is struggling, and you’re not converting third downs, it’s not a good sign.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Overall, the Warriors’ third-down rating of 15.2 percent (5-for-33) lands them 119th.”

About how their D needs to play well no matter what kind of field position the opposition gets, Sol said:
“We have to stop them (opponents) regardless of field position. We have to be better than that.” (HA)

“We just have to man up more in those situations.” (HA)

“We have to do a better job.” (HA)

HA Note: “With a more productive offense or better executing special teams, the UH defense probably wouldn’t rank 108th among 119 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) teams in scoring defense at 39.3 points per game. But UH has the most turnover-prone offense in the country (119th with 11 in three games). Only Southern Methodist (8) has had more passes intercepted than UH (7). Moreover, UH has some of the worst kicking game coverage statistics, ranking 111th in kickoff return defense (27.3 yards per play) and 105th in punt return defense (21.6 yards).”

Note: The defense forced 2 turnovers against Weber State and none against either Florida or Oregon State.

About how their opponents are converting 40.5% of 3rd downs 78th in the country), Adam Leonard said:
“Those are big. That’s one of the goals, to hold them under 38 percent on third downs. (Against Weber State) we did a great job of doing that. … When the offense manages to get a first down it helps build their confidence. We’ve got to use that for our momentum, and (against Oregon State) they just managed to get more than we wanted.” (HSB)

About how they went 8-17 for converting on 3rd down, Oregon State QB Lyle Moevao said:
“Third-down conversions are the meat of our offense – that’s basically where we make our money.” (HSB)


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