BOISE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The Fresno State Bulldogs were the first to the press podium after losing to the Boise State Broncos in the Mountain West Conference Championship.
"They've accomplished a lot this year when really no one believed. Coming off of last season I think it was the worst record in college football last year, the only team with one win. For them to turn around and be in the conference championship game says a lot about these kids. I'm really proud of them, even though we fell short tonight, I'm really proud of them and love them,” said Fresno State Head Coach Jeff Tedford.
"There's a lot to learn from the game. It's definitely one that stings but we have one more game to play this year. I think we are going to get back, learn from the tape and get better from there,” said Bulldogs quarterback Marcus McMaryion.
Conference champions, the Boise State Broncos came next. Game Offensive MVP in quarterback Brett Rypien carrying his plated football trophy as well as game Defensive MVP Leighton Vander Esch, and running back Ryan Wolpin who punched in the Broncos final score of the night, along with their head coach Bryan Harsin.
"They've earned the right for the next 363 days until this game is played again to be called champions. I think that's quite an accomplishment and they've earned it and they deserve it...You know when it's all said and done and you look out there on the field and you really pay attention to it you see a lot of emotion. Because there's a lot of sacrifice that goes in to getting to this point, and then actually winning it,” said Boise State Head Coach Bryan Harsin.
"I think our defense really proved what kind of group we have tonight. That whole second half, we came together great as a whole unit. We had the offenses back the whole time, and I told them that we're going to win this game. We're going to win this game for the offense, we're going to win this game for this team. We're going to get the ball back sooner or later and the offense is going to go score, and that's exactly what happened,” said Boise State linebacker, Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and conference championship game Defensive MVP, Leighton Vander Esch.