PROVO — Assistant coaches from BYU and Utah offered insight into Saturday night’s Rivalry Game between the Cougars and Utes.
BYU OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR AARON RODERICK
On having been on both sides of the rivalry in recent years . . .
“It’s the same. I think one of the things I found in playing here, coaching there and then coaching again here is that you could mix the two locker rooms and you really wouldn’t know the difference. You could transplant them from one place to the other. It’s just a bunch of college football players trying to win a game.”
On keeping the players from getting too emotional . . .
“You’ve got to be on that razor’s edge where emotionally you’re charged up and you’re intense. You’re prepared for the game and you’re ready to go emotionally, but at the same time you don’t lose your mind and go out there and do a bunch of wild stuff.”
BYU LINEBACKERS COACH KEVIN CLUNE
On his view of the game as a former Utah assistant (2001-02) . . .
“It’s a fun rivalry because the whole state . . . everybody cares about this one. The whole state sits on one side or the other. And so, yeah, let’s get after it this weekend down here.”
On the challenges of Utah’s offense . . .
“I’ve known Andy Ludwig for 20 years. And so I know what you’re going to get in that offense. It’s going to be very detailed and very disciplined. They’re going to run the ball hard, take their shots, and then spread out and throw it around and get the ball to their athletes.”
UTAH OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR ANDY LUDWIG
On what the Utes need to do . . .
“We have to protect the football and protect the quarterback. If we do those two things, we’re going to be in good shape.”
On his film study of BYU’s win over Arizona . . .
“I’ve watched it many times now. The number one priority in the game plan is protecting the ball. The number two priority in the game plan is protecting the quarterback. And then good things are going to happen for the Utes.”
UTAH DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR MORGAN SCALLEY
On the rivalry . . .
“Nothing that is said will ever win you a game, or lose you a game for that matter. It’s what you do on the field. It’s the technique with which you play, it’s being assignment-sound, knowing schematically where you’re supposed to be and showing up on gameday and making those plays. They’re a very good football team. They’re very well-coached. If we don’t show up and play disciplined football, it’s not going to be a good day.”
On BYU’s run game . . .
“It’s not only (Tyler Allgeier), you’ve got a quarterback. All of a sudden, things are locked down in the secondary and he can take off like he did against Arizona. He’s very athletic. Allgeier is a very powerful back (and) they’ve got good offensive linemen, good tight ends that can block. It’s like any other game, we preach to our guys that you have to stop the run. That’s a big challenge this week.”