Nov. 11, 2003
Senior Tight End Bryan Penley
Question: You have battled tough all season and it finally paid off against Colorado State. Do you feel like you still have a chance for a conference title?
Bryan Penley: "We realize the situation that we are in now and what we can control is winning the next two games and becoming bowl eligible and hopefully going to a bowl game. It takes Utah losing one too, in order for us to be the conference champs. We can't control that, but we can control our games and that's all we're concentrating on. We're directly looking at Air Force now. We're not looking ahead to Wyoming yet. This Air Force game will be a big game. It's starting to be a bit of a rivalry between us and this is going add to it."
Q: Did you have a lot of friends and family watching the game against Colorado State on national TV?
BP: "Actually, this year I didn't tell many people about the game on national TV, hoping they would find out themselves. Last time I told everyone we would be on national TV, it was an embarrassing loss to Texas Tech, 49-0. I'm not superstitious, but I figured not telling them might play a little role in winning this year."
Q: What concerns you about Air Force?
BP: "They're not as extensive in their defense as we are, but they run the 3-3 stack and that is something that we haven't had much success against. We are familiar with it and we know we haven't had success so we need to concentrate harder and realize what is at stake with this game."
Q: What is the mindset of the team this year with all the ups and downs the team has had?
BP: "My sight of the team is that we're back in this thing. It has been an up and down year and it takes a strong finish. We can't let down and lose focus like after our big win at Utah."
Q: If you get a win against Air Force you become bowl eligible, but what about your other goals?
BP: "The biggest goal is to be conference champs and the only part we can play is winning these next two games. It will take Utah losing, but we can only do what we can control. We are not looking past Air Force. This will be a big game."