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Postgame quotes from players and coaches following Boston College's 24-21 loss to Colorado State.

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Boston College Coach Steve Addazio opening statement...

Colorado State made the plays they needed to win the game. We didn't make the plays we needed to make to win the game. We had two critical series there. Obviously, when we had the ball on offense, threw a play action pass and threw an interception, it was pretty critical. We came away with no points. Then it's fourth and twelve and we let a guy get free behind us in the end zone. They throw a touchdown to win the game. Everything in between is in between. There's probably plenty to talk about but I need to take a look at the film.

The game was what it was, which was a tight game. We've got to learn how to close those games out. We had a chance to close the game out. We didn't close the game out. It's as simple as that. A very, very disappointing and tough loss.

Addazio on the critical plays...

I thought we threw the ball pretty well. It's just a crying shame that we threw a pick there at the end, which was a critical time in a positive field position. That was a critical, critical point in the game. Missing the field goal before the half was critical. Just more critical points given away."

Addazio on the final Colorado State touchdown...

We came with a little bit of pressure. You're trying to make them earn it, but missed tackles throughout the drive keep those things alive. At the end of the day, it's fourth and twelve. The percentages on winning fourth and twelve should be pretty high in favor of the defense, especially on a reduced field. Somehow, some way, he's behind us in the corner of the end zone. We lost contain up front, the quarterback rolled a little bit and if we could have pulled him up in there, which we should have been pulling him up, it would have been a harder throw. He was on the move with his dominant hand and he was able to lay that thing in the corner right there. Both kids made great plays and that's the ball game. They made the plays at the very end that needed to be made and we did not. It cost us the game.

Addazio on moving forward...

I said in the locker room,, this is a devastating deal. You just hope that somehow in there, there is a way to learn how fragile it is, how tough it is and why we practice the way we do. Why we coach the way we do to be able to close these games out. When you let these games get away they're gone forever.

The reality in college football is that it's gone. It's gone. A loss is a loss. It's over and it's fragile. You have got to hang on to that thing. It is tough to finish and close things out the right way. We didn't close this game out. We had every opportunity to close the game out. We didn't do it. We've got to learn how to do that. If anything can come out of this, I hope that will come out of it.

Addazio on the way the Eagles lost...

The toughest thing about this loss is just watching the way we lost it. It's just the way we lost it. We had a chance to end the game, fourth and twelve. End the game. It's over. And turning the ball over when we had a chance to seal it out on the other end. That's what's going to be hard about this game."

QB Tyler Murphy on the fourth-quarter interception...

We were trying to catch them off guard with the running back up the side. We got a little penetration so I tried to make a play, and in that situation, I just have to throw the ball away. I'm not really sure what happened. Christian wasn't ready. I can't force that in. It was a big mistake and it ended up costing us so I have to learn from it: in the red zone, throw the ball away.

Murphy on reflection of his play today...

In the red zone, you have to take care of the ball and that's something I really have to be tough on myself about. There's a lot to learn. When I go back and watch the film I will see what I did wrong and continue to do the things I did right. We fought hard but we didn't do enough to win.

Murphy on his decision making today...

Coach always says, "Never make a bad situation worse." That's what I did today. It cost us and it's something that you think about until you get a chance to get back out onto the field.

Murphy on Colorado State's defense...

I think it was more us. I really have to watch the film. We had a few penalties, missed a throw here or an assignment. We have to fix that. Right now we're not good enough to shoot ourselves in the foot and bounce back from it. We have to execute and make the best of every opportunity. I think we beat ourselves, but you also have to credit them. They came in with a good game plan, executed it and played hard. They have a good group of guys. We have to find ways to get better.

WR Josh Bordner on waiting two weeks to get back on to the field...

It's a devastating loss. It also doesn't help that we'll have an extra week to think about it. We have to get our mind set on the corrections that we need to make and we need to get ready for NC State.

Bordner on how they will get better in the bye week...

We just have to continue to work. We didn't play well enough to win. We have to go back to fundamentals, the little things. We have to learn how to finish a game out. It's a big thing that we didn't do today.

Bordner on the passing game...

We're working on it. It's getting better every week and I felt like we did pretty well today, but we lost, so we need to work on it.

DB Bryce Jones on the second half...

They just came out and played better than us in the second half. We missed too many tackles as a defense. We didn't play the full 60 minutes of the game. We have to correct that."

Jones on tackling CSU's running back, Dee Hart...

I couldn't really tell you. We have to tackle better. We have to make those plays, we can't keep missing those.

Jones on his interception in the end zone...

I just read the QB's eyes and took a chance. I guess it was close, I couldn't tell you.

LB Steven Daniels on the offense going three-and-out at the end of the game...

That's just part of the game. Defenses respond. No matter what happens on the offensive side of the ball we have to be there to respond. It was our chance and we didn't get it done.

Daniels on tackling Dee Hart...

We just have to execute. He's a running back just like any other running back we have faced or will face. We just have to tackle him.

Daniels on Colorado State's second half...

They're a good team, obviously a good offense. We just have to do our job as a defense. Nothing special.

It's just keeping that taste in your mouth for so long. I know the guys in the locker room are ready to grind and come back strong against NC State.

Colorado State Head Coach Jim Mcllwain opening statement...

That was really a satisfying victory because I can't say enough about how our guys believe and how they played the game. We did not play very well offensively at all in the first half and we got it going a little towards the end. Part of it was them, but a lot of it was us maintaining our assignments.

For the most part, we controlled their quarterback. He got it down on three specific third downs I can think of off the top of my head. You know they got after him a bit and that was a huge interception obviously by Bernard towards the end. We ended up not converting on that but we changed field position again and really that's what it's all about.

I'm really excited about this win. This is a good football team that we just beat. And we beat them at their place. That's what I came here to do. That's what we came here to do. Our expectations are to go out and win every game we play. With that being said, this I was a huge win for us. We beat a team that obviously beat up on a pretty good team out of the PAC‐12 and for us to come in here and beat them in their house ... you know what? I take a lot of satisfaction in that.

Quarterback Garrett Grayson on the final touchdown...

We had a play call that was to the complete opposite side of the field, not to Chuck at all, to be honestly. At the snap, I saw that they had pretty much everyone over there. I knew that unless there was some busted coverage or a miracle it wasn't going to happen so I immediately rolled to the right. I knew I had a guy coming underneath towards me and Chuck in the corner route. As I rolled out, I looked up and saw Charles standing by himself. I gave him a ball to catch and he made a heck of a catch.

Grayson on if he had doubt that he caught it...

I had no doubt that he caught it, but I was not sure where his feet were and from my view it looked like everything looked like it was in. I was celebrating right away. You never know how it goes until it is finally reviewed.

WR Charles Lovett on if Grayson has thrown to that route before...

No he hasn't. I guess I got lucky. He scrambled my direction so he kind of had no choice, but in practice I've never got the ball. I'm just clearing out for my other teammates.

Me personally I did not feel like I was wide wide open. There was someone under me and someone chasing me, so I am just focusing on the ball and the color of the end zone. The burgundy of the end zone helped my vision to see my limitation of where I could go.

Lovett on if he knew his feet were in...

Yeah I felt it. My toe kind of stubbed my toe when I crossed the ground, but like I said the burgundy turf and the white goal line helped me.

Postgame quotes via bceagles.com.